Formula E drivers praise Berlin track

Drivers have offered their opinions on the new Formula E street circuit, located in Berlin.

Formula E drivers praise Berlin track
Nelson Piquet Jr., China Racing and Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Dragon Racing
Visit of Berlin: the Reichstag buliding
Visit of Berlin: German flag at the Reichstag buliding
Nicolas Prost, e.dams-Renault
Lucas di Grassi
Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport Team Abt

The Formula E drivers believe that the airfield circuit in the centre of Berlin will generate close and exciting action in the latest round of the FIA Formula E championship tomorrow.

The twenty cars undertook a thirty minute session, split in to two groups, and experienced fifteen minutes each of action this afternoon.

The track was much smoother than I expected ... I think there will be a lot of opportunities for different lines and to overtake.

Lucas di Grassi

The 1.941 mile track at the dis-used Tempelhof airport sees a 17-turn circuit twist its way around the imposing edifice of one of Germany’s most famous landmarks.

Drivers react

“It is ok and it could be a good challenge,” said the previous Miami round winner Nicolas Prost. “It is actually not as wide in the car as you first think and the corners are quite tight so I think it will still be quite tough to overtake but I also think the first few laps will be quite open.”

Championship leader Lucas Di Grassi believes that the track will promote good racing but has some concerns about the track limits. The parameters of the track see a white line dictating the edge of the official circuit and it is predicted that crossing the lines at some of the turns.

“The track was much smoother than I expected,” said Di Grassi. “It was quite dirty and low-grip but it will get better. The straights are short too. I think trying to enforce the track limits will be tough. But I think there will be a lot of opportunities for different lines and to overtake.

“They have done a good job with the kerbs which although temporary seem fine,” continued the Brazilian. “In think the power management in the race will again be crucial and on a similar level to Monaco.”

How will track limits be policed? 

The FIA Formula E Championship Race Director – Pierre Delettre was tight-lipped on how the track limits will be policed tomorrow, saying only. “Of course the drivers are in control but we will have to look at what the limits are and how they drive the track tomorrow.”

The first practice session at Berlin takes place at 08.15 local time on Saturday morning.

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