It’s incredible how quickly a year goes by. Just under 12 months ago we were eagerly awaiting Formula E testing at Donington Park; now we are waiting to crown Formula E’s first ever world champion. Lucas di Grassi, Sebastian Buemi and Nelson Piquet Jr will be fighting it out for the title – Who will come out on top?
The London ePrix takes place in Battersea Park and for the first time all year, fans will be treated to a double header. Over 60,000 fans are expected to attend the two races and they should be in for a treat –The Battersea Park circuit looks to be incredibly challenging.
Mahindra Racing’s Karun Chandok previewed the track for the official race programme and believes that the circuit will be one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar:
‘I think it’s going to be one of the trickiest tracks to driver because haven’t been able to resurface the track for the most part. If you go to Battersea Park at any time you will notice there’s quite a big crown on the road and the road really drops away towards the edges.
‘In terms of overtaking there’s probably three or four places where we will be able to get up some decent speed on the straight and therefore some decent overtaking at the end of it. It’s a long lap, much like Beijing, and you’ll need to manage the energy. It will be an energy limited race’.
For the first time this year, we may see a wet race. Whilst Saturday is expected to be hot, rain is predicted for Sunday and it will be fascinating to see how the drivers adapt to such conditions. We haven’t had a wet race yet in Formula E…Could this weekend change that?
Nelson Piquet leads the championship by 17 points from fellow Brazilian Lucas di Grassi, with Sébastian Buemi just 6 points further behind. Piquet arrives in London knowing he could win the championship on Saturday – a lead of 30 points (accounting for the points awarded from pole positions and fastest laps), will give him the title on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking ahead of the race, Piquet acknowledges that it’s important not to feel pressured to win. ‘Depending on what’s happening in the race the team may alter the strategy in case the outlook changes to react to another driver or team we need to focus on own result. We are going to have to remain cautious not make mistakes not feel pressured to win’, he said.
For Buemi, who picked up just 4 points in Russia following a penalty for an unsafe release, a victory on Saturday is a must. Overtaking will be tricky on such a tight circuit and Buemi’s ace all season has been his one lap pace – he is the only championship contender to have taken a pole position this year, and its an asset that could allow him to overhaul Nelson Piquet this weekend.
It’s worth mentioning that Nicolas Prost, Jerome D’Ambrosio and Sam Bird could mathematically also win the championship, however all drivers will need a significantly amount of luck to fall their way. For Prost, helping the e.dams-Renault team to wrap up the inaugural teams’ championship is a much more realistic aim. They currently lead the team’ standings by 44 points from Audi Sport ABT.
How To Watch
If you’re a UK resident, the London ePrix will be shown on both ITV4 and ITV. Qualifiying coverage will start from 11:30am whilst coverage of the race begins at 3pm (4pm start).
A comprehensive list of Formula E broadcasters can be found here: http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/guide/television.aspx
As always, you can vote for your favourite driver to win a temporary speed boost in the race. More information can be found here: http://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/
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