2019–20 Formula E season

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2019–20 Formula E season
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Support series:
Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy
Jean-Éric Vergne is the reigning Drivers' Champion.
DS Techeetah are the defending Teams' Champions.

The 2019–20 FIA Formula E Championship will be the sixth 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.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Manufacturer Powertrain No. Drivers
United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing[1] SparkAudi Audi e-tron FE06[2] 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird[3]
4 Netherlands Robin Frijns[3]
United Kingdom NIO 333 FE Team[4][5] SparkNIO[N 2] NIO FE-005[7][N 1] 3 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[8]
33 China Ma Qinghua[8]
Germany Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team[9][10] SparkMercedes Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01[11] 5 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne[12]
17 Netherlands Nyck de Vries[12]
United States GEOX Dragon[1] SparkPenske Penske EV-4[13] 6 New Zealand Brendon Hartley[13]
7 Switzerland Nico Müller[14]
Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler[1] SparkAudi Audi e-tron FE06[2] 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi[15]
66 Germany Daniel Abt[15]
China DS Techeetah[1] SparkDS Automobiles DS E-TENSE FE20[16] 13 Portugal António Félix da Costa[16]
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne[17]
Germany TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team[18][19] SparkPorsche Porsche 99X Electric[20] 18 Switzerland Neel Jani[21]
36 Germany André Lotterer[22]
Monaco Venturi Racing[1][4] SparkMercedes Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01[23] 19 Brazil Felipe Massa[24]
48 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara[24]
United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing[1] SparkJaguar Jaguar I-Type 4[25] 20 New Zealand Mitch Evans[26]
51 United Kingdom James Calado[27][28]
France Nissan e.dams[1] SparkNissan Nissan IM02[7] 22 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[29]
23 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[29]
United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport[1] SparkBMW BMW iFE.20[7] 27 United Kingdom Alexander Sims[30]
28 Germany Maximilian Günther[31]
India Mahindra Racing[1] SparkMahindra Mahindra M6Electro[32] 64 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[33]
94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein[33]

Team changes[edit]

  • Porsche will join the grid as a new entry.[18]
  • The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team will enter the championship while HWA, which had run customer Venturi powertrains as HWA Racelab in the previous season, will run Mercedes' trackside operations.[10]
  • Venturi will switch to Mercedes powertrains, effectively ending their run as manufacturers.[23]
  • The NIO team has been sold to Lisheng Racing,[34] but will continue under the NIO brand.[4] The team will not be using its own powertrains and it instead acquired last year's powertrain from GEOX Dragon.[8][6]

Driver changes[edit]

Calendar[edit]

The 2019-2020 championship is due to be contested over fourteen rounds in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North America and South America.

Round ePrix Country Circuit Date
1 Ad Diriyah ePrix Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Ad-Diriyah Street Circuit 22 November 2019
2 23 November 2019
3 Santiago ePrix Chile Chile Parque O'Higgins Circuit 18 January 2020
4 Mexico City ePrix Mexico Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 15 February 2020
5 Marrakesh ePrix Morocco Morocco Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan 29 February 2020
6 Sanya ePrix China China Haitang Bay Circuit 21 March 2020
7 Rome ePrix Italy Italy Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR 4 April 2020
8 Paris ePrix France France Paris Street Circuit 18 April 2020
9 Seoul ePrix South Korea South Korea Seoul Street Circuit 3 May 2020
10 Jakarta ePrix Indonesia Indonesia TBA 6 June 2020
11 Berlin ePrix Germany Germany Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit 21 June 2020
12 New York City ePrix United States United States Brooklyn Street Circuit 11 July 2020
13 London ePrix United Kingdom United Kingdom ExCeL London[N 3] 25 July 2020
14 26 July 2020
Source:[36]

Calendar changes[edit]

Regulation changes[edit]

Technical regulations[edit]

  • The usage of twin motors will be banned from 2019–20 season onwards.[41]
  • The Attack Mode power level will be increased by 10kW, from 225kW to 235kW.[42]
  • Drivers will no longer be allowed to activate the Attack Mode during Full Course Yellow and Safety Car periods.[42]
  • For each minute spent under Full Course Yellow or Safety Car conditions, 1 kWh will be subtracted from the total available energy measured from the point at which the race was neutralised.[42]

Sporting regulations[edit]

  • During a race suspension, the countdown clock would stop, unless otherwise announced by the Race Director, with the aim of completing the full race time.[43]
  • The fastest driver in the group qualifying stages will be awarded one championship point.[43]

Pre-season[edit]

Calendar shenanigans[edit]

Multiple changes have been to the calendar since its been first announced. The provisional calendar released on 14 June 2019 featured fourteen rounds.[44] Among those was a date scheduled for 14 December 2019. This date was later removed from the calendar due to it clashing with the 8 Hours of Bahrain, which is a FIA World Endurance Championship event. As multiple Formula E drivers compete in both series, they would have to miss one of the two events.[45] The Hong Kong ePrix, scheduled for 1 March, was scrapped due to political protests in the city. This allowed for the Marrakesh ePrix to make its return. The event was rescheduled for 29 February.[36] The Sanya ePrix, scheduled for 21 March, will be the one to actually clash with a FIA WEC round, this time the 1000 Miles of Sebring.[36] There were plans of moving the event to 28 March, but those were not brought into effect.[45]

The late addition of the Jakarta ePrix, which was given the 6 June slot, caused some other events to be moved to different dates.[45] The Berlin ePrix, originally scheduled for 30 May, was moved to 21 June, while the New York ePrix, originally scheduled for 20 June, was moved to 11 July.[36]

Testing[edit]

For a third season in a row, the final pre-season testing took place at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, which was attended by all teams. Instead of the Grand Prix layout, a modified three-kilometre National layout was used, with a temporary chicane installed on the start-finish straight.[46] A total of six three-hour sessions (two per day) were scheduled for 15 October, 16 October and 18 October, with the morning sessions starting at 9 AM and the afternoon sessions starting at 2 PM.[47]

Tuesday[edit]

Maximilian Günther from BMW topped the first morning session by setting a lap time of 1:15.926.[48] This was already a full second faster from the overall fastest time from the previous season, where António Félix da Costa (also a BMW driver at the time) set a lap time of 1:16:977 in the third session.[49] It should be noted that the first chicane was modified in order to allow for a more flowing ride.[50] Da Costa, Jean-Éric Vergne (both from DS Techeetah), Oliver Rowland and Sébastien Buemi (both from Nissan) completed the top five. Nico Müller from GEOX Dragon was the fastest rookie, setting a lap time of 1:16.387.[48] The session was interrupted by three red flags. The first one was caused by James Calado, who crashed his Jaguar by hitting a wall in the first chicane.[51] Nyck de Vries' (Mercedes) technical issue triggered the second one and the third one was caused by Neel Jani (Porsche), who damaged his car in the same corner as Calado.[52]

Sam Bird from Envision Virgin Racing was the fastest driver in the afternoon session, setting a lap time of 1:15.570. Günther, da Costa, Mitch Evans (Jaguar) and Vergne completed the top five. All of these times were an improvement from Günther's first session lap.[53] Calado caused the only red flag of the session by stopping at the pit exit.[54] Jani did not participate (due to requiring a chassis change), while de Vries only completed three laps as he was sent out only a couple of minutes before the end.[52] In what could be seen as a surprise, the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team was the overall slowest team of the first day of testing, with Stoffel Vandoorne being 22nd and de Vries being 23rd.[55]

Wednesday[edit]

Robin Frijns, the other Virgin driver, topped the morning session with a time of 1:15.377. He was followed by Günther, Alexander Sims (BMW), Rowland and Müller in the top five. Brendon Hartley set the seventh best time, confirming Dragon's improved pace.[56] The session saw multiple crashes in the first chicane, which already caused several incidents the day before. First it was de Vries followed by André Lotterer from Porsche. Felipe Massa (Venturi) and Jérôme d'Ambrosio (Mahindra) also made contact with the wall present at the chicane, making them stop on track in the first sector. The session saw a total of five red flags.[57]

The afternoon session started with a experimental race simulation, scheduled for 45 minutes plus one lap. This unofficial race was won by Vandoorne.[58] The session then resumed with a standard timed practice, which was topped by da Costa, who set a time of 1:15:586. He was followed by Calado, Edoardo Mortara (Venturi), Sims and Vergne in the top five.[59] Bird became another victim of the first chicane, causing a red flag.[58] Massa and de Vries had to miss the session due to previous accidents. Frijns remained the fastest driver of the day as Calado, Mortara, Vergne, Lotterer and Ma Qinghua (NIO) were the only drivers who improved in the afternoon.[60]

Thursday[edit]

Despite no official testing sessions being scheduled, there was some on-track activity. In the morning it was Sérgio Jimenez doing a run with the Jaguar I-Type 2 (a Gen1 car).[61] Jimenez won the inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY (which is the Formula E support series) and as a result was awarded a run with Jaguar's Formula E car. The afternoon session was reserved for media laps.[62]

Friday[edit]

The morning session was topped by Pascal Wehrlein from Mahindra, who coincidentally was also celebrating his birthday (Wehrlein was born on 18 October 1994).[63] He set a time of 1:15.190, improving the overall fastest time of the week set by Frijns in the Wednesday morning session. Müller, da Costa, Günther and Buemi completed the top five, all setting a faster time compared to Frijns' 1:15.377 from Wednesday. Sims and Evans (who finished sixth and seventh respectively) also set a faster time compared to it.[64] Sims caused the only red flag of the session by hitting the barriers at the exit of the first chicane.[65]

The afternoon session began with a second race simulation, which was won by Buemi followed by Lotterer in a close second.[66] The session then resumed with regular testing. Günther topped the session by setting a lap time of 1:15:087, which made him the overall fastest driver of the week. Evans, d'Ambrosio, Wehrlein and da Costa completed the top five.[67] There were multiple red flags flown. Müller and Hartley (whose car had to be recovered) went off-track, while Mortara and Vandoorne became the final two victims of the first chicane.[66]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The powertrain is a rebadged Penske EV-3 used by GEOX Dragon in the 2018–19 season.[6]
  2. ^ NIO keep their manufacturer status due to their new powertrain being homologated as such by the FIA in late August.[6][N 1]
  3. ^ a b The circuit is designed as an indoor-outdoor venue, combining the ExCeL facilities and the surrounding public roads at Royal Docks.[35]

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