Welcome, to my final blog post of 2018. It has been a pretty good year with me being able to attend more race weekends then ever before, visit events as accredited media that I had previously only ever dreamed of, oh and there was the day where I travelled to and from Switzerland all within 12 hours. In this blog post, I will reminisce and reflect on my key motorsport highlights from the year and give an honest review of my experiences and any corny life lessons I might have learnt along the way. If you are patient, you can also read about a new project I will be tackling in 2019. It is something that has been in the works since the summer and I am so happy to be sharing it with you all now as we approach the new year and welcome new beginnings. Anyway, enough waffling – I have made myself a huge mug of tea and am ready to confess all from my year in motorsport.
Formula E returns to the Parisian streets for a third consecutive year this weekend. This season, which started in December when the all-electric championship visited Hong Kong, now only has five races remaining in the battle to decide the victor of the season four drivers’ title.
Currently Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne looks to be the favourite, 18 points ahead of Sam Bird who is second in the standings, but recent races have left the former F1 driver craving more than just totalling up championship points. He wants wins, especially in front of his home crowd this weekend.
Whether you are a fan of the all-electric Formula E Championship or not, there can be no denying that the 2017 Mexico ePrix was one of the craziest races of the past year, or even this side of the decade. The race had almost everything – as much as I despise the cliché: mechanical failure snatching any chances of a win from the pole sitter, spectacular spins and saves, team mates taking one another out just laps before the chequered flag and even an appearance from Paris Hilton.
However the strategy and energy-management from Lucas di Grassi and his then team, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport, meant the Brazilian optimised the totally bonkers race and finished with victory – having started near the back of the grid and being forced to pit for a rear wing change just a few laps in.
As we prepare for Formula E’s third consecutive return to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, I take a look back at the 2016/17 Mexico ePrix and why it could be Formula E’s best ever race.
As many of you will know, I recently travelled to Monaco and Paris for back to back weekends of the FIA Formula E championship. As well as collecting a wealth of content for this very website, I also tried to film as much as possible so I could put together a little video blog from my trip. It’s hardly groundbreaking coverage from behind the scenes of the all-electric championship but it was fun to make and a nice way to reflect on such a surreal weekend.
Sebastien Buemi took his tenth Formula E career victory in Monaco, after a tense battle with di Grassi in the final laps.
It was an action-packed start for the Monaco ePrix, with Sebastien Buemi leading the field after starting from pole position around the iconic street circuit. The race would continue to be dominated by Buemi in his Renault e.Dams but also involved many fights for position in the points.
Felix Rosenqvist is a driver that seems to ace any motorsport championship that is thrown his way. Whether that be single-seaters or endurance racing, he delivers top results in every discipline he does. Which is why it seems bizzare that this Swedish superstar of a driver has yet to race at Monaco professionally.
British racing star Alex Lynn looked set to make his FIA Formula E debut on the streets of Monaco this weekend with DS Virgin Racing, after team-mate Jose Maria Lopez sustained an injury at Silverstone racing in the World Endurance Championship. Although we must wait until the end of the first practice session to understand if Lopez is fit enough to race, I caught up with Lynn to discuss his thoughts on the all-electric championship and why racing in the centre of London is “what dreams are made of”.