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Formula E in trouble: This caused the pit fire at Valencia

Formula E in trouble: This caused the pit fire at Valencia

24-10-2023 19:30

GPblog.com

Not long ago, there was a major fire on a container ship in the Wadden Sea. Thousands of cars went up in flames in the process. Fire did well, mainly thanks to the batteries in the many electric cars that were on the boat. Formula E has also known since Tuesday afternoon that these batteries can burn considerably. Indeed, it was a battery from DS Penske's car that caused a fire during the test in Valencia. One person was injured in that.

In the morning hours, Robert Shwartzman had been allowed to drive his laps as a rookie with the DS Penske. In the afternoon, the battery had then been removed from the car and taken to WAE. This company is responsible for the batteries in all Formula E cars. While inspecting the battery, it suddenly caught fire. One WAE employee sustained minor injuries in the process and was taken to a nearby hospital. Damage to the pit box was limited.

Authorities investigate fire

Local authorities, Formula E and the FIA have since launched an investigation. On the first day of the new, tenth season of the class, a hefty fire caused by a battery in one of the cars is more than worrying. First of all, they want to rule out that there is a structural problem here, putting the safety of drivers (during races) and staff at risk.

Formula E has not yet announced whether the second day of testing in Valencia will go ahead. For now, the organisation is reluctant to give extensive comments, but a summary statement via X does write that the cancellation of Tuesday's session will help to "return to a safe working environment".