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Valencia Wednesday Notebook

Sam Smith’s notebook from Day 2 of the official ABB FIA Formula E Championship test…

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***E-racing365 has learned that an additional race could be added to the 2018-19 schedule between the Berlin and Bern rounds, with discussions having taken place recently.

***The location of a possible 13th event is not currently known although Formula E has previously held discussions with both Lisbon and Copenhagen. A proposed second German event has also been met enthusiastically by some of the manufacturers.

***Antonio Fuoco got his first laps in a Formula E car during the morning session for the Dragon team. The Ferrari Academy driver, who is represented by well-known driver manager Enrico Zanarini, is also set to drive the Penske EV-3 on Friday. His scheduled time on Tuesday was compromized with technical issues in the No. 6 car he is sharing with Max Guenther this week.

***Eduardo Mortara’s running in his Venturi VFE-05 this morning was compromised by a broken driveshaft. The Swiss-Italian is this year working with his former DTM engineer Albert Lau.

***Tony Ross, the current engineer of Valterri Bottas in Formula 1, is at Valencia this week, consulting for HWA Racelab.

***There is currently no official statement regarding the current political controversy surrounding the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi recently. It is understood that Formula E is monitoring the situation and in particular the status of the planned WWE event in Saudi Arabia which is scheduled for Nov. 2.

***The series is evaluating the future use of biometric racing gloves. The technology, which can feed back large amounts of data on drivers, is being used this week.

***Formula 1 introduced the biometric glove technology this year. The feedback for the glove-located sensors gives data such as pulse oximetry which gives medics valuable insight into a driver’s condition at any stage of them being active on the track and also in the event of an accident.

***South Korean manufacturer Hyundai is said to have re-kindled its interest in Formula E in recent months. The company, which is the country’s biggest electric car maker, first expressed interest in Season One. E-racing365 last month revealed last month that Alejandro Agag recently visited Seoul to discuss a possible future E-Prix in the city.

***BMW contracted driver Beitske Visser could take part in the Sunday test at Riyadh in December. “It is obviously a possibility,” BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt told e-racing365. “She is on our program because we believe she has really good skills and is strong.”

***A large delegation of Porsche personnel has been at the track since Tuesday morning as they continue to evaluate the championship’s operational challenges. Among the group were well-known engineers Kyle Wilson-Clarke, Olivier Champenois and also operational chiefs Carlo Wiggers and Amiel Lindsey.

***Jaguar Land Rover is said to be considering making all Jaguars electric within the next decade, according to a report by Autocar. An outline strategy is said to be currently under consideration.

***HWA Racelab has secured Mahle, the Stuttgart-based automotive parts company, as a new official partner and team sponsor.

***Felipe Massa has been reunited with Jacky Eeckelaert, his first ever Formula 1 engineer at Sauber in 2002. The veteran Belgian technical manager has been overseeing the powertrain development of the Gen 2 package in testing with Massa.

***Sam Bird has a new engineer for his fifth season in Formula E. Stephen Lane, who worked with Alex Lynn last season, will take over from Mike Lugg who left the team last July to take up a new position with Red Bull Racing in F1.

***Robin Frijns will be engineered by Bertrand Fermine who has joined Envision Virgin Racing recently. The Belgian has previously worked at Fortec in F3 and for ART Grand Prix in GP3.

***DS Techeetah has a new logistics manager in the shape of Martin Pople who joined the team last month. Pople’s previous job was with DHL Motorsport and he also brings experience from the Manor Racing F1 team where he worked in 2016-17.

***The French-Chinese team has re-shuffled its technical staff in its new structure as Fabrice Roussell has moved to a wider-ranging engineering role. Roussell engineered Andre Lotterer last season but has been replaced in that position by Andreas Siegfried.

***Also joining DS Techeetah this season in the role of crew chief will be Ranald McLean who joins from FIA World Endurance Championship LMP1 team Rebellion Racing. McLean has previous experience at Murphy Prototypes and Emil Frey Racing.

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

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. hellothere

    October 17, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    not a single gallery of the tests?? come on…

  2. Kris

    October 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Interesting to learn that the Hyundai Group is getting interested in FE, to date their EV offer (Hyundai Kona, Ioniq and Kia NiroEV and SoulEV) are better than the VW Group one.

    Nothing about Ford though? Heard that they’re considering to partner Dragon…

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