The Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia is set to be retained as the pre-season testing venue for Formula E’s 2018/19 season.
The venue for pre-season testing was switched from the series’ base at Donington Park after three years for the Spanish venue after complaints that the circuit did not represent the street circuits Formula E typically races on, and that it was too cold or rainy to gather any meaningful data.
A temporary chicane was added on the pit straight in Valencia to help recreate a street circuit, although it was met with severe criticism from the drivers as its concrete elements had a tendency to do significant damage to the cars if hit, even at low speed. It is unclear as to whether the chicane will be made again.
A return to Donington was considered but ultimately fell through, especially as only three of the ten teams currently racing in the series continue to use the “village” that previously housed all the teams in the first three seasons of Formula E.
It is expected to be of a similar format to last year, with a mid-October date following the end of the manufacturer’s private testing in August, running for three days with a rest day.
A race simulation on the final day of testing has been mooted, similar to the two 25-lap races that were held at Doninton prior to the inaugural Formula E race in Beijing to test the systems and complete live car swaps.
The details of the potential simulation, such as distance and whether the use of the new Hyperboost format, are unkown, but the switch to Gen2 machinery has prompted it to be necessary ahead of the car’s debut at the opening round of the 2018/19 season in Riyadh.