The idea of a professional racing series using cars with electric motors has been in […]
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The idea of a professional racing series using cars with electric motors has been in the air for a long time, because over the last couple of decades the global automotive industry has been paying increasing attention to electric vehicles. And if twenty years ago it was mainly about experimental machines, today in the world hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles are sold annually. This is not surprising, since theoretically electro-mobiles are more efficient than gasoline counterparts. The efficiency of an electric motor is much higher than that of an internal combustion engine. At the same time it is lighter, more compact, simpler, more technological, more reliable, safer and quieter. And the only problem hindering the development of electric vehicles was the battery.
Formula E is a recent invention, “environmentally friendly car racing”, which are driven by electric vehicles. The teams of our favorite formulas took part in the creation of cars for these races: Dallar chassis, McLaren electric motor, Williams battery and Michelin tires. Costs were significantly lower: 3 million British pounds. The team consists of 8 people: two racing engineers, one telemetry engineer, four mechanics and one team leader. Riders use 2 cars, because they need to charge batteries for a long time, the pilot changes cars once every half hour. The losers from Formula 1, and the successful Formula 2 pilots and Turkeycards were spotted here. At first, the stages took place only along street routes. In the second season, the station also got a stationary circuit named after the Rodriguez brothers in Mexico. In fact, in these races, what the modern formula 1 has lost is visible: there really is a struggle and overtaking due to the skill of the pilots, and not the “Turbo” button. Although the above button is present and is called “Fan Boost”. Clicking on it temporarily adds 30 kW to the power of the motor. The right to the button can only get the best pilots who delight fans. Even more color to the irregularity of the championship adds that in the last race of the first season they deprived one pilot of the victory for having the audacity to cross the finish line on an empty battery.
Bruno Senna is a modern Brazilian race car driver, a participant in the world Formula One championship. In addition, he participated in Formula 3 and the GP2 racing series.
The pilot was born on October 15, 1983 in the city of São Paulo. As a child, his uncle, who was a three-time Formula One champion, taught the boy racing skills. But in 1994, a terrible accident took the life of his uncle, and Bruno had to forget about motor racing. Only 10 years later, in 2004, he had the opportunity to recall the races – one friend from Italy gave him a Lotus 98 T car. Bruno immediately began performing in local competitions and gradually gained experience. Later he performed in Formula BMW and Formula Renault, where he managed to show good results.
In 2005, the pilot moved to Formula 3. During this year he spent seven races, in three he raised to the podium. The following year he achieved great success, becoming the winner in three races out of four. It is worth noting that these races were held in bad weather conditions. In the fifth stage of the championship Bruno had an accident. His car soared into the air and fell near the fence. Despite the damage to the car, the pilot was almost not injured. But because of the prolonged repair, he was forced to skip the next race. As a result, the driver won the third place.
In late 2006, he decided to show himself in the GP 2 series, and signed a contract with Arden International. The debut race ended in fourth place, but soon the pilot won the first victory in the race in Spain. In the next two races, he achieved brilliant results – both times he started from the first position and occupied the same place at the finish. In further races of the season, he was haunted by failures and technical problems; in the final table, his name was in eighth place. The following year, Bruno continued to act in GP 2, but in a different team. During the season he spent 20 races, scored 2 wins and 6 podiums. The season was remembered by an unprecedented incident, when the racer crushed a dog running out onto the track. In the end, with 64 points, the Brazilian won second place.
In 2010, he made his debut in Formula 1. He played for the Hispania team, but the season turned out to be a failure for the team, she did not score any points. The best result was the 14th place. The next season spent in the Renault team. The pilot pursued frequent problems and clashes, but this time he managed to enter the top ten – won the ninth place at the Italian Grand Prix.
The names of two champions are currently entered in the history of Formula E. Each of them during his racing career has come a hard and very interesting way before getting into the electric championship. Today we decided to briefly introduce you to the history and interesting moments from the racing careers of each of the Formula E champions.
The 28-year-old Swiss racer got acquainted with karting and began the way to motor racing in far 1994 year. In 2004, Buemi made his debut in Formula BMW, where a year later he finished the season in second place in the individual competition. After that, the driver went to Formula 3 Euroseries. In this championship, the Swiss again took two years to reach second place in the season. In addition to performances in F3, in 2006, Buemi became a member of the Junior program “Red Bull”, which allowed him to debut in GP2 already in 2007. First, the Swiss got into this only one race: at the stage in Monaco, he replaced the injured Michael Ammermüller. However, after his return, Ammermüller did not show the most impressive results, and therefore in the middle of the season Buemi was put in his place again. In total, in 2007, Sebastien held 11 races in GP2, and his best result was the 7th place in the first race in Monza.
Already in the next season, the Swiss began performing in GP2 on a full schedule. Buemi won 2 victories in 19 races and finished the championship in 6th place in the individual competition. At the same time, Sebastien got the position of test driver for the Formula 1 Red Bull team and was able to get a closer look at the techniques and subtleties of working in F1. In 2009, the Red Bull driver David Coulthard ended his career, Sebastian Vettel passed from Toro Rosso, and Buemi managed to get Vettel’s place in the junior team of the Austrian concern. And so began the career of the Swiss in the “Formula 1”. Sebastien has performed at Toro Rosso for three years. From the very beginning, he showed very average results, and over time they improved little. As a result, before the 2012 season, the team decided not to renew the contract with the Swiss. There was no other team who wanted to take in Buemi who was left without work in F1. For this reason, Sebastien was forced to leave the championship. However, he retained a contract with Red Bull and continued to perform the role of test pilot in both her Formula 1 teams.
Having lost the status of an F1 racing driver, Buemi focused his attention on endurance races. Already in 2012, the Swiss made his first appearance in the European Le Mans Series and the WEC Championship. The first full season at WEC for Sebastien was 2013. The driver played for the Toyota team in the highest category of the championship – LMP1 – and together with his crew won 2nd place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 3rd place in the season. The following year, the Buemi crew managed to win the WEC title, but the Swiss failed to reach the highest runway stage at Le Mans that year.
In 2014, Buemi took part in the Formula E debut season as part of the French i.dams team. Having won 3 victories in 11 races of the season, the Swiss almost became a champion, but in the final race, Nelson Piquet lost only 1 credit point and finished second in the season. The following year was for Buemi more successful: the driver won 3 victories again, but this time he managed to win the final bout, ahead of the season’s main rival, Lucas di Grassi, by only 2 points.
The path of the 33-year-old Brazilian in motor racing, like most racers, began with karting. And it began quite late – in the year 2000. But di Grasse’s career immediately began to develop quite rapidly. Already in 2002, Lucas made his debut in the 2-liter Brazilian Formula “Renault” and took second place at the end of the season. A year after that, the Brazilian finished in the 2nd place the championship of the South American Formula 3. Then Di Grassi moved to the British F3, and after that – to the F3 Euroseries. In 2005, the driver won the Macau Grand Prix Formula 3, and in the 2007 season he debuted in the GP2 series. There he performed until 2009, inclusive. In each season, except for the debut, the Brazilian showed very confident results and consistently scored at least 6 victories. However, the champion title for 4 years, di Grassi never once reached out. His best result in the season GP2 was 2nd place in 2007. Simultaneously with the participation in the youth championship, Lukas served as a test pilot in different Formula 1 teams.
In the 2010 season, di Grassi made his debut in F1 as part of the Virgin team. The performances of the Brazilian turned out to be very inconclusive: for the whole season he was classified only in 10 races (out of 19), and his best finish was 14th place in Malaysia. At the Japanese Grand Prix di Grassi, he noted that he had crashed his car on the forming wheel before he even got to the starting grid.
As a result, Lukas did not manage to linger long in F1 and already in 2011; he began his career in the WEC Championship. At the same time, the Brazilian driver got the Pirelli test pilot position and began testing tires for Formula 1, and also became a tester for the new Formula E championship. Over the next few years, di Grassi competed in endurance racing. In 2014, he, as part of the crew No. 1 of the Audi team, climbed to the 2nd stage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans podium. In the same 2014, Lucas made his debut in the electric formula with the ABT team. In the very first season, di Grassi made the list of the main contenders for the championship title, but unsuccessful performances in the final races of the season, as well as disqualification in the Berlin e-Pri, did not allow him to win the title. Similarly, he failed to capture the championship in the second season: before the start of the final race, the Brazilian was on the first line of the individual competition, and he had as many points as Sébastien Buemi. As a result, the two contenders for the title collided with each other in the first round and rolled away from the point zone, while Buemi managed to beat Di Grassi on points only due to two bonus points for the best lap in the race.
The third season of the electric championship was much better for Lukas. The Brazilian racer performed well during the whole season and in the end was able to beat Buemi by as much as 24 points, becoming the third champion in the Formula E history. Now in the electric formula reigns the offseason and the championship with might and main is preparing for the start of the fourth season. Let’s hope that it will turn out just as entertaining and interesting as the previous ones, and allow us to enjoy plenty of beautiful and intriguing for the champion title.