Amlin Aguri

Team Aguri, ABT back to work ahead of second Formula E season; calendar due on Friday

Leave a comment

The inaugural FIA Formula E campaign may only have ended 11 days ago, but the teams and drivers have already been getting back to work ahead of the start of season two.

Nelson Piquet Jr’s time off as champion is unlikely to last too long, particularly with many of his rivals getting back in their cars to prepare for the next ePrix.

Here are some notes and pieces of noteworthy news from the Formula E world.

TEAM AGURI BEGINS LIFE AFTER AMLIN WITH DONINGTON TEST

The split between insurance company Amlin and Team Aguri was confirmed on the season two entry list last week, but life goes on for the latter.

Now scrubbed of the Amlin branding and with a brand new Twitter account – @TeamAguri – the team spent some time testing at Donington Park on Wednesday with Salvador Duran and former F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa, who remained open to a more permanent role in the series.

“At the moment this is just an exploration for both sides really,” the Spaniard said. “It is too early to say if I will race or not. I am here and I wanted to have a go and Team Aguri was good enough to let me try it.

“The team looks very attractive on the outside and they have a good engineering team and good plans for the future. As I said it is early days for me, but if I do it then it will be at 100 per cent.”

As for Amlin? Its popular Twitter account is still going (complete with the cat), but has signed off for summer.

DI GRASSI HAILS “A HUGE STEP FORWARD” WITH SEASON TWO CAR

Lucas di Grassi’s defeat in the season one championship race was not without controversy following what he called a “joke disqualification” at the Berlin ePrix.

However, he has remained upbeat and is already back to work with the new car at ABT, who have been joined by technology company Schaeffler for season two.

SEASON TWO CALENDAR DUE ON FRIDAY

The calendar for the second Formula E season should be issued tomorrow following the meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Mexico City, but a draft version is already doing the rounds.

As per motorsport.com, this is the proposed schedule:

1. Beijing, China (October 17)
2. Putrajaya, Malaysia (November 21)
3. Punta Del Este, Uruguay (December 12)
4. Buenos Aires, Argentina (February)
5. Mexico City, Mexico (February)
6. TBA (March)
7. Long Beach, USA (April)
8. Paris, France (April 24)
9. Berlin, Germany (May 21)
10. Moscow, Russia (June 11)
11. Battersea Park, London (TBA)

The round in Mexico City is set to be held on a version of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez that will host the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix later this year. The other new round on the calendar is Paris, which replaces Monaco.

The Miami ePrix has also been omitted from this draft calendar. According to Sports Business Daily, event promoter Andretti Sports Marketing declined to comment when approached.

The date of the London ePrix appears to be dependent on when the British Grand Prix will take place, but will once again be held at Battersea Park, which MotorSportsTalk understands has a five year contract to host a Formula E race. It will once again be a double header finale.