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Tight Energy Race Predicted for Sanya

Alexander Sims believes there will be more scope for strategy in first visit to Sanya…

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The character of the Sanya E-Prix track should promote a cleaner and more traditionally energy conserving race, according to BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Alexander Sims.

The 2.23-mile circuit is being readied for its first race on Saturday and is said to feature a wider than usual track which should contribute to more settled racing.

Recent races in Formula E have seen two red flags, safety cars and Full Course Yellow periods due to collisions.

In addition, the Hong Kong E-Prix witnessed a flat-out race which was criticised by reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

The Sanya track features two long back-straights linked by a tight hairpin and initial feedback from simulator sessions indicate a wide track.

A smoother circuit has also been reported with a purpose-laid tarmac track that has recently been applied and cured.

“It should be more of an energy limiting race than most of the events held so far,” Sims told e-racing365 from the BMW simulator in Munich.

“So it should be more challenging and open things up from a strategy point of view a bit more.

“The indications are it will be quite smooth so perhaps a little like a traditional street circuit in the Hong Kong sense.”

Sims also believes that the positioning of the Attack Zone on the outside of the left-handeds Turn 2 is a good move from the organizers.

“It seems a good location to me and one that will create some interesting strategy choice,” he said.

“There is a long straight afterwards and there will be a decent time penalty for taking the attack modes, which should see similar scenarios to Santiago and Marrakesh I would say.”

The first ever Sanya E-Prix will be held on Saturday in the Haitang Bay area of Hainan island to the east of the city of Sanya.

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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