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Valencia E-Prix – preview

Sergio Sette Camara and Alexander Sims at Valencia pre-season testing. Courtesy of Formula E

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.

The schedule:

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.

SessionFriday (April 24th)Saturday (April 25th)Sunday (April 26th)
Shakedown5.30 p.m. CET
1st free practice7.20 a.m. CET
2nd free practice9.15 a.m. CET
3rd free practice8 a.m. CET
Qualification11 a.m. CET10 a.m. CET
Race3.04 p.m. CET2.04 p.m. CET

The track:

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:

Group 1:

  • 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)

Group 2:

  • 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)

Group 3:

  • 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)

Group 4:

  • 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)

Weather forecast:

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.

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