The Putrajaya eprix proved to be a fascinating eprix, which showed that this sport will be so unpredictable this year as all the cars are fighting tooth and nail with the same machinery.
1. The Putrajaya track showed that street racing can be exciting
The layout for the Putrajaya circuit provided great entertainment as there was plenty of room for drivers to try and make overtaking maneuvers stick, plus the circuit also allowed drivers to get side by side and even have three drivers going to drive alongside each other. This created great racing and also provided a platform for drivers to make many mistakes. We saw in the race a number of drivers trying a move in the race and getting it wrong. Although we would like to see clean overtakes and racing between the drivers a few crashes provide great entertainment for the fans.
2. These cars are very difficult to driver
Formula E have a number of highly experienced drivers from across all forms of motorpsort. However, the walls in Putrajaya proved to much for a number of drivers ,as they would hit the wall and break their steering column. Bruno Senna was the most noticeable driver in the race to clip the wall. The Brazilian driver had to adjust to his new bent steering wheel and he did fantastically, as after a few lap he was able to maintain the pace he was achieving at the start of the race. In qualifying we saw Daniel Abt, Lucas Di Grassi and Antonio Felix Da Costa all hit the wall.
3. Still some teething problems
Teams are still getting penalties after qualifying and the race for using to much energy over a lap. Nick Heidfeld was excluded from the race for using to much energy before he retired from the race. That means the German driver can not drop this result at the end of the season to try and better his position in the championship. In qualifying Dragon Racing locked out the front row after Nico Prost’s penalty but Jerome d’ Ambrosio used to much energy on his qualifying lap and was relegated to the back of the grid.
4. We can expect the unexpected
From testing we could see that E. Dams and Audi Sport ABT looked like the teams to beat in this years championship. However, Putrajaya proved that ant team can get close to the front as the struggling Trulli Formula E team was in second for the majority of the race under Jarno Trulli. This was a great achievement for the team after being the last entry on the grid, which means they had less time then the others on improving their car. The same can also be said for Dragon Racing who had a quiet pre season test and a noncompetitive first race in China. However, in Malaysia they managed to qualify in second and third before the penalties. This shows that if you get your step right for the race it does not matter about what you have achieved in the previous races you will have a chance to be competitive in the race ahead.
Hopefully The Punta Del Este eprix will be just as thrilling the Putrajaya eprix.