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Season 7 Testing Facts and Figures

The end of last week and the start of this week saw the Formula E cars take to the track for the last time in 2020 for pre-season testing in Valencia. We now take a look at the facts and figures behind the three days of testing in Valencia.

Fastest lap times

Maximilian Günther (1:11.760)

Sergio Sette Camara (1:11.796)

Nico Müller (1:11.810)

Antonio Felix da Costa (1:11.815)

Mitch Evans (1:11.880)

Pascal Wehrlein (1:11.908)

Alexander Lynn (1:11.941)

Oliver Rowland (1:11.943)

Jean-Eric Vergne (1:11.978)

Oliver Turvey (1:11.996)

Norman Nato (1:12.002)

Jake Dennis (1:12.047)

Edoardo Mortara (1:12.066)

Nick Cassidy (1:12.099)

Sebastien Buemi (1:12.134)

Alexander Sims (1:12.163)

Andre Lotterer (1:12.205)

Stoffel Vandoorne (1:12.219)

Robin Frijns (1:12.244)

Rene Rast (1:12.245)

Nyck de Vries (1:12.279)

Tom Blomqvist (1:12.308)

Sam Bird (1:12.315)

Lucas di Grassi (1:12.338)

For the third season in a row a BMW i Andretti driver was the fastest overall driver in testing. Season 5 saw Antonio Felix da Costa top the time sheets, and Season 6 saw Max Gunther as the fastest driver.

Just 0.578 seconds separated the fastest times of the 24 drivers on the grid (an average gap of just 0.024 seconds). Less than half a second separated the fastest times for each of the 12 teams.

21 of the 24 drivers set their fastest time on Day Three of testing. Only Mahindra’s Alex Lynn, Jaguar’s Sam Bird and Audi’s Lucas di Grassi set their respective fastest laps on Day Two of testing.

After having topped all three days of testing in Season 5, one day of testing last season and the final day this season, BMW i Andretti has become the second team to have topped a total of five days of pre-season testing. The other team is Renault e.dams, who topped ten days of testing over the first four Formula E seasons.

Total Laps Completed

A total of 5,686 laps were completed throughout the three days of testing by the 12 teams, with six of the teams managing to complete over 500 laps.

NIO 333 managed to complete 535 laps, the most of any team. This is equivalent to 1,678.830 kilometres, which is more than the distance between the Circuito Ricardo Tormo (where testing was held) and the London ExCeL Arena, which is due the hold the London E-Prix in 2021 (1,337 kilometres).

Lap time improvement

As BMW i Andretti have been the benchmark in testing for the last two seasons, we can compare how each Formula E team has improved in comparison to the German squad.

Of the 11 other teams, nine have made ground on BMW, with NIO gaining over 1.2 seconds, and Porsche having found almost half a second.

However, both Envision Virgin Racing and Mahindra Racing have lost time to BMW, having both lost just under a tenth.

As a whole, the gap between the front and the back of the grid has shrunk from 1.481 seconds after testing in Season 6, to just 0.485 seconds this season. Hopefully, Season 7 can have the close racing we have come to expect in Formula E when the season starts in Santiago in January.

 

Picture source: FIA Formula E Media

About Tom Bryan
Tom is a data analyst, who runs the @FormulaEStats twitter page, which gives a variety of facts and stats about the ABB Formula E Championship.