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Teams Ramp Up Final Private Tests

Majority of Formula E teams continue testing as they prepare for Valencia…

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The majority of ABB FIA Formula E Championship teams have completed test mileage this month in readiness for the 2019-20 season.

With homologations completed at the start of September teams have been entering a critical phase of performance testing with their Season Six challengers before the promoter’s mid-October group test in Valencia.

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler was in action earlier this month at its favored Mallorca test track where Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi both ran.

The team was again running last weekend at the Autodromo Riccardo Paletti near Piacenza, Italy, where Mattia Drudi conducted driving duties.

The 21 year-old Italian currently drives for Attempto Racing in the Blancpain GT Series and holds Audi factory driver status.

The TAG Heuer Porsche team was also out in action at Mallorca earlier this month as Andre Lotterer got his second run out with his new team.

The test was the final serious run for the new operation ahead of the Valencia group test.

GEOX Dragon completed a test at Circuit Ales last week, with Brendon Hartley using an alternative anti-clockwise track configuration.

The American-entered team then transferred to Calafat this week where both Hartley and new-signing Nico Mueller were in attendance sharing cockpit time on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing pair of Mitch Evans and James Calado each got seat time at Abingdon airfield in the UK last week before travelling out to Calafat for a two-day test this week.

James Calado ran laps on Tuesday, while the recently re-signed Mitch Evans took over the cockpit on Thursday.

E-racing365 reported earlier this week that Calado looks likely to race for the team in 2019-20 and is expected to be announced officially at the team’s launch on Wednesday.

BMW Tests Eriksson, Spengler

BMW i Andretti Motorsport ran laps at the manufacturer’s Miramas facility early in September just before announcing Maximilian Guenther’s signing for the 2019-20 season.

Alexander Sims also tested in the BMW test and development car, sharing duties with Guenther on that occasion.

E-racing365 understands that Sims has a firm offer for a second season with the team but is yet to formally put pen to paper.

BMW was out again this week at Miramas, where Guenther and Sims were again in action. They were joined by DTM drivers Bruno Spengler and Joel Eriksson, sharing duties over three days on Monday, Wednesday and a final run on Friday.

Mercedes EQ completed more miles at Varano last week where it shared the track with Audi. Recently signed driver Nyck de Vries is believed to have got his second run in the car after an initial outing in August.

Venturi, which is expected soon to confirm its plans for Season Six next week, was also out at the Varano circuit with Felipe Massa at the wheel.

Mahindra Racing had both Jerome d’Ambrosio and Pascal Wehrlein in action at Calafat last week and the team continued its test program at the Guadix facility near Granada in southern Spain in recent days.

DS Techeetah is preparing to test Antonio Felix da Costa for the first time next week. The Chinese team’s new signing will get a run prior to making his public debut with his new team at Valencia on Oct. 15.

The newly named NIO 333 team is unlikely to undertake anything other than a brief filming day shakedown of its new package prior to Valencia.

As revealed by e-racing365 on Thursday, the team is in a race against time to be ready for Valencia. Oliver Turvey will stay for a fifth consecutive season but the identity of his teammate is currently thought to be fluid.

Nissan e.dams, meanwhile, has been continuing its preparation with its new single-MGU designed powertrain with runs throughout September being carried out by its unchanged 2019-20 line-up of Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland.

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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