Formula E – Season 8 Preview

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Who will fight for the title in the final year of the Gen2 era, where will they race and what are the new rules for the season?

After an incredibly hotly contested championship last time around and the fact that, at least from a hardware standpoint, all the cars are the same as they were in season 7, everything looks good for the Gen2 to come out in style after having us gave another incredible championship battle.

With Audi and BMW leaving the series at the end of last season, there will only be eleven teams competing now as Abt has decided to leave while Andretti has chosen to continue.

Teams & Drivers

Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team – #5 Stoffel Vandoorne & #17 Nyck de Vries

Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team

Heading into their final year in Formula E, Mercedes are sticking with their proven duo of Vandoorne and de Vries for a third year. The team will be aiming to retain the two world championship titles they won last season.

Both riders were on the podium on several occasions last year and both had success at Diriyah, with Vandoorne taking third place in both races in Season 6 while de Vries took his first victory in the season 7 opening race.

Jaguar TCS Racing – #9 Mitch Evans & #10 Sam Bird

Jaguar TCS Racing

With a new title sponsor, Tata Consultancy Services, and new multi-year contracts for its two race-winning drivers, Jaguar looks very comfortable ahead of its next assault on the World Championship crowns.

Bird, the only driver to win a race in every season so far, has been in the majority of Formula E title fights and was still well into last year’s battle despite 6 DNFs and a DSQ .

Evans, meanwhile, has been in the last two fights but has seen things fall apart in Berlin both times, and so the Kiwi will likely be relieved to see the German rounds scheduled for the middle of this season and not the end. .

DS Techeetah – #13 Antonio Felix da Costa & #25 Jean-Eric Vergne

Germain Hazard/DPPI

The only team on the grid to have seen both of its drivers win championship titles – Vergne taking back-to-back victories in seasons 4 and 5, the only driver to have successfully defended their crown. While da Costa was then the one who snatched him from the Frenchman in season 6.

Envision Racing – #4 Robin Frijns & #37 Nick Cassidy

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With a change in team ownership after Envision took over from Virgin, the team decided that driver continuity was key in Season 8, after a good year for both experienced and rookie drivers. Frijns well into the title fight with impressive Cassidy, matching his teammate’s podium count (2 second places each).

With homologated cars from last year, when Audi left the series, Envision will still use the Audi powertrain for the season.

Avalanche Andretti Formula E – #27 Jake Dennis & #28 Oliver Askew

Avalanche Andretti Formula E

With two wins, including one at home, Dennis’ rookie season was one to aim for. The Briton finished the year third in the Championship, one of several contenders whose luck abandoned them in the season finale.

For the first time since Season 1, there will be an American on the grid and just like them, Oliver Askew will drive the #27 car for the Andretti team. Askew won the 2019 Indy Lights Championship with Andretti and is happy to be back with the team for this new challenge.

Andretti had been the official BMW team since Season 5, and as with Envision, they will continue with the branded powertrain this year despite the departure of the German manufacturer.

ROKiT Venturi Racing – #11 Lucas di Grassi & #48 Edoardo Mortara

ROKiT Venturi Racing

Mortara enters his fifth season with the Monaco team after their most successful year to date. The Swiss driver winning four podiums, including a victory in Mexico, was on his own at the P2 of the championship. He is joined by Season 3 champion Lucas di Grassi, who had to make his first team change of the series when Audi left after last year.

TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team – #36 Andre Lotterer & #94 Pascal Wehrlein

Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team

Porsche is continuing its line-up from last year, the two each reaching the podium in Season 7 but the German team are still awaiting their first victory after an administrative error led to their disqualification in Puebla just in when Wehrlein had taken the checkered flag with a comfortable lead over the rest of the peloton. Lotterer had a disappointing first half of the year but hopes to continue with his good form from the final races.

Mahindra Racing – #29 Alexander Sims & #30 Oliver Rowland

Mahindra race

After three years with Nissan, Rowland is back at the team he made his Formula E debut with for a one-time appearance in Season 2. While Sims will stay with the Indian team, and potentially dance to more podiums. , for a second year.

Nissan e.dams – #22 Maximilien Guenther & #23 Sebastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

Taking Rowlands’ place with Nissan after two years and three wins with BMW is Guenther. The young German teams up with Buemi who will be looking to forget his one-season disaster last year, which saw the Season 2 champion take just points in three events and fail to finish on the podium for the first time .

Dragon/Penske Autosport – #7 Sergio Sette Camara & #99 Antonio Giovinazzi

Dragon/Penske Autosport

Sette Camara, who remains with the American team for a second full season, will be joined by Antonio Giovinazzi, fresh out of F1. Dragon got their best result in years last season when they took P2 in the chaos that was Valencia’s inaugural E-Prix, and the team will be looking to match if not better than in Season 8.

NIO 333 FE Team – #3 Oliver Turvey & #33 Dan Ticktum

NIO 333 Formula E Team

The team will be looking to start the season as strong as they did last, as they banished 0-point memories in Season 6 by racking up points in each of the first four races last year. NIO 333 stalwart Turvey will be joined by F2 newcomer Dan Ticktum.

What are the changes since last year?

Beneath all of their shiny new liveries, all the hardware in the cars is the same as last season. To keep costs down once the pandemic started, it was agreed that teams could only change powertrain parts once during Seasons 7 and 8.

All teams chose to do this last year. So while they’ve all been working on new software updates, the cars are basically as they were last season and that should hopefully give us another very competitive year.

The biggest format change for the season is qualifying, with the four groups followed by super pole now replaced by two groups and multiple knockout ‘duels’.

How will the new Formula E qualifying format work?

Unlike the old system, the lead cars will no longer be sent out first to deal with the least favorable track conditions, but will these new, fairer qualifyings mean that Formula E won’t be as unpredictable as it made it? has been so far? Jaguar Team Principal James Barclay believes a “clearer narrative will emerge earlier in the season”, but Mitch Evans reminded us that the field is “very competitive” and everything needs to be put in place to be in head.

Another big change is that instead of the total energy allowed being reduced for every minute Full Course Yellow’s safety car appears in a race – which caused chaos at the end of the first Valencia E-Prix last year – now instead 45 seconds of race time will be added to the first 45 minutes + 1 race lap. There is a maximum of 10 minutes that can be added and any SC or FCY spawns with 40 minutes or less on the clock will not add extra time).

Free practice time has been reduced a bit, all sessions will now last 30 minutes whereas before FP1 was 45 minutes.

With BMW leaving the series, the BMW-owned Safety Cars too. The i8 and Mini Electric Pacesetter retired and Porsche stepped in to keep a German car up front with the Taycan Turbo S as the new safety car.

And finally, pilots have more power to play with as last season’s 200kW has been increased to 220kW for Gen2’s last hurray, while Attack Mode will now give 250kW for the activated period instead of the 235 kW than it was before.

Calendar

As it stands, Season 8 will see Formula E heading to three new cities – Jakarta, Vancouver and Seoul. The Indonesian and South Korean inaugural events were originally supposed to take place just over halfway through Season 6, i.e. the 2019-20 season, but that obviously didn’t work out.

The west coast of Canada will also make its first appearance, Formula E was in the country in 2017, but it was in the city much further east of Montreal.

The Mexican race will see the series return to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after heading a few hours outside Mexico City to race in Puebla last year when the usual location served as a temporary covid hospital.

After an exciting debut for Formula E at the full Monaco circuit last season, the Principality has decided biennial races just aren’t up to snuff and the all-electric series will now visit annually instead. .

Tower Site Dated
1 & 2 Diriyah, Saudi Arabia January 28 & 29, 2022
3 Mexico City, Mexico February 12, 2022
4 & 5 Roma, Italy April 9 & 10, 2022
6 Monegasque, Monegasque April 30, 2022
7 & 8 Berlin, Germany May 14 & 15, 2022
9 Jakarta, Indonesia June 4, 2022
ten Vancouver, Canada July 2, 2022
11 & 12 New York, United States July 16 & 17, 2022
13 & 14 London, UK July 30 & 31, 2022
15 & 16 Seoul, South Korea August 13 & 14, 2022

As is standard for Formula E double-headers at Diriyah, racing will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons, with Free Practice 1 taking place on Thursday so that the first time the drivers take to the track under the lights not be in the E-Prix itself.

  • After being in the right place at the right time, Emer attended Formula E’s pre-season 1 testing. She became increasingly linked with the series adding the fansite operator and journalist to her status. initial fan.

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