|2019 Santiago E-Prix|
The new Parque O'Higgins Circuit
|Date||26 January 2019|
|Official Name||2019 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix|
|Location||Parque O'Higgins Circuit, Santiago, Chile|
|Lap length||2.348 km (1.459 mi)|
|Distance||36 laps / 84.528 km (52.523 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Sébastien Buemi|
|Team||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler|
|Fastest Lap||1:11.263 on lap 25|
|Sam Bird||Pascal Wehrlein||Daniel Abt|
|Winner Team||Envision Virgin Racing|
|2019 Marrakech E-Prix||2019 Mexico City E-Prix|
Qualifying would see track evolution play a huge part in shuffling the field, although it was quali-ace Sébastien Buemi who ultimately emerged on pole. In truth the Swiss racer would inherit the position after Lucas di Grassi was thrown out of qualifying, with Pascal Wehrlein, Daniel Abt, Sam Bird and Stoffel Vandoorne also making it to Super Pole.
Buemi duly aced his start to take an early lead, swatting aside a half-hearted look from Wehrlein into turn one. They were chased hard by Abt and Bird, although the Brit would quickly move ahead of the German racer during the opening tour.
The early stages would see the top three steadily pull clear of Abt in fourth, with a high ambient temperature of 37°C making overheating a serious concern. Regardless, the entire field would make it through the opening stages with only minor contact, although di Grassi would receive a time penalty for cutting the chicane while avoiding a concertina ahead.
Come lap ten, however, the field would begin to thin, starting with Tom Dillmann who received terminal damage after hitting debris. His retirement was followed by the disappearance of Felipe Massa, before Maximilian Günther caused the first FCY of the afternoon when he rolled to a stop on circuit.
Just before the FCY Bird would dive past Wehrlein into second, using Attack Mode to move in behind Buemi. At the back, meanwhile, André Lotterer would smack into the back of António Félix da Costa, with the Portuguese ace powerless to then avoid punting Jean-Éric Vergne up the back into the final corner. The Frenchman duly spun to the back of the field, with da Costa also dropping down.
Buemi and Bird duly aced the restart to sprint clear of Wehrlein, although the field were instantly brought back under FCY when Vandoorne dumped the majority of his front bodywork at turn three. That restart would see Wehrlein go with the lead duo, creating a three way fight for the lead as the race entered its final third.
The lead truel would soon become a duel, however, for Buemi would slide wide at turn seven and destroy the front of his car. Bird was therefore left to defend from the rookie Wehrlein for the rest of the afternoon, with the German's Mahindra weaving around in the Virgin's mirrors.
Ultimately, however, it was the heat that would settle the race, for Wehrlein was forced to drop back during the final laps with critical battery temperatures. Bird was therefore able to cruise home to claim his first win of the season ahead of a frustrated Wehrlein, while Abt inherited third place moments after the race when Alexander Sims was slapped with a time penalty.
The Santiago E-Prix was initially left off the 2018/19 Formula E calendar, with the thirteen strong schedule for the fifth FE season appearing with two TBAs instead. The earliest of those two dates was 26 January, with Santiago quickly emerging as favourite to take the spot, albeit with a revised circuit. Ultimately Santiago was revealed as the third round of the season, with a completely new circuit in the grounds of the Parque O'Higgins designed for the series.
The day after the previous race in 2019 Marrakech E-Prix the seemingly annual FE Rookie Test was staged, with all eleven teams taking part. Fastest across the six hour session would be Nico Müller, who recorded a new circuit record of 1:17.074 using the #66 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. His Audi teammate Jamie Green, meanwhile, would top the distance charts, completing 99 laps, with everyone bar GEOX DRAGON fielding two drivers.
Elsewhere there was confirmation that the new Spark SRT05e would run through to the end of the 2021/22 season, with an update planned for the 2020/21 campaign. This update was set to be little more than a face-lift for the SRT05e, much like the one applied to the old Spark-Renault SRT_01E ahead of the 2016/17 season. Spark revealed that they begin designing the updates later on during the 2018/19 season, test them during 2019/20, and then implement them ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Into the Championship and the unexpected victory for Jérôme d'Ambrosio in Marrakech had been enough to propel the Belgian racer to the top of the standings, twelve clear of ex-leader António Félix da Costa. Defending Champion Jean-Éric Vergne was next, level with da Costa but behind on count back, while André Lotterer was up to fourth ahead of Robin Frijns. Sam Bird sat in sixth, level with his teammate but behind on count back, while Alexander Sims was the biggest winner of the weekend as he moved up ten places.
In the Teams' Championship it was DS Techeetah who led the hunt arriving in Santiago, their lead having stretched to seven points amid Marrakech mania. Mahindra Racing were their closest challengers after their victory, while BMW i Andretti Motorsport knew they had thrown away a chance to gain a huge lead. They therefore ended the weekend in third, level with Mahindra, while Envision Virgin Racing and Nissan e.Dams completed the top five.
The full entry list for the 2019 Santiago E-Prix is displayed below:
Qualifying for the Santiago E-Prix would follow the conventional format, with the field split into four groups based on Championship position. Each group would then get six minutes on circuit to set a full power (250kW) lap, with the top six overall heading through to Super Pole. Every Super Pole qualifier would then get one more full power lap on an empty circuit to try and grab pole, with the rest of the field ordered based on their times from their group times.
The opening quintet of the afternoon would see the top five in the Championship head out onto the circuit, with the majority expected to make it through to Super Pole. Indeed, only Championship leader Jérôme d'Ambrosio was considered a "poor" qualifier from the five, with Jean-Éric Vergne and André Lotterer among the strongest in the field for DS Techeetah. Likewise, António Félix da Costa had the equipment to try and claim a second pole for BMW Andretti, while Robin Frijns completed the quintet in his Virgin Racing run Audi.
High track temperatures ensured that drivers would have to take care with their tyres during the group, prompting several members of the opening group to head straight onto their full power laps. First to record said flying lap would be d'Ambrosio, although a scruffy first and final sector, including lock-ups at the chicane and first hairpin left the Championship leader well off the pace. This was immediately highlighted by Lotterer, who flashed across the line a few moments later to go fastest, despite a wide run out of the final hairpin.
Frijns followed the duo through, and duly slotted in behind Lotterer, albeit by just 0.020s. da Costa was next but a scruffy opening to the lap left him behind Frijns, before Vergne set the fastest lap overall, recording a 1:09.307 having also gone straight onto his full power lap.
Group two would feature those positioned sixth through to tenth in the Championship, with several qualifying aces in contention for Super Pole. Indeed, record pole winner Sébastien Buemi was the standout name for Nissan e.Dams, while Alexander Sims had the second BMW at his disposal. Marrakech pole winner Sam Bird was also in the quintet, with season three Champion Lucas di Grassi and Jaguar's Mitch Evans completing the group.
It would immediately become clear that track evolution would be the key to qualifying, for all five of the second group would qualify ahead of Vergne and co. from group one. Indeed, di Grassi would be first out and duly went straight onto his full power lap, before delivering a crushing effort of 1:08.842, surviving a small lock-up through the chicane. Evans was next but his solid effort left him shy of the Brazilian, while Sims made a mess of his final sector to also drop in behind di Grassi.
Bird, meanwhile, would look very strong through the opening sectors, setting the fastest sector one of the session. However, a messy end to the lap following Sims saw the Brit lose a third of a second to di Grassi, leaving him 0.026s shy of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. However, before di Grassi could start celebrating his old rival Buemi swept across the line, with an ultra clean lap seeing the Swiss ace go fastest overall with a 1:08.664.
Group three would be the first of the day to feature six cars, containing those positioned eleventh to sixteenth in the Championship. However, while their Championship positions suggested that they were not in the hunt for Super Pole, practice had shown that José María López was a genuine contender, having set the fastest time of the weekend during practice with his GEOX DRAGON. He would be joined by teammate Maximilian Günther, Oliver Rowland in the second Nissan, Nelson Piquet Jr. in his #3 Jaguar, Oliver Turvey's NIO and the second Audi of Daniel Abt.
Once again it was track temperature and evolution that proved to be the key, although the impact of this was less significant than it had been a few minutes earlier. Piquet would open the group's running very early on into the six minute window, although his tentative approach left him a second off of Buemi's best. Likewise, Turvey would deliver a solid yet unspectacular effort, and duly dropped in a few hundredths ahead of the Brazilian.
López, meanwhile, was on maximum attack as he slithered through the opening sector, and duly leapt into the top six, knocking Vergne out of Super Pole. Unfortunately for him his effort would be overshadowed almost instantly as Günther went fourth fastest overall, knocking Evans out, before López himself was knocked out by Abt. Indeed, Abt would deliver an excellent lap to go fourth overall, a little over a tenth off of teammate di Grassi's pace, delivering a clean lap.
The final six would feature several ex-F1 and DTM drivers, all of whom had lacked luck in the opening two rounds. Headlining the sextet would be Edoardo Mortara in his Venturi, with teammate Felipe Massa also running in the group. The sister cars run by HWA Racelab for Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffett would also run, as would Pascal Wehrlein in the second Mahindra, and Tom Dillmann in the #8 NIO.
Indeed, the final sextet truly showed the impact of track evolution, for the Super Pole positions would once again be ruffled and reshaped. Mortara was the first driver to head out onto the circuit, and immediately took sixth having jumped onto his full power lap straight away, knocking Sims out with a solid effort. Dillmann, meanwhile, would have a miserable first and third sector to leave him last overall, while Massa surged into eighth after a poor second sector.
Next came a stunning effort from Wehrlein, who gracefully drove his Mahindra around the Santiago circuit to go fastest overall, recording a 1:08.463 and knocking compatriot Günther out of Super Pole. His effort was followed by that of Vandoorne, who swept to fifth, knocking Mortara down, before Paffett completed a solid yet unspectacular lap to go seventeenth overall, completing the group stage.
Abt was the first man onto the circuit during Super Pole, with news emerging that teammate di Grassi was under investigation for an as-yet unspecified issue. Regardless, Abt delivered a very clean effort of 1:08.958, improving on his group stage time in spite of a glance with the wall at the first hairpin. Vandoorne was next but a couple of mistakes left him shy of Abt's time, with a similar fate befalling Bird as he slotted in behind the Belgian.
Next out was the aforementioned di Grassi, who duly delivered an unbelievable time of 1:08.290, in spite of a rear lock-up into turn twelve. Indeed, the impressiveness of di Grassi's effort was shown a few moments later, for Buemi was half a second off his time, having delivered his best lap of the session. Finally it was Wehrlein's turn, although his solid sector one time left him little chance of challenging the Brazilian. Regardless, the German would survive a huge smack of kerb and a brush against the wall at turn seven to go third, leaving di Grassi on provisional pole.
After qualifying it was subsequently found that di Grassi had breech a new pit-procedure rule, introduced to prevent the accident seen in Marrakech. As such, di Grassi was excluded from the results and sent to the back of the field, putting Buemi on pole and handing Wehrlein a maiden front row start.
The final qualifying result for the 2019 Santiago E-Prix are outlined below:
|2019 Santiago E-Prix Qualifying Result|
|1st||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:08.816||+0.109s||1||G2|
|2nd||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Mahindra Racing||1:08.925||+0.142s||2||G4|
|3rd||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:08.958||+0.142s||3||G3|
|4th||2||Sam Bird||Envision Virgin Racing||1:09.253||+0.963s||4||G2|
|EXC*||5||Stoffel Vandoorne||HWA Racelab||1:09.235||5||G4|
|EXC†||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:08.290||22||G2|
|1st||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Mahindra Racing||1:08.463||—||SP||G4|
|2nd||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:08.664||+0.201s||SP||G2|
|3rd||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:08.842||+0.379s||SP||G2|
|4th||2||Sam Bird||Envision Virgin Racing||1:08.868||+0.405s||SP||G2|
|5th||5||Stoffel Vandoorne||HWA Racelab||1:08.962||+0.499s||SP||G4|
|6th||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:09.030||+0.567s||SP||G3|
|7th||48||Edoardo Mortara||Venturi Formula E Team||1:09.042||+0.579s||6||G4|
|8th||6||Maximilian Günther||GEOX DRAGON||1:09.143||+0.680s||7||G3|
|9th||27||Alexander Sims||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:09.147||+0.684s||8||G2|
|10th||19||Felipe Massa||Venturi Formula E Team||1:09.168||+0.705s||9||G4|
|11th||7||José María López||GEOX DRAGON||1:09.201||+0.738s||10||G3|
|12th||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:09.235||+0.772s||11||G2|
|13th||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:09.307||+0.844s||12||G1|
|14th||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.Dams||1:09.365||+0.902s||13||G3|
|15th||36||André Lotterer||DS Techeetah||1:09.485||+1.022s||14||G1|
|16th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||1:09.505||+1.042s||15||G1|
|17th||17||Gary Paffett||HWA Racelab||1:09.505||+1.042s||16||G4|
|18th||28||António Félix da Costa||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:09.551||+1.088s||17||G1|
|19th||16||Oliver Turvey||NIO Formula E Team||1:09.645||+1.182s||18||G3|
|20th||3||Nelson Piquet Jr.||Jaguar Racing||1:09.705||+1.242s||19||G3|
|21st||64||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Mahindra Racing||1:10.083||+1.620s||20||G1|
|22nd||8||Tom Dillmann||NIO Formula E Team||1:10.258||+1.795s||21||G4|
|110% Time: 1:15.309|
- * Vandoorne had his times from Super Pole deleted for leaving the pitlane too late.
- † di Grassi was excluded from the results of qualifying for not respecting the new pit-in proceedure.
The final classification of the 2019 Santiago E-Prix is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.
|2019 Santiago E-Prix Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||2||Sam Bird||Envision Virgin Racing||36||47:02.511||1:12.004||25|
|2nd||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Mahindra Racing||36||+6.489s||1:11.585||18|
|3rd||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||36||+14.529s||1:11.263||16|
|4th||48||Edoardo Mortara||Venturi Formula E Team||36||+17.056s||1:12.152||12|
|5th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||36||+20.276s||1:11.943||10|
|6th||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||36||+23.755s||1:12.238||8|
|7th*||27||Alexander Sims||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||36||+27.590s||1:12.214||6|
|8th||16||Oliver Turvey||NIO Formula E Team||36||+45.059s||1:13.034||4|
|9th*||7||José María López||GEOX DRAGON||36||+45.376s||1:11.619||2|
|10th†||64||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Mahindra Racing||36||+46.984s||1:12.018||1|
|11th||3||Nelson Piquet Jr.||Jaguar Racing||36||+48.635s||1:12.908|
|12th‡||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||36||+1:03.552||1:11.519|
|13th§||36||André Lotterer||DS Techeetah||36||+1:19.706||1:11.936|
|14th||17||Gary Paffett||HWA Racelab||35||+1 Lap||1:13.350|
|Ret||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.Dams||31||Accident||1:12.284|
|Ret||28||António Félix da Costa||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||23||Retired||1:12.089|
|Ret||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||22||Retired||1:12.411|
|Ret||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||21||Accident||1:12.255||3|
|Ret||5||Stoffel Vandoorne||HWA Racelab||17||Accident||1:13.095|
|Ret||6||Maximilian Günther||GEOX DRAGON||12||Retired||1:12.552|
|Ret||19||Felipe Massa||Venturi Formula E Team||12||Damage||1:13.093|
|Ret||8||Tom Dillmann||NIO Formula E Team||10||Retired||1:13.172|
- Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
- * Sims and López were both handed 19 second time penalties for causing a collision.
- † d'Ambrosio handed a five second time penalty for speeding during a full course yellow.
- Vergne was also awarded the same penalty.
- ‡ di Grassi received a 34 second time penalty for causing a collision.
- § Lotterer was given a five second time penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag.
- Second Santiago E-Prix.
- Robin Frijns made his 25th start.
- Sébastien Buemi claimed a maiden pole position for Nissan as a manufacturer.
- e.Dams secured their fifteen pole as an entrant.
- Eighth career win for Sam Bird.
- Virgin Racing secured their eighth win as an entrant.
- Powertrain suppliers Audi Sport earned their fifth victory.
- Maiden podium finish for Pascal Wehrlein.
- Also Wehrlein's first points finish.
- Buemi secured his 30th FanBoost victory.
Victory, combined with the late penalty for Jérôme d'Ambrosio meant that Sam Bird moved to the top of the Championship table, ending the day on 43 points. The Belgian ace himself was second, two off the lead, while António Félix da Costa had dropped to third after a poor weekend. Robin Frijns, meanwhile, was up to fourth ahead of Jean-Éric Vergne, with those two and da Costa all level on 28 points, while Pascal Wehrlein shot into the top ten with his maiden podium finish.
In the Teams' Championship it was Envision Virgin Racing who headed the field at the end of the day, registering 71 points after three races. Mahindra Racing, meanwhile, had held station in second, while DS Techeetah and BMW i Andretti Motorsport dropped to third and fourth respectively. Elsewhere Venturi, NIO, and GEOX DRAGON all registered their first points of the season, leaving newcomers HWA Racelab as the only non-scorers after the opening three rounds.
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Videos and Images:
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 'Di Grassi clinches Julius Baer Pole Position while under investigation ', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/01/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/january/qualifying-santiago-2019, (Accessed 27/01/2019)
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- ↑ 'Event Guide: Welcome to the 2019 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/01/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/january/event-guide---2019-santiago-e-prix, (Accessed 21/01/2019)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 Round 3 - Santiago ePrix: Results Booklet', fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/01/2019), http://fiaformulae.alkamelsystems.com/Results/04_2018-19/05_R03%20Santiago/93_ABB%20FIA%20Formula%20E%20Championship/56_R03%20Santiago%20Booklet.pdf, (Accessed 26/01/2019)
- ↑ 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 'Qualifying groups revealed ahead of Santiago showdown', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/01/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/january/qualifying-groups-santiago-2019, (Accessed 26/01/2019)
- ↑ 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 11.20 11.21 11.22 11.23 11.24 11.25 11.26 11.27 11.28 ABB Formula E, 'Qualifying LIVE! 2019 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix | ABB FIA Formula E Championship', youtube.com, (YouTube: FIA Formula E, 26/01/2019), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I--WtrV9fQw, (Accessed 26/01/2019)