The 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship has unveiled its next circuit, this time in Putrajaya ePrix, the second of the ten races slated for the season. The Malaysian race will be in downtown Putrajaya and is far more interesting in design than was the first circuit for Beijing.
This circuit has a lot more cornering, including a full U, and several curves, giving it a much more compelling appeal that will really show off the strengths of the electric racing platform for the Formula E cars.
Dato’ Sri Johann Young, CEO of Formula E Malaysia, said: “The Putrajaya circuit is designed with precision, factoring in the city’s environment and Formula E’s sustainable commitment, to provide a robust racing circuit for the drivers. Having support from the relevant authorities and the respective sponsors, we will build a championship that provides a lasting impression for all spectators on that day.”
Formula E driver Daniel Abt summed it up well:
“Malaysia is a very special country for racing. The track layout looks very interesting and has a lot of different corners. You have a chicane at Turn 1 after the main straight which gives a good first opportunity for overtaking and slipstream battles. Then you have a mix of slow and medium speed corners which is good for keeping the field very tight and will ensure close racing. I think the next very good overtaking spot will be T6 which is in front of the eVillage [Fan Zone] and should give the spectators a great view of the action. T9 meanwhile reminds me of the very tight hairpin at Macau. All in all the layout looks really promising and will for sure provide great racing. Also, Malaysia’s extreme and unexpected weather conditions should add an extra dimension to the race which is always great for the drivers.”
What do you think of this circuit versus the Beijing run?