2018–19 Formula E season

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2018–19 Formula E season
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The 2018–19 FIA Formula E season is the fifth season of the FIA Formula E championship, a motor racing championship for electrically-powered vehicles recognised by motorsport's governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for electric open-wheel racing cars.

Gen2 car with Nissan livery at the Geneva International Motor Show 2018.

The 2018–19 season saw the introduction of the all-new Gen2, second generation Formula E car, which boasts significant technological advances over the previous Spark-Renault SRT_01E chassis – with its power output rising from 200 kW to 250 kW and top speeds rising to around 280 km/h (174 mph). The arrival of the Gen2 car also sees an end to the series’ mid-race car-swaps.[1]

Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne enters as the defending Drivers’ Champion after securing his first title at the New York City ePrix,[2] while Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler return as defending Teams’ Champions – having beaten Vergne's Techeetah team by a narrow two point margin.[3]

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Manufacturer Powertrain No. Drivers Rounds
United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Spark-Audi[4] Audi e-Tron FE05 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird[5] 1–2
4 Netherlands Robin Frijns[6] 1–2
United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Spark-Jaguar Jaguar I-Type III 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.[7] 1–2
20 New Zealand Mitch Evans[7] 1–2
Germany HWA Racelab[8] SparkVenturi Venturi VFE05 5 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne[9] 1–2
17 United Kingdom Gary Paffett[10] 1–2
United States Geox Dragon Racing[11] SparkPenske[12] Penske EV-3 6 Germany Maximilian Günther[13] 1–2
7 Argentina José María López[14] 1–2
United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team SparkNIO[12] NIO Sport 004 8 France Tom Dillmann[15] 1–2
16 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[15] 1–2
Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler SparkAudi Audi e-Tron FE05 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi[16] 1–2
66 Germany Daniel Abt[17] 1–2
Monaco Venturi Formula E Team SparkVenturi Venturi VFE05 19 Brazil Felipe Massa[18] 1–2
48 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara[19] 1–2
Japan[20] Nissan e.dams[21] SparkNissan Nissan IM01 22 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[22] 1–2
23 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[23] 1–2
China DS Techeetah Formula E Team SparkDS Automobiles[24] DS E-Tense FE 19 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne[25] 1–2
36 Germany André Lotterer[26] 1–2
United States[N 1][20] BMW i Andretti Motorsport SparkBMW[28] BMW IFE.18 27 United Kingdom Alexander Sims[29] 1–2
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa[29] 1–2
India Mahindra Racing SparkMahindra[30] Mahindra M5Electro 64 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[31] 1–2
94 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist[32] 1
Germany Pascal Wehrlein[31] 2

Team changes[edit]

Driver changes[edit]

Calendar[edit]

The following races are under contract to be held as part of the 2018–19 Formula E championship:

Round ePrix Country Circuit Date
1 Ad Diriyah ePrix[42]  Saudi Arabia Riyadh Street Circuit[43] 15 December 2018
2 Marrakesh ePrix  Morocco Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan 12 January 2019
3 Santiago ePrix  Chile Parque O'Higgins Circuit[44] 26 January 2019
4 Mexico City ePrix  Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 16 February 2019
5 Hong Kong ePrix  Hong Kong Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit 10 March 2019
6 Sanya ePrix  China Sanya Street Circuit 23 March 2019
7 Rome ePrix  Italy Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR 13 April 2019
8 Paris ePrix  France Circuit des Invalides 27 April 2019
9 Monaco ePrix  Monaco Circuit de Monaco 11 May 2019
10 Berlin ePrix  Germany Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit 25 May 2019
11 Bern ePrix[45]   Switzerland TBA 22 June 2019
12 New York City ePrix Race 1  United States Brooklyn Street Circuit 13 July 2019
13 New York City ePrix Race 2 14 July 2019
Source:[46][47]

Calendar changes[edit]

  • The series will return to Monaco as the Monaco ePrix is run as a biennial event that alternates with the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco.[48]
  • Formula E will make its début in Saudi Arabia with the race to take place on a street circuit in the Ad Diriyah district of Riyadh.[43][49] The event will replace the Hong Kong ePrix as the opening round of the championship.
  • The championship was due to race in São Paulo for the first time. The race had originally been included on the 2017–18 Formula E season calendar before being delayed for one year and replaced with the Punta del Este ePrix.[50] However, the São Paulo race was not included on the provisional calendar published in June 2018 and the Punta del Este race was removed from the schedule.[46]
  • A new ePrix in China was added to the provisional calendar with the Hainan resort city of Sanya named as the venue.[51] The series had previously raced in Beijing.[46]
  • The Santiago ePrix will change its location from Parque Forestal to a bespoke circuit in O'Higgins Park. The move was made following complaints by the residents of Barrio Lastarria, who argued against the original track layout.[44]
  • The Zürich ePrix will not be held after city officials expressed concerns about the ability of the city's infrastructure to handle a series of large-scale events in quick succession. The race will relocate to Bern in Switzerland, with the option to return to Zürich in future seasons.[45]

Changes[edit]

Technical regulations[edit]

  • The Spark-Renault SRT 01E, which was used by the championship since its inaugural season, has been replaced by a brand-new chassis.[52] The new chassis, which was also developed by Spark Racing Technology, is known as the SRT05e and eschews the conventional design of having a rear wing in favour of incorporating aerodynamic elements into the chassis and floor.[53]
  • The category uses a new standardised battery produced by McLaren Applied Technologies and Atieva.[54][55] Each driver is only allowed to use one car per race, thus the battery life now lasts the whole race instead of half distance.[56]
  • The series has introduced new brakes, as Spark Racing Technology chose Brembo as the sole supplier of the entire braking system for all the single-seaters: discs, calipers, pads, bells and tandem pump.[57][58]
  • The maximum power output of the cars has increased to 250 kW.[59] Cars have a series of pre-set power modes which were introduced to encourage strategic racing without allowing a team to gain a competitive advantage through powertrain development.[60]
  • The series also introduced a system dubbed "attack mode" or "Mario Kart mode" in which drivers receive an additional 25 kW of power by driving through a designated area of the circuit off the racing line. The duration of the boost mode and the number of boosts available is only decided shortly ahead of each race by the FIA to stop teams from anticipating its use and incorporating it into race strategy.[61][62]
  • The "halo" cockpit protection device has been introduced on the chassis to meet the FIA rules that the halo should be involved in all single seater series by 2020.[citation needed]

Sporting regulations[edit]

  • Races are no longer run to a set number of laps. Rather, they run for forty-five minutes and complete an additional lap once the time limit has expired.[62]

Results and standings[edit]

ePrix[edit]

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 Saudi Arabia Ad Diriyah Portugal António Félix da Costa Germany André Lotterer Portugal António Félix da Costa United Kingdom[N 1] BMW i Andretti Motorsport Report
2 Morocco Marrakesh United Kingdom Sam Bird Brazil Lucas di Grassi Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio India Mahindra Racing Report
3 Chile Santiago Report
4 Mexico Mexico City Report
5 Hong Kong Hong Kong Report
6 China Sanya Report
7 Italy Rome Report
8 France Paris Report
9 Monaco Monaco Report
10 Germany Berlin Report
11 Switzerland Bern Report
12 United States New York City Report
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Drivers' Championship standings[edit]

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 ADR
Saudi Arabia
MAR
Morocco
SAN
Chile
MEX
Mexico
HKG
Hong Kong
SNY
China
ROM
Italy
PAR
France
MON
Monaco
BER
Germany
BRN
Switzerland
NYC
United States
Pts
1 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 3 1 40
2 Portugal António Félix da Costa 1* Ret* 28
3 France Jean-Éric Vergne 2 5 28
4 Germany André Lotterer 5 6 19
5 Netherlands Robin Frijns 12 2 18
6 United Kingdom Sam Bird 11 3 18
7 New Zealand Mitch Evans 4 9 14
8 United Kingdom Alexander Sims 18 4 12
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 6 8* 12
10 Brazil Lucas di Grassi 9* 7 9
11 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 7 15 6
12 Germany Daniel Abt 8* 10 5
13 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 10 14 1
14 Argentina José María López Ret 11 0
15 Germany Maximilian Günther 15 12 0
16 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 13 16 0
17 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara 19 13 0
18 France Tom Dillmann 14 17 0
19 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 16* Ret* 0
20 Brazil Felipe Massa 17* 18* 0
- United Kingdom Gary Paffett Ret Ret 0
- Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Ret 0
- Germany Pascal Wehrlein Ret* 0
Pos. Driver ADR
Saudi Arabia
MAR
Morocco
SAN
Chile
MEX
Mexico
HKG
Hong Kong
SNY
China
ROM
Italy
PAR
France
MON
Monaco
BER
Germany
BRN
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[edit]

Pos. Team No. ADR
Saudi Arabia
MAR
Morocco
SAN
Chile
MEX
Mexico
HKG
Hong Kong
SNY
China
ROM
Italy
PAR
France
MON
Monaco
BER
Germany
BRN
Switzerland
NYC
United States
Pts
1 China DS Techeetah 25 2 5 47
36 5 6
2 India Mahindra Racing 64 3 1 40
94 Ret Ret
3 United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 27 18 4 40
28 1 Ret
4 United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 2 11 3 36
4 12 2
5 Japan Nissan e.dams 22 7 15 18
23 6 8
6 United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing 3 10 14 15
20 4 9
7 Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E Team 11 9 7 14
66 8 10
8 United States Geox Dragon 6 15 12 0
7 Ret 11
9 United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 8 14 17 0
16 13 16
10 Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 19 17 18 0
48 19 13
11 Germany HWA Racelab 5 16 Ret 0
17 Ret Ret
Pos. Team No. ADR
Saudi Arabia
MAR
Morocco
SAN
Chile
MEX
Mexico
HKG
Hong Kong
SNY
China
ROM
Italy
PAR
France
MON
Monaco
BER
Germany
BRN
Switzerland
NYC
United States
Pts

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b BMW i Andretti Motorsport raced in Riyadh under a British license.[27]

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