After two years of work and intense racing, the outcome of the very first FIA Formula E Championship is about to be decided. Throughout the last twelve months, the 40 Spark-Renault SRT01_E – the architecture of which is supervised by Renault Sport – have demonstrated their qualities.
Reflecting the fairness with which all the competitors have been treated, no fewer than six drivers are still in with a chance of winning the title in London. Nelson Piquet (Nextev TCR) holds the advantage, but both e.dams-Renault drivers will be making a final push for glory in the UK capital.
Currently third and fourth in the championship standings, Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost can also secure the title for Renault Sport’s team partner in race 1.
The racing may be all the more intense for the fact that the final round is being held in the capital city widely regarded as the model pupil in Europe in terms of the deployment of public charging points. All the drivers will therefore be looking to shine ahead of the summer break, which will be dominated by preparations for the entry of rival manufacturers next season.
Designed by the architect Simon Gibbons, the track will use the existing tarmac roads in the heart of Battersea Park. It covers 2,922 metres and will be driven in anti-clockwise direction. The competitors will start just a stone’s throw from the Thames before lapping the park and the boating lake, with a technical mix of fast straights, high-speed corners and challenging chicanes and braking points. The races will feature 29 laps on both Saturday and Sunday.
On track, the Renault Electric Show will provides plenty of thrills and spills as four Renault Zoés and three Renault Twizys perform some impressive moves whilst the public can also meet Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost in the eVillage. Fans can also give their favourite driver a little extra support by voting for them in the FanBoost or by heading for the dedicated event on the Renault stand, alongside vehicles from the Z.E. range, the face-painting stand and the electric track. Lastly, as a support race, London schools will be competing against one another in the final installation of the Formula E School Series.
“London is the final home straight and there will be a lot of pressure on everyone’s shoulders,” commented Jean-Pascal Dauce, Director of Motorsport, Renault Sport Technologies. “We have worked over many months to ensure that all the drivers and teams are treated equally and that will be the case again this weekend. We have helped to establish a good competitive environment for fair and exciting racing throughout the season and we’re looking forward to living this finale on this truly motorsport ground.”