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Santiago

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2018

  • Santiago E-Prix Circuit

    1.530 miles / 2.462 km

Circuit Info

Circuit type: Temporary street course

Circuit History

Formula E brought its all-electric racers to the streets of the Chiléan capital in 2018, marking the first major race on the streets of Santiago since a non-championship Grand Prix at the end of 1950.

The 12-turn circuit was centred on the  in and around Parque Forestal but passed through three districts of the city - Santiago, Providencia and Recoleta - and also straddled the River Mapocho. Stretching for 1.53 miles, the lap began along Avenue Santa Maria before crossing the Mapocho. Once across the bridge, the course headed back along the river and into and around Plazza Baquedano, before cutting through Forestal Park to return to the start/finish line.

The event was promoted by Chiléan racing legend Eliseo Salazar.

Construction of the track began on 22 January, twelve days before the race, and finished on 2 February. Concerns over stray dogs frequenting the Parque Forestal prompted the organisers to contract a local veterinary company to feed them in non-circuit areas, in an attempt to stop them straying onto the circuit during the race weekend.

The 37-lap race was won by Techeetah driver Jean-Éric Vergne after starting from pole position. Vergne's teammate André Lotterer finished second and e.Dams-Renault driver Sébastien Buemi came in third.

Controversy had surrounded the event from the outset, with the route of the track coming under criticism from residents of Barrio Lastarria, who argued that the event would damage existing roadside infrastructure and the natural scenery. This wasn't helped when, in the knock-down phase after the race, a truck collided with the Rebeca Matte Bello designed sculpture of Daedalus and Icarus that is mounted at the entrance to the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, moving it from its base and fracturing one of the statues's legs.This prompted race organisers to take responsibility for covering all expenses associated with the restoration of the sculpture.

As a result, city officials took the decision to move the race to Parque O'Higgins for the 2018-19 season event.

Location

The Parque Forestal Formula E circuit was located in Santiago, Chilé. Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International is around 16 minutes' drive from the centre of the city on its western fringes.

The track was based around the Parque Forestal and Baquedano Square. The area is well served by public transport, with Metro stations at Bellas Artes and Baquedano within easy walking distance.


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