New drivers, new teams, new venues for the new Formula E season
The third edition of FIA Formula E championship kicks-off this weekend. There will be many new faces and teams and a couple of regulation changes.
Formula E still searching its identity and trying to find a way to the larger auditorium. The races are quite interesting, the fans are involved via Fan Boost voting, the tracks are interesting but something is still missing to make this racing series more popular. However, two seasons went pretty well and 2016/2017 season could be very important for the further progress.
The new season brings a couple of changes in both competition and technical regulations.
- The fastest lap in the race will be awarded one point instead of two like in the previous two seasons
- The number of races is increased from 10 to 12
- The permitted amount of regeneration is increased from 100 to 150 kW
- The maximal weight of the battery cells is increased from 200 to 230 kg
- The overall weight of the car is decreased from 888 to 880 kg
- A new front wing with only cosmetic effects is introduced
- Michelin has introduced a new version of its unique, tread 18-inch Formula E tyres
- The first-ever autonomous racing car series – Roborace – will be a part of the Formula E support package in season three.
New teams and drivers
The number of teams is the same like in the previous season – 10. However, there are two new teams. Jaguar Racing is the new name in the series, just like Techeetah, a Chinese-owned team that has taken over Team Aguri.
The new drivers in the series are a well-known names, with an experience in formula racing. Probably the best-known new driver is Jose Maria Lopez. The three-time WTCC champion will drive for DS Virgin and it will be interesting to see how the Argentinian will settle in the new environment. Other newcomers to the championship are Maro Engel, Adam Carroll, Ma Qing Hua, Mitch Evans, and Felix Rosenqvist.
Sebastien Buemi will try to defend his crown, won after huge battle Lucas di Grassi throughout the whole 2015/2016 campaign, while Renault e.Dams will try to take Teams’ championship title for the third time.
Plenty of new venues
There is no less than five new cities that will host ePrix races for the first time – Hong Kong, Marrakech, Brussels, Montreal, and New York what should increase fans base. For the first time, two cities will host two rounds at the end of the season.
2016/2017 FIA Formula E calendar
9 October 2016: Hong Kong ePrix
12 November 2016: Marrakech ePrix
18 February 2017: Buenos Aires ePrix
1 April 2017: Mexico City ePrix
13 May 2017: Monaco ePrix
20 May 2017: Paris ePrix
10 June 2017: Berlin ePrix
1 July 2017: Brussels ePrix
15/16 July 2017: New York ePrix (2 races)
29/30 July 2017: Montreal ePrix (2 races)
Teams and Drivers
Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler: Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt
MS Amlin Andretti: Robin Frijns and Antonio Felix da Costa
DS Virgin Racing: Sam Bird and Jose Maria Lopez
Panasonic Jaguar Racing: Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans
Mahindra Racing: Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist
Renault e.Dams: Nicolas Prost and Sebastien Buemi
Techeetah: Jean-Eric Vergne and Ma Qing Hua
Venturi: Stephane Sarrazin and Maro Engel