The drama of Berlin, where Lucas di Grassi was stripped of his dominant win, has meant that the Formula E circus arrives in Moscow with everything to play for. With three drivers separated by just 10 point at the top of the driver standings, could Russia prove to be a turning point in the championship battle?
The diversity in circuit layouts this season has surprised many and the Moscow ePrix once again manages to provide a unique and challenging layout.
The 2.4km circuit, which has a start line alongside the Moskva River, will see racing across a number of Moscow landmarks, including the Staraya Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. The circuit features a number of challenging corners, including the brilliant turn 2-5 complex early on in the lap. With a number of long straights we should see a lot of overtaking, and FanBoost could make a big difference into corners such as the turn 11 hairpin.
Jean Todt, FIA President, believes that the race will continue to increase Russia’s motorsport footprint:
‘After the debut of the WTCC two years ago and of Formula One last year, the launch of another FIA Championship in the country is an important milestone in this growth path. It fits perfectly in the FIA’s traditional role as a leader promoter of innovation, technology and performance in the automotive sector’.
Circuit: Formula E Moscow ePrix
Location: Kremin, Moscow
Race Start: 16:00 local / 14:00 UK
Air temperature has often caused havoc this season, with the American ePrix rounds plagued by overheating batteries. Moscow should be the coolest race of the season, which is great news for fans and drivers alike. Air temperature of around 19-20 degrees is expected and will be welcomed by those in the paddock.
The Championship Battle
Nelson Piquet leads the driver standings for the first time this season, with Sébastian Buemi and Lucas di Grassi close behind. Whilst the media attention will likely be focused on those three drivers, it’s worth remembering that Nicolas Prost, Jerome D’Ambrosio and Sam Bird also have an outside shot at taking the title. It could be win-or-bust for any of those drivers come Saturday.
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Written by: Anil Parmar