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Flag of Maldonado Punta del Este E-Prix
Punta del Este Poster 2015
E-Prix Details
Name CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix
Location Flag of Uruguay Playa Brava Beach, Punta del Este, Uruguay
No. Held 3
Circuit Flag of Maldonado Playa Brava Beach Circuit
Previous Circuits {{{previouscircuits}}}
First Race Flag of Uruguay 2014 Punta del Este ePrix
Last Race Flag of Uruguay 2018 Punta del Este E-Prix
Only Race unknown
Most Recent Results
Name Flag of Uruguay 2018 CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix
Pole Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne 1:16.806
First Second Third
Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird
Fastest lap Flag of Argentina José María López 1:16.811

The Punta del Este E-Prix is a former motorsport event staged at the Playa Brava Beach Circuit in Punta del Este, Uruguay, that served as a round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.[1] A three time host of the FE Championship, Punta del Este was a semi-regular host of the Series, only to be seemingly dropped permanently after the 2017/18 season.[2]

Indeed, having missed out on a race in the 2016/17 season due to funding concerns, thePunta del Este E-Prix would be restored to the FE calendar for the 2017/18 Championship.[3] This was a result of the cancellation of the proposed São Paulo E-Prix, with Punta del Este stepping in to fill the gap in the 2017/18 calendar on 17 March 2018.[3]

City History

Punta del Este was promoted to ciudad (city) status in the 1950s, from originally being a Spanish settlement in the 16th century.[4] Recent history has seen Punta del Este host an American summit in 1968, before hosting the Uruguay round of talks that ultimately ended up forming the World Trade Organisation.[4]

Formula E History

Punta del Este was a founding city for the Formula E Championship, having been included in both the provisional and official calendars for the inaugural 2014/15 season.[1] Using a modified version of the World Touring Car Championship circuit in the city, the track would become notable for the sand blown across the tarmac.[1] After returning for 2015/16, the Punta del Este round was dropped for 2016/17.[5] The circuit would also host the only in-season tests during the first two Formula E seasons.

Circuit History

Sébastien Buemi claimed his first victory in Formula E by taking the honours in the 2014 Punta del Este ePrix, beating Brazilian duo Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Lucas di Grassi.[6] Qualifying had already produced a shock when Jean-Eric Vergne claimed pole position despite never having driven the Spark-Renault SRT_01E before the meeting.[6] The second edition of the race saw Buemi on top once again, as he recovered from a poor quali result to win for the fifth time in Formula E history.[2]

The circuit was marginally modified for its return in 2018, with most of the chicanes re-shaped to allow slightly more run-off area.[3]

Records

A full list of records for the Punta del Este E-Prix is outlined below, including a list of race winners.

Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners of the Punta del Este E-Prix:

Punta del Este E-Prix Winners List
Season Name Circuit Date Winner Report
2014/15 Flag of Uruguay 2014 Julius Baer Punta del Este ePrix Playa Brava Beach Circuit 13 December 2014[7] Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Report
2015/16 Flag of Uruguay 2015 FIA Formula E Punta del Este ePrix Playa Brava Beach Circuit 19 December 2015[8] Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Report
2017/18 Flag of Uruguay 2018 CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix Playa Brava Beach Circuit 17 March 2018[3] Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Report

References

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References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Circuit guide: Punta del Este', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/calendar/2014-punta-del-este/punta-del-este-circuit.aspx, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Buemi back on top', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/december/buemi-back-on-top.aspx, (Accessed 25/12/2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 'Formula E returns to Punta del Este', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 06/12/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/december/formula-e-returns-to-punta-del-este/, (Accessed 06/12/2017)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'Punta del Este', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 02/07/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punta_del_Este, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
  5. 'From Hong Kong to New York: FIVE NEW CITIES FOR THIRD FORMULA E SEASON', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/from-hong-kong-to-new-york/, (Accessed 02/07/2016)
  6. 6.0 6.1 'Brilliant Buemi wins in Punta del Este', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/12/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/december/brilliant-buemi-wins-in-punta-del-este.aspx, (Accessed 26/04/2015)
  7. 'Rio returns as Formula E confirms inaugural calendar', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/12/2013), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2013/december/rio-returns-as-formula-e-confirms-inaugural-calendar.aspx, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
  8. '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)
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