When is Formula E’s Buenos Aires race and how can I watch it?

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Some two months after the Formula E field last hit the (real life) race track in its third season, the all-electric series will burst back into life this weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sebastien Buemi has kick-started his title defence in style with commanding victories in Hong Kong and Marrakesh; he remains the man to beat heading to Buenos Aires. However, with the likes of Sam Bird and Felix Rosenqvist impressing through the opening rounds, Buemi won’t be expecting a walkover in Buenos Aires.

Here’s all the information on how to watch this weekend’s race in Buenos Aires.

When is the Buenos Aires ePrix?

In Formula E, race day is Saturday, with two free practice sessions, qualifying and the race itself taking place over a single day.

What time are the sessions?

Here is the schedule for the upcoming weekend, with all on-track sessions taking place on Saturday. All times are GMT (local time in Buenos Aires is – 3 hours). There will also be a general shakedown session on Friday.

FP1 1100-1145
FP2 1330-1400
Qualifying 1500-1600
Race 1900

Where is the Buenos Aires ePrix?

The layout used in Buenos Aires is the same as it has been for Formula E’s first two seasons, with Puerto Madero being the only track to feature on all three calendars issued thus far. However, this will be the last race at Puerto Madero before the race moves location for season four. That’s a real shame, as this track is loved by the drivers, teams and media. It’s a stunning location, a great circuit layout and the grandstands are always heaving.

Here’s what the track will look like (map courtesy of Formula E):

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Are the sessions open to the public?

Yes. You can buy tickets via the Formula E website.

When can I watch the race on TV?

For those of you in the UK, Channel 5 will be carrying live coverage of the race. Here’s when to watch on Saturday:

Qualifying: Spike TV from 1445
Race: Channel 5 from 1830

The practice sessions will be shown live on YouTube.

Who will be racing?

All 10 teams and 20 drivers signed up for Formula E and who raced in both Hong Kong and Marrakesh will return in Buenos Aires. Revisit their performances last time out with our handy driver rating piece here.

How else can I follow the race?

Besides watching it on TV and online, there’s a small team of dedicated media who follow the season around.

When it comes to mainstream motor racing coverage, both Autosport and motorsport.com have journalists present at every race (usually Sam Smith and Scott Mitchell).

The TV people to follow are Nicki Shields (@NickiShields), Jack Nicholls (@Jack_Nicholls), Dario Franchitti (DarioFranchitti) and Marc Priestley (F1elvis).

For specific Formula E coverage, Current E has sent a dedicated team to every single round of the series since the very first race. You can follow news updates here and at the site’s Twitter and Instagram accounts (@current_e). I’ll also be on site in BA; you can look out for my updates on Twitter (@LukeSmithF1). 

Our photographic partner Spacesuit Media will also be there, so there’ll be lots more material appearing at their social media handles. The people and Twitter accounts to follow are: Shiv Gohil (@shivraj_photos), Dan Bathie (@danbathie) and Nat Twiss (@nattwiss); the company’s main account is @Spacesuit_Media.

Here are all of the Twitter handles for the teams:

Renault e.dams: @RENAULTedams
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport: @abt_formula_e
DS Virgin Racing: @DSVirginRacing
Faraday Future Dragon Racing: @DragonRacing
Mahindra Racing: @MahindraRacing
Venturi: @VenturiGP
MS Amlin Andretti: @MSAmlinAndretti
NextEV NIO: @NIOSocial
Techeetah: @TecheetahFE
Jaguar Racing : @JaguarRacing

The hashtag for the race weekend is #BAePrix (fitting, given it’s Valentines week, that the hasthag can be read the “Bae Prix’! We’ll get our coats…)

Formula E’s adventures in South America are always memorable, and we’ll be there for every second of the action. As always, keep it Current E.

Luke Smith

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