August 12th

Sebastien Buemi fastest as first Donington FIA Formula E test of 2015 concludes

Swiss ace Sebastien Buemi posted the fastest time in FIA Formula E testing at Donington Park, as the first two days of pre-season testing concluded today (Tuesday 11 August).

Buemi, who drives for the e.dams team in the ground-breaking championship also set the fastest time on the first day of testing yesterday, but improved his time by over a second today to keep his name on top. His time of 1m31.050s is already faster than the times set here last year, with all teams trialling new technology to make the cars faster than last year.

British ace Sam Bird was second fastest, less than half a second behind with Germans Daniel Abt and Nick Heidfeld third and fourth. The legendary names of Nicolas Prost and Bruno Senna were fifth and sixth with Loic Duval seventh ahead of Stephane Sarrazin. Ex-F1 racer Jean Eric Vergne and his countryman Tom Dillmann completed the top-10 today. Another ex-F1 ace Jerome D’Ambrosio was 11th ahead of 1997 F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve, who continued his acclimatisation to the championship.

Thousands of fans took advantage of the free entry to the two days, and were able to get up and close to the drivers during the lunch time pit walks.

Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate commented: “It’s been fantastic to welcome the Formula E cars, teams and drivers back to their ‘home’, Donington Park. The new technology on show is fascinating, motorsport never stands still, and these new cars are already faster than their predecessors.

“It was also a fantastic moment in Donington’s history, to have the evocative names of Villeneuve, Senna, Prost and Piquet on track at the same time! We look forward to welcoming many more fans to the next test days on 17 and 18 August, and 24 and 25 August, where entry will again be free of charge.”

Formula E testing resumes on 17/18 August and 24/25 August. All dates are open free of charge to members of the public who apply in advance through the Formula E website at www.fiaformulae.com. For more information on events at Donington, visit www.donington-park.co.uk. 

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