The finalised route of the Argentine Formula E round has today been unveiled. As Formula E’s racers take to the asphalt on January 10 2015, they will weave through 12 turns along the streets of the popular Puerto Madero district of Buenos Aires.
Designed by local architect Santiago García Remohí, the newly announced street circuit layout features a challenging mixture of long straights, high-speed corners, hairpins and chicanes. The 2.44km anti-clockwise circuit is noticeably similar in style to Formula One’s Melbourne and Montreal street circuits, which feature crucial race-defining traction and braking zones.
Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing driver and Formula One ace, was enthusiastic about the choice of route, saying: “Looking at the track, you have to say it’s got a good combination of corners. There’s a chicane, some high-speed turns with a change of direction and slow-speed as well. It’s impossible to tell from the map about undulation, but I think that it could make for an interesting race and it will be fun to drive.”
The route, which covers streets including Rosario Vera Peñaloza, Dr. Tristán Achával Rodríguez and Julieta Lanieri, does not appear to undergo many elevation changes – unlike its later counterpart in Monaco (Round 8), for example.
“I think the main overtaking point will be into Turn 1 under braking, or maybe into Turn 4 or even Turn 5. Turn 7 is a possible passing point too, so it does lend itself to some potential overtakes, but we’ll have to see when we get there”, he concluded.
CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag was similarly excited: “We’re very excited about racing in Argentina and want to thank the City Government, Mayor Mauricio Macri, the ASN and all the local authorities for their continued support, investment and backing. We believe this race is going to provide a fantastic spectacle for the people of Buenos Aires and for Formula E fans around the world.”
Buenos Aires becomes the fifth Formula E venue to have a finalised circuit layout, the others being Beijing, Putrajaya, Punta del Este and Long Beach. The remaining layouts are set to be published within six months of the race date.
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