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Paris E-Prix in photos
Paris E-prix race report
Our French graduate brand ambassadors Hanna Blondeau and Arnaud Bruyant were at the Paris E-Prix this weekend, and have put together the below race report which gives us an insight into what went down across the weekend:
For the 3rd time in Paris, the 8th race of the 4th Formula E season took place around the historic Les Invalides complex. The track is the shortest in the competition at just 1.93 km with 14 challenging turns. For this event we were chosen as the French brand ambassadors to represent GKN Driveline. Our mission was to represent GKN Driveline and to showcase the partnership with Panasonic Jaguar Racing (PJR) which we then communicated through social media.
We arrived on Friday morning in Paris to meet the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team, they greeted us and we were then given a guided tour of the track, they then took the time to explain to us what will happen during the Paris E-Prix event. At first, we met the PJR technical team, this also gave us the chance to be with the drivers, Nelson Piquet and Mitch Evans. PJR explained what made the electric cars so unique, and they also explained that each driver has two cars because the current battery is not able to cover the full race. This will not be the case next season, due to the advancements in the electrification technology.
We then visited the E-Village which was open to the public. Inside the Allianz E-Village fans had the opportunity to see a range of cars, including the latest electric and hybrid cars from Renault, DS, BMW and Jaguar. On Friday evening we were invited to the Jaguar team's event, where the latest model from Jaguar, the I-Pace, was presented. The I-Pace is a pure electric vehicle and has a range of 480Km.
The day of the race we arrived early to the track so that we could watch the first free practice. At the beginning of the session, our driver Nelson Piquet lost the rear of his car and collided with the wall, causing significant damage to the front of his vehicle. The mechanics started to repair the car as quickly as possible to be ready for the next stage of the days race. Two hours later, the second free practice of the day caused more problems for our team when Nelson Piquet damaged the front of his second car on the wall! The second free practice was then unfortunately interrupted by a red flag.
Qualification started at 12 o'clock, to determine the order of the 20 drivers on the grid. Nelson Piquet could not take part in qualification due to crashing both of his cars, meaning that the driver had to start the race at the back of the grid. For Mitch Evans, it was also hard due to the 10-place grid penalty already in place for a gearbox change which had to take place. Qualifying in 14th position, Mitch had to start in 20th position with a 5 second penalty.
A few minutes before the race, the Jaguar team had confirmed that Nelson Piquet will be ready for the start and would start out in 18th position. The Paris E-Prix started at 4pm on what was a narrow track where it is very difficult to overtake. Mitch Evans finished in 15th position while Nelson Piquet failed to finish.
GKN Driveline is becoming more and more involved in the world of electrification and after spending two days in this innovative world we saw that the electric car will be the next generation of car, and our partnership with Panasonic Jaguar Racing is an excellent arena for GKN to develop this technology.
Whilst the result of the race was disappointing, it was a great experience to participate at this amazing event as GKN ambassadors. It was a pleasure to be inside this amazing event and to take part in all of the activities across the weekend, it was also an honour for us to represent GKN Driveline at the event!
Team Panasonic Jaguar Racing
Formula E Paris
Formula E returns to the city of love this year, with the track’s awe-inspiring view of the Eiffel tower providing a perfect backdrop to the race.
As the second half of the season gets underway, Paris will be an important event for all the teams to work their way up the standings. The series will race on the Circuit Des Invalides once again, circling the military museum and Napoleon’s tomb in central Paris. Every track in Formula E has unique challenges, and Paris is no different.
With an inconsistent road surface and a very narrow track, Paris is rivalled only in the race calendar by Hong Kong for its technical driving difficulty. The Paris E-Prix has always been a fan favourite, and sell-out crowds are anticipated again this year, so get your ticket now!
About the circuit
The Circuit Des Invalides is a gripping one to watch, with action from the very first corner as all twenty cars decelerate from almost 200 km/h into the tight right hand turn.
Given the tightly packed grid, there will almost inevitably be collisions and intense battling for position in this first corner. The track then narrows over the next few turns due to the tight Parisian streets. Turn 9 is a sharp bend of more than 90 degrees, and the slowest in the circuit. However the road opens up as the long straight to Turn 10 presents itself, and we will see the Formula E racers under maximum acceleration here for sure.
The track surface will provide the drivers with a challenge, with overlapping zones of different tarmac throughout the length of the circuit providing some rough transitions. This combined with its narrow lanes, sharp turns and short length mean that the Circuit Des Invalides is up there with Hong Kong contending for the most technical track of the calendar.
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