The first Formula E race of 2015 takes place this weekend as the teams and drivers tackle a tricky street circuit in Buenos Aires. Should we expect another nail biter?
Argentina has a significant history within motorsport, having hosted a variety of races across different series over the years, from Formula 1 to Moto GP. Juan Manuel Fangio – five times World Drivers’ Champion – was also an Argentinian and won his home race 4 times. It’s fitting that Formula E arrives at a country full of motorsport history in its first season.
The circuit has a wide array of corners, from hairpins, chicanes and long straights, clearly taking inspiration from the tracks we’ve already raced at. Overtaking will certainly be possible, particularly as the drivers battle into T1 and into T5, whilst overtaking may also be possible into T7 and the final chicane. It’s worth noting that the start line for this track is a few corners away from the finish line; the race will start on the main straight but the chequered flag will wave shortly after the small straight in the final sector. Let’s hope the drivers remember this as they start their final lap! We wouldn’t want a repeat of this now, would we?
The current forecast suggests that race day will be dry however rain is expected throughout the entire week so Saturday’s forecast could change at any moment.
The Drivers Championship
- Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) 58 Pts
- Sébastien Buemi (e.dams Renault) 40 Pts
- Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) 40 Pts
- Nicolas Prost (e.dams Renault) 24 Pts
- Nelson Piquet (China Racing) 22 Pts
- JeromeD’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) 22 Pts
- Frank Montagny (Andretti) 18 Pts
- Karun Chandok (Mahindra Racing) 18 Pts
- Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing) 14 Pts
- Oriol Servià (Dragon Racing) 14 Pts
- Jarno Trulli (Trulli) 12 Pts
- Charles Pic (Andretti) 12 Pts
- Bruno Senna (Mahindra Racing) 8 Pts
- Antonio Felix da Costa (Amlin Aguri) 4 Pts
- Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT) 4 Pts
- Jean-Eric Vergne (Andretti) 3 Pts
- Stéphane Sarrazin (Venturi) 2 Pts
- Takuma Sato (Amlin Aguri) 2 Pts
- Nick Heidfeld (Venturi) 1 Pts
Lucas di Grassi comfortably leads the championship, having finished on the podium in each of the first 3 races, whereas Buemi and Sam Bird both have a DNF to their names already. Several drivers will be looking for a strong result to kick start their season, with both Daniel Abt and Nick Heidfeld having under performed in the opening races. In the Team Standings, e.dams-Renault lead the way with 64 points, just 2 ahead of Audi Sport ABT. Unfortunately both Amlin Aguri and Venturi have yet to get into the double digits.
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Written by: Anil Parmar