After a midseason break Formula E finally returns, this time to the beautiful city of Miami, Florida. Can Miami deliver another fantastic Formula E race?
Yet again there are a couple of driver changes this time out. Former F1 driver Scott Speed will partner Jean-Eric Vergne for Team Andretti, whilst Dragon Racing welcome Loic Duval, a member of the 2013 Le Man winning Audi team, in place of Oriol Servia.
ABT — Lucas di Grassi/Daniel Abt
eDAMS — Nicolas Prost/Sebastien Buemi
Virgin Racing — Sam Bird/Jaime Alguersuari
Team Mahindra — Bruno Senna/Karun Chandhok
Team Andretti — Scott Speed/Jean-Eric Vergne
Team Venturi — Nick Heidfeld/Stephan Sarrazin
Almin Aguri — Antonio Felix Da Costa/Salvador Duran
Team Trulli — Jarno Trulli/Michela Cerruti
China Racing — Nelson Piquet Jr/Charles Pic
Dragon Racing — Loic Duval/Jerome D’Ambrosio
We can also expect to see updated suspension on all of the Formula E cars this weekend, following the several suspension failures that we saw in Argentina. Lucas Di Grassi lost a near certain win because of this, so it’s great to see that a change has come so quickly.
Compared to the street circuits in Argentina, Malaysia and Uruguay, the Miami street track is more typical of traditional street circuits, with a number of 90-degree corners and little else. The track itself also seems to be very narrow so qualifying could prove to be decisive. Fanboost could also make a difference.
With just 8 corners, the circuits most interesting section is actually the pitlane, which sits mid-way through turn 6. It’s not the first time we’ve seen a pitlane situated away from the main straight and we’re sure that it won’t be the last.
Date: 14th March 2015
Circuit: Formula E Miami ePrix
Location: Biscayne Bay
Race Start: 16:00 local / 20.00 UK
UK channel: 19:00 on ITV4
Unofficial Flying Lap
The Championship Battle
1. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT): 58
2. Sam Bird (Virgin Racing): 48
3. Sebastien Buemi (e.dams Renault): 43
4. Nicolas Prost (e.dams Renault): 42
5. Nelson Piquet (China Racing): 37
6. Antonio Felix Da Costa (Almin Aguri): 29
7. Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing): 26
8. Jerome D’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing): 22
9. Franck Montagny (Andretti): 22
10. Karun Chandhok (Mahindra): 18
11. Bruno Senna (Mahindra): 18
12. Oriol Servia (Dragon Racing): 16
13. Jarno Trulli (Trulli): 12
14. Charles Pic (Andretti): 12
15. Jean Eric Vergne (Andretti): 11
16. Nick Heidfeld (Venturi): 5
17. Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT): 4
18. Stephane Sarrazin (Venturi): 3
19. Takuma Sato (Venturi): 2
20. Ho-Pin Tung (China Racing): 0
21. Antonio Garcia (China Racing): 0
22. Michela Cerruti (Trulli): 0
23. Matthew Brabham (Andretti): 0
24. Katherine Legge (Amlin Aguri): 0
25. Salvador Duran (Amlin Aguri): 0
26. Marco Andretti (Andretti): 0
The four drivers that have stood out in terms of pace and consistency since the first round in Beijing are Lucas Di Grassi, Sam Bird and the e.Dams Renault duo of Prost and Buemi. We can expect to see another thrilling battle between these drivers, although several drivers – including Nick Heidfeld – will be seeking to finally get their season underway.
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Written by: Anil Parmar