The countdown is on to the first race of the season in Beijing…

No more testing, no more mileage and no more tweaking. With the cars packed away and already on their way to China, the teams won’t be able to complete any more running till the first practice session around the Olympic Park.

Pre-season testing always conjures up a number of wild predictions and a large amount of speculation. Who ran a proper qualifying simulation? Were they just sandbagging? But heading into the second season of Formula E, where do the teams stand in the pecking order with the new powertrains…

Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport – total laps: 245, best time: 1:29.920s (1st)

With the various new sounds up and down the Formula E pitlane it was very much a case of whistle while you work at Abt. The high pitch whir of the new Abt Schaeffler powertrain certainly caught the attention of the crowd at Donington but the lap times of the German team also raised a few eyebrows.

With times tumbling and lap records being broken, it was Lucas di Grassi who set the headline time, clocking the quickest lap across the six test days and the only driver to break the 1:30s barrier. Daniel Abt secured the second fastest lap of pre-season testing to ensure both Abt drivers stayed at the top of the pile.

However, it wasn’t just speed on show as the Abt package also proved reliable covering 245 laps. Do they have an edge over their rivals heading to Beijing?

Andretti – total laps: 84, best time: 1:31.434s (8th)

As was the case for many of the teams it wasn’t the easiest of introductions to the new powertrain technology for season two at Andretti. The team suffered from a number of technical issues and software problems which eventually forced the team to revert to last year’s McLaren motor.

Before reverting to the season one powertrain Andretti had only managed to complete a total of 16 laps without setting a representative time. On the last day courtesy of Simona de Silvestro and Robin Frijns the team managed to clock a combined 68 laps. Will improved reliability pay dividends in the opening races?

Dragon Racing – total laps: 366, best time: 1:30.860s (5th)

Being the only customer team in Formula E, Dragon Racing will be looking to extract the maximum out of its new powertrain in direct comparison with suppliers Venturi.

The Venturi motor has shown to be one of the most reliable packages on the grid with both teams racking up a combined 811 laps throughout pre-season testing.

Both Jerome D’Ambrosio and Loic Duval displayed consistent pace but can they replicate the second place finish in the teams’ championship last season?

DS Virgin Racing – total laps: 311, best time: 1:30.451s (3rd)

Winners of the final race in the inaugural season, the newly-branded DS Virgin Racing team will hope to carry some of that momentum into this year’s championship.

Two-time Formula E race winner Sam Bird ended pre-season testing with the fourth fastest time, half a second adrift of Lucas di Grassi. The team collected a lot of useful data and covered plenty of mileage with a total of 311 laps.

With the arrival of Jean-Eric Vergne at the team, the partnership and atmosphere at DS Virgin could prove to be similar to the sound of their new powertrain… quiet but confident.

Renault e.dams – total laps: 426, best time: 1:30.382 (2nd)

It’s been another solid pre-season testing period for Renault e.dams who showed flashes of outright pace in the hands of Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost.

At the end of day two Buemi had topped the timesheets on six of the seven Formula E test days at Donington Park. The team focussed on race pace and reliability, with both drivers racking up a total of 426 laps, second only to Venturi.

The Renault e.dams pairing recorded times quick enough to finish in the top-five positions but what do the teams’ champions have left in reserve?

Mahindra Racing – total laps: 415, best time: 1:30.670s (4th)

There was a positive vibe inside the Mahindra garage throughout pre-season testing, with the team demonstrating speed and reliability in abundance.

With the arrival of Nick Heidfeld from Venturi and the new M2Electro, Mahindra will be looking to improve on its eighth place finish in the standings last season.

Both Heidfeld and team-mate Bruno Senna completed almost identical lap times to end testing sixth and seventh respectively.

NEXTEV TCR – total laps: 221, best time: 1:33.679s (9th)

It may prove to be a tricky home race for NEXTEV TCR in Beijing with pre-season testing not providing the amount of running the team would have hoped for.

The opening two days produced limited running with new powertrain gremlins but the team looked to make progress as testing came to a close. There were no headline-chasing lap times as the Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr and Oliver Turvey clocked the two slowest times over the six days.

Will the team be able to spring a surprise and challenge on home soil around the grounds of the Olympic Park?

Team Aguri – total laps: 358, best time: 1:31.185s (7th)

Much like Andretti, Team Aguri finds itself in the situation of waiting to see how much gains the other teams have made with the new powertrains.

The season one McLaren unit is a proven strong and reliable package, which may work to its benefit if other teams struggle to make it to the chequered flag.

Team Aguri ran five drivers across the six test days with only Nathanael Berthon being handed multiple outings. Frenchman Nicolas Lapierre completed the most laps on a single day with 78.

Trulli – total laps 7, best time: n/a

It was a pre-season of perseverance for Trulli and it may well be more of the same in the opening months of the season as the team get to grips with the new Motomatica powertrain.

The team only managed seven laps in total, which came on the final day of testing but Vitantonio Liuzzi was unable to set a representative lap time. There was the option to revert to using the old-spec powertrain but the team have committed to using the first three races as test sessions in a bid to get the car and powertrain back on track.

Venturi – total laps: 445, best time: 1:30.923s (6th)

Venturi is looking to hit back and prove itself and its new powertrain from the word go after a debut season during which the team’s speed was not matched by its results.

Both drivers displayed strong and consistent pace, but it was the reliability of the new powertrain that impressed the most. Stephane Sarrazin and the 1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve covered the most number of laps in pre-season testing with a combined total of 445.

Combined fastest times and laps completed

Lucas di Grassi, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport – 1:29.920s (106)

Daniel AbtAbt Schaeffler Audi Sport – 1:30.250s (139)

Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams – 1:30.382s (209)

Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing – 1:30.451s (146)

Nicolas Prost, Renault e.dams – 1:30.513s (217)

Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing – 1:30.670s (220)

Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing – 1:30.674s (195)

Jerome D’Ambrosio, Dragon Racing – 1:30.860s (188)

Stephane Sarrazin, Venturi – 1:30.923s (228)

Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Virgin Racing – 1:30.925s (165)

Loic Duval, Dragon Racing – 1:31.144s (178)

Nathanael Berthon, Team Aguri – 1:31.185s (115)

Jacques Villeneuve, Venturi – 1:31.193s (217)

Robin Frijns, Andretti – 1:31.434s (37)

Tom Dillman, Team Aguri – 1:32.369s (66)

Salvador Duran, Team Aguri – 1:32.549s (61)

Stefano Coletti, Team Aguri – 1:32.573s (38)

Nicolas Lapierre, Team Aguri – 1:32.694s (78)

Simona de Silvestro, Andretti – 1:33.180s (47)

Nelson Piquet Jr, NEXTEV TCR – 1:33.679s (95)

Oliver Turvey, NEXTEV TCR – 1:34.203s (126)

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