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Pit Spotters Allowed for Santiago E-Prix

Teams can use pit spotters during the mandatory car swaps in Saturday’s Santiago race…

Photo: Sam Smith

Teams will be allowed to use spotters in the pit lane during the mandatory car-swap pit stops in Saturday’s inaugural Santiago E-Prix.

Tomorrow’s race will be the first ABB FIA Formula E Championship round to not feature a minimum pit stop time after the FIA did away with the supplementary rule following the last round in Marrakesh.

The FIA sensed that the minimum times had been achieved by the teams to make the quickest possible stop, and as as result, chose to scrap the requirement.

The scrapping of the holding time on the car change, added to the tight confines of the Santiago pit lane, mean that teams are likely to have to angle or position second cars in their pit garages to ensure they clear the outside pit wall safely on exiting.

FIA sporting manager Frederic Espinos says that a likely option to avoid any added risks, particularly on exiting the pit, would be for each team to be allowed a spotter behind the wall directly opposite their pit garage.

“With the pit lane being straight it means that, unlike Buenos Aires for example where there was a curve, here a team member can see the whole length of the pit lane and can be in contact as a kind of spotter because the view is good,” Espinos told e-racing365.

“The teams are free to do it, and we are giving them the option to have a spotter in addition to the usual ‘lollipop person’.”

The lollipop person will also be allowed to be located slightly outside the usual demarcation point of the garage with a white line indicating where they can stand.

E-racing365 revealed last week that teams have at least one set of endurance style belts and most have also invested in some extra safety equipment such as ski helmets for the modified pit stop procedure.

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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