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Long Beach Flag.png Long Beach Street Circuit
Long Beach Layout.png
Circuit Details
Name Long Beach Street Circuit
Location Flag of the United States.png Long Beach, California, USA
Length 2.131 km (1.324 mi)
Corners 7
First Race Flag of the United States.png 2015 Long Beach ePrix
Last Race unknown
Only Race unknown
Circuit Records
Fastest Lap Qualifying Wins
0:57.938 0:56.937 1
Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of Germany.png Daniel Abt Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet Jr.

The Long Beach Street Circuit is a temporary street circuit located in Long Beach, California, USA, that hosted the Long Beach ePrix, a round of the FIA Formula E Championship.[1] Famed for hosting both Formula One and the IndyCar Series, the Long Beach Street Circuit was modified for FE's use, with a shortened circuit created by cutting through South Pine Avenue.[2]

After two seasons FE would leave Long Beach, having obtained a deal to race around the streets of New York City from 2016/17 onward.[3]

Background

The concept of running a race around Long Beach was first proposed in the 1970s, as Formula One investigated its eternal desire to expand in the United States.[2] Numerous negotiations resulted in the creation of the Long Beach Street Circuit in Long Beach, California, which staged its first race in 1975.[2] The circuit would go through various changes throughout its life as host of the F1 World Championship, with roads such as Shoreline Drive becoming world renowned as a result.[2]

The costs of hosting F1 ultimately saw the circuit withdraw from hosting the United States Grand Prix West in 1984, with CART taking over the race as the Grand Prix of Long Beach.[2] The circuit was once again heavily revised, with the majority of the slow chicanes removed, with another redesign instigated in 1992.[2] A major overhaul was subsequently required in 1999 after building works cut off part of the circuit, resulting in the current layout with the run past the fountain opposite the Aquarium of the Pacific.[2]

Formula E History

The Long Beach Street Circuit was the unsurprising favourite to host the Long Beach ePrix when it was first announced as a round of the inaugural 2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship in 2013.[1] The circuit would, however, be modified to fit FE's requirements, resulting in the fountain complex being completely cut off, with the field instead sweeping down South Pine Avenue to reach Seaside Way.[2] From there the circuit was the same as the one used for the Grand Prix of Long Beach by IndyCar, and would host its first race on 4 April 2015.[1]

Circuit History

Nelson Piquet Jr. claimed victory in the first Long Beach ePrix, before the series returned in 2016, using the same altered layout as 2015.[4] Lucas di Grassi won that race, before the series opted to leave Long Beach permanently from 2016/17 onward, instead opting to race around New York City.[3]

Circuit Layout

A lap of the ePrix variant of the Long Beach Street Circuit opened with the familiar run down Shoreline Drive, flanked either side by Palm trees.[2] A chicane shortly after the start/finish line formed the first and second corners, a right-left combo, before the field carried on to complete the rest of Ocean Boulevard.[2] However, rather than turn left to sweep past the fountain, the FE circuit turned right onto South Pine Avenue.[2]

After a short blast down South Pine the field would rejoin the full circuit via turn four, a 90° right onto Seaside Way.[2] A long straight followed before the field entered another 90° right at turn five, before the long apex left of turn six fed the field into the hairpin right of turn seven.[2] That put the FE field back onto Shoreline Drive and the start/finish straight, with the pitlane running on the right-hand side of Shoreline Drive.[2]

Records

A full list of records for the Long Beach Street Circuit are outlined below, including a list of race winners.

Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners of ePrix held at the Long Beach Street Circuit:

Long Beach Street Circuit Winners List
Season Event Date Winner Report
2014/15 Flag of the United States.png 2015 FIA Formula E Long Beach ePrix 4 April 2015[1] Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet Jr.[4] Report
2015/16 Flag of the United States.png 2016 Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix[5] 2 April 2016[6] Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi[7] Report

Race-by-Race Records

The race-by-race records for the Long Beach Street Circuit are outlined below:

Long Beach Street Circuit Race-by-Race Records
Event Qualifying Fastest Lap Winner
Driver Time Driver Time Driver Time
Flag of the United States.png 2015 FIA Formula E Long Beach ePrix Flag of Germany.png Daniel Abt 0:56.937 Flag of France.png Nicolas Prost 0:58.973 Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet Jr. 46:01.971
Flag of the United States.png 2016 Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird 0:57.261 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi 0:57.938 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi 45:11.582

References

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References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 'Rio returns as Formula E confirms inaugural calendar', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/12/2013), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2013/december/rio-returns-as-formula-e-confirms-inaugural-calendar.aspx, (Accessed 09/07/2015)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named FIA
  3. 3.0 3.1 'FIA RELEASES REVISED SEASON THREE CALENDAR: DATE SWAP FOR NEW YORK CITY AND MONTREAL', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/09/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/september/fia-releases-revised-season-three-formula-e-calendar/, (Accessed 28/09/2016)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'Emotional Piquet emulates his father', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/04/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/april/piquet-cruises-to-victory-in-long-beach.aspx, (Accessed 28/04/2015)
  5. 'Faraday Future named as title sponsor for Long Beach ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/03/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/march/faraday-future-named-as-title-sponsor-for-long-beach-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 31/03/2016)
  6. 'WMSC reveals dates for season two Formula E calendar', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/07/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/july/wmsc-reveals-dates-for-season-two-formula-e-calendar.aspx, (Accessed 10/07/2015)
  7. 'Di Grassi's Shoreline sensation', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/04/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/april/di-grassi-s-shoreline-sensation/, (Accessed 03/04/2016)
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