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Formula E Championship: Final test session preview

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We are under a month away from the start of the season on September 13 in Beijing, but the teams have to negotiate the final pre-season test at Donington Park before the inaugural Formula E Championship begins.

So far testing seems to have been dominated by one team, E. Dams. Sebastian Buemi finished fastest of the three of the four pre season tests we've had so far. On the third test Buemi finished second in the timesheets, so he has found himself in the top two throughout testing, as well as winning two private race simulation tests.

Strong competition across the field

However, all the teams in this year's championship have a strong racing pedigrees in other disciplines. Andretti Autosport is a huge name in Indy Car along with Dragon Racing.

Virgin Racing was a former Formula One Team and Audi have won multiple Le Mans 24 Hour races, as well as World Endurance Titles. Therefore, E. Dams should not have it all their own way despite the early success they are having.

Although, we know that we can never take testing times too seriously. This is because we do not know what strategy the cars were on when they set their lap times.

There are a number of variables that you have to take into account before we know who has the fastest car. These variables are the track condition, tyre life and how much electric power the cars were actually using. Therefore, in China we will find for certain who has the quickest car after  qualifying.

Final tweaks

The logistics of the final test are very simple. Each team are allowed to test four cars. However, two cars from each team are only allowed out on the track at any time. So if car one needs recharging then the team can send car three and two on the track whilst car one recharges.

Teams can also use four drivers to test their cars. Most teams have already signed their race drivers for this season apart from Andretti Autosport and China Racing. The extra two drivers allow teams to test out younger drivers or simply give drivers the opportunity the drive the car to see what they think of this new motorsport.

We are expecting to see lots of action out on track on Tuesday, as it is the final chance for teams to fine tune their cars before we hit China in 27 days time.

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