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In-Season Test Days Reduced for 2019-20

Just one in-season test day is set to be held during the 2019-20 Formula E season…

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Only one in-season test day is likely to be held in the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season in an effort to help further control costs for teams.

In 2018-19, three in-season test days at Ad Diriyah, Marrakesh and Mexico City were held the day after races, but an agreement has been reached that fewer days will be actioned during the 2019-20 campaign.

The possibility of still hosting a rookie test at Marrakesh or Mexico City is believed to have been discussed at a Formula E Teams & Manufacturers Association meeting at Valencia earlier this week and is still likely to take place in 2020.

Marrakesh, which has hosted such a test in both 2018 and 2019, is thought to be the favored destination for teams running two drivers new to the all-electric championship, should the initiative still continue. The date for the test could soon be confirmed as Sunday, March 1.

The choice of this venue being used is believed to be largely down to the semi-permanent nature of the facility and the fact that cars and equipment will now be flown direct to the next event at Sanya.

Commenting on the testing plan for the coming season, FIA circuit championships director Frederic Bertrand said that both cost-control and the fact that a full season of running has been conducted with the Gen 2 hardware were factors in reducing in-season testing.

“It’s cost [driven] we want to reduce the cost and I think we don’t necessarily need too much testing now,” Bertrand told e-racing365.

“The car is still much the same, more or less an evolution, so what we have to manage we manage and I don’t think we need to much collective [tests].”

There has largely been a consensus with teams that three in-season tests during the last campaign was excessive and put a strain on teams after congested race days.

“I think to be honest doing a test day after a whole race day is really heavy on the teams with workload,” Mahindra’s Jerome d’Ambrosio told e-racing365.

“I think it’s important to have a rookie day and good for the championship and giving some opportunities but that’s it, so this is probably about right for the second season of the Gen 2 car.”

E-racing365 reported in July that manufacturer test days are set to be reduced from 15 to 12 days next season, in a window of Jan. 1-Oct. 1, 2020.

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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    Anon

    October 18, 2019 at 8:24 am

    If the rookie test does go ahead next year, I think we’ll see the following show up:

    Audi – Jamie Green and Benoit Treluyer
    BMW Andretti – Joel Eriksson and Bruno Spengler
    DS Techeetah – James Rossiter and Ye Yifei/Guanyu Zhou
    Envision Virgin – Pietro Fittipaldi and Santiago Urrutia
    GEOX Dragon – Antonio Fuoco and Ed Jones
    Mahindra – Jehan Daruvala/Arjun Maini and Sam Dejonghe
    Mercedes EQ – Daniel Juncadella and Raffaele Marciello
    NIO – Jamie Chadwick and Sergey Sirotkin
    Nissan e.Dams – Sacha Fenestraz and Mitsunori Takaboshi
    TAG Heuer Porsche – Dennis Olsen and Thomas Preining
    Venturi Racing – Norman Nato and Arthur Leclerc

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    Sam Smith

    October 18, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Like it! But you’ve forgotten Jags.

    Martin Brundle and Price Cobb? 🙂

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