#FormulaE Midseason review: Drivers, Part 3

As we count down the days until the Monaco ePrix, new writer Chloe Hewitt, continues her mid-season look back at how the Formula E drivers have performed so far. Here’s the third and final part:

Part 3: The E doesn’t stand for Easy

15th Oriol Servia (Dragon Racing) – 16 points, best result seventh (Beijing and Putrajaya)

Before being promoted out of a race seat and into a managerial role at Dragon Racing ahead of the Miami ePrix, Servia was the only driver to have finished every race in the top-10.

He had a solid race in Beijing to claim seventh. In Putrajaya he was surprise polesitter (once Prost’s penalty was applied) and led the early laps before Bird took over the lead. A slow stop dropped him out of podium contention and he finished seventh.

He backed up this form with ninth place finished in Punta Del Este and Buenos Aires before handing his car over to Loic Duval for Miami.

16th Charles Pic (Andretti/China Racing) – 12 points, best result fourth (Beijing)

Having started the season with Andretti and achieving a solid fourth place for them in Beijing, it seems quite bizarre that he was not retained by the team for the subsequent races. Instead he was picked up by China Racing for Miami.

It was a tricky return for Pic and he never matched the pace of team-mate Piquet; coming home a lap down in 17th place.

Long Beach was not the best of races for the Frenchman either, after hitting Jarno Trulli at the final corner (and bringing out the second safety car), finishing 16th in the end.

17th Jarno Trulli (Trulli GP) – 12 points, best result fourth (Punta Del Este)

Having been the last team to join the grid, suffering from technical issues might not have been a surprise for the team.

Things improved in Putrajaya where Trulli was running in the top-three before his contact with Piquet and resultant penalty. The good form that was evident carried over to Punta Del Este, where he took fourth place after having been a solid top-six runner throughout.

Trulli suffered a gearbox issue in Buenos Aires qualifying and thus starting dead last; he was not really a factor in the race and ended up in 15th place.

Overheating issues affected his chances in Miami where he finished a lap down in 15th.

Long Beach saw the Italian retire from the race after being hit by Charles Pic at the final corner.

18th Loic Duval (Dragon Racing) – 8 points, best result seventh (Miami)

The Le Mans winner was drafted in to race in Miami with minimal preparation and did an excellent job to climb from last on the grid to seventh in the race.

Long Beach, appeared to be a relatively quiet race for the Frenchman, finishing in ninth.

19th Nick Heidfeld (Venturi) – 5 points, best result eighth (Buenos Aires)

Where has it all gone wrong for Heidfeld?

In Beijing he was one corner away from winning. In Putrajaya he was taken out of a top-10 position by Montagny.

In Punta Del Este before being hit with two penalties – for excessive energy consumption and speeding in the pits – he led briefly during the pitstop window, but ended up stealing only the final point for 10th on the line.

In Buenos Aires he received yet another penalty for speeding in the pits which dropped him down from the lead to eighth. He was penalised in qualifying at Miami for excessive energy consumption – and finished 12th overall.

Long Beach was another race in which the German failed to score any points, with an 11th place finish.

20th Stephane Sarrazin (Venturi) – 4 points, best result ninth (Beijing)

As with his team mate Heidfeld, luck has been in short supply; he scored points in Beijing with a steady run to ninth. Putrajaya brought a 12th place finish. In Punta Del Este he was set for a decent top-10 finish when he ran wide over a kerb and broke his suspension.

In Buenos Aires he scored a single point for 10th place, but in Miami it was a return of his misfortune with a gearbox issue ending his race.

Sarrazin managed to pick up one point in Long Beach with a 10th place finish.

21st Takuma Sato (Amlin Aguri) – 2 points, best result DNF (Beijing)

Sata has so far only made a Formula E cameo appearance, filling in for Da Costa at the opening round in Beijing. His running was hindered by technical issues, but the team managed to get the car running again briefly – during which time he turned up the wick to set the fastest lap – before retiring for good.

22nd Salvador Duran (Amlin Aguri) – 1 point, best finish 10th (Miami)

Duran was a surprise addition to the series in Punta Del Este and in his first race he never really threatened the points.

In Buenos Aires, he crossed the line in the top-10 but had comfortably exceeded his energy consumption – due to a broken radio – and so was excluded from the race. He finally scored his first points with 10th in Miami.

However, Long Beach brought disappointment after crashing out on lap 27.

23rd Ho-Pin Tung (China Racing) – 0 points, best result 11th (Putrajaya and Buenos Aires)

Ho-Pin Tung had three tough races in which he failed to score a point. Numerous collisions with the wall meant he started from the pitlane in Beijing. In Malaysia he started 15th and finished 10 seconds outside the points in 11th.

24th Antonio Garcia (China Racing) – 0 points, best result 11th (Punta Del Este)

Garcia stood in for Ho-Pin Tung in Punta Del Este and came within inches of scoring a point on his debut but was pipped on the line by Heidfeld.

25th Michela Cerruti (Trulli GP) – 0 points, best result 12th (Punta Del Este)

In her four starts Cerruti’s best race came in Punta Del Este where she was in the top-10 running for a while before eventually dropping back to 12th.

She left the team ahead of Miami.

26th Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport) – 0 points, best result 12th (Buenos Aires)

Drafted into the family team for the Buenos Aires race, he drove sensibly to 12th place. This was meant to be a learning experience for Miami; however a change to the IndyCar calendar meant he was unable to take part.

27th Matthew Brabham (Andretti Autosport) – 0 points, best result 13th (Putrajaya)

The youngest driver to have competed in a Formula E race, Brabham has received two last-minute call ups to drive for Andretti. The first came in Putrajaya, where a spin resigned him to 13th. In Punta Del Este he was on course for a decent points haul, but he misjudged the quick final chicane and crashed late on in the race.

28th Katherine Legge (Amlin Aguri) – 0 points, best result 15th (Beijing and Putrajaya)

In the two races that the Brit contested she placed 15th – in Beijing she picked up a 57 second penalty for crossing the white line on the pit exit, and in Putrajaya she tangled with Cerruti for which she received a 23 second penalty and was once again classified 15th.

29th Vitantonio Liuzzi (Trulli GP) – 0 points, best result 13th (Long Beach)

Whilst on holiday in Florida he received the call to race for Trulli in Miami, with virtually no preparation; he even had to borrow a helmet off of his team boss which was hastily modified to represent his colours. Even so, he did very well to qualify 12th. He ran on the verge of the points early on, but heating issues struck in the second half of the race causing him to drop back to 16th.

The Italian had a reasonably better result in Long Beach claiming 13th place.

Written by: Chloe Hewitt

(photo’s in this post courtesy of www.fiaformulae.com)

Follow these links to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our Driver Midseason Reviews.

And be sure to stay tuned to FormulaEDiary and our twitter as we look ahead to the Monaco ePrix.



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