Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Length // 3.376-kilometres
Corners // 15
Best Finish // N/A
The Valencia E-Prix is a new addition to the calendar for Season 7, and this weekend, Formula E will race in Spain for the first time as its inaugural World Championship campaign continues.
Valencia is Spain’s third-largest city, and with its origins stemming from a Roman colony, the city has a history that can be traced back by over 2,000 years to 138BC.
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo is located 21-kilometres west of the city centre and as the home of pre-season testing, the circuit is familiar to us here at ROKiT Venturi Racing, although several track changes make it a new challenge to contend with for this weekend’s impending double-header.
The new configuration of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo – unique to Formula E – will see 15 corners join together to span 3.376-kilometres around the Spanish countryside.
While the first sector is identical to Formula E’s traditional testing layout, changes appear in Sectors 2 and 3, with a re-designed Turn 8 and a new chicane on the start-finish straight posing a fresh challenge to drivers.
“So far this season, both Edo and Norman have shown that we can fight at the front of the field so we know that we have a powerful package heading into Valencia. With an updated track configuration we’ll be starting afresh this weekend but we’ll be taking the same approach as always when the first day of running gets underway and our goal remains the same – strong points finishes for both drivers.”
“Overall I think Rome was a good weekend for us as a team and I’m looking forward to returning to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the first time since November. Because it’s the home of pre-season testing, it’s a venue that I’m used to as a driver but changes to the second and third sector make the track quite different to the configuration we’ve driven in the past. The positioning of Attack Mode in Turn 8 will be very interesting and the chicane on the start-finish stretch should be a key overtaking opportunity come race day.”
“I think we showcased the performance that we’re truly capable of in Rome and I’m excited to get back into the car in Valencia. After spending some time in the simulator earlier this week, the changes to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo make the track quite tricky, especially with the addition of the chicane. There are always some differences when you arrive at the circuit and it will be interesting to see what the track will be like in reality when the running gets underway. I’m really looking forward to being back out on track.”