How Formula E's pre-season test venue provides confusion and clarity
The Formula E grid heads to Valencia's Circuit Ricardo Tormo for pre-season testing this weekend. The track, minus the controversial chicane, remains unrepresentative to the series' familiar street layouts but could still be a proving ground for multiple reasons
A wide entry into Redgate, a brisk downward sweep into the Craner Curves and then a long climb up to McLean's and Coppice. Certainly for the first two fast and flowing sectors, the Donington Park Grand Prix circuit isn't especially representative of the narrow and staccato nature of the barrier-lined street tracks that Formula E frequents.
But the final sector - a very FE-like chicane of The Esses, the tight loop of the Melbourne Hairpin and then the slow Goddards left-hander to complete the lap - are a bit closer in characteristics when the circuit, sitting under the flight path of East Midlands Airport, played host to pre-season testing for the first three years of FE.
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