Buemi fastest as Formula E testing kicks off

Just six weeks after the first season of Formula E concluded with the spectacular Visa London ePrix, testing kicked off for season two at Donington Park.

Initial bragging rights went to Sebastien Buemi of Renault e.dams, who set the pace during a day that was interrupted by a brief rain shower in the mid-afternoon. The quickest time of 1:32.092s, compares to Buemi’s best time of 1:31.083s, set during the penultimate day of pre-season testing last year.

The day was the first public outing for the season two technology, with eight new manufacturers producing powertrains. However, neither Andretti – in its new Amlin livery, nor Trulli completed a lap, although both teams expect to run tomorrow.

It was also the first time new Venturi signing Jacques Villeneuve had driven a Formula E car in public. The 1997 Formula 1 world champion ended up in 14th place with a best time of 1:38.176s.

Frenchman Tom Dillmann made his Formula E test debut for Team Aguri, completing a few exploratory laps in the wet ahead of a full run tomorrow. There were familiar faces in unfamiliar colours as Jean-Eric Vergne made his public test debut for DS Virgin Racing, while Nick Heidfeld had his first outing as a Mahindra Racing driver.

FIA Formula E Championship – Donington Park – Pre-season testing (Day 1) – Results:

  1. Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams, 1:32.095s
  2. Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, 1:32.158s
  3. Nicolas Prost, Renault e.dams, 1:32.286s
  4. Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing, 1:32.523s
  5. Salvador Duran, Team Aguri, 1:32.549s
  6. Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, 1:35.653s
  7. Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing, 1:35.700s
  8. Jerome D’Ambrosio, Dragon Racing, 1:36.324s
  9. Tom Dillmann, Team Aguri, 1:36.329s
  10. Stephane Sarrazin, Venturi, 1:36.361s
  11. Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Virgin Racing, 1:36.704s
  12. Loic Duval, Dragon Racing, 1:37.987s
  13. Nelson Piquet Jr, NEXTEV TCR, 1:38.052s
  14. Jacques Villeneuve, Venturi, 1:38.176s
  15. Jarno Trulli, Trulli, no time set
  16. Simona de Silvestro, Andretti, no time set