Di Grassi praises Beijing track changes

ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi is full of praise for the changes made to the street circuit that will host this weekend's season-opening Beijing ePrix.

The one major change made was the elimination of the first chicane, which results in better flow but reduced the circuit's length to 3.439 km and with 17 turns.

"It's an incredible location and an amazing track, the longest circuit we visit on the Formula E calendar. It's around a very iconic area in the Olympic Park and the ‘Bird's Nest' stadium," Di Grassi is quoted by Electric Autosport as saying.

"I think there will be a very different dynamic this season compared to last year as all the teams and drivers have much more experience.

"It [the first chicane] was very tight and slow. It will now make the track flow much better, be much faster and hopefully improve chances of overtaking."

Whilst the changes to the Beijing track will arguably make for an exciting race on Saturday, an increase to the maximum race power of the cars should drastically improve times as well.

"The maximum race power has been increased to 170kW, that means for the same amount of distance to cover we'll have to regenerate and save much more energy," Di Grassi added.

"Efficiency will be key to run higher power for longer."