A specially arranged advisory group has been formed to look into future ABB FIA Formula E Championship track layouts.
E-racing365 can reveal that the group, which currently includes three drivers in Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Rowland and Jerome d’Ambrosio, meets with Formula E Holdings sporting director Frederic Espinos to discuss circuit designs in the all-electric series.
The four first convened at the final race of season six in New York City with the brief to discuss options on alleviating incident hotspot areas on Formula E tracks.
This topic came into focus at both Rome and Bern last season where accidents triggered red flags when contact between cars blocked the circuit.
The advisory group will look at overall track designs and crucial topics such as starting grid positions and construction of chicane complexes.
“This small committee will help a little bit advising on track designs,” di Grassi told e-racing365.
“This is very aligned to Fred’s [Espinos] ideas. We were elected by other drivers in New York. It’s an advisory thing, so no power really but I think it is important because we want less possibilities of having red flags.”
The chicane that was used at this week’s Valencia test was not reprofiled as part of the ongoing study as to how Formula E can reduce incident hotspots.
“Because of the way this race track is, it’s nothing like a Formula E race track,” Formula E race director Scot Elkins told e-racing365.
“We need somewhere where guys can work on conserving energy. It’s that simple.”
When you look at the circuit, there’s almost no place to really lift and coast. So we just wanted to have that in that case. And we didn’t want to have such a long straightaway.
“It’s tough to do, honestly, because of the width. We still need to have an escape road.
“It’s not in any way a test of what we’re going to be looking at for next year in terms of the circuits, because the truth of the matter is that we want to get rid of chicanes like that.”