2014–15 Formula E season

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2014–15 FIA Formula E season
Drivers' Champion: Nelson Piquet Jr.
Teams' Champion: e.dams Renault
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Nelson Piquet Jr. became the first ever Formula E Drivers' Champion.
Sébastien Buemi finished second in the drivers standings, missing out on the championship by 1 point.
Lucas di Grassi (pictured in 2010) won the first Formula E race, and finished the season third.

The 2014–15 FIA Formula E season was the inaugural season of a new FIA championship for electrically powered cars.[1] It began on 13 September 2014 at Beijing in China and finished on 28 June 2015 in London after eleven races.[2][3] Nelson Piquet Jr. came first in the overall standings, and so became the first ever Formula E champion.[4]

The car[edit]

Spark-Renault SRT 01E in Andretti colors.

For the first season, all teams were supplied an electric racing car built by Spark Racing Technology, called the Spark-Renault SRT_01E. The chassis was designed by Dallara, with an electric motor developed by McLaren (the same as that used in its P1 supercar), a battery system created by Williams Grand Prix Engineering and a Hewland five-speed gearbox. Michelin were the official tyre supplier.[5][6][7] 42 electric cars were ordered by the FIA.[8]

Teams and drivers[edit]

For the 2014–15 season, 10 teams contested the series. Each team fielded two drivers; each driver had two cars. That meant that 40 cars were required by the teams. All teams were ostensibly based at the sport's technical headquarters at the Donington Park race circuit, in the United Kingdom, although some teams had a greater presence there than others. Formula E organiser FEH itself has offices there for administration and operations staff.

All ten teams were confirmed to race in April 2014. However, in June 2014, Drayson Racing pulled out of the championship, with its entry taken by Trulli, a new team formed by former Formula One driver Jarno Trulli. Drayson entered the team in a supply and sponsorship arrangement, to be its principal technology partner.[9]

Team No. Drivers Rounds
United Kingdom Virgin Racing Formula E Team[10] 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird[11] All
3 Spain Jaime Alguersuari[11] 1–9
Switzerland Fabio Leimer[12] 10–11
India Mahindra Racing Formula E Team[10] 5 India Karun Chandhok[13] All
21 Brazil Bruno Senna[13] All
United States Dragon Racing Formula E Team[10] 6 Spain Oriol Servià[14][15] 1–4
France Loïc Duval[16] 5–11
7 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[17] All
France Team e.dams Renault[10] 8 France Nicolas Prost[18] All
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[18] All
Italy Trulli Formula E Team[10] 10 Italy Jarno Trulli[9] All
18 Italy Michela Cerruti[19] 1–4
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi[20] 5–9
Switzerland Alex Fontana[21] 10–11
Germany Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team[10] 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi[22] All
66 Germany Daniel Abt[22] All
Monaco Venturi Formula E Team[10] 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld[23] All
30 France Stéphane Sarrazin[23] All
United States Andretti Autosport Formula E Team[10] 27 France Franck Montagny[24] 1–2
France Jean-Éric Vergne[25] 3–11
28 France Charles Pic[26] 1
Australia Matthew Brabham[27] 2–3
United States Marco Andretti[28] 4
United States Scott Speed[29] 5–8
United Kingdom Justin Wilson[30] 9
Switzerland Simona de Silvestro[31] 10–11
Japan Amlin Aguri[10][32] 55 Japan Takuma Sato[33] 1
Portugal António Félix da Costa[34] 2–9
Japan Sakon Yamamoto[35] 10–11
77 United Kingdom Katherine Legge[32] 1–2
Mexico Salvador Durán[36] 3–11
China [10]
China Racing Formula E Team[37]
88 China Ho-Pin Tung[38][39] 1–2, 4
Spain Antonio García[40] 3, 9
France Charles Pic[41] 5–8
United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[42] 10–11
99 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.[43] All

Calendar[edit]

The season included 11 races, held between September 2014 and June 2015. The initial calendar had ten races and was approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in December 2013.[2] However, in April 2014, changes were made to the calendar including dropping Rio de Janeiro, which had previously replaced Hong Kong, and moving the Los Angeles round to 4 April.[44] On 22 May 2014, Los Angeles County officials announced that their race would take place 40 km (25 mi) away on a modified version of the Long Beach street circuit.[45] On 3 February 2015, it was revealed that a race would be held in Moscow on 6 June, to restore the calendar to its original schedule of ten races.[3] On 19 February 2015, it was announced that the final round in London would be a double-header, expanding the calendar to eleven races.[46]

Round ePrix Country Track Date
1 Beijing ePrix  China Beijing Olympic Green Circuit 13 September 2014
2 Putrajaya ePrix  Malaysia Putrajaya Street Circuit 22 November 2014
3 Punta del Este ePrix  Uruguay Punta del Este Street Circuit 13 December 2014
4 Buenos Aires ePrix  Argentina Puerto Madero Street Circuit 10 January 2015
5 Miami ePrix  United States Biscayne Bay Street Circuit 14 March 2015
6 Long Beach ePrix  United States Long Beach Street Circuit 4 April 2015
7 Monaco ePrix  Monaco Circuit de Monaco 9 May 2015
8 Berlin ePrix  Germany Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit 23 May 2015
9 Moscow ePrix  Russia Moscow Street Circuit 6 June 2015
10 London ePrix Race 1  United Kingdom Battersea Park Street Circuit 27 June 2015
11 London ePrix Race 2 28 June 2015
Source:[47]

Race results[edit]

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 China Beijing France Nicolas Prost Japan Takuma Sato Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany Audi Sport ABT Report
2 Malaysia Putrajaya France Nicolas Prost[N 1] Spain Jaime Alguersuari United Kingdom Sam Bird United Kingdom Virgin Racing Report
3 Uruguay Punta del Este France Jean-Éric Vergne Germany Daniel Abt Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France e.dams Renault Report
4 Argentina Buenos Aires Switzerland Sébastien Buemi United Kingdom Sam Bird Portugal António Félix da Costa Japan Amlin Aguri Report
5 United States Miami France Jean-Éric Vergne Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. France Nicolas Prost France e.dams Renault Report
6 United States Long Beach Germany Daniel Abt[N 2] France Nicolas Prost Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. China NEXTEV TCR Report
7 Monaco Monaco Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France Jean-Éric Vergne Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France e.dams Renault Report
8 Germany Berlin Italy Jarno Trulli Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[N 3] United States Dragon Racing Report
9 Russia Moscow France Jean-Éric Vergne Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. China NEXTEV TCR Report
10 United Kingdom London Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Brazil Lucas di Grassi Switzerland Sébastien Buemi France e.dams Renault Report
11 France Stéphane Sarrazin United Kingdom Sam Bird United Kingdom Sam Bird[N 4] United Kingdom Virgin Racing
Notes
  1. ^ Nicolas Prost set the best time during qualification in Putrajaya,[48] and accordingly, scored the three championship points on offer. He started from eleventh on the grid, following a ten-place grid penalty which was levied on him, for causing a collision with Nick Heidfeld in Beijing. Therefore, Oriol Servià, who set the second-fastest time, started the race from pole position.[49]
  2. ^ Sébastien Buemi set the fastest time but had that time deleted for power overuse.
  3. ^ Lucas di Grassi and Audi Sport Abt were the initial winners but were disqualified when di Grassi's car was found to have breached technical regulations.[50]
  4. ^ Stéphane Sarrazin and Venturi were the initial winners, but were given a post-race 49 second time-penalty for exceeding the maximum energy usage.[51]

Championship standings[edit]

Points system

Championship points were awarded as follows:[44]

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th  Pole FL
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 3 2

Each driver's lowest-scoring round was dropped from their total; however, rounds where the driver was excluded from the race could not be dropped.

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos. Driver BEI
China
PUT
Malaysia
PDE
Uruguay
BUE
Argentina
MIA
United States
LBH
United States
MCO
Monaco
BER
Germany
MSC
Russia
LON
United Kingdom
Pts
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 8 Ret 2 3 5 1* 3* 4* 1* 5* 7* 144
2 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Ret 3 1 Ret 13 4 1 2* 9* 1 5* 143
3 Brazil Lucas di Grassi 1* 2 3 Ret 9 3 2 DSQ 2* 4 6 133
4 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 6 5 8 14 4 6 5 1 11 2 2 113
5 United Kingdom Sam Bird 3 1 Ret 7 8 Ret* 4 8 Ret 6 1 103
6 France Nico Prost 12 4 7 2 1 14 6 10 8 7 (10) 88 (89)
7 France Jean-Éric Vergne 14†* 6* 18†* 2* Ret* 7 4 3 16† 70
8 Portugal António Félix da Costa 8 Ret 1 6 7 9 11 7 51
9 France Loïc Duval 7 9 Ret 3 15 8 3 42
10 Brazil Bruno Senna Ret* 14†* 6 5* Ret* 5 Ret 17 16 16 4 40
11 Germany Daniel Abt 10 10 15 13† 3 15 Ret 14 5 Ret 11 32
12 Germany Nick Heidfeld 13† DSQ* 10* 8* 12 11 10 5 3 13 Ret 31
13 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 11 9 5 4 11 8 Ret 12 13 30
14 France Stéphane Sarrazin 9 12 Ret 10 Ret 10 7 6 14 10 15 22
15 United States Scott Speed 2 Ret 12 13 18
16 France Franck Montagny 2 DSQ 18
17 India Karun Chandhok 5 6 13 Ret 14 12 13 18 12 12 13 18
18 France Charles Pic 4 17 16 8 15* 16
19 Spain Oriol Servià 7 7 9 9 16
20 Italy Jarno Trulli Ret 16 4 Ret 15 Ret 11 19 18† 15 Ret 15
21 Mexico Salvador Durán 16* DSQ 10* Ret Ret* 16 6 17 8 13
22 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 9* 9* 4
23 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 16 13 NC 9 17 2
24 Japan Takuma Sato Ret 2
25 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 10 1
26 China Ho-Pin Tung 16 11 11 0
27 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 11 12 0
28 Spain Antonio García 11 19 0
29 Italy Michela Cerruti 14 Ret 12 Ret 0
30 United States Marco Andretti 12 0
31 Australia Matthew Brabham 13 Ret 0
32 Switzerland Fabio Leimer 14 Ret 0
33 Switzerland Alex Fontana Ret 14 0
34 United Kingdom Katherine Legge 15* 15* 0
Japan Sakon Yamamoto Ret* Ret 0
Pos. Driver BEI
China
PUT
Malaysia
PDE
Uruguay
BUE
Argentina
MIA
United States
LBH
United States
MCO
Monaco
BER
Germany
MSC
Russia
LON
United Kingdom
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap
* – FanBoost
(parentheses) – Round dropped from total

Notes

† – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Teams' Championship[edit]

The points system was the same as the Drivers' Championship, except that all rounds counted towards the total.

Pos. Team No. BEI
China
PUT
Malaysia
PDE
Uruguay
BUE
Argentina
MIA
United States
LBH
United States
MCO
Monaco
BER
Germany
MSC
Russia
LON
United Kingdom
Points
1 France e.dams Renault 8 12 4 7 2 1 14 6 10 8 7 10 232
9 Ret 3 1 Ret 13 4 1 2* 9* 1 5*
2 United States Dragon Racing 6 7 7 9 9 7 9 Ret 3 15 8 3 171
7 6 5 8 14 4 6 5 1 11 2 2
3 Germany Audi Sport ABT 11 1* 2 3 Ret 9 3 2 DSQ 2* 4 6 165
66 10 10 15 13† 3 15 Ret 14 5 Ret 11
4 China NEXTEV TCR 88 16 11 11 11 17 16 8 15* 19 9* 9* 152
99 8 Ret 2 3 5 1* 3* 4* 1* 5* 7*
5 United Kingdom Virgin Racing 2 3 1 Ret 7 8 Ret* 4 8 Ret 6 1 133
3 11 9 5 4 11 8 Ret 12 13 14 Ret
6 United States Andretti 27 2 DSQ 14†* 6* 18†* 2* Ret* 7 4 3 16† 119
28 4 13 Ret 12 2 Ret 12 13 10 11 12
7 Japan Amlin Aguri 55 Ret 8 Ret 1 6 7 9 11 7 Ret* Ret 66
77 15* 15* 16* DSQ 10* Ret Ret* 16 6 17 8
8 India Mahindra Racing 5 5 6 13 Ret 14 12 13 18 12 12 13 58
21 Ret* 14†* 6 5* Ret* 5 Ret 17 16 16 4
9 Monaco Venturi 23 13† DSQ* 10* 8* 12 11 10 5 3 13 Ret 53
30 9 12 Ret 10 Ret 10 7 6 14 10 15
10 Switzerland Trulli 10 Ret 16 4 Ret 15 Ret 11 19 18† 15 Ret 17
18 14 Ret 12 Ret 16 13 NC 9 17 Ret 14
Pos. Team No. BEI
China
PUT
Malaysia
PDE
Uruguay
BUE
Argentina
MIA
United States
LBH
United States
MCO
Monaco
BER
Germany
MSC
Russia
LON
United Kingdom
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap
* – FanBoost

Notes

† – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed more than 90% of the race distance.

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