LIVE: FIA Formula E – Beijing ePrix – Race


The first ever Formula E race gets underway in Beijing for an hours duel around the streets surrounding the Bird’s Nest Stadium following years of preparation.

Www.TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk will be providing live coverage of the first race, charting the thrills, spills and overtakes from the very first all electric single seater race.

Joe Hudson September 13, 201408:24

Morning all! Welcome to the live coverage of the first ePrix. If you missed it, qualifying took place just over three hours ago and the report is here: https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2014/09/nicolas-prost-sets-history-taking-first-formula-e-pole/

Joe Hudson September 13, 201408:39

Live timing can be found here: http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/live.aspx. Expect a lot of positions changing as drivers make contact with the walls, kerbs or each other.

Joe Hudson September 13, 201408:51

Fan boost winners are out and they are Bruno Senna, Lucas Di Grassi and Katherine Legge. They have one boost per car so two boosts to use over the length of the race.

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Formation lap is underway as Sarrazin didn’t seem to want to get away from the grid

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:07

Ho Pin Tung is starting from the pit lane because of a gearbox change after an accident during qualifying

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:08

Twenty years after they began, the grid is finally forming up after the formation lap and we are getting ready to start!

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:09

We are racing! Prost holds the lead and the two Abt cars follow in behind

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Bruno Senna is out with left front wheel damage

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:10

Jarno Trulli getting pushed back off the grid

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:10

Tung hasn’t left pit exit yet with issues of his own

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:12

Safety car has been deployed to recover the broken car of Bruno Senna

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:19

Safety car laps are still taking place, organisers may need to consider speeding them up in the future. These are painfully slow

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:22

We have gone back to racing on lap five and Franck Montagny is looking to make something happen

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:24

Montagny and Bird both get past Alguersuari

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:25

Rear wing failure for Buemi in the e.DAMS car so looks like he might be retiring

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Buemi’s car is having the spanners on to it to try and replace the rear wing and get back out

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:32

Prost still leads but the two Abt cars are looming like Lions stalking a gazelle

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Amlin Aguri car has ground to a halt out on track at the first corner

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:35

Live timing available here: http://livetiming.alkamelsystems.com/fiaformulae/

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:37

Sarrazin going into the pit lane now and jumping into car 2

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:37

Buemi is under investigation for an earlier incident according to race control

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:38

Montagny goes into the pit lane very quickly, could see a penalty for that

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:39

Pit stops seem to be going well so far, there is a minimum pit stop time so cars not setting off straight away aren’t too unusual

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:41

Buemi has a drive through penalty for crossing the pit exit line

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Prost seems to have very much mastered the pit stops, four second cushion to Nick Heidfeld in second place

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:47

Michela Cerruti gets a drive through penalty for too quick a pit stop time

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:51

Chandhok gets past Sam Bird for sixth place just before the track narrows

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:52

Battery percentages on the graphics aren’t on the money so don’t rely on them, Prost has been on 3% for a few laps now

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:53

Heidfeld closing up on Prost, Venturi car seems to be running a lot less downforce

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:56

Prost and Heidfeld is shaping up to be a three lap blast to the line, could Di Caprio see his team win the first Formula E race?

Joe Hudson September 13, 201409:58

Penultimate lap now and the difference between them is 0.5 seconds

Joe Hudson September 13, 201410:00

Final lap now, if Heidfeld is going to make a move he needs to do it now

Joe Hudson September 13, 201410:02

REALLY REALLY BAD CRASH, Heidfeld and Prost touch, Heidfeld flips and hits the barrier at the last corner

Joe Hudson September 13, 201410:02

Di Grassi takes the victory for Abt from Franck Montagny. Heidfeld is out the car and giving Prost a piece of his mind

Joe Hudson September 13, 201410:03

Top ten:
1. Di Grassi
2. Montagny
3. Abt
4. Bird
5. Pic
6. Chandhok
7. D’Ambrosio
8. Servia
9. Piquet
10. Sarrazin

Joe Hudson September 13, 201410:04

Joe Hudson September 13, 201410:05

Prost completely at fault for that accident, swerved into the Venturi car