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Valencia to continue as Formula E pre-season test venue

Valencia to continue as Formula E pre-season test venue
By Motorsport.com

02/09/2019 at 11:08Updated 02/09/2019 at 11:55

ABB FIA Formula E has announced that it will return to Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo track for its official three-day pre-season in October.The running will take place over three days between October 15-18, with the Thursday of those days acting as a rest and media day. Each day will be divided into two three-hour sessions, running from 9am with a two-hour lunchbreak at 12pm. The test is not open to th

ABB FIA Formula E has announced that it will return to Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo track for its official three-day pre-season in October.

The running will take place over three days between October 15-18, with the Thursday of those days acting as a rest and media day.

Each day will be divided into two three-hour sessions, running from 9am with a two-hour lunchbreak at 12pm. The test is not open to the public.

The pre-season running will happen at Valencia for the third year in a row, after testing for the electric championship's first three campaigns was conducted at Donington Park.

At last year’s test, one session was set aside to hold a run-through ‘race’ to check the attack mode race format system – and accompanying TV information systems – ahead of the first season of the Gen2 era.

Attack mode will remain unchanged for this season, but the rules have been changed to reduce the amount of energy drivers have available after safety car and full course yellow interruptions by a set amount depending on the length of the race suspension.

This season, manufacturers will also be able to alter the hardware on their new packages following the conclusion of the Valencia test.

This is because the FIA’s homologation deadline for the 2019/20 powertrains has been extended until October 31.

Previously, powertrain hardware was locked in for the season – with changes only allowed in cases of extreme unreliability or for safety reasons – ahead of the official pre-season test, with manufacturers allocated a 15-day private programme allowance to work on their new technology.

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