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.