The final Formula E race of the year is set to take place this weekend as Formula E visits another street circuit, this time at Punta Del Este in Uruguay. What should we expect?
First of all, there are a couple of driver changes. First off, Antonio Garcia comes in for Ho-Pin Tung for the China Racing team, who have had a slow start to the season. Salvador Duran will be driving for Amlin Aguri in place of Katherine Legge whilst Jean-Eric Vergne, who competed in Formula 1 for the last three seasons, will drive for Andretti. It will be the first time Vergne has driven a Formula E car so it will be fascinating to see how quickly he can adapt to these cars. Vergne’s move is yet another example of how attractive Formula E is to Formula 1 drivers, as he is set to race alongside former F1 drivers Nick Heidfeld, Karun Chandok and Jarno Trulli to name a few.
As for the circuit, it’s a tight yet fast street circuit set on the Uruguayan coast. There is a high number of hard braking zones however as the track is so narrow, overtaking could be very difficult. Qualifying will almost certainly be more important here than it was at Malaysia, where we saw moves at almost every corner of the circuit.
Lenght: 2.8 KM
Number of laps: 31 laps
Race Start: 16:04 local / 18:04 UK
UK channel: 17:00 on ITV4
The Championship Battle
1) Lucas Di Grassi (ABT) 43 Pts
2) Sam Bird (Virgin) 40 Pts
3) Frank Montagny (Virgin) 18 Pts
4) Nicolas Prost (eDams) 18 Pts
5) Jerome d’Ambrosio (Dragon) 18 Pts
6) Karun Chandhok (Mahindra) 18 Pts
7) Sebastien Buemi (eDams) 15 Pts
8) Charles Pic (Andretti) 12 Pts
9) Oriol Servia (Dragon) 12 Pts
10) Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing) 4 Pts
11) Antonio Felix Da Costa (Almin) 4 Pts
12) Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin) 4 Pts
13) Stephane Sarrazin (Venturi) 2 Pts
14) Daniel Abt (Abt) 2 Pts
15) Takuma Sato (Almin) 2 Pts
Lucas Di Grassi and Sam Bird lead the way in the inaugural championship and it’s hard to look elsewhere for a potential winner. With that in mind, keep an eye out for Nick Heidfeld; he’s been very quick in the first two races but in both races he was involved in collisions, neither of which were his fault.
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Complete EVENT SCHEDULE (UK TIMES)
10.15 – Free Practice 1 (45 min)
12.30 – Free Practice 2 (45 min)
14.00 – Qualy Group 1
14.15 – Qualy Group 2
14.30 – Qualy Group 3
14.45 – Qualy Group 4
18.00 – E-Prix di Punta del Este
OFFICIAL LIVE STREAMING
Written by: Anil Parmar