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2017–18 FIA Formula E Championship season
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Jean-Éric Vergne, the Drivers' Championship Winner.

The 2017–18 Formula E season (known for commercial reasons as the 2017–18 ABB FIA Formula E season)[1] was the fourth season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Formula E motor racing. It featured the 2017–18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, a motor racing championship for open-wheel electric racing cars, recognised by FIA, the sport's governing body, as the highest class of competition for electrically powered vehicles. Twenty drivers representing ten teams contested twelve ePrix, which started in Hong Kong on 2 December 2017 and ended on 15 July 2018 in New York City as they competed for the Drivers' and Teams' Championships.

2017–18 was the final season that the Spark-Renault SRT_01E chassis—which débuted in the 2014–15 Formula E season—was used in competition; as a brand new chassis package will be introduced for the 2018–19 season.

Lucas di Grassi entered as the defending Drivers' Champion after securing his first title at the 2017 Montreal ePrix. Renault e.Dams began the season as the defending Teams' Champion, having clinched its third consecutive accolade at the same event.

Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne took victory in Drivers' Championship with 198 points, besting Lucas di Grassi and Sam Bird. Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler took victory in the Team's Championship, beating Techeetah by a narrow two point margin.

Teams and drivers

Team Manufacturer Powertrain No. Driver name Races
Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Spark-Audi[2] Audi e-tron FE04[2] 1 Brazil Lucas di Grassi[2] All
66 Germany Daniel Abt[2] All
United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing Spark-Citroën DS Virgin DSV-03 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird[3] All
36 United Kingdom Alex Lynn[3] All
United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Spark-Jaguar Jaguar I-Type II 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.[4] All
20 New Zealand Mitch Evans[4] All
Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Spark-Venturi Venturi VM200-FE-03 4 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara[5] 1–8, 10
France Tom Dillmann[6] 9, 11–12
5 Germany Maro Engel[5] All
United States Dragon Racing Spark-Penske Penske EV-2 6 Switzerland Neel Jani[7] 1–2
Argentina José María López[8] 3–12
7 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[9] All
France Renault e.dams Spark-Renault Renault Z.E. 17 8 France Nico Prost[10] All
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[10] All
United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team[11] Spark-NIO NextEV NIO Sport 003 16 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[12] 1–11
China Ma Qing Hua[13] 12
68 Italy Luca Filippi[12] 1–7, 9–12
China Ma Qing Hua[14] 8
China Techeetah Spark-Renault Renault Z.E. 17 18 Germany André Lotterer[15] All
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne All
India Mahindra Racing Spark-Mahindra Mahindra M4Electro 19 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist[16] All
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld[16] All
United States MS&AD Andretti Formula E Spark-Andretti[17] Andretti ATEC-03[17] 27 Monaco Kamui Kobayashi[N 1][19] 1–2
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist 3–8
France Stéphane Sarrazin[20] 9–12
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa[21] All
Source:[22]

Team changes

Name Changes

The official entry list for the 2017–18 season contained a number of name changes for the teams. These were:[22]

Driver changes

Joining Formula E

Changing teams

Mid-season changes

After just one weekend in Hong Kong, Dragon Racing driver Neel Jani left the team in order to focus on his upcoming World Endurance Championship campaign. He was replaced by former DS Virgin Racing driver José María López.[8]

For the first weekend in Hong Kong, Kamui Kobayashi was brought by MS&AD Andretti to satisfy sponsors.[25] Tom Blomqvist however, took over that car after and raced it until the Paris round, where he left the team to focus on World Endurance Championship commitments with BMW, he was replaced by Stéphane Sarrazin.

Edoardo Mortara missed Berlin and the finale in New York due to DTM commitments with Mercedes. Mortara was replaced by Tom Dillmann on both occasions.[6]

Ma Qing Hua subbed in for Luca Filippi at NIO Formula E Team for the Paris ePrix, to fulfill a contract obligation.[14]

Rule changes

  • The maximum power usage during the race was increased from 170 kW to 180 kW.[26]
  • A point for the fastest lap will be restricted to drivers finishing in the top 10, ending the incentive for drivers with damaged cars or placed outside points positions to switch cars to get fastest lap with no intent of finishing the race.

Calendar

In May 2017, a provisional calendar for the 2017–18 season was circulated.[27] In September, the full calendar was announced. This calendar included new races in Santiago, São Paulo, Rome and Zürich, the latter of which will mark the first time since 1955 a motorsports circuit race will be held in Switzerland.[28] The Buenos Aires round was discontinued, whilst the Monaco round will not be held due to the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco taking place in 2018. Later that year, on 30 November, it was announced that the São Paulo race would postponed until 2019, with a race elsewhere to replace it in the schedule.[29] It was later announced that Punta del Este in Uruguay, which had been on the schedule for seasons 1 and 2, would be returning in place of São Paulo.[30] On 18 December 2017 the Montreal ePrix was cancelled with the Mayor of Montreal citing rising costs to the taxpayer.[31] On 18 January 2018, it was announced the ePrix would not be replaced, thus decreasing the calendar to twelve rounds.[32]

Round ePrix Country Track Date
1 Hong Kong ePrix Race 1  Hong Kong Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit 2 December 2017
2 Hong Kong ePrix Race 2 3 December 2017
3 Marrakesh ePrix  Morocco Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan 13 January 2018
4 Santiago ePrix  Chile Santiago Street Circuit 3 February 2018
5 Mexico City ePrix  Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 3 March 2018
6 Punta del Este ePrix  Uruguay Punta del Este Street Circuit 17 March 2018
7 Rome ePrix  Italy Circuto Cittadino dell'EUR 14 April 2018
8 Paris ePrix  France Paris Street Circuit 28 April 2018
9 Berlin ePrix  Germany Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit 19 May 2018
10 Zürich ePrix   Switzerland Zürich Street Circuit 10 June 2018
11 New York City ePrix Race 1  United States Brooklyn Street Circuit 14 July 2018
12 New York City ePrix Race 2 15 July 2018
Source:[27][33]

Results and standings

ePrix

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 Hong Kong Hong Kong France Jean-Éric Vergne Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[N 2] United Kingdom Sam Bird United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing Report
2 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Brazil Lucas di Grassi[N 3] Sweden Felix Rosenqvist India Mahindra Racing
3 Morocco Marrakesh Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. Sweden Felix Rosenqvist India Mahindra Racing Report
4 Chile Santiago France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Sam Bird France Jean-Éric Vergne China Techeetah Report
5 Mexico Mexico City Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany Daniel Abt Germany Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Report
6 Uruguay Punta del Este France Jean-Éric Vergne Argentina José María López France Jean-Éric Vergne China Techeetah Report
7 Italy Rome Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Germany Daniel Abt United Kingdom Sam Bird United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing Report
8 France Paris France Jean-Éric Vergne Brazil Lucas di Grassi France Jean-Éric Vergne China Techeetah Report
9 Germany Berlin Germany Daniel Abt Germany Daniel Abt Germany Daniel Abt Germany Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Report
10 Switzerland Zürich New Zealand Mitch Evans Germany André Lotterer Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Report
11 United States New York City Switzerland Sebastien Buemi Sweden Felix Rosenqvist[N 4] Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Report
12 Switzerland Sebastien Buemi Germany Daniel Abt France Jean-Éric Vergne China Techeetah

Drivers' Championship standings

Points were awarded to the top ten classified finishers in every race, the pole position starter, and the driver who set the fastest lap, using the following structure:

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 1
Pos. Driver HKG
Hong Kong
MAR
Morocco
SAN
Chile
MEX
Mexico
PDE
Uruguay
ROM
Italy
PAR
France
BER
Germany
ZRH
Switzerland
NYC
United States
Pts
1 France Jean-Éric Vergne 2 4 5 1 5 1 5 1 3 10 5* 1* 198
2 Brazil Lucas di Grassi 17 14 Ret Ret 9* 2 2* 2* 2 1* 1 2 144
3 United Kingdom Sam Bird 1 5 3 5 17 3 1 3 7 2 9 10 143
4 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 11 10 2* 3* 3* Ret* 6 5* 4* 5* 3* 4* 125
5 Germany Daniel Abt 5* DSQ* 10* Ret* 1 14* 4* 7* 1* 13* 2* 3* 120
6 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist 14 1 1 4 Ret* 5* Ret 8 11* 15 14 5 96
7 New Zealand Mitch Evans 12 3 11 7 6 4 9 15 6 7 Ret 6 68
8 Germany André Lotterer DSQ 13 Ret 2 13 12 3 6 9 4 7 9 64
9 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 4 12 4 6 4 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 7 51
10 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 16 6 Ret 14 2 7 12 9 5 9 DNS 46
11 Germany Nick Heidfeld 3 16 7 Ret Ret Ret 16 11 10 6 6 8 42
12 Germany Maro Engel 13 7 12 Ret 16 10 8 4 8 11 8 Ret 31
13 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara 7 2 17† 13 8 17 10 13 Ret 29
14 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio NC 15 15 8 11 9 7 12 19 3 13 Ret 27
15 Portugal António Félix da Costa 6 11 14 9 7 11 11 Ret 15 8 11 15 20
16 United Kingdom Alex Lynn 8 9 9 Ret 10 6 Ret 14 16 16 Ret 14 17
17 Argentina José María López 6 Ret* 12 8 17† 10 18 12 Ret Ret 14
18 France Tom Dillmann 13 4 Ret 12
19 France Nico Prost 9 8 13 10 Ret 15 14 16 14 Ret 10 11 8
20 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist 8 11 15 16 15 Ret 4
21 Italy Luca Filippi 10* Ret* 16 12 14 13 13* 17 Ret 15 Ret 1
22 France Stéphane Sarrazin 20 14 12 12 0
23 China Ma Qing Hua 17 13 0
24 Monaco Kamui Kobayashi 15* 17* 0
25 Switzerland Neel Jani 18 18 0
Pos. Driver HKG
Hong Kong
MAR
Morocco
SAN
Chile
MEX
Mexico
PDE
Uruguay
ROM
Italy
PAR
France
BER
Germany
ZRH
Switzerland
NYC
United States
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

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

Teams' Championship standings

Pos. Team No. HKG
Hong Kong
MAR
Morocco
SAN
Chile
MEX
Mexico
PDE
Uruguay
ROM
Italy
PAR
France
BER
Germany
ZRH
Switzerland
NYC
United States
Pts
1 Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1 17 14 Ret Ret 9 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 264
66 5 DSQ 10 Ret 1 14 4 7 1 13 2 3
2 China Techeetah 18 DSQ 13 Ret 2 13 12 3 6 9 4 7 9 262
25 2 4 5 1 5 1 5 1 3 10 5 1
3 United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing 2 1 5 3 5 Ret 3 1 3 7 2 9 10 160
36 8 9 9 Ret 10 6 Ret 14 16 16 Ret 14
4 India Mahindra Racing 19 14 1 1 4 Ret 5 Ret 8 11 15 14 5 138
23 3 16 7 Ret Ret Ret 16 11 10 6 6 8
5 France Renault e.dams 8 9 8 13 10 Ret 15 14 16 14 Ret 10 11 133
9 11 10 2 3 3 Ret 6 5 4 5 3 4
6 United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing 3 4 12 4 6 4 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 7 119
20 12 3 11 7 6 4 9 12 6 7 Ret 6
7 Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 4 7 2 17† 13 8 17 10 4 13 Ret 4 Ret 72
5 13 7 12 Ret 16 10 8 13 8 11 8 Ret
8 United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 16 16 6 Ret 14 2 7 12 9 5 9 DNS 13 47
68 10 Ret 16 12 14 13 13 17 17 Ret 15 Ret
9 United States Dragon Racing 6 18 18 6 Ret 12 8 17† 10 18 12 Ret Ret 41
7 NC 15 15 8 11 9 7 12 19 3 13 Ret
10 United States MS&AD Andretti Formula E 27 15 17 8 11 15 16 15 Ret 20 14 12 12 24
28 6 11 14 9 7 11 11 Ret 15 8 11 15
Pos. Team No. HKG
Hong Kong
MAR
Morocco
SAN
Chile
MEX
Mexico
PDE
Uruguay
ROM
Italy
PAR
France
BER
Germany
ZRH
Switzerland
NYC
United States
Pts

Footnotes

  1. ^ Kobayashi is a Japanese driver who will race under a Monégasque racing license.[18]
  2. ^ Point for Fastest Lap awarded to Daniel Abt as d'Ambrosio did not finish inside the top 10.
  3. ^ Point for Fastest Lap awarded to Felix Rosenqvist as di Grassi did not finish inside the top 10.
  4. ^ Point for Fastest Lap awarded to Daniel Abt as Rosenqvist did not finish inside the top 10.

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