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Valencia Wednesday Notebook

Sam Smith’s notebook from Wednesday at Valencia…..

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***E-racing365 has uncovered that three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Benoît Tréluyer also tested the Season Five test car in France recently. The Audi factory driver has competed sporadically in GT racing since the Audi LMP1 program ended last year.

***A further test of the 2018/19 car will take place in the next ten days, potentially with the majority of its bodywork on. The initial tests have been conducted without the all-enveloping bodywork on the car.

***The possibility of a Formula E Drivers Association is unlikely to happen in the short-term, according to Jean-Eric Vergne. “To be honest Formula E and even the FIA President Jean Todt asks us for our opinion directly about the championship or the cars,” he said. “There is a good relationship and trust between all of us, so the situation is good with nice level of communications.”

***Mahindra tested British duo Jordan King and Jack Hawksworth over the summer as it continues to evaluate potential reserve and test drivers. Former F1 test driver King is known to have been talking to several teams about a switch to Formula E for the next phase of his career.

***The Mahindra team will move in to its new offices in Banbury later this month. The design office facility will also include a full “in-the-loop simulator” according to team principal Dilbagh Gill.

***Nissan Motorsport boss Mike Carcamo was at the circuit yesterday where he spent the majority of his time at sister brand Renault. Rumors continue to circulate that Nissan branding will be seen on the Renault e.dams cars from Season Five onwards ahead of a potential increased involvement in Season Six.

***The FIA is understood to have received three tender applications for the implementation of the HALO safety device for the next generation of car which will run in Season Five.

***The likelihood of Formula E visiting India in the near future is “getting closer” according to Mahindra’s Gill. “Delhi would be a great option but it would very much depend on the time of year when we could get a slot,” he said.

***Fisher Stevens, the director of award-winning environmental documentary ‘Before the Flood’ visited the Valencia paddock this week. Stevens worked closely with Leonardo DiCaprio on the documentary, which DiCaprio produced along with regular collaborator and fellow multiple Academy award-winner Martin Scorsese.

***Formula E has a new Content Manager. Rory Smith, a former lifestyle journalist who majored in automotive and motorsport freelance writing, has replaced Andrew van de Burgt, who has taken up a new position as Editor-in-Chief at Autosport Network UK Limited.

***NIO has employed former GP2 and touring car engineer Nigel Clyde to work with Luca Filippi this season. Roberto Costa, who has engineered Nelson Piquet Jr. over the last two seasons, will now have a more expansive role in developing the Season Five NIO powertrain but will also attend some races.

***Mike Henderson, who engineered Nelson Piquet Jr. at NIO last season, moves across to work with Oliver Turvey for Season Four.

***NIO has used both ex-Formula Renault race winner Dan Wells and LMP2 racer Alexandre Imperatori to test and develop its NIO EP9 track car in Shanghai recently.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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