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Private Testing Concludes Ahead of Season Start

Final pre-season testing runs took place on Thursday before cars are sent to Riyadh…

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The majority of Formula E teams used October’s extended test window to complete final preparations ahead of the 2019-20 season which begins in three weeks’ time in Saudi Arabia.

After the three days of running at Valencia last month several teams moved on to circuits in Spain to exhaust their allocation of private running.

Mahindra Racing, DS Techeetah, Nissan e.dams and NIO333 used the Calafat circuit for final running which is believed to have included formulating the throttle maps which must be homologated ahead of the first race.

Jerome d’Ambrosio ran the final laps of Mahindra’s Season Six preparations at Calafat on Thursday as final honing of the Mahindra M6 Electro was carried out. Pascal Wehrlein had conducted a day prior to this running.

NIO333 continued its catch-up exercise after missing August and September test opportunities completely due to its team restructure and modified powertrain installations.

Oliver Turvey and Ma Qing Hua were in action at Calafat over the last two weeks as they continue to put miles on their technical package which now utilizes Penske-derived motors and inverters.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing had both Mitch Evans and James Calado on hand for a final day of running in the UK as they readied to start their fourth season of Formula E competition with the new Jaguar I-Type 4.

GEOX Dragon ran at both Varano’s Circuit Ricardo Paletti in Italy and the Mallory Park track in the UK over the last two weeks.

Brendon Hartley and Nico Mueller shared the test and development Penske EV-4 at Varano, while Muller completing running at Mallory Park on Thursday.

BMW i Andretti Motorsport completed some filming running the week after Valencia but has not done any further development days since.

Mercedes-Benz EQ managed an additional day after Valencia as Nyck de Vries undertook a day at Varano with the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01.

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler conducted two days to fill out its full allocation of 22 days. E-racing365 understands that Audi fully utilized the running and chose not to give any further testing opportunities to its customer team Envision Virgin Racing.

The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team did not run after Valencia as it had used all its 15 test days prior to the group test last month.

The cars and freight bound for Saudi Arabia will leave early next week with UK teams seeing off their equipment on Monday while continental teams send theirs on Tuesday.

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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