The official pre-season take a look at in Valencia (ESP) heralds the essential section of preparations for season 4 of the FIA Method E Championship for BMW and the MS&AD Andretti Staff. From Monday to Thursday, all of the groups represented in Method E assembled on the “Circuit Ricardo Tormo”. With Wednesday being a relaxation day, the groups had three days to check on the circuit.
For 2 BMW works drivers it was additionally about getting deeper into Method E: Tom Blomqvist (GBR) and Alexander Sims (GBR) had been gathering extra sequence expertise on the take a look at. They alternated on the wheel of the vehicles with BMW works driver António Félix da Costa (POR), who’s already confirmed as an everyday driver for season 4. The entire driver line-up on the MS&AD Andretti crew shall be introduced at a later date.
As a part of the shut cooperation with MS&AD Andretti, BMW will accompany the crew all through the approaching season, because it continues to arrange for a works entry in season 5. The primary occasion on the 2017/18 calendar is the Hong Kong ePrix (HKG) on 2nd December 2017. In complete, the season consists of 14 races around the globe. The finale will happen in Montréal, Canada, on the finish of July 2018.
Tom Blomqvist: “I’m pleased with the take a look at as I realized so much about Method E. It’s in a approach fairly totally different to the racing that I’ve skilled earlier than, however I discover it very attention-grabbing and interesting, so I loved it. The entire idea is totally totally different. The vehicles are electrical and you actually need to take care of the vitality administration aspect of issues, whereas within the racing I’ve been doing earlier than it’s simply flat out and it’s a must to fear about gas consumption. Right here, it’s a must to handle so many issues on the vitality aspect to ensure you don’t deplete your vitality shops. It’s all about racing as quick as doable, while managing the vitality that you’ve got. That is fairly an attention-grabbing philosophy and one thing the place the driving force can have a big effect.”
Alexander Sims: “Method E has a number of distinctive issues which are totally different to some other race sequence. That goes from vitality administration proper right down to the way in which the tyres carry out, as a result of they’re actually totally different to the usual slick tyres you usually have. Initially we had been simply doing flat-out runs, so it was fairly like in Method three or GT. The most important problem was once we had been doing the race runs making an attempt to use vitality administration to a super scenario. It’s a actually attention-grabbing mixture if you end up driving since you are continually serious about the way to save vitality or use your vitality extra effectively. You’re going by the coasting and regenerating procedures – however then you definitely get to the nook and you’re driving fully on the restrict. Afterwards, you attempt to save vitality once more. It’s a actually attention-grabbing mixture and I actually get pleasure from it.”
António Félix da Costa: “I’m pleased with the take a look at. We now have been doing a variety of laps, testing many new issues. We now have some new engineers within the background as effectively who’re bringing recent concepts. We used the take a look at to convey all of it collectively and to guage the adjustments to get in the perfect form doable for the season opener in Hong Kong. We gathered a variety of helpful info that shall be beneficial on the races. I’m trying ahead to the brand new season.”