|Name||Forestal Park Circuit|
|Location||Forestal Park, Santiago, Chile|
|First Race||3rd February 2018|
|Sam Bird||Jean-Éric Vergne||Jean-Éric Vergne|
Santiago de Chile, better known simply as Santiago, is the largest and capital city of the Republic of Chile, and made its debut as a host city during the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship. Santiago hosted only its second major motorsports event in almost seventy years when Formula E arrived on the 3 February 2018, having previously held a non-Championship Formula One race in 1950.
Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia has been credited as the founder of Santiago, officially naming the new colonial city as "Santiago del Nuevo Extremo" on the 12th February 1541. A series of native uprisings and natural disasters would limit the city's initial growth, the city taking over a century to finally stabilise as the capital of the Spanish colony. After another century and a half of financial growth it would be Santiago that led Chile's fight for independence from Spain, the 18th September 1810 beginning an eight year fight against the European power.
Ultimately, Chile would gain independence, with Santiago becoming the new Republic's capital city. Rapid population growth would follow, hitting quintupling in size in a little over forty years, although it was in the twentieth century that Santiago's population truly exploded. Constant expansion and redevelopment allowed a near continual growth of Santiago, which continued unabated in spite of the Military Dictatorship imposed between 1973 and 1990.
The 2000s would see Santiago move through the 3,000,000 pop. barrier, presenting a new problem with pollution. Restrictions on vehicles and a rebuilt railway aided the situation, although travel restrictions are still required to keep the city within tolerable pollution levels. The city has also been rocked by devastating earthquakes, while the Mapocho River remains one of the more polluted bodies of water in the world.
Formula E HistoryEdit
Santiago's inclusion in the Formula E Championship had first been proposed ahead of the 2014/15 season, although the city never appeared on an official calendar. However, it was not until the release of the 2017/18 calendar that Santiago finally appear, taking a slot in early February.
The area around the Forestal Park, on the banks of the Mapocho River, was chosen as the venue for the first Santiago ePrix, with the circuit actually crossing the river twice after a blast down the Avenue Santa Maria. Mining company Antofagasta Minerals was revealed as the title sponsor for Formula E's visit, while former Chilean Formula One racer Eliseo Salazar demonstrated the Spark-Renault SRT_01E at the event's launch in October 2017.
The lap begins with a 90° right hander, cutting across the Mapocho River before a left hand bend on the opposite bank of the river. The drivers then loop around the Baquedano Square, entering a gentle curve leading into a hairpin turn six, which carries the cars back along the same curve. Another 90° left hander moves the drivers to the entrance of the Forestal Park, with the pit entrance found in the entry to turn eight.
Turn eight itself carries the field along the entry road to the Park, with turn nine following to lead the cars into the Park itself. A short blast cuts through the middle of the Park before the field turn left onto the Cardenal Jose Maria Caro, featuring another short blast into turn eleven and the pit-exit. Turn eleven itself sees the field cross the Mapocho for a second time, before the tight right hand turn twelve releases the drivers back onto the start/finish straight.
A full list of records for the Santiago E-Prix are outlined below, including a list of race winners.
Below is a list of all of the winners of E-Prix held in Santiago:
|Santiago E-Prix Winners List|
|2017/18||2018 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix||Forestal Park Circuit||3rd February 2018||Jean-Éric Vergne||Report|
Forestal Park CircuitEdit
The circuit records for the Forestal Park are outlined below:
- Qualifying Record: 1:19.161 - Jean-Éric Vergne (2018)
- Lap Record: 1:20.235 - Sam Bird (2018)
- Most Poles: 1 - Jean-Éric Vergne
- Most Wins: 1 - Jean-Éric Vergne
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 'Formula E set for Santiago's streets', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/10/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/october/formula-e-set-for-santiagos-streets/, (Accessed 12/10/2017)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 'Santiago', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 22/10/2017), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago, (Accessed 27/10/2017)
- ↑ 'More compact Season 4 calendar revealed', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/more-compact-season-4-calendar-revealed/, (Accessed 19/06/2017)
- ↑ 'Vergne steals the show in epic Santiago E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/02/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/february/vergne-steals-the-show-in-epic-santiago-e-prix/, (Accessed 03/02/2018)
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|Long Beach||Mexico City||Miami|
|Buenos Aires||Santiago||São Paulo||Punta del Este|
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