New York E-Prix - 14 July


  • Panasonic Jaguar Racing record best ever qualification for the team in ABB FIA Formula E
  • Mitch Evans continues impressive qualifying form starting the race from the front row
  • The 2017/18 season draws to a close with race 1 of 2 of the final weekend of the season

New York E-Prix in photos

New York E-prix race report

The double header weekend in New York City started off quite early on Saturday so that we could make it to the pit lane walk. We had the opportunity to meet Nelson and wish him luck on the weekend which was so much fun. After walking the venue and looking at the booths, we settled into our seats to watch the practice rounds. As a first-time attendee, I was not quite sure what to expect and I was more than impressed. After several practice rounds and visiting the Panasonic Jaguar Racing booth to see a replica car up close and personal, the qualifiers were ready to start.

Mitch and Nelson were in the same qualifier round. Mitch advanced to the Superpole, but unfortunately Piquet was left out when he recorded the 6th fastest time in the qualifiers. The Superpole proved to be really exciting as Mitch recorded the 2nd best time putting him in P2 on the grid. After the super pole, we chose to escape the heat and humidity while we met with several other colleagues, ate lunch, and admired the NYC skyline from the venue.

We proceeded to our grandstands just before the race was to start. The stands were full and ready to watch the action. We were seated in the perfect location to see some critical hairpin turns where many driver’s chose to make swift passes to gain a better position. We were joined by several other colleagues as well as the 2 GKN competition winners who had the opportunity to attend the race with the team.

Mitch and Nelson were on the grid in their respective positions, P2 and P6. The lights were counting down, and the cars were off. To our confusion Mitch was not to be found after the start. Unfortunately, a technical issue took Mitch out before the first lap, but Nelson was gaining ground. Piquet rose up to 3rd as the laps continued and the drivers began pulling in to the pit for their car change. As Nelson exited the pit lane, his car came to a screeching halt and he lost his position in the race. Although he continued to test out the track, he eventually retired leading to a disappointing day for Panasonic Jaguar Racing. As the crowds diminished, we left the venue holding high hopes for Sunday’s race.

Race results

L. di Grassi
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
D. Abt
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
S. Buemi
Renault e.Dams
T. Dillmann
Venturi Formula E Team
J. Vergne

The circuit

When: 14-15 July 2018
Track length: 1.95km
No. of turns: 10
Season 3 Winner: Sam bird
Season 3 Lap record: Marc Engel (1:03.883) Daniel Abt (1:03.898)
Track direction: Clockwise

About the circuit

The Brooklyn circuit is a very technical track, which has been compared to the Circuit Des Invalides in Paris as one of the more difficult tracks in the Season’s roster.

The first turn is a sharp hairpin bend, with the cars still packed tightly from the starting grid. This will likely force a very intense start as the limited space pushes the racers into close contact. The drivers will continue to jockey for position going into the next two turns which form a tight chicane. All the straights on the Brooklyn circuit are relatively short, so there is not much opportunity to really build speed to accelerate away from the competition.

Finding the right line in each corner will be crucial. Turns 5 to 9 are packed close together, and the only real opportunity to reach top speed will be coming out of turn 9, round the long slow bend of turn 10 into the finish straight. The drivers will be under a lot of pressure to perform here in the Season 4 finale in New York, and this technical track will undoubtedly add to the challenge. Be sure to tune in for this unmissable race.

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City guide

The Statue of Liberty is an iconic symbol of American freedom which for over a century has been the first welcoming sight for immigrants arriving in a new land.

The Statue of Liberty National Monument comprises Liberty Island, where the statue stands, and Ellis Island, which housed the immigration centre which processed millions of dreamers arriving in America for the first time. The site on Ellis Island is now a home to the fascinating American Museum of Immigration which documents their journey. You can get to the islands by ferry from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan. The stunning panoramic view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline as you approach Liberty Island is worth the trip alone.

The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

The Empire State building was once the tallest building in the world, and while it may not hold that distinction any longer, it remains an amazing vantage point to take in the panorama of New York City.

Completed in 1931, the framework rose at an astonishing rate of 4.5 stories a week. The main observation deck, at 320m, provides you with an excellent view over central park to the north, the financial district of lower Manhattan and the statue of liberty to the south, and the districts of New York sprawling in every direction as far as the eye can see. On the clearest day, you can see up to 80 miles away, with five US states in view.

The Empire State building

The Gran Torre Santiago, the tallest building in Latin America, dominates the Santiago skyline. Its observation deck, Sky Costanera, gives visitors a panoramic 360 degree view over the city.

The tower is located just a few miles from the racetrack, so be sure to check out the bird’s eye view of the circuit before you head down to the Santiago E-Prix. Take in the beautiful surroundings: the foothills to the east rise quickly into the snow-capped Andes mountains which stretch as far as the eye can see.

Have a picnic in Central Park

Broadway is the most famous theatre district in the English-speaking world with over 40 large theatres, a huge variety of shows and millions of visitors every year.

The quality of the stars on the stage is phenomenal, and no trip to New York City is complete without a Broadway musical.  Buy tickets on the day from the box office in Times Square to get great discounts. Getting tickets this way often means you don’t what you are going to see until the last minute – no bad thing when the quality is so high everywhere!


Watch a show on Broadway

The championship races

Hong Kong
Round 1-2
Round 3
Round 4
Mexico City
Round 5
Punta del Este
Round 6
Round 7
Round 8
Round 9
Round 10
New York City
Round 10-11

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