Formula E will make its first guest appearance in Valencia this weekend and it promises to be a very exciting race weekend. Here’s the preview of the upcoming race weekend in Spain.
Formula E will also hold a double-header at the third race weekend of the 2021 season. Two races will thus be held as part of one event – one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Full points will be awarded for both races. The Valencia E-Prix consists of two individual championship races. As is usual for double-header races, there will be an additional free practice session on Sunday.
|Session||Friday (April 24th)||Saturday (April 25th)||Sunday (April 26th)|
|Shakedown||5.30 p.m. CET||–||–|
|1st free practice||–||7.20 a.m. CET||–|
|2nd free practice||–||9.15 a.m. CET||–|
|3rd free practice||–||–||8 a.m. CET|
|Qualification||–||11 a.m. CET||10 a.m. CET|
|Race||–||3.04 p.m. CET||2.04 p.m. CET|
There is hardly a track on which the Formula E teams have completed as many laps as on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. The 3.376-kilometer circuit offers a number of medium-fast corners, flat asphalt, unusually long straights for Formula E, and extensive run-off zones.
These are to be reduced in size with concrete walls in order to bring the “flow” of the track closer to more typical Formula E circuits. Nevertheless, a very special challenge awaits the racing teams next weekend, especially in terms of energy management.
Compared to the test drives, Formula E has adjusted the course layout and, in addition to a chicane on the start/finish straight, added an additional loop on the inside of the track. So while the first two sectors remain unchanged, the last third of the track offers a new challenge for the drivers. Added to this is the lower grip level between turns 9 and 10.
The qualifying groups:
- Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing)
- Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing)
- Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing)
- Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ Formula E team)
- Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ Formula E team)
- Pascal Wehrlein (Tag Heuer Porsche)
- Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing)
- Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah)
- Alexander Sims (Mahindra Racing)
- Antonio Felix da Costa (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler)
- Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams)
- Sergio Sette Camara (Dragon/Penske Autosport)
- Nico Muller (Dragon/Penske Autosport)
- Maximilian Gunther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport)
- Sebastian Buemi (Nissan e.dams)
- Oliver Turvey (NIO 333)
- Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler)
- Tom Blomqvist (NIO 333)
- Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing)
- Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing)
- Norman Nato (ROKiT Venturi Racing)
- Andre Lotterer (Tag Heuer Porsche)
- Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport)
At the Rome E-Prix, the rainy qualifying session became one of the biggest topics of conversation of the weekend – and it could drizzle again in Valencia. Meteorologists are currently forecasting a 15 percent chance of precipitation for Saturday. On Sunday, however, it should remain dry.
The reliability of weather forecasts is nevertheless severely limited a few days before the event. It would be no surprise if the forecast were to change by race day. Temperatures are expected to range between 11 and 19 degrees Celsius.