Teams competing in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship have had their first chance to get to grips with the new all-electric chassis during a shakedown at its Donington Park base.

Run in wet conditions and using a modified version of the Donington Park layout, which included an additional chicane on the main straight, the teams used the time to learn more about the unique Spark-Renault SRT_01E ahead of next month's first official group test.

Each of the seven drivers confirmed to race in the series thus far - Daniel Abt, Lucas di Grassi, Sam Bird, Jaime Alguersuari, Bruno Senna, Karun Chandhok and Franck Montagny - were in attendance, along with a host of other drivers seeking a seat this season.

"The car has run exceptionally well for us, almost like clockwork," said Andretti Autosport team manager Rob Arnott. "We've had virtually no issues which say a lot for a car straight out of the box and Franck [Montagny] has been really surprised with the car and its balance, especially in the wet.

"I was concerned the tyres wouldn't be able to cope being a 'one-stop-shop' so to speak but they are very impressive and a good compound. Next we'll debrief and analysis the data but it's apparent battery management is going to be key."

 

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