Punta Del Este

Overview

Overview

The Punta Del Este E-Prix features a unique track, which follows the picturesque Playa Brava beach in sunny south-east Uruguay.

Punta Del Este is replacing the Sao Paolo E-Prix in the Season 4 calendar. The FIA Formula E Championship is returning to Punta Del Este for a third time this season, and previous years have not disappointed. This is the first time that Panasonic Jaguar Racing will be racing on the Uruguayan track, but there is solid experience in the team as Nelson Piquet came second here in the inaugural season of Formula E.

The resort is famous throughout South America for its beautiful beach. The track is so near it that drivers have mentioned sand has even been seen in the pits!




The circuit

When: 17 March 2018
Track length: 2.79km
No. of turns: 20
Season 2 Winner: Sebastian Buemi
Season 2 Lap record: 1:17.413
Track direction: Anticlockwise

About the circuit

The Punta Del Este street circuit runs along the city’s harbor, closely following the shoreline before doubling back on itself. 

The track is based on one previously used for Argentinian touring car events. It features a lot of tight chicanes, and is not an easy one to overtake on. This means that qualifying will be even more important than normal, as it will be very difficult to fight to the front of the pack from a start at the rear.

The surface of the track is also a challenge. The beachside location means that sand on the track may well affect the grip of the Formula E race cars, a performance characteristic that will be in high demand on the sharp turns at Punta Del Este.

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City guide

It’s no surprise that the main attractions in Punta Del Este are the pristine beaches.

The summer sun ensures warm temperatures in the mid-twenties for most of the year. Be sure to check out the famous hand sculpture (pictured), an icon of Punta Del Este. Relax and sunbathe, have a cocktail at one of the beach bars, or jump in the water for the whole variety of water sports. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

Casapueblo is a unique building built by a Uruguayan artist, Carlos Paez Vilaro. 

Its gleaming white façade spans nine floors on the cliffside above the beach. The complex houses an art gallery and a museum, as well as a hotel and restaurant, and took 36 years to complete. It was constructed as a tribute to the victims of a Uruguayan airplane crash which claimed the lives of Vilaro’s sons. The late artist’s legacy lives on, as Casapueblo’s art gallery now houses his works.

Head down to Punta Del Este’s picturesque harbor to join a cruise destined for one of the nearby islands.

The resort has made its name as a millionaires' playground, and surveying the yachts on display here is an activity in itself. Head to Gorriti Island for even more secluded beaches, or set foot on Isla de Lobos. Here you can climb the 240 steps up the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the Punta Del Este coast and harbor. Its worth the trip!

The Championship races

Hong Kong
Round 1-2
Marrakesh
Round 3
Santiago
Round 4
Mexico City
Round 5
Punta del Este
Round 6
Rome
Round 7
Paris
Round 8
Berlin
Round 9
Zurich
Round 10
New York City
Round 10-11

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