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The 2015 London ePrix, officially known as the 2015 Visa London ePrix, was two Formula E motor races that took place on the 27 and 28 June 2015 on the Battersea Park Street Circuit in Battersea Park, London. It was the tenth and eleventh rounds of the 2014–15 Formula E season, the last of the inaugural season of Formula E.[1]

Background to race weekendEdit

In December 2013, the FIA approved a Formula E calendar of ten races, of which London was the 10th and last race.[2] Wandsworth Council eventually approved of the circuit and also announced that it would be a double race on the 19 February 2015.[3]

There was some controversy over the park circuit which took place in a Grade II* listed park with opposition to a public park being disrupted to accommodate the races. Battersea Park was closed to the public for four days with a three-week disruption period and a decision has yet to be taken on a repeat race.[4]

Since the previous ePrix in Moscow, five driver changes were made. The first of these was that Jaime Alguersuari had been replaced by Fabio Leimer,[5] as the Spaniard was forced to withdraw due to health issues.[6] He was the first of three new Swiss drivers (taking the total 4), with Alex Fontana[7] and Simona de Silvestro[8] replacing Vitantonio Liuzzi and Justin Wilson respectively. De Silvestro's appearance in Formula E makes her the eighth driver to drive for Andretti this season, the sixth in the second car, and the third female driver in series history. Also making their first appearance was Sakon Yamamoto, who replaces António Félix da Costa as the Portuguese driver is driving for BMW in DTM,[9] and Oliver Turvey, who replaces Charles Pic, becoming the fourth different driver to drive the second car for NEXTEV Team China Racing.[10]

Race OneEdit

2015 London ePrix
Race 10 of 11 of the 2014–15 Formula E season
 
Layout of the Battersea Park Street Circuit
Race details
Date June 27, 2015
Official name Visa London ePrix
Location Battersea Park Street Circuit, Battersea, London, United Kingdom
Course Temporary circuit
Course length 2.925 km (1.818 mi)
Distance 29 laps, 84.825 km (52.708 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver e.dams-Renault
Time 1:24.648
Fastest lap
Driver   Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport Abt
Time 1:28.229 on lap 25
Podium
First e.dams-Renault
Second Dragon Racing
Third Andretti Autosport

Background to Race OneEdit

After winning the last race in Moscow, Nelson Piquet, Jr. led the world championship by 17 points to fellow countryman, Lucas di Grassi. Swiss driver Sébastien Buemi was six points behind di Grassi in third. e.dams Renault topped the teams' championship by 44 points to Audi Sport Abt. NEXTEV Team China Racing was third, 11 further behind Audi Sport Abt.

After exceeding the track limits on multiple occasions in Moscow, Jarno Trulli was handed a five place grid penalty for failing to slow after cutting the chicane.[11]

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Grid
1 9   Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 1:24.648 1
2 7   Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1:25.104 +0.456 2
3 11   Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport Abt 1:25.105 +0.457 3
4 99   Nelson Piquet, Jr. NEXTEV TCR 1:25.144 +0.496 4
5 27   Jean-Éric Vergne Andretti Autosport 1:25.182 +0.534 5
6 8   Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 1:25.258 +0.610 6
7 88   Oliver Turvey NEXTEV TCR 1:25.829 +1.181 7
8 21   Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 1:25.879 +1.231 8
9 2   Sam Bird Virgin Racing 1:25.894 +1.246 9
10 77   Salvador Durán Amlin Aguri 1:25.964 +1.316 10
11 6   Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 1:25.998 +1.340 11
12 23   Nick Heidfeld Venturi Grand Prix 1:26.128 +1.480 12
13 66   Daniel Abt Audi Sport Abt 1:26.302 +1.654 13
14 30   Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi Grand Prix 1:26.318 +1.670 14
15 10   Jarno Trulli Trulli GP 1:26.852 +2.204 201
16 5   Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 1:27.160 +2.512 15
17 28   Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport 1:27.208 +2.560 16
18 55   Sakon Yamamoto Amlin Aguri 1:27.456 +2.808 17
19 18   Alex Fontana Trulli GP 1:28.083 +3.435 18
20 3   Fabio Leimer Virgin Racing 1:28.152 +3.504 19
  • ^1 – Trulli handed five place penalty for excessive corner cutting in Moscow.[11]

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9   Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 29 47:54.784 1 28
2 7   Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 29 +0.939 2 18
3 27   Jean-Éric Vergne Andretti Autosport 29 +1.667 5 15
4 11   Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 29 +2.409 3 14
5 99   Nelson Piquet, Jr. NEXTEV TCR 29 +7.370 4 10
6 2   Sam Bird Virgin Racing 29 +7.762 9 8
7 8   Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 29 +8.553 6 6
8 6   Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 29 +9.507 11 4
9 88   Oliver Turvey NEXTEV TCR 29 +10.032 7 2
10 30   Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi Grand Prix 29 +12.077 14 1
11 28   Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport 29 +15.946 17
12 5   Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 29 +35.595 16
13 23   Nick Heidfeld Venturi Grand Prix 29 +41.034 12
14 3   Fabio Leimer Virgin Racing 29 +42.697 20
15 10   Jarno Trulli Trulli GP 29 +43.273 15
16 21   Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 29 +48.423 8
17 77   Salvador Duran Amlin Aguri 29 Gearbox1 10
Ret 18   Alex Fontana Trulli GP 25 Suspension 19
Ret 66   Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 15 Accident 13
Ret 55   Sakon Yamamoto Amlin Aguri 15 Battery 18

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers or teams listed in bold were still able to take the respective title.

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

Race TwoEdit

2015 London ePrix
Race 11 of 11 of the 2014–15 Formula E season
 
Layout of the Battersea Park Street Circuit
Race details
Date June 28, 2015
Official name Visa London ePrix
Location Battersea Park Street Circuit, Battersea, London, United Kingdom
Course Temporary circuit
Course length 2.925 km (1.818 mi)
Distance 29 laps, 84.825 km (52.708 mi)
Pole position
Driver Venturi
Time 1:23.901
Fastest lap
Driver   Sam Bird Virgin Racing
Time 1:26.790 on lap 24
Podium
First Virgin Racing
Second Dragon Racing
Third Dragon Racing

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Grid
1 30   Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi Grand Prix 1:23.901 - 1
2 7   Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1:23.965 +0.064 2
3 6   Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 1:24.107 +0.206 3
4 2   Sam Bird Virgin Racing 1:24.241 +0.340 4
5 21   Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 1:24.318 +0.417 5
6 9   Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 1:24.385 +0.484 6
7 23   Nick Heidfeld Venturi Grand Prix 1:25.494 +1.593 7
8 77   Salvador Duran Amlin Aguri 1:25.649 +1.748 8
9 18   Alex Fontana Trulli GP 1:25.689 +1.788 9
10 10   Jarno Trulli Trulli GP 1:27.093 +3.192 10
11 11   Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 1:32.570 +8.669 11
12 88   Oliver Turvey NEXTEV TCR 1:33.626 +9.725 12
13 28   Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport 1:34.167 +10.266 13
14 27   Jean-Éric Vergne Andretti Autosport 1:35.032 +11.131 14
15 8   Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 1:35.111 +11.210 15
16 99   Nelson Piquet, Jr. NEXTEV TCR 1:35.284 +11.383 16
17 3   Fabio Leimer Virgin Racing 1:35.543 +11.642 17
18 66   Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 1:38.473 +14.572 18
19 5   Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 1:41.232 +17.331 19
20 55   Sakon Yamamoto Amlin Aguri no time - 20

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2   Sam Bird Virgin Racing 29 45:48.792 4 271
2 7   Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 29 +6.973 2 18
3 6   Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 29 +9.430 3 15
4 21   Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 29 +10.147 5 12
5 9   Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 29 +10.689 6 10
6 11   Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 29 +11.204 11 8
7 99   Nelson Piquet, Jr. NEXTEV TCR 29 +11.561 16 6
8 77   Salvador Duran Amlin Aguri 29 +12.402 8 4
9 88   Oliver Turvey NEXTEV TCR 29 +14.142 12 2
10 8   Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault 29 +14.535 15 1
11 66   Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 29 +23.170 18
12 29   Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport 29 +24.610 13
13 5   Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 29 +31.501 19
14 18   Alex Fontana Trulli GP 29 +38.423 9
15 30   Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi Grand Prix 29 Suspension2 1 33
16 27   Jean-Éric Vergne Andretti Autosport 28 Battery 14
17 23   Nick Heidfeld Venturi Grand Prix 17 Gearbox 7
Ret 3   Fabio Leimer Virgin Racing 17 Suspension 17
Ret 10   Jarno Trulli Trulli GP 14 Brakes 10
Ret 55   Sakon Yamamoto Amlin Aguri 6 Accident 20

Notes:

  • ^1  – Two points for fastest lap.
  • ^2  – Stéphane Sarrazin received a 49-second penalty for overuse of power.
  • ^3  – Three points for pole position.

Standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "London Timetable". FIA Formula E. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "The final 2013 meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) took place today (4 December) in Paris, France". fia.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Green light for 'double header' London ePrix in Battersea Park". FIA Formula E. 19 February 2015. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/13335341._Chaos__as_Battersea_Park_prepares_for_Formula_E_weekend/?ref=mr&lp=14
  5. ^ "Leimer replaces Alguersuari for London". Formula E Operations. FIA Formula E Championship. 23 June 2015. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Jaime Alguersuari withdrawn from Formula E finale on health grounds". Autosport. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Fontana to race at London ePrix with Trulli". Motorsport. Motorsport.com. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  8. ^ "De Silvestro to race in Visa London ePrix". Formula E Operations. FIA Formula E Championship. 14 June 2015. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  9. ^ Biesbrouck, Tim. "Yamamoto replaces Felix da Costa in London". Electric Autosport. Formula Blue Media. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  10. ^ "McLaren F1 test driver Oliver Turvey to make Formula E debut". autosport.com/. Autosport. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Trulli handed post-race grid penalty". Formula E Operations. FIA Formula E Championship. 6 June 2015. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Driver Standings". fiaformulae.com. FIA. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Team Standings". fiaformulae.com. FIA. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
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