Today, Formula E teams will be running their cars on track for the first time.
Crews received the first batch of Spark-Renault electric racing cars in mid-May, and activity since at the sport’s technical HQ at Donington Park has been frenetic. The cars have been stripped down for inspection and to learn them inside out. Technical personnel have undertaken safety and operational training to mitigate the risks associated with working with high voltage electrical systems. And the cars themselves have been variously painted or wrapped in new liveries, and some of the drivers have even had their seats fitted.
Although some of the Formula E drivers will be present (we know that Lucas di Grassi, Daniel Abt, Karun Chandhok, Bruno Senna and Jaime Alguersuari will be there), today’s tests will be familiarisation runs, mostly for the benefit of the teams rather than the drivers. Testing today means that much of the unexciting and more routine installation-type work can be completed before the first public tests next month, when teams expect to fully unleash their cars and drivers for the first time on performance runs.