When is Formula E’s September preseason test and how can I follow it?

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With Formula E’s first collective preseason test ahead of season three completed in August at Donington Park, the teams are now preparing to complete the second and final test ahead of the first race of the 2016-17 season.

All 10 teams will be back in action this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and, as usual, we’ll have a full trackside team right there with them. It’s the last chance we’ll get to see how the cars and drivers fare against each other before the action gets underway in Hong Kong on 9 October. 

Here’s a quickfire guide on how to keep up to date with the September preseason test.

What is Formula E collective preseason testing?

The sport has 10 teams, nine of whom have built their own powertrains (the new Techeetah outfit has purchased one from Renault). The constructors have all been allocated 15 days of private track testing to make sure their innards are all working properly. Collective preseason testing brings all the teams together to complete their running and try out new drivers in full view of their competitors, the media and the public.

When is Formula E collective preseason testing?

This year, there were two tests scheduled, each comprising three days of running. The first three days took place at the end of August and you can read our analysis of the results here. The second and final test, also three days long, starts tomorrow at Donington Park and lasts until Wednesday evening.

Where is Formula E collective preseason testing?

Donington Park, UK, the home of the sport’s technical HQ.

What time are the sessions on?

Each day will afford teams six hours of running, split as follows:

  • Monday 5 Sept: 1100-1200 and 1300-1800
  • Tuesday 6 Sept: 0900-1200 and 1400-1700
  • Wednesday 7 Sept: 0900-1200 and 1400-1700

Are the sessions open to the public?

Not this week. While two days of the first test were, the entire second test is closed to the public, to the best of our knowledge. Only those working within the sport and approved media may attend. 

Which teams are taking part in the test?

All 10 teams who are signed up for season three: Renault e.dams, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, DS Virgin Racing, Faraday Future Dragon Racing, Mahindra Racing, Venturi, NextEV NIO, MS Amlin Andretti, Techeetah (which bought out Team Aguri) and Jaguar Racing.

Who will be driving for the teams?

All of the teams will be running their confirmed season three driver line-ups, with the exception of Jaguar Racing, which is yet to announce who will be racing for the team in Jag’s debut Formula E season. Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans will share the running over the three day test at Donington Park, though, strongly suggesting that they’ll be installed as the full-time race drivers at Jaguar’s official launch on Thursday (we’ll be there to cover that event, too).

How can I follow testing?

If you’re not planning on actually coming along to the track, your best bet is to follow the live timing screens throughout the day, which can usually be accessed via the Formula E site. We haven’t heard of any plans to stream any live footage.

Of course, you can also follow Current E. We’ll be running our live updates here at the site as we did for the first test, as well as sprinkling our Twitter timelines with testing magic (@Current_E for the main account; I’ll be blasting out info too at my account, @LukeSmithF1). 

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

Luke Smith

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