Formula E Reveal Circuit Details for Punta del Este ePrix in Uruguay
By iSportconnect | June 20, 2014
The FIA Formula E Championship has revealed the location and circuit layout for the Punta del Este ePrix in Uruguay.
Alejandro Agag, asthma CEO of Formula E, said: “From the very outset, the Punta del Este authorities have been incredibly supportive of the FIA Formula E Championship and my thanks go to Mayor Martin Laventure and ACU President Jorge Tomassi for allowing us to race in their beautiful city.
“Punta del Este has shown a real commitment to sustainability and we hope by becoming a host Formula E city this will continue to showcase the benefits of electric vehicles.”
The track is 1.1 mile (2.8km) in length and will feature 20 turns. It is south of Maldonado and is based on the track previously used for the TC2000 touring car events.
Juan Manuel Lopez, the first South American driver to test the Formula E car, said: “It’s a very nice location, next to the sea and the beach. I think the best overtaking places would be in the first chicane after the start/finish straight and in Turn 5 under braking.
“There are many places where the track is not that wide too, so it’s going to be a place where you really need to keep your concentration.
“The surface of the roads is very different in places, meaning there is more grip in certain parts of the track, but the Formula E cars are well prepared for that kind of transition.
“They run very high off the ground and with a bit of work on the set-up it will be ok.”
The Punta del Este ePrix will be the third race in the calendar, after the opening around Beijing’s Olympic Bird’s Nest Stadium and the race through the centre of Putrajaya in Malaysia.