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2014 Putrajaya ePrix

The 2014 Putrajaya ePrix, formally the 2014 FIA Formula E Ycapital Management Putrajaya ePrix[2]is a Formula E motor race that was held on 22 November 2014 at the Putrajaya Street Circuit in Putrajaya, Malaysia. It was the second championship race of the single-seater, electrically powered racing car series' inaugural season.[3]

2014 Putrajaya ePrix
Race 2 of 11 of the 2014–15 Formula E season
Layout of the Putrajaya Street Circuit
Layout of the Putrajaya Street Circuit
Race details
Date 22 November 2014
Official name 2014 FIA Formula E Ycapital Management Putrajaya ePrix
Location Putrajaya, Malaysia
Course Street circuit
Course length 2.56 km (1.59 mi)
Distance 31 laps, 79.36 km (49.29 mi)
Pole position
Driver e.dams Renault
Time 1:21.779
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing
Time 1:24.429 on lap 20
Podium
First Virgin Racing
Second Audi Sport ABT
Third e.dams Renault

Drivers Bruno Senna, Katherine Legge and Nick Heidfeld were awarded the "FanBoost" for the race. [4] The race was won by British driver Sam Bird (Virgin Racing)[5]

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

The race had originally been scheduled to take place on 18 October. It was delayed until 22 November at the request of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak.[6] The race start time was brought forward by two hours due to heavy rain being forecast.[7]

RaceEdit

After Nicolas Prost had received a ten place grid penalty for causing a collision in Beijing, Oriol Servia started on pole position with Sam Bird second and Daniel Abt third. Abt made a poor start and fell back, while the whole field squeezed through the first series of tight corners without incident. At the end of the first lap, however, Katherine Legge made severe contact with Michela Cerruti and at the same time, Matthew Brabham was seen facing the wrong way in the hairpin. The safety car was brought out.

When the green flag showed at the start of the fifth lap, Bird managed to overtake Servia, which opened the door for Jarno Trulli and later Karun Chandhok to get by as well. On the eighth lap, Franck Montagny overtook Nick Heidfeld, simultaneously pushing his rival into the wall. This brought out a second safety car. Abt went into the pits, effectively extending his second stint to 21 laps.

Racing continued on the twelfth lap. Bruno Senna was soon challenging Nelson Piquet, Jr. for fifth, making use of his FanBoost, but hit the wall and damaged his suspension. Meanwhile, Bird continued to lap one to three seconds per lap quicker than everyone else, extending his lead on Trulli, Chandhok, and Servia. When the leaders made their pit stops, Abt reached first position, but with only fifty percent of his power remaining. Meanwhile, Trulli was given a drive-through penalty for exceeding his power usage. He still defended his position, however, handing Piquet the opportunity to overtake Lucas di Grassi. Piquet also tried to take third off of Trulli, but was pushed into the wall and had to retire.

On lap 24, Abt was still leading in front of Bird, Di Grassi, and Sébastien Buemi. Bird, at this point, was gaining three to five seconds per lap, because Abt was having to save energy, after having pitted very early in the race. He held the lead until the 28th lap, but eventually fell back to tenth. Senna, meanwhile, used his FanBoost to pass Prost for fourth, but crashed out in the last lap. Bird took the win, with Di Grassi and Buemi next to him on the podium.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Grid
1 8   Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 1:21.779 111
2 6   Oriol Servia Dragon Racing 1:22.010 +0.231 1
3 2   Sam Bird Virgin Racing 1:22.235 +0.456 2
4 66   Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 1:22.342 +0.563 3
5 10   Jarno Trulli Trulli 1:22.347 +0.568 4
6 5   Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 1:22.612 +0.833 5
7 99   Nelson Piquet, Jr. China Racing 1:22.620 +0.841 6
8 23   Nick Heidfeld Venturi 1:22.720 +0.941 7
9 21   Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 1:22.816 +1.037 8
10 28   Matthew Brabham Andretti 1:22.941 +1.162 9
11 55   António Félix da Costa Amlin Aguri 1:23.194 +1.415 10
12 30   Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 1:23.240 +1.461 12
13 27   Franck Montagny Andretti 1:23.697 +1.918 13
14 18   Michela Cerruti Trulli 1:23.857 +2.078 14
15 88   Ho-Pin Tung China Racing 1:23.894 +2.115 15
16 77   Katherine Legge Amlin Aguri 1:25.823 +4.044 16
17 3   Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing No time 17
18 11   Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT No time 18
19 9   Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault No time 19
20 7   Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing No time 202

Notes:

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2   Sam Bird Virgin Racing 31 51:11.979 2 25
2 11   Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 31 + 4.175 18 18
3 9   Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 31 + 5.739 19 15
4 8   Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 31 + 9.552 11 151
5 7   Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 31 + 13.722 20 10
6 5   Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 31 + 17.158 5 8
7 6   Oriol Servià Dragon Racing 31 + 18.621 1 6
8 55   António Félix da Costa Amlin Aguri 31 +19.926 10 4
9 3   Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 31 +20.053 17 42
10 66   Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 31 +45.663 3 1
11 88   Ho-Pin Tung China Racing 31 +55.833 15
12 30   Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 31 +56.626 12
13 28   Matthew Brabham Andretti 31 +1:05.036 9
14 21   Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 30 Accident 8
15 77   Katherine Legge Amlin Aguri 28 +3 laps 16
16 10   Jarno Trulli Trulli 28 +3 laps 4
Ret 99   Nelson Piquet, Jr. China Racing 22 Collision 7
Ret 18   Michela Cerruti Trulli 7 Collision 14
DSQ 27   Franck Montagny Andretti 30 Disqualified3 13
EX 23   Nick Heidfeld Venturi 14 Excluded4 8

Notes:

  • ^1 – Three points for winning qualifying.
  • ^2 – Two points for fastest lap.
  • ^3 - Franck Montagny was disqualified from the race on 27 March 2015 after testing positive for a banned substance.
  • ^4 - Nick Heidfeld was excluded from his nineteenth position finish for changing his car outside the permitted area during his pit stop. This means he cannot count Putrajaya as a round where he drops a score.[9]

Standings after the raceEdit

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nicolas Prost clinches pole position for the Putrajaya ePrix". formulae.com. 22 November 2014. Archived from the original on 22 May 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Putrajaya ePrix Qualifying Groups". Formula E. Archived from the original on 24 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Putrajaya, Malaysia – Round 2". fiaformulae.com. Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Heidfeld, Legge and Senna to receive FanBoost". fiaformulae.com. 22 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Results – Round 2 Putrajaya ePrix". formulae.com. 22 November 2014. Archived from the original on 24 November 2014.
  6. ^ Lim, Anthony (2 August 2014). "2014 Formula E Putrajaya ePrix postponed from October 18 to November 22 at Prime Minister's request". Paultan. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  7. ^ Biesbrouck, Tim (4 November 2014). "Revised timetable for Formula E Putrajaya ePrix due weather forecasts". Electricautosport. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b Errington, Tom (22 November 2014). "PROST TOPS PUTRAJAYA EPRIX QUALIFYING". Checkeredflag. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  9. ^ Estrada, Chris. "Formula E Notes: Lucas di Grassi keeps points lead; Nick Heidfeld excluded from Putrajaya ePrix". NBC Sports. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
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