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Poll: Christmas Racing in Punta del Este! [Formula E Round 03: Uruguay] (38 member(s) have cast votes)

What are you looking forward to in Punta del Este?

  1. Another uncertain, dramatic race like in Putrajaya! (13 votes [34.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.21%

  2. Layout changes (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Oliver Rowland's debut (8 votes [21.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.05%

  4. Jacques Villeneuve starting to score points (4 votes [10.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.53%

  5. Random christmas hats (3 votes [7.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.89%

  6. Safety Cars (1 votes [2.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.63%

  7. Dams pair not cruising away again (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. NexTev China Racing improving its form (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. DS Virgin challenging the top guys (1 votes [2.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.63%

  10. The beach (8 votes [21.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.05%

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#1 thegamer23

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 12:38

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Winter has come.
Winter is a long, dreadful pain for Motorsport passionates. 
No racing, no drama, just waiting..
 
 
Wait...It's FORMULA E time folks!
 
 
*John Cena theme running in the backround
 
 
Racing in the stunning scenario of Punta Del Este, the Uruguayan Formula e-Prix is one of the most iconic location in the calendar. A few meters from the beach there's a circuit, one of the fastest, tightest and most challenging in the calendar, and a few meters from the circuit there's the spectacular skyline of Punta Del Este
Here in Uruguay the passion for motorsport is vivid, as the huge crowd of last year's debut e-Prix proved.
 
Racing is on saturday 19th of December, the week before Christmas. Who will be gifted by Santa Claus this time?
 
 
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- WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR?

 

 

 

 

Last year's Punta del Este e-Prix was one of the most drama-filled & close of the entire season. A stunning debut performance by Andretti's Jean Eric Vergne put him on pole in front of Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing) & Sebastien Buemi (Dams). 

A lot of wheels spinning from Vergne at the race start cost him the first position, but soon managed to get in front of Piquet once again by attacking hard into the hairpin. 
Meanwhile Buemi managed to pass the brazilian too and get into the slipstream of the frenchmen. 

At the mid-pack a lot of action, with Sam Bird crashing into the wall as well as Sarrazin & Brabham, forcing 3 Safety Car periods!

Pit stop gamble advantaged Buemi, who had less pace and energy then Vergne in the final laps. The ending was insane! Vergne attacked Buemi in every corner, making even contact, before damaging the car on a kerb and finishing his debut race; Buemi was the race winner! 

 

 

 

 

 

- WHAT HAPPENED LAST RACE?

 

 

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One of the most chaotic, unpredictable and crazy races ever went live in the streets of Putrajaya, not far from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

Poleman's Buemi looked comfortable for the second win in a row, but reliability issues started to decimate the field in the second part of the race. Than lead changes every, lap, crashes, and the victor always uncertain. 
That was pure Formula E madness, but Lucas Di Grassi managed his car & battery better than everyone else, winning the race in front of Sam Bird & the spectacular Robin Frijns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
- THE STANDINGS
 
 
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- THE CIRCUIT
 
 


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LENGHT: 2.808 km
TURNS: 20
QUALI RECORD: 
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RACE RECORD: 1.18.451 
 
The circuit has changed since the first season. The image above shows the differences between new (UP) & old (DOWN) layout. We can see a completely different approach to Turn 1, to avoid pit exit problems like last year. 


 
 
 

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Here you can vote your favourite driver
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- DRIVER's NEWS
 
 
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WSR 3.5 Champion OLIVER ROWLAND will replace Nick Heidfeld in Mahindra for Punta del Este!
Heidfeld injured his hand lignaments during the Putrajaya e-Prix, he will come back in Buenos Aires.


Meanwhile, the Trulli Team is facing its final exclusion to the championship, as the will not participate at the Punta del Este e-prix neither. They will lickely be replace by Jaguar next season! 
 
 
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- SCHEDULE

(19th december)

 
11.15 - FREE PRACTICE 1 (45 minutes)  - http://www.fiaformulae.com/live
13.30 - FREE PRACTICE 2 (30 minutes)  - http://www.fiaformulae.com/live
15.00 - QUALIFYING (4 groups + superpole) - http://www.fiaformulae.com/live
19.00 - RACE (LIVE ON ITV4

ITV4 pre-race Build-up starts at 18.00! 


 

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#2 Richard T

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 12:45

A shame that quick T14-15 chicane is now gone. That was quite spectacular!

#3 Risil

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 13:56

 

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And another inexplicable event poster!  :D



#4 Rob29

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 16:19

Simona winning her first race?



#5 WhiteSGPlayer

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 17:21

 

Nice OP as usual, Gamer

 

EDIT: To put some actual content in this post, I hope that someonte is actually closer to DAMS in terms of pace this weekend


Edited by WhiteSGPlayer, 14 December 2015 - 17:22.


#6 Risil

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 18:37

 

"One of Uruguay's most recognizable landmarks", apparently. Couldn't they have used Luis Suarez taking a bite out of a Formula E car instead?


Edited by Risil, 14 December 2015 - 18:37.


#7 BRG

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 18:49

And another inexplicable event poster!  :D

At least there isn't a cheesy slogan this time.



#8 maximilian

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 19:51

At least there isn't a cheesy slogan this time.

There is:  Power in Paradise.  But they left it off the poster for some reason.



#9 Jonnycraig37

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 20:03

Simona winning her first race?


There's more chance of you or I winning this weekend.

#10 043Max

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 20:12

Another podium for Frijns, on 4 wheels this time .... step(s) higher hopefully as well.... :cool:



#11 ardbeg

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 00:15

What has happened to team Trulli?



#12 Myrvold

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 00:53

Am I the only one who likes the posters? It feels like a proper throwback to the old days...

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#13 Disgrace

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 09:01

What has happened to team Trulli?

 

The Trulli train is derailing. The story that it took a new hire to point out that the team had spent an entire season cooling the wrong component was pretty astonishing. I don't think they've ever known what they're doing.



#14 thegamer23

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 09:34

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Trulli is officially out from the season!

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The Trulli Formula E Team has today announced that it will leave the FIA Formula E Championship with immediate effect.

Trulli joined Formula E ahead of the inaugural season after it took over the entry from Drayson Racing. For the second season the team were one of eight approved manufacturers, but both technical and supply issues with its Motomatica JT-01 forced Trulli to miss the Beijing and Putrajaya ePrix.

 

These issues have now led the team to relinquish its entry to the series back to the organisers, meaning that 18 cars will be entered for the Punta del Este ePrix on December 19.

 

Francesco Test, CEO of Trulli GP, said: “After failing scrutineering in the Beijing and Putrayaja ePrix and in light of our commercial agreement with Formula E Holdings, we are forced to announce the retirement of Trulli Formula E from the FIA Formula E Championship. As major supporters of this all electric series, we are please to leave space for a new OEM to enter the series and further help develop the series and electric racing technology.”

 

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “We are disappointed that Trulli has decided to leave the championship. Having a driver of the status of Jarno Trulli involved in the early days certainly helped to boost the credibility of Formula E. Taking the decision to become a full manufacturer was a bold one, and one that was always going to present challenges due to the technical advances that Formula E is pioneering. While we are very sad to see Trulli leave, this does create an opportunity for a new team and manufacturer to enter and we are very confident about the future strength of the series.

 

 

 

And Dragon Racing to become a manufacturer in Season 3!
http://www.motorspor...e-manufacturer/


Edited by thegamer23, 15 December 2015 - 10:01.


#15 Disgrace

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 09:36

That will presumably end the Lugano bid for a race then.



#16 thegamer23

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 10:09

JAGUAR IS BACK!


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http://www.autosport...t.php/id/122245


Edited by Disgrace, 15 December 2015 - 10:12.


#17 thegamer23

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 19:32

 


 


Edited by thegamer23, 15 December 2015 - 19:34.


#18 PiperPa42

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 20:38

What's up with Formula E and grey liveries? The Car would have looked awesome in the F1 metallic BRG jaguar used :( Almost looks like a NextEv season 1 clone.

 

The Trulli train is derailing. The story that it took a new hire to point out that the team had spent an entire season cooling the wrong component was pretty astonishing. I don't think they've ever known what they're doing.

Wait, what, how :eek: Do you have a link to a story somewhere? ​



#19 Disgrace

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 20:51

Here's the story:

 

“Last year we had a big performance issue because we had a dramatic mistake on the cooling system. Before we received our cars, the first test was run at Donington by Drayson,” he continued.

 

“We found that from the radiator that they linked first the motor and then the inverter. This means [the inverter] was being ‘eaten’. This is the heart of the car and needs to be cool to be efficient."

 

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"I am very upset because you cannot burn up your season for this mistake. We only realised this summer when we were changing the car over for season two and our new Brazilian mechanic saw it and said: ‘Are you crazy, you are cooling the motor first and not the inverter.’

 

"Our crew last year did not understand this basic and fundamental mistake."



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#20 Marklar

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 20:53

Souds like Honda



#21 Pierce89

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 03:39

A shame that quick T14-15 chicane is now gone. That was quite spectacular!

Well crap. The super fast chicane was easily the best corner of the whole season.

#22 Pierce89

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 03:39

A shame that quick T14-15 chicane is now gone. That was quite spectacular!

Well crap. The super fast chicane was easily the best corner of the whole season.

#23 thegamer23

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 16:21

Race will be two laps longer than last year!  :up: 

 

Weather looks far from perfect this week in Punta del Este

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Rain on friday and cloudy on race day, with a lot of wind expected. Could cause problems with sand, less grip on track. 

 



#24 Ben1445

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 16:37

 



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A shame that quick T14-15 chicane is now gone. That was quite spectacular!

Haaaaaang on. The above picture is this years layout, the lower one is last years. The chicane looks tighter on last years diagram than this years, in addition to the first chicane modifications... so I'm guessing the T15-16 is actually...unchanged? 

....or am I losing it? 


Edited by Ben1445, 16 December 2015 - 16:45.


#25 thegamer23

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 16:42

Haaaaaang on. The above picture is this years layout, the lower one is last years. The chicane looks tighter on last years diagram than this years, in addition to the first chicane modifications... 

....or am I losing it? 

Yep. 
The picture above is the new layout. 

I guess we'll only know on saturday if minor changes to that chicane has been made.

I've heard too that "some chicanes" were slowed down, but no proof from that official layout released.


Edited by thegamer23, 16 December 2015 - 16:44.


#26 thegamer23

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 17:43

Action starts tomorrow at 11.15 AM, with the Free Practice 1 on the revised Punta del Este circuit. 

 

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Edited by thegamer23, 18 December 2015 - 18:59.


#27 maximilian

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 21:16

Funny that INDIAN OIL is not sponsoring the all-electric Mahindra! :wave:



#28 Exb

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 21:18

This thread has just taken 15 mins to load so probably a bit late with this now :( but live FE chat with some of the drivers:
FIAFormulaE ‏@FIAformulaE · 16 mins16 minutes ago
We're nearly ready to go!

Chat-E on Youtube: http://bit.ly/1OBfH6T
Or on Dailymotion: http://bit.ly/1MlRUpH

#29 thegamer23

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 10:16

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It Race Day folks!   :clap:  :clap:

 

Sun is shining, the beach is waiting for the Formula E cars. 

Free Practice 1 in just 1 hour time

 

 



 

 

edit: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

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Paddock rumor: Massa & Bottas could really join Jaguar next season thanks to Williams support. 

http://current-e.com...guar-formula-e/

 


Edited by thegamer23, 19 December 2015 - 10:32.


#30 Muppetmad

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 10:33

^ That would be an impressive coup for the series. I imagine it'd be a challenge to make work, but if it happens, great news :up:



#31 thegamer23

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 11:10

Now live

Website: http://www.fiaformul...-streaming.aspx


Edited by thegamer23, 19 December 2015 - 11:10.


#32 Marklar

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 11:16

edit: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM
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Paddock rumor: Massa & Bottas could really join Jaguar next season thanks to Williams support. http://current-e.com...guar-formula-e/

Would be huge if true

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 11:21

Now live

Website: http://www.fiaformul...-streaming.aspx


can we watch this in the UK guys ? just that I'm getting an error

#34 thegamer23

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 11:27

can we watch this in the UK guys ? just that I'm getting an error

I've sent you a PM

 

edit: After a problem with his DS Virgin car, Vergne just having a walk inside the track with cars pushing around, red flag  :lol: 

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Edited by thegamer23, 19 December 2015 - 11:36.


#35 thegamer23

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 11:57

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Crash by Sam Bird, clipped the wall on chicane entry and finished it into the wall.
What an eventful morning for DS Virgin, pace is there but lot of problems

 

 

 

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Buemi & Bird the only one to complete a 200 KW sim


Edited by thegamer23, 19 December 2015 - 12:02.


#36 Jordan44

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 12:16

Looks like it could be pretty close in the race between Virgin and e-dams. Nice to see some big improvements.



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 12:20

can we watch this in the UK guys ? just that I'm getting an error


Yes- on the FormulaE YouTube channel the show practice and qualifying live:





Edit: my lack of internet skills showing again - yesterday I couldn't embed a video no matter how hard I tried and today I try and add a link and it puts the the video there :(


Edited by Exb, 19 December 2015 - 12:24.


#38 Ben1445

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 12:22

I'm liking the new first chicane 



#39 Jordan44

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 12:34

The stream on the website doesn't work for me in the UK either. Have to use YouTube. It's no problem but anyone know why that is?



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#40 thegamer23

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 13:13

Live FP2 in 10 minutes

Website: http://www.fiaformul...-streaming.aspx



#41 thegamer23

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 13:37

Buemi in the wall!
Senna risked too


Very close at the front. A lot of crashes, Buemi and Abt went out in spectacular fashion.

Buemi seems to have damaged his gearbox, it's going to be hard work for Dams.




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Quali in 1 hour!

 

Mahindra in trouble!


Edited by thegamer23, 19 December 2015 - 14:06.


#42 thegamer23

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 14:55

Quali now on

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#43 ANF

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 14:56

The stream on the website doesn't work for me in the UK either. Have to use YouTube. It's no problem but anyone know why that is?

I think it's geoblocked in countries where there is a TV contract? But I'm still in Nigeria, so I'm not sure.

#44 fridge46

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 15:03

The stream in post #40 is working for me (I'm in Sheffield)



#45 thegamer23

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 15:07

Oh dear Vergne...

#46 muramasa

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 15:09

nice beach...wanna be there



#47 muramasa

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 15:15

Prost bollarded front wing



#48 muramasa

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 15:18

Vergne: "he must have been camping at chicane" :D



#49 thegamer23

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 15:19

Di grassi looks on it!

#50 ardbeg

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 15:20

Vergne: "he must have been camping at chicane" :D

He conveniently blamed that for him starting last, ignoring that he was already gone after missing the chicane :)