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Preview: Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 Shell Recharge Berlin E-Prix 

Preview: Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 Shell Recharge Berlin E-Prix 


The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship heads to Germany and Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport Circuit at the historic Tempelhofer Feld for a double-header and Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2021/22 campaign on 14 & 15 May, as Season 8 reaches its half-way mark.


Formula E’s 11 teams and 22 world-class drivers return to the German capital – a fixture on the calendar since the inaugural 2014/15 season – to tackle an anti-clockwise and clockwise variation of the circuit.

WAYS TO WATCH: Where and how to watch every minute of Season 8

As it stands, just 10 points split Drivers’ World Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ), Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH), Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) and Robin Frijns (Envision Racing). With 58 points on offer over the race weekend, there will be twists and turns before the chequered flag falls on Round 8, and plenty of opportunity for any number of drivers to work themselves into the title hunt.

Saturday’s action gets underway with Free Practice from 07:15 local time, with qualifying at 10:40 and Round 7 itself from 15:00 CET. Free Practice ahead of Round 8 starts at the same time on Sunday, with qualifying also following at 10:40 and the race once again at 15:00. Keep track of all the action at fiaformulae.com/live and tune in where you are via fiaformulae.com/watch.

As it stands…

Last time out, Vandoorne wrested control of the Drivers’ championship after steering to victory in the Monaco E-Prix Round 6. The Belgian fended off the attentions of Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans, with the Kiwi unable to convert Julius Baer Pole Position in the Principality, instead winding up second, with DS TECHEETAH driver Jean-Eric Vergne coming home third. Vandoorne has won around Tempelhof before and he’ll undoubtedly be the driver with the target on his back this weekend.

Third in Monaco made it consecutive podium finishes for Vergne after his second-placed finish in race two from Rome. He’s on an unmatched streak of six points finishes – all inside the top eight – and his podium tally of three is a joint-high and a 50% silverware strike rate in Season 8. Consistency is key in Formula E as Vergne knows better than anybody, and even after losing the Drivers’ advantage to Vandoorne for now, he knows he’s sitting pretty just six points back.

Stoffel Vandoorne BEL (No5) – Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team on the podium with Mitch Evans NZ (No9) – Jaguar TCS Racing and Jean-Éric Vergne FRA (No25) – China DS Techeetah

Evans is three points shy of Vergne, while Robin Frijns (Envision Racing) is stringing together a charge another point behind in fourth spot. The Dutchman has scored strongly in all but the opening race of the season, and his three podiums are as good as any other driver in the standings has yet managed.

ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara had topped the table heading to Rome, but a pair of retirements in Rounds 5 & 6 have temporarily put the brakes on the Swiss-Italian’s challenge. The Season 7 runner-up will be hoping for better luck in Berlin in Season 8 after a dramatic start-line collision with Evans in the finale ended his, and the Jaguar driver’s, title effort right at the last in 2020/21.

As with Mortara, the pace has been there for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team pairing of Andre Lotterer and Pascal Wehrlein so far this season. They find themselves sixth and seventh, respectively, and have been points regulars. Monaco was a borderline disaster, however, with Wehrlein suffering a technical issue which forced him into retiring from the race lead. Lotterer, meanwhile, was pushed into the wall at Turn 1 while running in the points. That left a 30-plus point hole in their tally, but the silver lining was that pace and energy management once again looked strong.

Reigning champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) currently sits eighth in the running with his season yet to fire into life proper, despite a Round 1 win. If he’s to retain his World Championship crown, he must push on in Berlin.

Return to Tempelhof

The net zero carbon race series returns to the 2.4km Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit on the outskirts of the German capital city. Berlin is the only city to have hosted a race in every season of Formula E. In all but one of those seasons – Season 2, when the German round took place near Alexanderplatz – Tempelhofer Feld has been the host venue.

TICKETS: Secure your seat at Tempelhof

Two different configurations will be used over the weekend with Saturday’s race using the traditional anti-clockwise direction and Sunday switching to clockwise. It’s a unique challenge for the teams and drivers, but one they relish – and a favourite of many. The bumpy concrete apron, higher than usual degradation and high grip takes a toll on energy management and makes race strategies a headache but the action is always among the best on the calendar.

Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) has six podium finishes in Berlin, and two victories, albeit one at Alexanderplatz. Antonio Felix da Costa is one of three drivers to have two wins to his name at Tempelhof. The DS TECHEETAH driver’s came at the Season 6 finale as he hammered home his advantage to take the title.

Lucas di Grassi won here with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in 2019 and signed off on Audi’s first spell in Formula E with another win on home soil for the brand in Season 7. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) strode to victory in the last race of Season 6 at Tempelhof.

German team announces Formula E return

ABT Sportsline last week confirmed it will return to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from the beginning of the Gen3 era, starting 2023.

The German outfit is set to enter as a customer team and makes its way back to Formula E having been a fixture throughout the championship’s first seven seasons. Despite a hiatus in Season 8, following the exit of Audi, ABT can still count itself among the most successful teams in Formula E history, with 47 podiums and 1,380 points to its name.

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The team won the first ever Formula E race in Beijing, 2014, while Lucas di Grassi steered to the Drivers’ title in 2017. ABT sealed the Teams’ crown a season later and partnered with Audi between 2017 and 2021.

Follow live

Follow every lap from Monaco as it happens in the Live Hub. Keep across Live Timing – including a real-time interactive track map and the ability to follow your favourite driver – plus detailed session reports, exclusive interviews, all the standings and results as well as reaction from the ground means fans won’t miss a moment.

New for Season 8, there’s a full race day rundown pulling together everything on-track with the best of social media and in-race clips – alongside the usual Live Hub experience that debuted in Season 7. Get involved using #ABBFormulaE.

The Formula E app allows fans to go behind the scenes and listen to Driver Radio for live reactions from the cockpit and the pit wall as the race plays out. To listen in, download now on iOS and Android.

Watch

Don’t miss a minute of Season 8. Keep track of the best ways to tune in where you are at fiaformulae.com/watch.

Get involved

Formula E blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds of motorsport and there are even more opportunities to engage with the championship in Season 8, even if you can’t be at an E-Prix in person.

Formula E is the only motorsport in the world that lets fans play an active role in influencing the outcome. FANBOOST for Rounds 7 & 8 opens on Tuesday 10 May, until 15 minutes into race one, with voting for Round 8 opening at the chequered flag on Saturday. To give your favourite driver an extra boost of power, visit FANBOOST and the Formula E app.

Can you predict the unpredictable? The Formula E Predictor puts you in the hot seat to predict each round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

It’s free to play, and points are awarded for each correct prediction. Make your picks for five race outcomes – selecting from the 22 Formula E drivers that you think will win the E-Prix, clinch Julius Baer Pole Position, set the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap, be the first to use ATTACK MODE and be the driver to make up the most places in the race.



Vandoorne Masters Monaco to take Standings Lead with Round 6 Win

Vandoorne Masters Monaco to take Standings Lead with Round 6 Win


Mercedes-EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne mastered the streets of Monte Carlo with a tactical drive to win the 2022 Monaco E-Prix Round 6 and take the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship lead. The Belgian beat polesitter Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) to the top step, while DS TECHEETAH’s Jean-Eric Vergne came home third.


Vandoorne emerged on the right side of a mid-race Full Course Yellow and Safety Car which threw race strategies up in the air – the Belgian besting Evans after a race-long battle with the help of some measured energy management.

RESULTS: 2022 Monaco E-Prix Round 6

Having started fourth, Vandoorne had hit the front after then-leader Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) retired from the lead with technical issues on Lap 16. Once at the head of the pack, Vandoorne seized control and made good on both restarts to take the chequered flag first with race pace and energy in-hand.

Top 3

Evans couldn’t quite capitalise on the searing pace that saw him fly to Julius Baer Pole Position but 18 points and second spot after a Rome win-double sees the Jaguar driver’s hot-streak continue.

Vergne followed in third, sparring for the race distance with those ahead and fending off the late attentions of Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns who came home fourth – the Dutchman extending his consistent run of form with the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap also under his belt. That made it a joint-high of three podiums for Frenchman Vergne and he remains the only driver to score points in every race this season.

Antonio Felix da Costa made it two DS TECHEETAHs in the top five, with Lucas di Grassi coming home sixth for a solid haul on home soil for ROKiT Venturi Racing – though Edo Mortara retired late on having run much of the race alongside his teammate in the points.

Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing) finished seventh, with Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) and reigning champion Nyck de Vries rounding out the top 10.

All that left Vandoorne six points clear atop the Drivers’ standings, and Mercedes-EQ 15 points ahead of DS TECHEETAH in the Teams’ running.

As it happened… 

Evans held firm into Turn 1, leading Wehrlein and Vergne through the first tour as they were and the pack settled down into formation flying. The early priority looked to be energy management, with the Circuit de Monaco one of the fastest and most flowing on the calendar – meaning drivers were happy to bide their time for opportune moments to make progress without costing them undue usable energy.

Evans had looked to kept a hold on proceedings with eight laps down, content to control the pace and stick to the gameplan. That plan looked to be on rocky ground two laps later, with the Kiwi complaining over the radio to his engineer that Wehrlein and Vergne just behind were a percent to the good on the Jaguar’s usable energy.

Wehrlein began to pressure the leader on Lap 9, with the battle bunching the pack behind and bringing a gaggle of six or seven cars within touching distance as Vergne jumped for ATTACK MODE – the first of the lead group to do so – dropping him temporarily to fifth spot. On Lap 11, the Frenchman made a spot back with a slick move on di Grassi for fourth at the Nouvelle Chicane.

A lap later, Evans went for ATTACK MODE, handing Wehrlein the race lead and promoting Vergne to second spot but it wouldn’t do the German much good – so it appeared – as Evans was able to make it beyond the Porsche. Wehrlein forced his way back by the Jaguar, though, less than half a lap later and down at the chicane on the next tour, Vandoorne also made his way through to pinch third from Evans.

Meanwhile, under braking out of the tunnel and onto the harbourfront, Wehrlein measured a move around the outside of Vergne and went on the defensive – making top spot his own again.

Just as Wehrlein looked as if he had things under control, the Porsche appeared stricken – the left rear corner of the car damaged and Wehrlein all the way out of the running and the race, handing the lead back to Vergne with Vandoorne now second and Evans third.

A Full Course Yellow on Lap 16 was required to snatch Wehrlein’s Porsche, which found itself stuck at the exit of the tunnel. This cost leader Vergne dearly, with the DS driver diving for his second ATTACK MODE activation just prior. That would give leader Vandoorne and second-placed Evans a real breather and on the restart, the Silver Arrow 02 out front was able to draw out a three-second margin to take full control of the race.

Two laps later Mahindra Racing’s Oliver Rowland forced Porsche’s Lotterer into the wall at Sainte Devote – requiring a Safety Car for recovery. Where Vandoorne was the beneficiary during the FCY, this time he fell victim as he had just taken ATTACK MODE two – rendering the boost all but useless under Safety Car conditions while Evans still had one up his sleeve.

On the Green Flag, Vandoorne got away well and had the race win and the lead of the championship in his sights. In behind the Belgian, Evans, Vergne and di Grassi, da Costa in fifth and Mortara sixth still had an ATTACK MODE in-hand. Frijns, Guenther, Dennis and Cassidy continued to squabble for seventh, eighth, ninth and the final points-paying position in 10th – a longstanding back and forth between the quartet.

On Lap 22, Frijns was the big climber in ATTACK MODE – slicing by di Grassi at Beau Rivage and Evans in Casino Square as the Jaguar driver made for the activation loop for his second and final mandatory 13%, four-minute boost. Evans would make ground back, though, with that additional power; first jumping beyond Frijns and then Vergne at Turn 1 on Lap 24 – the Kiwi under two seconds back from race leader Vandoorne.

From there, Vandoorne controlled proceedings and looked to have both pace and usable energy in good supply over the Jaguar of Evans behind. The Belgian duly took the chequered flag, leading Evans home, with Vergne following third.

Round 6 results


Formula E returns with Rome Double-Header

Formula E returns with Rome Double-Header


The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship heads to Europe and the streets of the Eternal City on 9 & 10 April, with a Rome E-Prix double-header for Rounds 4 & 5 of the season.


Formula E will welcome thousands of spectators back to the Esposizione Universale Roma district of the Italian capital for a showdown in the country’s historical heartland on each of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April.

WAYS TO WATCH: Where and how to watch every minute of Season 8

There’s a home hero for the locals to cheer on in Antonio Giovinazzi (DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT) after his move from Formula 1, and with three different race winners from the opening three rounds of Season 8, the racing will be as intense as ever at the Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR – one of the calendar’s highlights for drivers and fans alike.

As it stands

Edoardo Mortara leads the way in the Drivers’ World Championship after a trio of top six finishes for the Swiss-Italian-French triple national, including a race two win in Diriyah. Silverware and strong points for his ROKiT Venturi Racing teammate Lucas di Grassi in Saudi Arabia helped ensure the Monegasque team had enough on the rest to leave Mexico as Teams’ pacesetters, just ahead of Mercedes-EQ.

Highlights: The Mexico City E-Prix Round 3

Reigning champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) is second in the running, having made the top step in the season opener. The Dutchman and leader Mortara are two of only four drivers to have scored points in all three rounds of Season 8 so far – the others? DS TECHEETAH’s Jean-Eric Vergne – a winner in Rome last time around – and Avalanche Andretti driver Jake Dennis, who sit sixth and seventh in the standings.

Porsche throws down the gauntlet in Mexico City

The story last time out in Mexico City was undoubtedly TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team’s incredible performance. The cork is out of the bottle for the German team, who had long been searching for a first Formula E win.

Pascal Wehrlein delivered in style – securing his own maiden victory in the process.The 27-year-old led home a Porsche one-two, with Andre Lotterer in close company and the pair inflicted an extra lap on the rest to rub salt in the wounds, such was the team’s stategic success.

The pair feel a weight has been lifted, and they’re hungry for more, with Wehrlein and Lotterer sitting pretty in third and fourth in the championship. The former is hunting more silverware in Rome after making the podium in Season 7.

The Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR

The 19-turn 3.385km Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR underwent a number of amendments in close collaboration with local authorities for Season 7, which saw the track become the second longest in Formula E history after Beijing.

The Palazzo dei Congressi, Piazzale Marconi are major landmarks as the circuit winds its way around the iconic Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, known as the “Square Coliseum”. Ninfeo Park will also form a part of the circuit’s perimeter.

It’s a perfect mix of high-speed runs and tight, complex sections and undulations with plenty of opportunities for overtaking at the hairpin and some 90-degree bends – peak Formula E and a big favourite of the drivers. 

A minor tweak this year sees the start moved between Turns 3 and 4 with the finish on the approach to Turn 19.

Formula E in the Eternal City

Street racing hadn’t been a part of Roman culture for 62 years prior to Formula E visiting in 2018, and the track uses parts of the old Tre Fontane circuit from the 1920s – with the start line on Via delle Tre Fontane. 

Electric racing has been a fixture on the streets of Rome since that first trip in Season 4, when Sam Bird (Jaguar TCS Racing) took the chequered flag for DS Virgin Racing.

Bird’s teammate Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) and Andre Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche) fought tooth-and-nail for the full 45 minutes in Season 5. In the end, it was the Kiwi who held his nerve, forcing Lotterer to settle for second. Making up for a disastrous race the previous year, Evans defeated his demons to claim both his and Jaguar Racing’s first win.

Jean-Eric Vergne came, saw and conquered on his way to the top step in Round 3 in 2020/21 with a calculated drive from fifth to first.

Rome’s best moments

“It takes a lot of commitment to win in Rome,” says the winner from Round 4 last year, Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ). “There’s a lot of bumps, it’s narrow and it’s very challenging with lots of big braking zones. You need a good feel of the car to place it right.”

Follow live

Follow every lap from Rome as it happens in the revamped Live Hub. Keep across Live Timing – including a real-time interactive track map and the ability to follow your favourite driver – plus detailed session reports, exclusive interviews, all the standings and results as well as reaction from the ground means fans won’t miss a moment.

New for Season 8, there’s a full race day rundown pulling together everything on-track with the best of social media and in-race clips – alongside the usual Live Hub experience that debuted in Season 7. Get involved using #ABBFormulaE.

The Formula E app allows fans to go behind the scenes and listen to Driver Radio for live reactions from the cockpit and the pit wall as the race plays out. To listen in, download now on iOS and Android.

Watch

Don’t miss a minute of Season 8. Keep track of the best ways to tune in where you are at fiaformulae.com/watch.

Get involved

Formula E blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds of motorsport and there are even more opportunities to engage with the championship in Season 8, even if you can’t be at an E-Prix in person.

Formula E is the only motorsport in the world that lets fans play an active role in influencing the outcome. FANBOOST for Rounds 4 & 5 opens on Tuesday 5 April, until 15 minutes into race one. To give your favourite driver an extra boost of power, visit FANBOOST and the Formula E app.

Can you predict the unpredictable? The Formula E Predictor puts you in the hot seat to predict each round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

It’s free to play, and points are awarded for each correct prediction. Make your picks for five race outcomes – selecting from the 22 Formula E drivers that you think will win the E-Prix, clinch Julius Baer Pole Position, set the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap, be the first to use ATTACK MODE and be the driver to make up the most places in the race.



FORMULA E: WEHRLEIN HEADS HOME PERFECT PORSCHE ONE-TWO IN MEXICO CITY

FORMULA E: WEHRLEIN HEADS HOME PERFECT PORSCHE ONE-TWO IN MEXICO CITY


Pascal Wehrlein led home Andre Lotterer in an historic one-two for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team in the Mexico City E-Prix, with both driver and team sealing maiden ABB FIA Formula E World Championship victories.


Porsche executed the perfect race, with Wehrlein leading from Julius Baer Pole Position and fending off standings leader Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) early on. The pair did drop into the pack behind the Swiss-Italian and Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) for a brief period but gained a mighty energy advantage on the rest while still matching the leaders’ pace.

Into the final 15 minutes, Wehrlein and Lotterer picked their moment and dispatched Vergne and then Mortara for the lead, and from there, the Stuttgart manufacturer dictated in both pace and energy management.

Come the chequered flag, Wehrlein and Lotterer had nine seconds in-hand on the rest and were able to soak in the adulations of the tens of thousands of fans packing the famous Foro Sol stadium as they toured to the finish line, more than making amends for the heartbreak in Puebla last season – the ultimate redemption story.

Vergne was able to bring the DS home third, with teammate da Costa battling to fourth after a number of skirmishes. Mortara did enough to retain the Drivers’ World Championship lead with fifth – the Venturi more marginal on energy than the Porsches and DS’ as the race wore on.

Reigning champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) scrapped to sixth, a second ahead of Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns.

Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) showed a stronger turn this time out to take eighth and points – just ahead of teammate Maximilian Guenther and Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti).

Mortara heads the Drivers’ standings by five points over de Vries, with Wehrlein jumping to third with that victory.Mortara moves to 43 points and heads the Drivers’ standings by five points over de Vries, with Wehrlein jumping to third following that victory. ROKiT Venturi Racing leads the Teams’ running on 68 points, with Mercedes-EQ two points back and TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team now third.

Wehrlein celebrates win in Mexico City for Porsche one-two Formula E

As it happened…

Mortara looked to have the jump on polesitter Wehrlein but the Porsche man moved straight across to cover the inside line into Turn 1 to hold onto P1.

It was three wide as the roar of the Foro Sol stadium welcomed the pack through on Lap 1 with Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing), Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) and Guenther battling for eighth. At the same spot a lap later, Vandoorne’s teammate de Vries forced da Costa on the defensive to keep hold of fifth as the DS TECHEETAH driver clipped the wall.

Wehrlein led the pack after a cagey opening five minutes from Mortara, Lotterer, Vergne, da Costa, de Vries, Frijns, Cassidy, Vandoorne and Guenther. Lotterer was first to blink and take the initial of two ATTACK MODE power boosts on Lap 5 in a bid to outwit his teammate out front and Mortara in second – the Venturi man making the jump to activate a lap later.

The race leader covered the pair off on Lap 6 with his first 30kW boost but a poor run out of the stadium compromised him through the fast, sweeping Peraltada and down the start/finish straight. Mortara spied his chance and launched up the inside of the Porsche at Turn 1 for P1.

Behind Mortara, it was now two by two with Wehrlein and Lotterer in the Porsches followed by Vergne and da Costa in the DS TECHEETAH cars. Envision Racing pair Frijns and Cassidy were next up and the Mercedes-EQ duo of Vandoorne and de Vries were line astern just behind them.

On Lap 11, Vergne cleared Lotterer with a patient move up the inside of the Porsche at Turn 9, having worked the opportunity at Turn 8. The Frenchman forced Lotterer into opening the door to his teammate, who obliged to take fourth and shuffle the Porsche to fifth. A lap later, Vergne dispatched the sister Porsche of Wehrlein to pinch second place.

Contact with Wehrlein as the Porsche jumped for ATTACK MODE number two shuffled da Costa to sixth on Lap 14, with Lotterer and Frijns bypassing the DS – bodywork hanging from the left front corner of the Portuguese’ car. Da Costa made amends a couple of laps later to retake fifth with a simple pass inside Frijns at Turn 1 but the battle wasn’t done there. Frijns made use of his second 30kW jolt to force his way by da Costa despite all-out defence from the Season 6 champion.

As the second round of ATTACK MODE boosts shook out, Mortara led Vergne – but only just, with the DS in better shape on usable energy remaining – the Porsches of Wehrlein and Lotterer in third and fourth two percent to the good. The top six were split by just 2.2 seconds heading into the final 15 minutes as Mortara started to conserve energy and back up the pack.

On Lap 25 Wehrlein made his move, passing Vergne into Turn 2 with Lotterer following and Frijns picking his way by, too – the DS nudged back from second to fifth in two corners.

Just two laps later, the Porsches pulled the same move on leader Mortara to make it a one-two with 10 minutes plus one lap to go.

On Lap 31, Frijns got the move done on Mortara for third on the way into Foro Sol, though both were two percent down on energy compared to the DS’ behind. Frijns held on, though, with Vergne taking fourth from Mortara at the hairpin and da Costa following on Lap 35. The pair dispatched Frijns to take third and fourth respectively on the way into the stadium two laps later. Calculated stuff from the French outfit.

Mortara was able to outdo Frijns for fifth with a minute plus a lap to go, with the Envision marginal on energy but lost out into Turn 1 as the Dutchman fired one up the inside into Turn 1 – both just about getting it stopped.

The Porsches crossed the line with a second to go, making it an unanticipated additional lap plus another to come for many with usable energy looking tight.

Wehrlein and Lotterer coasted home as a pair to take in the adulations from the Foro Sol, and the chequered flag. Vergne brought his DS home third ahead of teammate da Costa, while Mortara held on to fifth ahead of de Vries. Frijns slipped to seventh on the last lap after an all-action encounter, with Buemi following in eighth. Guenther and Dennis rounded out the points-paying positions.



Formula E: REIGNING CHAMPION DE VRIES HEADS MERCEDES-EQ ONE-TWO IN DIRIYAH OPENER

Formula E: REIGNING CHAMPION DE VRIES HEADS MERCEDES-EQ ONE-TWO IN DIRIYAH OPENER


Reigning champion Nyck de Vries led home a Mercedes-EQ one-two in the opening round of the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, with Stoffel Vandoorne second and Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) third.


De Vries sealed his first victory in Formula E here last year and took advantage of an uncharacteristic Vandoorne slip-up to double up, with the Belgian missing his second jump through the ATTACK MODE activation loop. The pair were dominant from there, winding up eight seconds clear of Dennis.

Jaguar TCS Racing’s Sam Bird crossed the line a fighting fourth, with Andre Lotterer (Porsche) looking strong early on – particularly in a fiesty duel with Dennis. The German eventually slipped down the order from a provisional podium position to 14th as his usable energy became ever more marginal as the race drew on. 

RESULTS: The full classification from Round 1

Lucas di Grassi showcased his renowned racecraft to notch fifth on debut for ROKiT Venturi Racing just ahead of teammate Edoardo Mortara and Nick Cassidy – the Envision Racing man also taking the point for TAG Heuer Fastest Lap. 

DS TECHEETAH’s Jean-Eric Vergne followed in eighth, pipping rookie Oliver Askew who’ll be happy with his first effort in the series and points on the board – no mean feat. Jaguar’s Mitch Evans rounded out the points-paying positions.

De Vries heads the way in the Drivers’ World Championship from Vandoorne, with Mercedes-EQ heading the Teams’ running.

The Diriyah E-Prix Round 2 follows at the same time tomorrow.

As it happened…

Vandoorne and de Vries picked up where they left off in Season 7 right off the line, with the Belgian leading the pack away and the reigning champion jumping Dennis into second position with Lotterer following in fourth – pulling a second-and-a-half on those behind after the opening couple of laps.

Ten minutes in, and the lead trio of Vandoorne, de Vries and Dennis began to pull clear of Lotterer and the rest. Di Grassi sat as he did at lights out, in fifth, with Bird, Maximilian Guenther in his first race for Nissan e.dams, Cassidy, his Envision Racing teammate Robin Frijns and Mortara rounding out the top 10.

On Lap 6, de Vries, Dennis and Lotterer jumped for their first 30kW ATTACK MODE boost, with Vandoorne covering them off a lap later. A scrap was underway a little further back for ninth, on the cusp of the points, between Mortara, Frijns, Oliver Rowland (Mahindra Racing), Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche), Evans and Vergne. Rowland came off worst in a battle with Frijns, starting with a clash at Turn 14 and ending up with the Brit’s car backwards in the wall and out of the race, while Frijns slipped to 14th and was penalised for his part in the incident.

WAYS TO WATCH: Where and how to watch every minute of Season 8


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Last September, Polaris and Zero Motorcycles announced their “rEV’d up” collaborative program, aimed at the development of electric off-road vehicles. The first product to result from that initiative is Polaris’ Ranger XP Kinetic UTV, which can now be reserved for a 2022 delivery.


The new Porsche Taycan Safety Car made its first appearance while the stranded Mahindra was recovered, with the race going green again on Lap 11 and the lead quartet getting the jump on the rest.

Lotterer leapt for his second 30kW boost before the De Vries, Vandoorne and Dennis and managed the undercut on the Andretti driver. Vandoorne hamstrung his chances – and ultimately cost himself the race win – by missing the activation for his second dose of ATTACK MODE when the rest matched Lotterer up, leaving the Porsche sitting pretty and costing the Belgian the lead to his teammate de Vries.

Round 1 results


Formula E is back!

Formula E is back!


The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship goes green once again this Friday and Saturday, 28 & 29 January in Diriyah, with the opening rounds of Season 8 from Saudi Arabia’s historic heartland and fans returning to the grandstands.


Season 8 will see an ultra-competitive grid of 12 teams and 22 top-tier drivers from around the globe battle for top spot in the world’s only all-electric single-seater FIA World Championship titles.

Season 7 runner-up Edo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) rounded out the Valencia pre-season test on top to set the early 2021/22 pace, though the whole field was split by a little over a second.

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The battle for top spot is ever fiercer in Formula E, as the 10-point gap between first and fifth last season attests. Will Mercedes-EQ double down for a pair of world titles on the bounce? The German outfit sealed maiden Teams’ and Drivers’ World Championship honours at the last in Berlin – the latter at the hands of Dutchman Nyck de Vries – to round out 2020/21, but retaining those titles will be an altogether tougher feat. 

New season, new line-up

A new season brings with it fresh team and driver line-ups, though the top four finishers field unchanged squads.

Reigning champions Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne return with Mercedes-EQ to defend their Drivers’ and Teams’ World Championships. The Dutchman’s Season 7 spoke for itself, while Vandoorne wound up a podium or so shy of top spot in the end, despite proving his outright pace with an unmatched three Julius Baer Pole Positions.

De Vries sealed a maiden Formula E victory in Diriyah last season, via a clean sweep as he topped every session no less. The Mercedes powertrain looks strong if testing is anything to go by. So, you’d expect to see the reigning champions at the fore once again, though anything can happen in Formula E.

Mercedes-EQ's Nyck de Vries takes maiden victory in Formula E's first night race the 2021 Diriyah E-Prix

Mitch Evans and Sam Bird are back with Jaguar TCS Racing. The former came within a start-line glitch of potential top honours in the final round of Season 7, while Bird will want to iron out the non-scores to go with the silverware if he’s to push for a first Formula E title. Brit Bird did set off on the best foot possible with Jaguar in Diriyah last year, with victory in Round 2. He’s still the only man to win in every Formula E Season to-date, including two victories in Saudi Arabia itself.

DS TECHEETAH confirmed that double champion Jean-Eric Vergne once again lines up with Season 6 title-winner Antonio Felix da Costa as the Sino-French outfit looks to recapture its je ne sais quoi. Though still firmly in the hunt, the team wasn’t quite as miserly as it had been during its Teams’ title double and Drivers’ hat-trick purple patch. No doubt JEV and Da Costa will surely be challenging once again.

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Envision Racing will seek to build on a positive Season 7, with Robin Frijns impressing on the way to fifth in the standings last time out, and Nick Cassidy no longer just the head-turning rookie.

Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis is back after a storming maiden campaign. A final race technical glitch saw him in the wall and out of title contention. Still, one of the best rookie seasons since the series began means expectations will be high in 2021/22. He’s joined by the only American driver on the grid, 2019 Indy Lights champ Oliver Askew.

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ROKiT Venturi Racing heads into the new campaign off the back of their best yet. Edoardo Mortara fired to second in the Drivers’ running, and he’s joined by 2016/17 champion Lucas di Grassi at the Monegasque team this season. The Swiss driver enjoyed Diriyah last year, as he strode to the podium having produced perhaps the overtake of 2020/21 in the process.

TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team’s all-German line-up remains. Pascal Wehrlein and Andre Lotterer go again in the search for Porsche’s maiden race win in all-electric motorsport as Oliver Rowland joins countryman Alexander Sims at Mahindra Racing.

Maximilian Guenther makes the switch to Nissan e.dams, alongside 2015/16 champion Sebastien Buemi, while DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT snapped up Antonio Giovinazzi fresh from Formula 1, with the Italian joining Sergio Sette Camara.

At NIO 333, Oliver Turvey is joined by multiple Macau Grand Prix winner and current FIA Formula 2 Championship front-runner Dan Ticktum.

Revised regulations

From Season 8, Formula E races can now have additional race time of up to 10 minutes added when incidents cause Safety Car or Full Course Yellow neutralisations during the 45-minute plus one lap race.

Formula E’s Gen2 cars will be the quickest they’ve ever been this season, too. Drivers will be able to tap into 220kW of power in Season 8, an increase from 200kW in Season 7, during races. Power during ATTACK MODE will also increase to 250kW from 235kW.

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There’s a new qualifying format featuring Groups and knockout Duels for teams and drivers to get their heads around in 2021/22, too, that should make for bigger rewards in the hunt for Julius Baer Pole Position for the form guys.

Dicing in the dark

Last time around, the Saudi Arabian season-opener hosted Formula E’s first night races. In Season 8, the circuit will again be lit by 22 Formula E cars and their Halos, plus the latest low-power LED technology around the circuit.

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These reduce energy consumption by up to 50 per cent compared to non-LED units, and they will be powered by sustainably-sourced biofuel generators.

How did the drivers find racing at night in 2020/21?

I love racing in Saudi – the track is amazing,” says double champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH). “I was the first winner there in Season 5 and I’ve got great memories. We go well every time we go there.

“With it being a night race, your practice and qualifying happen during the day and then you race at night. Temperatures change, along with the track surface with the sand getting brushed away.

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“Your perceptions also change with the shadows changing. It takes a little bit of adaptation and training to the eye but I love the different variables and it definitely creates a better show for the fans. It’s very cool to race there, and great to watch – especially at night.”

Get involved

Formula E blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds of motorsport and there are even more opportunities to engage with the championship in Season 8, even if you can’t be at an E-Prix in person.

Formula E is the only motorsport in the world that lets fans play an active role in influencing the outcome. FANBOOST for Round 1 is now open until 15 minutes into the encounter, while voting for Round 2 opens at 19:30 GMT on Friday 28 January. To give your favourite driver an extra boost of power, visit FANBOOST and the Formula E app.

Play Formula E Predictor

Can you predict the unpredictable? The Formula E Predictor puts you in the hot seat to predict each round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

It’s free to play, and points are awarded for each correct prediction. Make your picks for five race outcomes – selecting from the 22 Formula E drivers that you think will win the E-Prix, clinch Julius Baer Pole Position, set the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap, be the first to use ATTACK MODE and be the driver to make up the most places in the race.

Follow live

Follow every lap from Diriyah as it happens in the Live Hub. Keep across Live Timing – including a real-time interactive track map and the ability to follow your favourite driver – plus detailed session reports, exclusive interviews, all the standings and results as well as reaction from the ground means fans won’t miss a moment.

The Formula E app allows fans to go behind the scenes and listen to Driver Radio for live reactions from the cockpit and the pit wall as the race plays out. To listen in, download now on iOS and Android.

Watch

Don’t miss a minute of Season 8. Keep track of the best ways to tune in where you are at fiaformulae.com/watch.

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Jake Dennis takes maiden win with perfectly judged lights-to-flag drive in the DHL Valencia E-Prix Round 6

Jake Dennis takes maiden win with perfectly judged lights-to-flag drive in the DHL Valencia E-Prix Round 6

BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Jake Dennis produced the perfect balance of pace and energy management to take a lights-to-flag race win in the DHL Valencia E-Prix Round 6 at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo – his first in Formula E.

Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) produced a perfectly poised drive in the DHL Valencia E-Prix Round 6 to take a measured maiden win in Formula E, heading home Porsche’s Andre Lotterer and Mahindra Racing’s Alex Lynn.

The 25-year-old led lights-to-flag – a tough task given the Circuit Ricardo Tormo’s high-speed nature and its energy management demands.

With the focus on managing usable energy, the majority of the 24 drivers looked to play the long game and make their progress during ATTACK MODE and towards the end of the encounter where those who’d looked after their usable energy most effectively tried to make it count.

Dennis held fast and even managed a 1.5-second gap to Lotterer to the chequered flag, while the Porsche driver broke his duck to notch his first podium, and maiden points, of Season 7.

Lynn had looked to sit right underneath the rear diffuser of Dennis’ iFE.21 through the encounter and ran second for the majority, until a nudge from Norman Nato (ROKiT Venturi Racing) sent the Mahindra driver into the gravel and sliding down the order. Lynn’s strong energy management meant a late recovery charge and a well-earned debut podium appearance.

Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) made up a handful of spots with a collected drive to fourth, and while Nato was fifth on track, he incurred a five-second penalty for that move on Lynn, meaning Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) wound up with a nine-place gain – storming through the top half of the pack from 14th on the grid.

Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) came home seventh, NIO 333’s Oliver Turvey slipped to eighth having run as high as second but will still be happy with good points while Edo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) rounded out the top 10.

None of the Drivers’ standings top five scored points, with the majority starting well down the order as a drying track benefitted the later runners in qualifying. Even so, Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) heads teammate Stoffel Vandoorne and Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) and Mercedes hold onto their advantage in the Teams’ running.

Full race report at Formula E