Andretti Formula-E Team is leading the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship

Andretti Formula-E Team Beijing ePrix race report

After a second-place podium for No. 27 driver Franck Montagny and a superb fourth from fellow countryman Charles Pic in the No. 28 Spark - Renault SRT_01 E challenger in Beijing, Andretti Formula-E Team is leading the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship.

The one-day event, comprising two practice outings, four qualifying sessions and a 50-minute race around the bespoke city street circuit (3.453m), made for an exhilarating maiden spectacle in the new electric series.

Michael Andretti, Team Owner, Andretti Formula-E Team: "Congratulations to Alejandro (Agag) on an event that was an overwhelming success. I'm very proud to be able to be a part of this exciting new series and to help shape the future of motorsport. Franck (Montagny) and Charles (Pic) did a great job and I'm happy to come away from the event leading the team championship."

Franck Montagny, No. 27 Spark-Renault SRT_01 E

• Qualified fifth and started eighth after being assessed a three-place grid penalty for twice crossing the white line on pit exit

• Posted his fastest time of the race on Lap 24 of the 25-lap race at 1:46.640 with a speed of 150.3 Kph

• Stood on the podium for the inaugural Beijing ePrix with a second-place finish

• Earned 18 points towards the FIA Formula E drivers' championship

"I would like to say thank you to the organizers of the Formula E series, because it really was a fantastic day. I have driven many different cars in many different series and I have to say that this is one of my best times in a car! The team has done a fantastic job, at testing and here in Beijing. Andretti Formula-E is an American team, based in Donington, UK, so it is not easy to start a team in a different country and everyone did very well. My teammate and I work well together and I had really, really good fun."

Charles Pic, No. 28 Spark-Renault SRT_01 E

• Started today's race from the seventh grid position

• Record his fastest lap on Lap 23 of 25 with a time of 1:46.730 at a speed of 150.2 Kph

• Came to the checkered flag in the fifth position, but was moved to fourth after a penalty assessed to ABT

• Formula E Team driver Daniel Abt

• Earned 12 driver points towards the championship

"It was a good race. I had an issue on the first lap and small contact with Franck (Montagny), but after that the pace in the race was okay. Considering I had one day of testing with the team, I am very happy with the result we had today. The pace was not as good as the winner and we need to work on that for the next races, but I think that we have made a very good start."

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Series Formula E
Event Beijing ePrix
Sub-event Saturday post-race
Track Streets of Beijing
Drivers Franck Montagny , Michael Andretti , Charles Pic , Daniel Abt
Article type Race report
Tags andretti formula-e team