Shake it out : London ePrix shakedown report
Renault e.dams’ title campaign got underway in Battersea Park today. The bumpy, cambered 2.9km track – the perimeter road of the Park – was the scene for a 30 minute shakedown. Nico Prost and Sébastien Buemi enjoyed runs in both their cars as they got to grips with the challenging circuit and even more challenging wet-dry weather conditions.
Nico Prost commented : ‘It was difficult conditions as the track was a bit wet in places, but dry in others, but ultimately drier than we expected. It wasn’t bad as a session. The track is less bumpy than I remember so I’m looking forward to getting started for real tomorrow.’
Sébastien Buemi, who hopes to take his first Formula E title this weekend, added : ‘The track feels better than last year as it seems to be less bumpy, but it’s difficult to judge as we run with very little power in the shakedown. We will see how it really is in practice tomorrow but it was good to get a little bit of running in today. The circuit was quite wet as there are the trees that cover the track and block out the sun, plus there are lots of wet leaves. But all was OK and sets us up well for tomorrow.’
The drivers will have two further practice sessions tomorrow before qualifying at 12 :00. The 33 lap race, the longest-ever race seen in Formula E, starts at 16 :00hrs.