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2018 Ad Diriyah Test
Ad Diriyah Layout 2018
The original layout of the Ad Diriyah Street Circuit
Test Information
Date 16 December 2018
Location Flag of Saudi Arabia Ad Diriyah Street Circuit, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Lap length 2.495 km (1.550 mi)
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird
Time Day Laps
1:09.668 1 36
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The 2018 Ad Diriyah Test was an in-season test staged on the 16 December 2018 as part of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, and hosted after the season opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix.[1] The Test would see a large number of female drivers take part at the behest of both Formula E and Saudi Arabia, with teams allowed additional running time if they fielded a female racer.[2]

Indeed, no fewer than nine women would get a run-out at Ad Diriyah, including former FE racers Katherine Legge and Simona de Silvestro.[2] Unfortunately none of them would threaten the top end of the field, de Silvestro ending the day down in fourteenth overall as the best of the female contingent, although Carmen Jordá and Pippa Mann would officially end the day in the top ten in their shared cars.[3]

Instead, the driver to set the pace during the Ad Diriyah Test would be Sam Bird in the Audi powered Envision Virgin Racing.[4] The Brit's best effort of 1:09.668 was enough to beat defending Champion Jean-Éric Vergne by 0.113s, and would become the official circuit record.[4]

In terms of distance covered it was the race winning BMW i Andretti Motorsport cars that emerged ahead, completing 135 laps between the combined work of Alexander Sims and Beitske Visser.[3] Elsewhere, Robin Frijns topped the morning session for Virgin, before handing the #2 car over to Bird, while Stoffel Vandoorne impressed by finishing fourth overall as best of the rookies.[3]

Background

With a new generation of FE cars introduced ahead of the 2018/19 season, and only a limited number of pre-season test days, the FIA allowed teams to take part in an additional in-season test.[1] This test was scheduled immediately after the opening round in Ad Diriyah, with FE also taking the opportunity to promote women in the sport by giving teams incentives to run a female racer at the test.[1] Indeed, teams would be restricted to running just one car unless one of their drivers was female, with the Saudi government keen to support the concept after allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia for the first time in June 2018.[5]

Entry List

Below is a complete entry list for the full 2018 Ad Diriyah Test across each day:

2018 Ad Diriyah Test Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car Sessions
2 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE05 1
Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 2
4 Flag of the UAE Amna Al Qubaisi Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE05 All
5 Flag of Germany Carrie Schreiner[6] Flag of Germany HWA Racelab Venturi VFE 05 1
Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 2
6 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-3 All
7 Flag of the United Kingdom Pippa Mann[7] Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-3 All
Flag of Argentina José María López 2
8 Flag of the United Kingdom Jamie Chadwick Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team NIO Sport 004 All
16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team NIO Sport 004 All
Flag of France Tom Dillmann All
17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett Flag of Germany HWA Racelab Venturi VFE 05 1
Flag of Germany Carrie Schreiner[6] 2
19 Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VFE 05 All
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type III All
22 Flag of Spain Carmen Jordá Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM01 All
Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland All
23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM01 All
Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 2
25 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of China DS-Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 19 1
Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne 2
27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.18 All
28 Dutch Flag Beitske Visser Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.18 All
36 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Flag of China DS-Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 19 1
Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron 2
48 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VFE 05 1
Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara 2
64 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M5Electro All
66 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE05 All
94 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M5Electro All
Source:[2]

Day One

Report

Results

Below is the full result from the first day of the 2018 Ad Diriyah Test:

2018 Ad Diriyah Test Times
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Time Gap
S1 S2
1st 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 36 1:09.668
2nd 25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China DS Techeetah 30 1:09.781 +0.113s
3rd* 22 Flag of Spain Carmen Jordá
Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland
Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams 57 1:11.435 1:10.264 +0.596s
4th 5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 39 1:10.283 +0.615s
5th 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 65 1:11.490 1:10.303 +0.635s
6th 66 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 51 1:12.545 1:10.432 +0.764s
7th 2 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 37 1:10.544 +0.876s
8th 48 Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 31 1:11.005 +1.337s
9th 17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 40 1:11.523 +1.855s
10th* 7 Flag of the United Kingdom Pippa Mann
Flag of Argentina José María López
Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon 68 1:19.397 1:11.550 +1.882s
11th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport 40 1:11.748 +2.080s
12th 64 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India Mahindra Racing 50 1:12.610 1:11.874 +2.206s
13th 48 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 24 1:11.896 +2.228s
14th 19 Flag of Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 72 1:13.180 1:12.048 +2.380s
15th* 23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland
Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams 58 1:13.027 1:12.206 +2.538s
16th 25 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of China DS Techeetah 63 1:13.626 1:12.229 +2.561s
17th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey
Flag of France Tom Dillmann
Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 58 1:12.725 1:12.239 +2.571s
18th 36 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Flag of China DS Techeetah 28 1:12.896 +3.228s
19th 6 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon 30 1:12.992 1:14.969 +3.324s
20th 8 Flag of the United Kingdom Jamie Chadwick Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 43 1:18.044 1:13.042 +3.374s
21st* 28 Dutch Flag Beitske Visser
Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims
Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport 95 1:15.812 1:13.363 +3.695s
22nd 94 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge Flag of India Mahindra Racing 53 1:13.892 1:13.437 +3.769s
23rd§ 5 Flag of Germany Carrie Schreiner Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 30 1:19.558 1:36.328 +9.890s
24th 4 Flag of the UAE Amna Al Qubaisi Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 8 1:25.128 +15.490s
Source:[8][3]
  • * Cars #7, #16, #22, #23 and #28 were shared during the test day, with no official distinction between who was driving at which time.
  • Sims also used car #28 during the afternoon session.
  • Caldéron would use car #36 during the afternoon session.
  • § Schreiner used car #17 during the afternoon session.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sam Smith, 'Female Drivers Poised for Formula E Test in Riyadh', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 16/07/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/female-drivers-poised-for-formula-e-test-in-riyadh/, (Accessed 17/07/2018)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 'Impressive names on entry list for in-season test in Ad Diriyah', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/11/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/november/impressive-names-on-entry-list-for-in-season-test-in-ad-diriyah/, (Accessed 20/11/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 'Ad Diriyah Testing - Test Session 2', fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/12/2018), http://fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com/Results/04_2018-19/02_Ad%20Diriyah%20Testing/95_ABB%20FIA%20Formula%20E%20Championship/201812161300_Test%20Session%202/03_Classification_Test%20Session%202.PDF, (Accessed 16/12/2018)
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Report
  5. 'Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving officially ends', bbc.co.uk, (British Broadcasting Company, 24/06/2018), https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-44576795, (Accessed 20/11/2018)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sam Smith, 'Schreiner Replaces Floersch for Ad Diriyah Test', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 28/11/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/schreiner-replaces-floersch-for-ad-diriyah-test/?fbclid=IwAR2hqXU5lakpJEImg_WMseVwsCErl61xpoR8f852NXPlE8nom7p42fY81ho, (Accessed 28/11/2018)
  7. Lewis Larkam, 'Mann completes Dragon’s FE line-up for Saudi Arabia test', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 04/12/2018), https://www.crash.net/fe/news/911556/1/mann-completes-dragon-s-fe-lineup-saudi-arabia-test, (Accessed 04/12/2018)
  8. 'Ad Diriyah Testing - Test Session 1', fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/12/2018), http://fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com/Results/04_2018-19/02_Ad%20Diriyah%20Testing/95_ABB%20FIA%20Formula%20E%20Championship/201812160800_Test%20Session%201/03_Classification_Test%20Session%201.PDF, (Accessed 16/12/2018)
2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingGEOX DRAGONHWA RacelabMahindra RacingNIO Formula E TeamNissan e.DamsPanasonic Jaguar RacingVenturi Formula E Team
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraNIONissanPenskeVenturi
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE05BMW iFE.18DS E-Tense FE 19Jaguar I-Type IIIMahindra M5ElectroNIO Sport 004Nissan IM01Penske EV-3Venturi VFE 05
Drivers
2 Sam Bird • 3 Nelson Piquet Jr./Alex Lynn • 4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Maximilian Günther/Felipe Nasr • 7 José María López • 8 Tom Dillmann • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 16 Oliver Turvey • 17 Gary Paffett • 19 Felipe Massa • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Alexander Sims • 28 António Félix da Costa • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 66 Daniel Abt • 94 Pascal Wehrlein/Felix Rosenqvist
E-Prix
Ad DiriyahMarrakechSantiagoMexico CityHong KongSanyaRomeParisMonacoBerlinBernNew York City INew York City II
Tests
ValenciaAd DiriyahRookie TestMexico City
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