Ah Formula E, you always know how to keep us on the edge of our seats. Whether it is producing 9 different winners, from 8 manufacturers nonetheless, or making us wait until the last round of the season to see who of the four contenders will be crowned drivers’ champion, you have got it all.
It has been a bit of a mental year, a new generation of cars meant that nobody really knew going into the season who would have the most competitive package and be able to storm ahead of the competition. As the field was so open for opportunity, a whole wave of teams and drivers were able to demonstrate the driving talent that got them in to the highly-competitive world of Formula E and at each of the first eight races, we saw a new winner crowned which brings us on to the first point nicely.
Jean-Eric Vergne Becomes The First Back-To-Back Formula E Champion
In a season full of challenges and uncertainty, JEV continued to show why he was the reigning champion and collect points as the year went by. He lead this title fight coming into the final two rounds and was able to wrap up his second drivers’ title after the final race here in New York. He becomes the first back-to-back champion, but also the first double champion in Formula E.
Techeetah Take The Constructors’ Title
Another battle that came down to the final race. Audi versus Techeetah for the crown of constructors’ champion. It looked like Techeetah’s hopes of the title could be crushed as their driver Andre Lotterer was retired early on in the race after a first lap incident. Audi fought hard, but in the end Techeetah pounced on the competition to take the constructors’ title. A great day for them and their driver, and now season five champion, Vergne.
Frijns and Sims Shine as Evans and di Grassi Collide
Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns took his second-ever win in Formula E, both his wins coming from season five, whilst pole sitter Alex Sims held off the competition from Buemi to take an impressive second place finish and his first Formula E podium after a disappointing rookie season.
On the final lap, the two championship contenders Evans and di Grassi collided after Evans defended in a way the stewards deemed caused a collision and was handed a ten second penalty. They dramatic accident meant the two drivers, who were both in point-scoring positions, finished the race in the bottom two places. Their mistake resulted in Buemi finishing the championship in second place. Lucas di Grassi finished the season in third, with Frijns in fourth and Evans completing the top five.
Buemi On Cloud Nine
Nine winners in season five of Formula E across just thirteen rounds. A crazy statistic and one I am sure will continue to be used across motorsport for years to come as a fine example of close racing at its best. From Antonio Felix da Costa getting a very overdue second win since his last in season one, to Edoardo Mortara, Mitch Evans and Robin Frijns all joining the ‘first-time winners club’. This new generation has seen unpredictable racing and meant that deciding the drivers’ title once again came down to the season finale as there was no real dominance from a driver or team. Something I am sure a few motorsport series could learn from!
When Four Became Three
Going into this season finale, there were eight drivers who where in with a mathematical chance at taking the title. Of course, some had better chances than others. Jean-Eric Vergne lead the championship coming into these final two rounds with Lucas di Grassi behind him followed by Evans. Other contenders included race one winner da Costa, Paris E-Prix winner Frijns, Daniel Abt and Andre Lotterer. Season two champion Sebastien Buemi also joined the eight potential title contenders and made it through to the final four when he secured both pole position and the win in the first race of the New York. However, he needed to secure pole position to keep him in the game. Alex Sims had other ideas and managed to secure his first ever Formula E pole position – Buemi loosing his chance at season five gifting him a second drivers’ title.
Attack Mode Gets a Boost To Three Uses
Announced just an hour before the race got underway, Attack Mode was upgraded from two-uses per race to three. This extra boost of four minutes each was previously only given twice for a full race distance, but with an extra exciting season finale in its sights, Formula E decided to add an extra Attack Mode in for good measure.