Formula E has provided us with exciting and tense racing in the first half of the season with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne topping the standings ahead of closest challenger Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist by 30 points. Can anyone stop him or Techeetah?
Vergne’s time to shine?
Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne has been so far Formula E’s “Mr Consistent” by finishing in the top 5 at each of the 6 rounds of the Championship. By taking 3 Pole Positions, 3 Podium finishes which includes 2 wins, Vergne leads the Championship standings by 30 points ahead of closest rival Felix Rosenqvist.
Vergne’s first win of the season in Santiago was arguably the most tense ePrix of the season so far. Vergne held off team-mate Andre Lotterer for a historic achievement for Techeetah resulting in the first 1-2 for a team in Formula E. Not even Renault e.Dams or Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler have managed this!
Vergne’s defensiveness and mentality was put to the test in Punta del Este when he had to fend off reigning champion, Lucas di Grassi. Vergne crossed the line after 37 laps just half a second ahead of Di Grassi.
Formula E’s top-guns on the back foot
Many drivers in the history of motorsport have been plagued by reliability and now reigning champion Lucas di Grassi is one of them. Up until Round 5, Di Grassi hadn’t scored a single point and Audi had just scored 6 points with Daniel Abt. But Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler’s luck changed in Mexico when Abt took a commanding drive to take the win with Di Grassi finally picking up points in 9th after a reliability free race. The true pace of the Audi’s were shown in qualifying in Punta del Este where both qualified in the top 5 and Di Grassi finished a close 2nd behind Vergne. The fight is on for the rest of the season!
Meanwhile at Renault, Season 2 Champion Sebastian Buemi hasn’t has suffered as bad reliability and sits 4th in the Drivers Championship. Buemi hasn’t been able to take a win yet but two 2nd places and a 3rd puts him 57 points behind Vergne. Buemi’s team-mate Nico Prost has struggled with bad luck hindering his performance and ability to score point with just 7 points on the board. Both driver’s future’s are at a slight risk with Nissan taking over the team for Season 5.
These two teams are separated by just a single point in the Constructors Championship and it’ll be exciting to see which of these teams comes out on top.
Jaguar on the prowl!
Panasonic Jaguar Racing have had a very good start to the season with the team, only in it’s second year in the championship, lying 4th on 86 points. This is some difference to what they finished with last season, 10th with 27 points.
Season 1 Champion Nelson Piquet Jr started the season off well for the team with 4th place in Round 1 with Mitch Evans taking the team’s first podium with 3rd in Round 2. Piquet was able to match his 4th place in Marrakesh with both drivers finishing in the points in Santiago and Mexico.
Although, Jaguar could be in a higher position if not for little mistakes made in Qualifying. Evans originally qualified 3rd in Punta del Este but was demoted to 16th after a a weight distribution issue. Evans fought back in the race to finish 4th, overtaking Felix Rosenqvist in the dying stages, now targets to score Jaguar’s first Formula E victory. Jaguar’s biggest challenge for the rest of the season will be trying to keep Audi and Renault behind and keeping up with the front-runners.
Exciting ePrix’s to come
Formula E enters the European stage of the calendar with Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland hosting ePrix’s.
For Season 4, Formula E will go for the first time to Rome in Italy and Zurich in Switzerland. The Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR in Rome will feature the second longest lap of the season, just behind Marrakesh. It’ll be the first time in 60 years that circuit racing returns to Switzerland.
The double-header and final two ePrix’s of the season will be held in New York for Rounds 11 and 12. DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was victorious in both races last season, will he be able to continue this form in New York?
- Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing, 2 wins
- Jean-Eric Vergne, Techeetah, 2 wins
- Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing, 1 win
- Daniel Abt, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, 1 win
Check out the Top 5 finishers from each ePrix so far here: https://rhonansf1blog.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/formula-e-season-4-results/
And check out the full Championship standings so far here: https://rhonansf1blog.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/formula-e-championship-standings/