Trulli FE pleased to have completed first shakedown with season two car

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Trulli Formula E team principal Lucio Cavuto feels pleased to have completed a first shakedown with the season two car in the final test at Donington Park earlier this week.

Trulli had failed to complete any running during the first five days of pre-season testing as it continued to work on its new powertrain, the Motomatica JT-01.

For season two, teams in Formula E have been given more technical freedom and create their own powertrain by obtaining manufacturer status.

Amlin Andretti had also encountered issues with their in-house powertrains across pre-season, prompting the American team to switch back to the season one unit supplied by Renault.

However, Trulli stuck to its guns with the season two powertrain, and eventually got out for seven laps with Vitantonio Liuzzi on Tuesday.

“We are happy to have achieved what we set out for this testing – to complete a shakedown,” Cavuto said.

“This was the expectation, and it was mission accomplished.

“As a team, we are delighted to have announced Salvador a part of Trulli Formula E for season two and we now have 45 days of very hard work. However, rest assured, we will be ready to race in Beijing.”

Despite racing for Trulli in five ePrixs last year and taking part in all of pre-season testing, Liuzzi is yet to officially be announced by the team for season two, as confirmed to MotorSportsTalk by a spokesperson earlier this week.

The second FIA Formula E season begins on October 17 in Beijing, China.

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

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Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).