2014 Beijing ePrix
The 2014 Beijing ePrix, formally the 2014 FIA Formula E Evergrande Spring Beijing ePrix, was a Formula E motor race that was held on 13 September 2014 at the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit in Beijing, China. It was the first Championship race of the single-seater, electrically powered racing car series' inaugural season. The race was won by Lucas di Grassi for the Audi Sport ABT team, ahead of Franck Montagny and Sam Bird.
|2014 Beijing ePrix|
|Race 1 of 11 of the 2014–15 Formula E season|
Layout of the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit
|Date||13 September 2014|
|Official name||2014 FIA Formula E Evergrande Spring Beijing ePrix|
Beijing Olympic Green Circuit, |
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
|Course length||3.44 km (2.14 mi)|
|Distance||25 laps, 86.0 km (53.5 mi)|
|Driver||Takuma Sato||Amlin Aguri|
|Time||1:45.101 on lap 21|
|First||Audi Sport ABT|
Nicolas Prost claimed pole position for the race for the e.dams-Renault team and, with the exception of one lap during the pit stops, led the race up until the final corner. That was the moment when Nick Heidfeld had closed the gap to Prost and made an overtaking manoeuvre. Prost hit Heidfeld while they were side to side, sending the German driver into a spin. Heidfeld's car then hit the kerb sideways, and flipped into the barrier. The collision forced both drivers to retire from the race, and Lucas di Grassi went through to claim victory. Montagny finished second, while Daniel Abt was third on track, but was penalised 57 seconds for exceeding "the maximum permitted electrical power during the race," relegating him to tenth position, which promoted Bird to the final place on the podium. Jaime Alguersuari and Katherine Legge also received 57-second penalties for the same transgression.
Despite his retirement, Prost collected three championship points for his pole position, and Takuma Sato, who was also unable to complete the race, gained two points for recording the fastest lap of the race. During the race, three drivers were able to gain benefit from a "fan boost" which gave them an extra 30 kilowatts of power for two five-second stints. The drivers voted to receive this were Bruno Senna, Legge, and Di Grassi. However, none of the drivers actually used the boost of energy during the race, leading the organization to mandate the use for coming races.
|2||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT||1:42.306||+0.106||2|
|3||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT||1:42.454||+0.254||3|
|4||5||Karun Chandhok||Mahindra Racing||1:42.461||+0.261||4|
|7||3||Jaime Alguersuari||Virgin Racing||1:42.683||+0.483||6|
|10||99||Nelson Piquet, Jr.||China Racing||1:42.785||+0.585||9|
|11||6||Oriol Servia||Dragon Racing||1:42.847||+0.647||10|
|12||2||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing||1:42.918||+0.718||11|
|13||7||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||1:44.056||+1.856||12|
|14||55||Takuma Sato||Amlin Aguri||1:44.129||+1.929||13|
|15||88||Ho-Pin Tung||China Racing||1:45.282||+3.082||172|
|16||77||Katherine Legge||Amlin Aguri||1:45.369||+3.169||14|
|19||21||Bruno Senna||Mahindra Racing||2:32.729||+50.529||15|
- ^1 – Franck Montagny dropped three places on the grid for entering the fast lane during qualifying before the green light.
- ^2 – Michela Cerruti, Ho-Pin Tung, Sébastien Buemi, Stéphane Sarrazin and Jarno Trulli all received a 10-place grid penalty due to a gearbox change. Tung eventually started from the pitlane.
|1||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT||25||52:23.413||2||25|
|3||2||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing||25||+6.559||11||15|
|5||5||Karun Chandhok||Mahindra Racing||25||+23.952||4||10|
|6||7||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||25||+31.664||12||8|
|7||6||Oriol Servià||Dragon Racing||25||+41.968||10||6|
|8||99||Nelson Piquet, Jr.||China Racing||25||+43.896||9||4|
|10||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT||25||+1:02.5071||3||1|
|11||3||Jaime Alguersuari||Virgin Racing||25||+2:00.6131||6|
|14||18||Michela Cerruti||Trulli||24||+1 lap||16|
|15||77||Katherine Legge||Amlin Aguri||24||+1 lap1||14|
|16||88||Ho-Pin Tung||China Racing||24||+1 lap||17|
|Ret||55||Takuma Sato||Amlin Aguri||21||Mechanical||13||23|
|Ret||9||Sébastien Buemi||e.dams-Renault||14||Rear wing||18|
|Ret||21||Bruno Senna||Mahindra Racing||0||Collision||15|
Standings after the raceEdit
- Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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