The stage is set for the season finale at the 2022 Seoul E-Prix

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Season 8 of the Formula E World Championship will culminate in South Korea this weekend with the 2022 Seoul E-Prix where the champion driver and team will be crowned and the world’s first all-electric motorsport series will count. 100 races.

Eleven teams and 22 drivers took part in Formula E’s biggest racing season to date with rounds 15 and 16 coming up this Saturday and Sunday and four drivers still in contention for the title at the top of the standings.

It will be the first time Formula E has raced in South Korea with the E-Prix taking place on a single track built around and even looping through the Jamsil Olympic Stadium, the first ever organized world championship sporting event. on the site since the 1988 Olympics.

Stoffel Vandoorne leads the way for Mercedes-EQ as they seek back-to-back wins following their success in last year’s World Drivers’ and Teams’ Championship in Season 7. The Belgian extended his lead to 36 points over his closest rival Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) at the SABIC London E-Prix two weeks ago which saw his closest rivals falter.

Consistency is key in the Formula E World Championship. While Vandoorne has only one win this season to three each for Evans and Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) in third place, Vandoorne has the most podiums and has scored 13 times this season, taking the honor from Daniel Abt as the most consistent points finisher in a campaign. Vandoorne’s last four rounds have all resulted in top-four finishes and two podiums: the gauntlet was thrown by the Mercedes-EQ driver.

Going into his fourth campaign, Vandoorne has been in the series long enough to know that securing his first world championship title is far from a sure thing in Seoul, where race strategy will be affected by high humidity and record levels of precipitation this week that will require exceptional planning and execution.

Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) had fought his way to the top spot, but a crushing technical issue in London put a huge dent in his chances. The Kiwi were on course to bring Vandoorne back to a 22-point lead, 14 less than their current advantage, but an inverter problem at the end of round 14 saw him slip out of fourth place and take his retirement despite a peak pace.

But the opportunity remains for Evans. He’s dominated entire race weekends before, notably in Rome this season, but the stakes are much higher this time around and Vandoorne only has to overtake the Jaguar driver on Round 15 for the battle be completed.

Respectively third and fourth, Edoardo Mortara and Jean-Éric Vergne of DS TECHEETAH have everything to do. Mortara topped the standings halfway through the season after a run of two wins and two more podiums in Berlin and Jakarta. Since then, the Swiss has only managed two low-scoring finishes in New York and a pair of no-scoring finishes in London, but remains just five points behind Evans.

Likewise, Vergne had his worst run ever in Formula E, with four consecutive blanks for the first time ever in the championship. While this is an atypical return from the Frenchman, JEV is the only top 4 rider to have won the World Championship – twice – and the experience could still earn him a place on the podium.

The battle of the teams
Mercedes-EQ extended their lead in London with silverware for de Vries and Vandoorne. Back-to-back titles look set to come with a 36-point margin over second-placed ROKiT Venturi Racing, with DS TECHEETAH trailing the Monegasque team by 11 points.

Landmarks await you

On Sunday, the second race of the 2022 Hana Bank Seoul E-Prix double-header will be Formula E’s 100th E-Prix. The race also marks the end of the Gen2 era, the second iteration of Formula E’s racing car. E.
As such, the Centennial E-Prix will rightly mark three huge generational leaps in electric vehicle technology and cutting-edge sustainability achievements ahead of the launch in Season 9 of the electric racing car the fastest, lightest, most powerful and most efficient ever built – the Gen3.

The club of 1000

As the only driver ready to line up on the grid this weekend and compete in the 100 E-Prix, Lucas di Grassi (ROKiT Venturi Racing) is also aiming for a record 1,000 points. The Brazilian has been an integral part of Formula E since day zero and is set to become the only driver to have competed in every E-Prix to date following the unfortunate withdrawal of Sam Bird (Jaguar TCS Racing) due to a an injury as the only other pilot still present. driver to date.

Finishing his Season 8 with 1,000 points, after a first victory for ROKiT Venturi in London which saw him reach 996 in his Formula E career so far, would be a way to celebrate. Lucas has his sights set on that award, but Seoul’s goal is to come out and seal the championship silverware for Venturi.

“I’m very proud to be able to be competitive for eight years now, in a championship that is super competitive,” di Grassi said. “The level of the teams racing against us is just unbelievably good. But we are going to Seoul with our main objective being the World Team Championship, to make ROKiT Venturi Racing number one.

“The task is difficult, but mathematically doable. So until it is unachievable, we will work very hard. We know how things are in Formula E, anything can happen. So we will be on top and try to to get this world championship title for the team.”

A whole new challenge
The newest circuit on the Formula E calendar is at Olympic Park in Seoul. The round begins with a tight and technical race before entering the Jamsil Olympic Stadium where the 22 riders will put on a show in front of thousands of fans in stadium seats.

As they leave the stadium, a batch of fast corners leading to long straights connected by 90 degree turns follow as the circuit winds around the Olympic Park and the drivers scramble for position around this circuit 2.6 km fast and 22 turns.

Seoul also brings higher temperatures to manage for the teams. Electric vehicle battery systems and powertrains are most efficient and perform best within a specific temperature window.

Managing raw, pure pace with efficiency and high ambient temperatures will be a weekend-long battle for riders and engineers alike. There will be a lot of thought and thousands of miles of simulator data put into play to make sure the ATTACK MODES, FANBOOST and race strategy are on point by the first race on Saturday.

Everything will be hypothetical for the engineers until they can get on track in free practice to corroborate the calculation and simulation work they have been doing from London. In addition, the new surface of the track will evolve rapidly. What might be true on Saturday morning might be completely different in the afternoon, and certainly on Sunday.

Add to that the complications of expected downpours and high humidity. Whoever triumphs in Seoul will have more than earned their silverware in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s most spectacular season to date.

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