Valencia circuit must be modified say teams

Pre-season testing for season four is just over a month away and will take place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia rather than Donnington Park in the UK.

Formula E and the teams agreed to move away from Donnington Prak earlier in the year, but an official statement from Formula E has yet to be revealed about the change of location.

The teams wanted to go a track that can be easily modified to suit to characteristics of a Formula E track. However, with less than a month before the start of testing, the teams are still unaware of any changes that will be made to the track.

“We still don’t know if Formula E is doing anything to modify the circuit to make it more relevant to Formula E. The teams want to see more chicanes on the circuit and use kerbs that we see on the street circuits,” explained an engineer for a Formula E team. 

Race circuits are not beneficial 

Another Formula E engineer explained that any race circuit that Formula E goes to will not be very beneficial for testing.

” If we use the actual race circuit. Then there was not really a real reason to leave Donnington for Valencia. If they do decide to place so more chicanes on the circuit and add relevant kerbing than that will be much more useful than using the actual circuit layout itself. 

“However, any race circuit that Formula E goes to will not be representative to us anyway. Mainly because the cornering speeds are quite different to what we have on street circuits. Also, the grip levels are completely different.  

“We will be able to learn things if we use the full circuit, but we will learn much more if they make changes to it,” explained a teams engineer.

 

 

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