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Round 1

Beijing

Sat. 13 Sep. 2014

Race
Beijing

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The race

backstage

The podium: Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT), Franck Montagny (Andretti), Sam Bird (Virgin Racing)

our Expertise

"We didn't have the best strategy, but it feels great to be the first winner in Formula E, even if nobody likes to see a race end with an accident. I'm just glad Heidfeld is ok and it proves that these cars are very safe."

Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt)

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START !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Franck Montagny has been dropped 3 places on the grid start after crossing a white line during qualifying practice

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In the e dams Renault box during the qualifying practice

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In the Evillage before the race. Some companies are presenting their electric cars. Michelin proposes to take pictures and create a personal badge at its stand.

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The French company EDF is an FIA supplier. The firm has 60 years' experience in the electricity industry. Two experts will attend each ePrix.

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There are 200 marshals to oversee the race. We met the experimented French team who are helping their Chinese colleagues

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On the back, he wears a gaz cylinder. He uses it when he must change the tyre.

our Expertise

We have a very special tyre Michelin. You can use it in every condition. You have to be confident. How difficult is to drive in this city, i'm very impressed in it. You have a good relationship with power and tyre.

Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT

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To provide the 20 cars with energy, the company Aquafuel, supplier to the FIA Formula E, produces energy with a natural product using salt-water algae, Glycerin. Inside the garages, it can deliver one megawatt. It can be provide electricity for 1000 houses.

our Expertise

We do the set up in a very limited time. I'm very happy with the qualify. But it's difficult to make a big advantage of it.

Nicolas Prost, e.Dams Renault

our Expertise

"It's great to be on pole. Now we can concentrate on the race. Energy management will be important"

Nicolas Prost

Video

Focus Nicolas Prost

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Amazing event: an electric single-seater race in the centre of a city.

ABOUT THE city

It's a new championship. A lot of emotion, it's like a baby being born.

Jean Todt, President of the FIA

Video

On the way to the free practice 2

backstage

Free practice 1 in Beijing.

discover the city

The Olympic stadium by night, beautiful!

Track

pit lane

turn: 20
Lenght: 3,44 km
  • 1

    Lucas

    di Grassi

    N°11 25 PTS
    +
    Audi Sport ABT
  • 2

    Franck

    Montagny

    N°27 18 PTS
    +
    Andretti Formula E
  • 3

    Sam

    Bird

    N°2 15 PTS
    +
    Virgin Racing
  • 4

    Charles

    Pic

    N°28 12 PTS
    +
    Andretti Formula E
  • 5

    Karun

    Chandhok

    N°5 10 PTS
    +
    Mahindra Racing
  • 6

    Jerome

    d'Ambrosio

    N°7 8 PTS
    +
    Dragon Racing
  • 7

    Oriol

    Servià

    N°6 6 PTS
    +
    Dragon Racing
  • 8

    Nelson

    Piquet

    N°99 4 PTS
    +
    NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team
  • 9

    Nicolas

    Prost

    N°8 3 PTS
    +
    E.Dams-Renault
  • 10

    Stéphane

    Sarrazin

    N°30 2 PTS
    +
    Venturi
  • 11

    Takuma

    Sato

    N°55 2 PTS
    +
    Amlin Aguri
  • 12

    Daniel

    Abt

    N°66 1 PTS
    +
    Audi Sport ABT
  • 13

    Jaime

    Alguersuari

    N°3 0 PTS
    +
    Virgin Racing
  • 14

    Nick

    Heidfeld

    N°23 0 PTS
    +
    Venturi
  • 15

    Michela

    Cerruti

    N°18 0 PTS
    +
    Trulli
  • 16

    Katherine

    Legge

    N°77 0 PTS
    +
    Amlin Aguri
  • 17

    Ho-Pin

    Tung

    N°88 0 PTS
    +
    NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team
  • 18

    Sébastien

    Buemi

    N°9 0 PTS
    +
    E.Dams-Renault
  • 19

    Jarno

    Trulli

    N°10 0 PTS
    +
    Trulli
  • 20

    Bruno

    Senna

    N°21 0 PTS
    +
    Mahindra Racing
  • 1

    Nicolas

    Prost

    N°8  
    +
    E.Dams-Renault
  • 1

    Lucas

    di Grassi

    N°11  
    +
    Audi Sport ABT
  • 3

    Daniel

    Abt

    N°66  
    +
    Audi Sport ABT
  • 4

    Karun

    Chandhok

    N°5  
    +
    Mahindra Racing
  • 5

    Franck

    Montagny

    N°27  
    +
    Andretti Formula E
  • 6

    Nick

    Heidfeld

    N°23  
    +
    Venturi
  • 7

    Jaime

    Alguersuari

    N°3  
    +
    Virgin Racing
  • 7

    Nelson

    Piquet

    N°99  
    +
    NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team
  • 8

    Charles

    Pic

    N°28  
    +
    Andretti Formula E
  • 9

    Sébastien

    Buemi

    N°9  
    +
    E.Dams-Renault
  • 10

    Ho-Pin

    Tung

    N°88  
    +
    NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team
  • 11

    Oriol

    Servià

    N°6  
    +
    Dragon Racing
  • 12

    Sam

    Bird

    N°2  
    +
    Virgin Racing
  • 13

    Jerome

    d'Ambrosio

    N°7  
    +
    Dragon Racing
  • 14

    Takuma

    Sato

    N°55  
    +
    Amlin Aguri
  • 15

    Jarno

    Trulli

    N°10  
    +
    Trulli
  • 16

    Katherine

    Legge

    N°77  
    +
    Amlin Aguri
  • 18

    Michela

    Cerruti

    N°18  
    +
    Trulli
  • 19

    Bruno

    Senna

    N°21  
    +
    Mahindra Racing
  • 20

    Stéphane

    Sarrazin

    N°30  
    +
    Venturi
  • 1

    Nelson

    Piquet

    N°99 103 PTS
    +
  • 2

    Sébastien

    Buemi

    N°9 101 PTS
    +
    E.Dams-Renault
  • 3

    Lucas

    di Grassi

    N°11 93 PTS
    +
    Audi Sport ABT
  • 4

    Nicolas

    Prost

    N°8 78 PTS
    +
    E.Dams-Renault
  • 5

    Jerome

    d'Ambrosio

    N°7 77 PTS
    +
    Dragon Racing
  • 6

    Sam

    Bird

    N°2 68 PTS
    +
    Virgin Racing
  • 7

    Antonio Felix

    Da Costa

    N°55 45 PTS
    +
    Amlin Aguri
  • 8

    Jean-Eric

    Vergne

    N°27 40 PTS
    +
    Andretti Formula E
  • 9

    Jaime

    Alguersuari

    N°3 30 PTS
    +
    Virgin Racing
  • 10

    Bruno

    Senna

    N°21 28 PTS
    +
    Mahindra Racing
  • 12

    Daniel

    Abt

    N°66 22 PTS
    +
    Audi Sport ABT
  • 13

    Scott

    Speed

    N°28 18 PTS
    +
  • 14

    Franck

    Montagny

    N°27 18 PTS
    +
    Andretti Formula E
  • 15

    Karun

    Chandhok

    N°5 18 PTS
    +
    Mahindra Racing
  • 16

    Stéphane

    Sarrazin

    N°30 18 PTS
    +
    Venturi
  • 17

    Charles

    Pic

    N°28 16 PTS
    +
  • 18

    Oriol

    Servià

    N°6 16 PTS
    +
    Dragon Racing
  • 19

    Nick

    Heidfeld

    N°23 10 PTS
    +
    Venturi
  • 20

    Jarno

    Trulli

    N°10 15 PTS
    +
    Trulli
  • 21

    Liuzzi

    Cerruti

    N°18 2 PTS
    +
  • 22

    Takuma

    Sato

    N°55 2 PTS
    +
    Amlin Aguri
  • 23

    Savadore

    Duran

    N°77 1 PTS
    +
    Amlin Aguri
  • 24

    Ho-Pin

    Tung

    N°88 0 PTS
    +
  • 26

    Michela

    Cerruti

    N°18 0 PTS
    +
    Trulli
  • 27

    Marco

    Andretti

    N°28 0 PTS
    +
    Andretti Formula E
  • 28

    Matthew

    Brabham

    N°28 0 PTS
    +
    Andretti Formula E
  • 29

    Katherine

    Legge

    N°77 0 PTS
    +
    Amlin Aguri
Live news
  • 14.09.14 - 02h00
    Nicolas Prost has been given a 10-place grid penalty for the next FIA Formula E race in Malaysia following his last-turn collision with Nick Heidfeld in Beijing.
  • 14.09.14 - 01h55
    Correction: Daniel Abt was demoted due to excessive battery consumption. The German driver was deemed to have used 28.2 of the allocated 28kW.
  • 13.09.14 - 17h37
    The reason for Abt's post-race demotion was for failing to serve a drive-through penalty; Daniel drops to 10th in the final standings.
  • 13.09.14 - 17h31
    Post-race newsflash: Daniel Abt has been demoted from 3rd place, promoting Sam Bird to the bottom step of the podium.
  • 13.09.14 - 17h10
    Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt): "We didn't have the best strategy, but it feels great to be the first winner in Formula E, even if nobody likes to see a race end with an accident. I'm just glad Heidfeld is ok and it proves that these cars are very safe."
  • 13.09.14 - 17h08
    Montagny and Abt complete the podium, with Bird and Pic fourth and fifth and Chandhok ultimately fading to sixth. D'Ambrosio, Servia, Piquet Jr and Sarrazin round out the top ten.
  • 13.09.14 - 17h03
    Di Grassi picks up the pieces in the dramatic finish, meaning he and Audi Sport Abt win the inaugural Formula E ePrix following a dramatic conclusion.
  • 13.09.14 - 17h02
    Heidfeld went for the inside into the final corner; Prost tried to close the door and the pair made contact. Heidfeld was pitched into the tyres and landed upside-down. Happily, he gets out of the car unscathed
  • 13.09.14 - 16h59
    Heidfeld is pushing hard and getting a little ragged; Prost sets a purple sector. These two are absolutely on it.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h58
    The gap at the front is 0.6s beginning the penultimate lap.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h57
    Prost and Heidfeld appear to be pulling slightly clear of Di Grassi and Montagny; battery conservation will now be key.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h56
    Just 8.7s now covers the top seven with three laps remaining, and the gap at the front is down to just half-a-second!
  • 13.09.14 - 16h55
    Legge has been given a drive-through for crossing the pit exit line. She is currently 14th.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h54
    Servia, Piquet Jr and Sato are continuing to scrap energetically at the base of the top ten.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h53
    Does 'Quick Nick' have a late-race ace tucked up his sleeve..?
  • 13.09.14 - 16h52
    Now the gap at the front is coming down - the four leaders are almost together as Heidfeld, Di Grassi and Montagny zero in on Prost. Five laps remain.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h51
    Chandhok is all over the back of Bird and right in the Brit's slipstream in the duel over P6 - Karun makes a move stick at the end of the lap.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h49
    With eight laps to go and Prost controlling his advantage, the battle in Beijing looks to be all about second place.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h48
    Cerruti has now received a drive-through penalty for a pit-stop time infringement; she is currently 14th. Not a good day for the Trulli squad.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h47
    Fourth-placed Montagny continues to look like the man most likely to make a move; he is hounding Heidfeld and Di Grassi.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h45
    The delayed Buemi currently holds fastest lap with a time of 1m45.874s; team-mate Prost's advantage at the front is now up to 3.5s.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h42
    Buemi has been given a drive-through penalty for crossing the pit exit line.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h42
    Bird rejoins from his pit-stop in sixth; Prost has a healthy lead at the front with 11 laps to go.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h40
    Heidfeld has jumped both Audi Sport Abt cars during the pit-stops; new order at the front is Prost leading from Heidfeld, Di Grassi, Montagny and Abt. Bird is now in.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h38
    Top five are all in to the pits together - Bird moves into the lead of the race.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h37
    Sarrazin and Alguersuari are the first drivers to pit on lap 13.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h36
    Heidfeld and Montagny are reducing the gap to the leading trio...
  • 13.09.14 - 16h35
    The top three are now blanketed by just 1.5 seconds - things are hotting up...
  • 13.09.14 - 16h34
    Sato's car has stopped on the exit of the first corner - yellow flags are out.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h33
    Montagny passes Chandhok for P5 into the final corner; Bird is now lining up for an attack too.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h32
    The top three (Prost, Di Grassi and Abt) are closing up on one another, with a gap then back to the multi-car battle over fourth led by Heidfeld.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h31
    Senna/Sato Turn Two incident on the opening lap under investigation.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h30
    Buemi exits the pits to rejoin the race.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h29
    A flying Montagny is homing in on the back of the fourth-placed battle between Heidfeld and Chandhok; Bird is closing in too.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h27
    Buemi in the pits with rear wing damage.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h26
    Terrific side-by-side scrap between Sato and Piquet Jr for P11; Nelsinho reclaims the place.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h25
    A racy Montagny makes a move past Alguersuari for P6, with Servia and Sato demoting Piquet Jr from 10th to 12th.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h23
    Aware that Di Grassi has the Fan Boost advantage, an alert Prost bolted away at the re-start.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h21
    Safety car in this lap.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h20
    Order under safety car is Prost, Di Grassi, Abt, Heidfeld, Chandhok, Alguersuari, Montagny, Bird, Pic and Piquet Jr.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h13
    Ho-Pin Tung is another non-starter.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h12
    Trulli didn't get off the line and Senna is in the wall; safety car is out.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h11
    Lights-out and it's a textbook getaway for Prost to grab the lead; Heidfeld swept around the outside of Chandhok for P4; the two Andretti cars almost made contact, sending Pic very close to the wall.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h07
    Ho-Pin Tung (China Racing) will be starting from the pit-lane.
  • 13.09.14 - 16h03
    Formation lap underway in Beijing - here we go!
  • 13.09.14 - 15h52
    Di Grassi, Legge and Senna will receive the first Formula E Fan Boosts in Beijing. They start 2nd, 16th and 19th respectively. Will this propel Di Grassi into the lead at the start?
  • 13.09.14 - 15h47
    Air temperature is 27 degrees, track temperature 35 degrees and we have a clear blue sky - the day could not be better.
  • 13.09.14 - 15h45
    15 minutes to go now, and the fans are out in force in Beijing - get set for a blockbuster inaugural Formula E ePrix!
  • 13.09.14 - 15h29
    Will we see a charge through the field from ex-F1 aces Trulli, Senna and Sarrazin, none of whom were able to set a flying lap in qualifying?
  • 13.09.14 - 15h15
    Just 45 minutes to the start now, and final adjustments to the cars are being made.
  • 13.09.14 - 13h02
    That's all from qualifying. Join us for the first Formula E ePrix in Beijing in three hours' time.
  • 13.09.14 - 13h01
    Nicolas Prost: "It's great to be on pole. Now we can concentrate on the race. Energy management will be important"
  • 13.09.14 - 13h00
    Trulli, Senna and Sarrazin all failed to complete flying laps and will start from the back of the grid when the race starts later today.
  • 13.09.14 - 12h59
    Prost will be joined on the front row by Audi Sport Abt's Lucas Di Grassi.
  • 13.09.14 - 12h57
    Montagny and Heidfeld both fail to improve with their second flying laps
  • 13.09.14 - 12h57
    The first pole winner in the history of the new FIA Formula E Championship is Nicolas Prost (e.dams). The Frenchman is also the first leader of the championship since claiming pole position earns three bonus points!
  • 13.09.14 - 12h56
    Senna manages to complete an 'out' lap but doesn't have time for a flyer.
  • 13.09.14 - 12h55
    Alguersuari bags seventh place on the grid with a 1m42.683s on his second flying lap.
  • 13.09.14 - 12h52
    Franck Montagny has gone straight to fifth with a time of 1m42.530s
  • 13.09.14 - 12h52
    Piquet improves on his earlier time with a 1m42.785s that promotes him to ninth place.
  • 13.09.14 - 12h51
    The fastest lap of this part of the session so far is Heidfeld's effort of 1m42.579 (5th overall)
  • 13.09.14 - 12h51
    Bruno Senna still hasn't left his garage. There are just 2 minutes to go
  • 13.09.14 - 12h49
    Piquet goes ninth with a 1m43.161s, but is immediately bettered by Alguersuari (1m43.152s)
  • 13.09.14 - 12h45
    Montagny overshoots the chicane on his first flying lap
  • 13.09.14 - 12h44
    The final group of five drivers in this session includes Alguersuari, Senna, Heidfeld, Montagny and Piquet, all ex-F1 drivers
  • 13.09.14 - 12h43
    The top three after the third group of drivers is 1) Prost (1m42.200s). 2) Di Grassi (+0.106s). 3) Abt (+0.254s). The top eight are covered by less than a second.
  • 13.09.14 - 12h41
    Di Grassi improves with a 1m42.306s but stays second, while the two e.Dams cars have trouble with their second flying laps. Nicolas Prost is still on provisional pole.
  • 13.09.14 - 12h37
    Abt goes third overall with a lap of 1m42.306s
  • 13.09.14 - 12h36
    Prost then goes slightly faster with a 1m42.200s to emerge in front
  • 13.09.14 - 12h36
    Buemi's 1m42.746s puts him fifth overall
  • 13.09.14 - 12h32
    Di Grassi goes straight to the top of the order with a time of 1m42.308s
  • 13.09.14 - 12h30
    The five drivers in the third group are Buemi, Prost, Legge, Di Grassi and Abt
  • 13.09.14 - 12h29
    The top three after the first two groups of five drivers is 1) Chandhok (1m42.461s). 2) Pic (1m42.726s). 3) Servia (1m42.847s). The top four are covered by less than a second
  • 13.09.14 - 12h26
    Bird improves slightly with a 1m42.918s to stay 4th but the others fail to improve, probably because of a yellow flag caused by a crash for Tung
  • 13.09.14 - 12h23
    The second round of flying laps for these five drivers sees Pic recover from a slow first lap to go 2nd with a 1m42.726s
  • 13.09.14 - 12h19
    A time of 1m44.056s puts D'Ambrosio into fourth place, just behind Bird who has posted a 1m42.936s. Sato has posted a 1m44.1s. But Chandhok is still at the top of the timesheet
  • 13.09.14 - 12h18
    The second group of drivers is on the track
  • 13.09.14 - 12h17
    Chandhok (Mahindra): "I'll be amazed if nobody beats my time. The track will get faster"
  • 13.09.14 - 12h16
    The conditions are dry and sunny in Beijing
  • 13.09.14 - 12h15
    Session restart delayed as marshals deal with a trail of fluid on the track
  • 13.09.14 - 12h12
    The next group comprises D'Ambrosio, Pic, Sato, Bird and Tung
  • 13.09.14 - 12h11
    The session is over for the first five drivers. Neither Sarrazin nor Trulli recorded times
  • 13.09.14 - 12h10
    Servia improves, too, but 1m42.847s isn't sufficient to beat Chandhok
  • 13.09.14 - 12h09
    Chandhok has improved with a 1m42.461s to stay at the top of the provisional order for Mahindra Racing
  • 13.09.14 - 12h06
    Trulli has parked his Spark/Michelin before completing his first flying lap, and Sarrazin is running at slow speed. Trulli's car has rear wing damage
  • 13.09.14 - 12h05
    Servia and Cerruti follow that up with times of 1m43.780s and 1m46.170s (2nd and 3rd)
  • 13.09.14 - 12h03
    Chandkok completes the first Formula E qualifying lap in 1m43.531s
  • 13.09.14 - 12h00
    Chandhok, Servia, Trulli, Cerruti and Sarrazin are the first drivers to take part in qualifying
  • 13.09.14 - 11h59
    The drivers have two cars each for the race and they are free to choose the one they wish for qualifying
  • 13.09.14 - 11h58
    Race day action continues with qualifying due to start in five minutes
  • 13.09.14 - 11h58
    Qualifying lasts one hour, but the field will be divided into four groups of five cars at a time
  • 13.09.14 - 11h10
    Free practice 2 : Bruno Senna (Mahindra eTeam) in 1'41"341
  • 13.09.14 - 11h02
    We'll be back to follow the qualifying session in one hour's time.
  • 13.09.14 - 11h01
    It was a good session for Brazilian drivers, since Senna and Di Grassi were first and second
  • 13.09.14 - 11h00
    With the exception of Buemi (accident at beginning of the session), all the drivers completed at least one lap of the 3.44km track in under 1m50s
  • 13.09.14 - 10h58
    The fastest time of the session remains the property of Senna (1m41.341s), ahead of Di Grassi (1m41.676s) and Tung (1m41.824s)
  • 13.09.14 - 10h57
    With less than two minutes remaining, the session will not restart after Ho-Pin Tung's crash
  • 13.09.14 - 10h52
    The red flag comes out after Ho-Pin Tung puts one of the China Racing cars into a barrier
  • 13.09.14 - 10h51
    The Frenchman is almost immediately deprived of his footing on the podium by Ho-Pin Tung (China Racing): 1m41.824s
  • 13.09.14 - 10h50
    Improvement for Franck Montagny who has just posted the third best time (1m41.845s) for Andretti
  • 13.09.14 - 10h49
    Improvements for Daniel Abt and Jaime Alguersuari who have climbed to thrid and fourth
  • 13.09.14 - 10h45
    Bruno Senna (Mahindra) has gone to the top of the order with a time of 1m41.341s
  • 13.09.14 - 10h44
    Second fastest so far is Nick Heidfeld (Venturi) in 1m42.779s
  • 13.09.14 - 10h41
    Franck Montagny (Andretti) has switched to his second car
  • 13.09.14 - 10h41
    Franck Montagny (Andretti) has switched to his second car
  • 13.09.14 - 10h39
    The fastest time so far round the 3.44km track is the work of Lucas di Grassi : 1m41.676s
  • 13.09.14 - 10h38
    Session over for the Swiss driver
  • 13.09.14 - 10h32
    Buemi puts one of the e.Dams cars into a wall
  • 13.09.14 - 10h31
    The session will last 30 minutes
  • 13.09.14 - 10h29
    Start of Free Practice 2 in China. Dry conditions
  • 13.09.14 - 10h02
    Lucas di Grassi, best lap in free practice : 1'41“937
  • 12.09.14 - 21h53
    The first free practice will be live at 8.15 (local time, GMT +8)
  • 12.09.14 - 15h05
    The cars are out on the track doing some some shakedown laps
  • 12.09.14 - 13h29
    A shakedown is scheduled today at 14.40 (local time)
  • 11.09.14 - 16h11
    Don't forget to vote for your favourite driver http://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/
  • 11.09.14 - 12h52
    Takuma Sato to race for Amlin Aguri in Formula E opener and replaces Felix Dacosta who is unable to compete in Beijing due to his commitments to DTM.
  • 09.09.14 - 23h47
    Welcome to the first round of the new FIA Formula E Championship in Beijing