Track facts and key factors: BMW i Andretti Motorsport ahead of the Rome E-Prix.

Diriyah (KSA), 25th February - 27th February 2021. ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Season 7, Diriyah E-Prix, Maximilian Günther (GER) #28 BMW iFE.21, BMW i Andretti Motorsport.

Munich. After the challenging season-opener in Diriyah (KSA),
the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team is on a mission to make amends at
the two Rome E-Prix (ITA) races next weekend. The second
double-header in season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World
Championship takes place on the longest circuit yet seen in Formula
E. BMW Group as ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ is introducing a new
safety car in Rome. The Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW will
take turns with the BMW i8 Roadster Safety Car to lead the field
during the season. In our preview, we provide you with the crucial
facts and key figures for a successful Rome E-Prix.

 

You can find detailed information about the new FIA Formula E Safety
Car in our Media Guide: https://b.mw/Formula_E_Media_Guide.
It also provides detailed information on the technology behind the BMW
i drivetrain and the BMW iFE.21, as well as background stories on the
technology transfer between motor racing and production development,
the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team and the drivers. It is updated with
facts and figures on the respective event after each race weekend.

 

TRACK FACTS ROME.

Circuit length

3.380 km,
counter-clockwise – longest circuit in the history of
Formula E.

Corners

19 – of which 11 are
left turns, eight are right turns.

Track surface

Very uneven in
the past, exact properties of new track sections are still unknown.

Grip level

Probably low to
start with but should improve gradually throughout the
weekend. Different start times on Saturday (16:00) and
Sunday (13:00) could lead to changes in grip level.

Track layout

Technically
very challenging. Typical street circuit layout with plenty
of 90 degree corners and short straights. Overtaking is
difficult. Section between T4 and T17 is new. Relatively
large differences in altitude, meaning sections with climbs
and descents.

Attack zone

On the outside
of T15. Probably leading to loss of time and position.

Pit lane

Unique layout. Long
distances mean significant time loss with drive-through penalties.

Accident risk

Relatively
high due to technically challenging nature and wall
boundaries. No room for error.

Key factors

Good mechanical
grip on the bumps, good qualifying, solid and predictable
car setup.

 

 

Quotes ahead of the Rome E-Prix:

 

Roger Griffiths (Team Principal BMW i Andretti Motorsport):

“It’s hard to believe that it was two years since we last raced in
Rome. While Jake Dennis has never seen the track before, with much of
the track being new, any disadvantage will be minimised compared to
his competitors. For Maximillian Günther, the last time he raced here,
he had in a strong qualifying performance and should have good
memories. While we had some significant disappointments in the first
two rounds, we as a team look forward to making up on lost ground to
the opposition. I feel that we have made good progress in working out
why we did not perform as expected in Diriyah and hope to see a strong
turnaround in Rome.”

 

Jake Dennis (#27 BMW iFE.21):

“The races in Rome are some of the most exciting ones in the whole
season. I love the city, so I am looking forward even more to
competing there in Formula E as well. The new circuit is very
technical and extremely long. That will be a new challenge for all of us.”

 

Maximilian Günther (#28 BMW iFE.21):

“Rome is always something special in Formula E. We are already very
excited about the new layout, the longest on the race schedule. After
a few laps in the simulator, I think that the circuit offers
everything that you need to have a lot of fun behind the wheel, and
good racing action. We could have not have prepared any better and we
are approaching the Rome double-header with great team spirit.”

 

The FANBOOST vote.

FANBOOST gives Formula E fans the opportunity to vote for their
favourite driver and award them an extra boost of power during the
race. The five drivers with the most FANBOOST votes receive an extra
100 kJ of power, which they can make use of during a brief time frame
in the second half of the race. Fans can vote for their favourite
driver in the four days prior to, and leading up to 15 minutes into,
each race. Each fan can vote once per day. There are two ways to vote:
Online at https://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/
or via the official Formula E App

 

The BMW Group Safety Cars.

The BMW Group has been represented in the ABB FIA Formula E
World Championship as ‘Official Vehicle Partner’ since the very
beginning and will continue to provide the fleet of safety cars for
season 7 of the fully-electric racing series. Alongside the BMW i8
Roadster Safety Car (fuel consumption (combined): 2.0 l /100 km;
energy use (combined): 14.5 kWh /100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 46
g/km)*, which has been modified specially for racing use, the MINI
Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW will be appearing as a new safety
car from the Rome E-Prix onwards. The development of the car based on
the new MINI Cooper SE represents a hitherto unique collaboration
between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA and Formula E. The fleet
also includes the BMW i3s (Power consumption in kWh/100: 14.6-14.0
(NEDC); 16.6-16.3 (WLTP), electric range in km: 278-283 (WLTP))* as
‘Race Director Car’ and the BMW iX3 (Power consumption in kWh/100:
17.8-17.5 (NEDC); 19.0-18.6 (WLTP), electric range in km: 450-458
(WLTP))* in its roles as ‘Medical Car’ and ‘Rescue Car’.

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