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2015 Punta del Este Test
Punta Layout
The Punta del Este circuit
Test Information
Date 20 December 2015
Location Flag of Uruguay Playa Brava Beach, Punta del Este, Uruguay
Lap length 2.785 km (1.731 mi)
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Time Day Laps
1:13.218 1 51
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 The 2015 Punta del Este Test was an in-season test staged as part of the 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship, held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on the 20 December 2015.[1] Held the day after the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix, and featuring all of the drivers that raced the previous afternoon, the Punta del Este Test would see Sébastien Buemi record a new circuit record.[2]

Indeed, during the six hours of running Buemi would record a 1:13.218, set on his penultimate tour of the Punta del Este circuit in the afternoon.[2] Elsewhere, Sam Bird would set the most laps, completing 83 full tours of Punta del Este, with over 2,600 km covered by the nineteen drivers.[2]

The Punta del Este Test would be the last use of the Punta del Este circuit by FE until the 2018 Punta del Este E-Prix.

Background

Like the previous year's test, the 2015 Punta del Este Test was held on the Sunday after the ePrix. Sébastien Buemi had dominated the day before, his only mistake coming in qualifying, although the track modifications prevented the Swiss driver from breaking the record set by Stéphane Sarrazin in the 2014 test. Most teams were expected to evaluate their cars after the first three races, completing a mix of quali-esque simulations and battery life tests.

NEXTEV TCR, meanwhile, were to allow Da Sheng Zhang a debut in a Formula E machine, with the Chinese driver sharing the day's running with Oliver Turvey. The development cars run by Spark would be absent from the test, preventing any development running for the chassis makers.

Entry List

Below is a complete entry list for the full 2015 Punta del Este Test across each day:

2015 Punta del Este Test Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car Sessions
1 Flag of Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. Flag of China NEXTEV TCR NextEV TCR FormulaE 001 All
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing DS Virgin DSV-01 All
4 Flag of France Stéphane Sarrazin Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VM200-FE-01 All
6 Flag of France Loïc Duval Flag of the United States Dragon Racing Venturi VM200-FE-01 All
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Dragon Racing Venturi VM200-FE-01 All
8 Flag of France Nicolas Prost Flag of France Renault e.Dams Renault Z.E. 15 All
9 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Renault e.Dams Renault Z.E. 15 All
11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler FE01 All
12 Flag of Canada Jacques Villeneuve Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VM200-FE-01 All
21 Flag of Brazil Bruno Senna Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M2Electro All
23 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M2Electro All
25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing DS Virgin DSV-01 All
27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United States Amlin Andretti Spark-Renault SRT 01E All
28 Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Flag of the United States Amlin Andretti Spark-Renault SRT 01E All
55 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of Japan Team Aguri Spark-Renault SRT 01E All
66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Flag of Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler FE01 All
77 Flag of France Nathanaël Berthon Flag of Japan Team Aguri Spark-Renault SRT 01E All
88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of China NEXTEV TCR NextEV TCR FormulaE 001 All
Flag of China Da Sheng Zhang All
Source:[3]

Day One

Following the same format as the previous year's test, the test was to be run over a single day in two sessions.[2] Dry and mild conditions bathed the circuit once again, although lighter winds meant that less sand was dragged onto the circuit.

Report

Sébastien Buemi once again displayed his natural pace, setting a time two seconds quicker than his lap in qualifying, the then fastest time of the weekend.[2] His time of 1:13.218 also became the "unofficial" lap record for the Punta del Este circuit, almost a second and a half faster than Stéphane Sarrazin's time from 2014.[2] Jean-Eric Vergne and Nicolas Prost were the only men to get within a second of Buemi's best time, an encouraging performance for both given their poor displays on Saturday.[2]

Stéphane Sarrazin survived a scrape earlier in the day to set the fourth fastest time, although he was two tenths off of his pace from 2014.[2] Completing the top five was António Félix da Costa, who was the best of those using the season one technology, ahead of two of the three NEXTEV TCR entries.[2] Loïc Duval, Sam Bird and Oliver Rowland also made it into the top ten, with Bird completing the most laps of anyone during the day, lapping the circuit 83 times.[2]

The bottom of the table contained both ABT Schaeffler drivers, with Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt focusing on long running rather than one lap pace.[2] Jacques Villeneuve missed the race but completed the Test, beating di Grassi, while Nathanaël Berthon struggled to match the pace of his rivals.[2] Last of all, and over ten seconds behind, was Da Sheng Zhang after his first taste of Formula E, limited through his sharing with Oliver Turvey.

931 laps of the Punta del Este circuit were completed in the test, meaning drivers completed a combined distance of 2,606.8km (1,619.8mi), about 400km short of the 2014 total.

Times

Below is the full result from the first day of the 2015 Punta del Este Test:

2015 Punta del Este Test Times
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Time Gap
S1 S2
1st 9 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Renault e.Dams 51 1:15.616 1:13.218
2nd 25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing 60 1:16.457 1:13.753 +0.535s
3rd 8 Flag of France Nicolas Prost Flag of France Renault e.Dams 73 1:16.438 1:13.888 +0.670s
4th 4 Flag of France Stéphane Sarrazin Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 35 1:17.830 1:14.886 +1.668s
5th 55 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of Japan Team Aguri 46 1:16.665 1:14.949 +1.731s
6th 1 Flag of Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. Flag of China NEXTEV TCR 45 1:18.143 1:14.990 +1.772s
7th* 88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of China NEXTEV TCR 52 1:15.058 +1.840s
8th 6 Flag of France Loïc Duval Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 58 1:16.252 1:15.184 +1.966s
9th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing 83 1:16.326 1:15.285 +2.067s
10th 23 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of India Mahindra Racing 44 1:17.831 1:15.402 +2.184s
11th 21 Flag of Brazil Bruno Senna Flag of India Mahindra Racing 48 1:17.835 1:15.570 +2.352s
12th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 78 1:16.453 1:15.575 +2.357s
13th 27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United States Amlin Andretti 54 1:17.399 1:15.581 +2.363s
14th 66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Flag of Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 34 1:17.339 1:15.742 +2.524s
15th 28 Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Flag of the United States Amlin Andretti 72 1:18.348 1:15.765 +2.547s
16th 12 Flag of Canada Jacques Villeneuve Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 48 1:19.526 1:16.366 +3.148s
17th 11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 40 1:17.056 1:16.598 +3.380s
18th 77 Flag of France Nathanaël Berthon Flag of Japan Team Aguri 10 1:18.633 +5.415s
19th* 88 Flag of China Da Sheng Zhang* Flag of China NEXTEV TCR 52 1:23.311 +10.093s
Source:[3][4]
  • * Turvey and Zhang shared the #88 cars for NEXTEV TCR over the day, with no official distinction as to who was driving at what time.[2]

References

Videos and Images:

References: 

  1. 'WMSC reveals dates for season two Formula E calendar', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/07/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/july/wmsc-reveals-dates-for-season-two-formula-e-calendar.aspx, (Accessed 10/07/2015)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 'Buemi flies in Punta test', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/december/buemi-flies-in-punta-test.aspx, (Accessed 21/12/2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 FIA Formula E: Collective Test Session 1', fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com/Results/01_2015-16/03_Punta%20del%20Este/72_FIA%20Formula%20E/201512200900_Collective%20Test%20Session%201/03_Classification_Collective%20Test%20Session%201.PDF, (Accessed 15/02/2019)
  4. 'FIA Formula E: Collective Test Session 2', fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com/Results/01_2015-16/03_Punta%20del%20Este/72_FIA%20Formula%20E/201512201400_Collective%20Test%20Session%202/03_Classification_Collective%20Test%20Session%202.PDF, (Accessed 15/02/2019)
2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
ABT Schaeffler Audi SportAmlin AndrettiDS Virgin RacingDragon RacingMahindra RacingNextEV TCRRenault e.DamsTeam AguriTrulli Formula E TeamVenturi Formula E Team
Manufacturers
ABT SchaefflerAndretti TEDSMahindra & MahindraMotomaticaNextEVRenaultSparkVenturi Automobiles
Cars
Spark-Renault SRT 01E
ABT Schaeffler FE01Andretti ATEC-01DS Virgin DSV-01Mahindra M2ElectroMotomatica JT-01NextEV FormulaE 001Renault Z.E. 15Venturi VM200-FE-01
Drivers
1 Nelson Piquet Jr. • 2 Sam Bird • 4 Stéphane Sarrazin • 6 Loïc Duval • 7 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 8 Nicolas Prost • 9 Sébastien Buemi • 10 Vitantonio Liuzzi/Jarno Trulli • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 12 Jacques Villeneuve/Mike Conway • 18 Salvador Duran • 21 Bruno Senna • 23 Nick Heidfeld/Oliver Rowland • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Robin Frijns • 28 Simona de Silvestro • 55 António Félix da Costa/René Rast • 66 Daniel Abt • 77 Nathanaël Berthon/Ma Qing Hua
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