While Formula Polar Bear might not be everybody’s cup of tea – particularly the fans constantly complaining about the new Formula One engines – the new FIA series is getting quite a lot right. Formula E can already boast a great grid, with teams like Andretti, Audi and Super Aguri, and now they can also look rather smug about offering free tickets for fans.
The first pre-season tests will be held at Donington Park and if you hadn’t already worked out it’s free! Free, free, free, free, free! Free!
Beginning on July 3, the 10 Formula E teams will be given five full test days with every one open to the public free of charge, allowing fans who pre-register via the Donington Park website unprecedented access to see and hear the 200kw (270bhp) Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seaters in action.
The remaining tests at the Leicestershire circuit will take place on July 4, 9 and 10 with the final session on August 19 – three weeks before the season opener in Beijing on September 13. Teams will also have two in-season and two post-season test days with private testing strictly prohibited.
In addition to hosting all test days, Donington Park will also shortly become the new home for Formula E and its teams as construction work on its bespoke 44,000 ft² premises nears completion. The state-of-the-art headquarters – catering for more than 150 staff, engineers and team personnel – are due to open in early May with the first car deliveries arriving in mid-May.