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The Hong Kong ePrix is an annual race of the single-seater, electrically powered Formula E championship, held at the Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit in Hong Kong. The track was touted as a potential venue for the all-electric series’ inaugural race. It was first raced in the 2016–17 season as the first major international motorsport event in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong ePrix
Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit
Hong Kong Formula E Circuit.png
Race information
Number of times held4
First held2016
Circuit length1.860 km (1.156 mi)
Last race (2019)
Pole position
Podium
Fastest lap

In 2018–19 season, the 2019 Hong Kong ePrix was the 50th race of Formula E since its inception in 2014.[1] It was widely expected to be the first wet race in Formula E racing history. Drivers tested the grip levels in both shakedown and practice sessions on a fully wet track, but it did not eventuate.[2]


CircuitEdit

The ten turn 1.86 km circuit, located in the Central Harbour front area is a firm favourite on the Formula E calendar. Making use of existing roads, all racing cars and drivers drive past landmarks including the International Finance Centre, Hong Kong Observation Wheel and Hong Kong City Hall.[3]

Significant portions of the track covered with painted road signs could turn the race to extremely unexpected under serious rainy conditions, according to some drivers.[4]

There is different tarmac and painted road markings around the circuit will make some parts of the track really slippery and especially on an adverse camber section it will be treacherous. Still, the drainage is facilitated by the presence of concrete blocks with holes.

ResultsEdit

ControversyEdit

With over 350 skyscrapers sitting on Hong Kong’s shoreline, it was claimed several drivers encountered radio communication problems due to the buildings blocking the signal, which forced them to recalculate their energy management unassisted.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Stat Attack: 10 things you didn't know about the race in Hong Kong". Formula E. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Oliver Rowland heads wet Hong Kong E-Prix FP1". Formula E. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Pre-race round-up: Audi's got a "score to settle" in historic Hong Kong race". Formula E. 9 March 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Teams Gear Up for Forecasted First Wet Race". e-racing 365. 9 March 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.