It has emerged today that the Trulli Formula E team will not take part in the opening round of the 2015/16 Formula E Championship after missing technical checks.
The team’s powertrain components were delayed in customs, causing significant delays to the team’s technical preparation ahead of tomorrow’s Beijing ePrix.
The FIA initially granted the team an extension on its scrutineering deadline following an official letter from DHL Motorsport as well as discussions with an FIA Technical Delegate and a team representative.
However it is now understood that the team could not meet the new deadline of 8am Saturday morning to seal relevant part of the car, and as such the entry list for tomorrow’s race has been published detailing entries from only nine teams.
Trulli Formula E driver Vitantonio Liuzzi spoke with Motorsport.com: “It is a difficult situation but now Malaysia remains our new target and team is working hard to get things together.”
“After Donington we knew it couldn’t be easy. But at the moment we don’t have all the materials to get on track. The package will be quite strong eventually and I think there is some potential ahead of us.”
The Trulli team managed only a handful of laps in pre-season testing owing to development issues with its Motomatic JT01 powertrain.
The ramifications of Trulli Formula E Team missing the race are yet unclear, although the series’ sporting regulations stipulate that if a team does not meet designated standards or bring the Championship into disrepute, the FIA may “exclude the competitor from the Championship forthwith”.