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Track facts and key factors: BMW i Andretti Motorsport ahead of the DHL Valencia E-Prix.

In our preview, we provide you with the crucial facts and key factors for a successful DHL Valencia E-Prix.

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Munich. After Maximilian Günther (GER) finished ninth and fifth to score points in both races last time out in Rome (ITA), the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team is now looking to take another step forward at the next double-header in this season’s ABB FIA Formula E World Championship – the DHL Valencia E-Prix (ESP). Although ‘Circuit Ricardo Tormo’ has a different layout in certain sections of the track compared to the one used for the pre-season tests, the team travels to Spain with fond memories, having set the fastest time of the test. In our preview, we provide you with the crucial facts and key factors for a successful DHL Valencia E-Prix.

 

You can find detailed information in our Media Guide: https://b.mw/Formula_E_Media_Guide. It provides detailed information on the technology behind the BMW i drivetrain and the BMW iFE.21, background stories on the technology transfer between motor racing and production development, the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team and the drivers as well as the BMW Group safety car fleet. It is updated with facts and figures on the respective event after each race weekend.

 

TRACK FACTS VALENCIA.

Circuit length

3.376 km, counter-clockwise – again one of the longest circuits in the history of Formula E.

Corners

15 – of which 9 are left turns, 6 are right turns.

Track surface

Very smooth, as it is a permanent racetrack.

Grip level

Very good. No big differences expected between the qualifying groups.

Track layout

Different to pre-season tests. T6 has been modified, T8-T10 are also new, as is the chicane T13-T15 at the start/finish. This should make the lap time about 15 seconds slower than at the tests. Mix of different corners, high-speed circuit.

Top speed

235 km/h.

Attack zone

On the outside of T8.

Pit lane

New pit lane entry, forks off from new chicane.

Overtaking

Good overtaking opportunities, particularly before T1 and T2.

Accident risk

Increased risk in new, technical section T8-T10 and in the new chicane.

Tyre wear

Increased wear, particularly for the right tyres, due to fast left corners.

Key factors

Energy management very important, qualifying performance, preparation for possible wet race.

 

Quotes ahead of the DHL Valencia E-Prix:

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“While we know the Valencia track very well from several years of pre-season testing, we have never actually raced here. Additionally, the layout chosen for the weekend is also unique, so while much of the circuit will be well known, the infield section including the attach zone, will be new to us. We know from testing that track limits are always a big topic of discussion and we will certainly be interested to see how this is policed during the race event. The track is very smooth compared to most Formula E venues and with the relative absence of kerbing will likely mean a very different approach to car set-up compared to most venues. The performance of the team in testing has traditionally been very strong there and hopefully that will bode well for the drivers and lead to some strong points scoring finishes across the double header weekend.”

 

Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21):

“In principle, all the drivers know the circuit in Valencia very well. Our BMW iFE.21 was extremely strong there during the tests, so I am hoping for good results. I also hope that my run of bad luck from Diriyah and Rome has finally come to an end and I can finally get my season started with my first points.”

 

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21):

“It feels really good to get back into a real race rhythm. After the solid points in Rome and a lot of good findings, we now travel to Valencia with a great spirit in the team. The circuit will be different to the one for the winter tests. I am sure that the changes will lead to some really great racing and that the field will be very close in all the sessions. I am looking forward to the challenge.”

 

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The BMW Group Safety Cars.
The BMW Group has been represented in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship as ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ since the very beginning and will continue to provide the fleet of safety cars for season 7 of the fully-electric racing series. Alongside the BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car (fuel consumption (combined): 2.0 l /100 km; energy use (combined): 14.5 kWh /100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 46 g/km)*, which has been modified specially for racing use, the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW will be appearing as a new safety car from the Rome E-Prix onwards. The development of the car based on the new MINI Cooper SE represents a hitherto unique collaboration between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and Formula E. The fleet also includes the BMW i3s (Power consumption in kWh/100: 14.6-14.0 (NEDC); 16.6-16.3 (WLTP), electric range in km: 278-283 (WLTP))* as ‘Race Director Car’ and the BMW iX3 (Power consumption in kWh/100: 17.8-17.5 (NEDC); 19.0-18.6 (WLTP), electric range in km: 450-458 (WLTP))* in its roles as ‘Medical Car’ and ‘Rescue Car’.

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