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Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Brazil Lucas di Grassi
144 Pt(s) 143 Pt(s) 133 Pt(s)
2014/15 Formula E Season
Piquet jr
Nelson Piquet Jr., the first Formula E Champion.
Season Information
No. Rounds 11
First Round Beijing
Last Round London
Entrants Spark-Renault
Tyre(s) Michelin
Driver's Championship
Champion Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 144Pt(s)
2 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 143 Pt(s)
3 Win(s), 3 Pole(s) 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Brazil Lucas di Grassi 133 Pt(s)
1 Win(s), 0 Pole(s), 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion France e.dams-Renault 232 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 5 Pole(s) 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 171 Pt(s)
1 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 0 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Germany Audi Sport ABT 165 Pt(s)
1 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
Former Next
None 2015/16
The 2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship was the first season of the new FIA Formula E Championship.[1] The 2014/15 campaign started in Beijing on the 13th of September, 2014 and came to an end on the 28th of June, 2015 in London.[1] Six different drivers won the opening six ePrix before Sébastien Buemi won his second race of the season in Monaco, with four races remaining. Buemi would win a third race, as the title battle went all the way to the season finale at the Second London ePrix.

Nelson Piquet Jr., having won two races in Long Beach and Moscow became the first ever FIA Formula E Champion at the season finale by just a single point, beating Buemi. The Swiss driver's team, e.dams-Renault, won the Teams' Championship, with Dragon Racing ending the season in second, after a double podium at the season finale took them up from fifth. In all, seven different drivers won ePrix in the inaugural season, as Formula E and it's the innovative FanBoost system made headlines throughout its first season.

BackgroundEdit

The 2014/15 Formula E Season was the first ever season, and was built entirely around the Spark-Renault SRT_01E and its battery capabilities. The potential speed, and longevity of the SRT_01E was demonstrated at the public Donington Tests over the summer of 2014, with a full length ePrix simulation held shortly before the final test.[2] All of the teams who applied to race in the upcoming season took part in the entire test, as did most of the drivers, with each team limited to nominating four racers for the season.

CalendarEdit

The first official calendar for the 2014/15 Season was announced on the 4th of December 2013, with the majority of the ten host cities going on to host an ePrix during the first season.[3] Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was dropped early in 2014, eventually replaced by Moscow, Russia, announced during the first season.[4]

The full calendar is shown below, also showing test dates:

2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship
Round ePrix City Circuit Date Report
1 2014 Beijing ePrix People's Republic of China Beijing, China Evergrande Formula E Beijing ePrix 13th September 2014[5] Report
2 2014 Putrajaya ePrix Malaysia Putrajaya, Malaysia Y Capital Formula E Putrajaya ePrix 22nd November 2014[6] Report
3 2014 Punta del Este ePrix Uruguay Punta del Este, Uruguay Formula E Punta del Este ePrix 13th December 2014[7] Report
4 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix 10th January 2015[8] Report
5 2015 Miami ePrix Flag of the United States Miami, USA Formula E Miami ePrix 14th March 2015[9] Report
6 2015 Long Beach ePrix Flag of the United States Long Beach, USA Formula E Long Beach ePrix 4th April 2015[10] Report
7 2015 Monaco ePrix Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco Formula E Monaco ePrix 9th May 2015[11] Report
8 2015 Berlin ePrix Germany Berlin, Germany Formula E DHL Berlin ePrix 23rd May 2015[12] Report
9 2015 Moscow ePrix Flag of Russia Moscow, Russia Formula E Moscow ePrix 6th June 2015[13] Report
10 2015 London ePrix I Flag of the United Kingdom London, UK Formula E Visa London ePrix 27th June 2015[14] Report
11 2015 London ePrix II Flag of the United Kingdom London, UK Formula E Visa London ePrix 28th June 2015[14] Report
2014/15 FIA Formula E Tests
I 2014 Donington Test Flag of the United Kingdom Donington Park Donington Park GP Circuit 3rd July - 19th August 2014[15] Report
II 2014 Punta del Este Test Uruguay Punta del Este, Uruguay Formula E Punta del Este ePrix 14th December 2014[16] Report

RegulationsEdit

The FIA have decided that the series will be a one make series for its inaugural season, with all teams using four Spark-Renault SRT_01Es throughout the year.[1] Cars cannot be charged through practice, qualifying or during the ePrix itself, with drivers changing to a second car during a mandatory pitstop during the one hour race.[17] Each driver will be allocated ten tyres at each race meeting (for both of their cars) which must last for the entire race meeting.[17]

PointsEdit

The points system awards points from first to tenth place in the race, with the fastest lap setter being awarded a further two points.[17] The pole sitter will also receive three points.[17]

2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship Points Table
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
Pole Position Fastest Lap
3 2

The Drivers' Championship will be decided on a driver's best ten finishes during the season, with tied positions taken by the driver with the most wins, then most second places, and so on. In the unlikely event that two (or more) drivers have identical records, the FIA will decide positions based on other factors.[17] The Team's Championship uses a modified system, with the combined total of all of their drivers scores, throughout the season, used to create their final tally.[17]

Season ReportEdit

The season started after five official, public test days, all held at Donington Park in the United Kingdom. Spark had already conducted several tests privately after the release of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, the first of which was held at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit in France on the 21st of November 2013.[18]

Pre-seasonEdit

The 2014 Donington Test saw all the teams attend, with Sébastien Buemi arriving in Beijing as the fastest man in testing.[19] It was also announced that there would be an in season test, which was to be held in Punta del Este after the ePrix in December.[16]

Race One: Beijing ePrix (13th September 2014)Edit

The first race of the season was held in Beijing, China, running through the Olympic Village from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.[5] The circuit featured twenty corners and is 3.4km (2.1mi) long.[5]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2014 Beijing ePrix page.

The first appearance of the four group qualifying format resulted in e.dams-Renault driver Nicolas Prost (who ran in the third group) claim the points for pole, giving him an advantage in the championship before the first ePrix had even begun.[20] The Audi Sport ABT duo of Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt claimed second and third, while Karun Chandhok, who set the first ever qualifying lap in Formula E, held on to take the fourth on the grid.[20]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2014 Beijing ePrix page.

Heidfeld Smash

The remains of the Venturi after the collision.

The first ever ePrix would live long in the memory, if only for the dramatic way in which it was won.[21] Prost's good start gave him an early lead, and one which he built on through the race.[21] After the pit stops, Nick Heidfeld (whose combination of a quick swap and fast start had helped him  jump through the field) began to close the gap, getting within striking distance by the start of the last lap.[21] With one corner to go, Heidfeld made his move, sweeping to the inside, while Prost looked in the opposite mirror.[21] Unfortunately for both however, Prost decided to move to the inside as Heidfeld pulled alongside, causing the two to collide.[21] Prost's front suspension was broken, while Heidfeld was sent into a slide towards a curb, which launched his car into half role, and resulting in the German hitting the barrier upside down in front of Prost.[21]

Their collision left di Grassi, who had been awarded a Fan Boost prior to the the start of the race, to claim victory, having had rather lonely race in third for most of the race.[21] He was joined by Andretti Autosport's Franck Montagny and Sam Bird of Virgin Racing  on the podium, with the latter promoted to the podium after di Grassi's team mate, Abt, was given a time penalty.[21]

Race Two: Putrajaya ePrix (22nd November 2014)Edit

Race two of the season was held in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on a 2.5km (1.5mi) long circuit around the city centre.[6] Matthew Brabham and António Félix da Costa also made their débuts for Andretti Autosport and Amlin Aguri respectively.[22]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2014 Putrajaya ePrix page.

Nicolas Prost, once again, set the fastest time of the 55 minute qualifying session, although he would not start from pole due to his penalty carried over from Beijing.[22] Hence, Oriol Servià was promoted to pole position, although Prost took the three points on offer for his time.[22]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2014 Putrajaya ePrix page.

Cerruti Legge Crash

An ambitious move goes badly for Katherine Legge and Michela Cerruti.

Although Seriva made a clean start, his lead would not last long, as the safety car made it's first appearance of the season, after Katherine Legge hit Michela Cerruti, putting the Italian out of the race.[23] At the restart, Sam Bird pushed the Spaniard, and duly took the lead before pulling smartly ahead, able to cruise to victory.[23] The safety car made a second appearance after Nick Heidfeld was put into the barriers by Franck Montagny, although Bird was not challenged from the restart.[23]

Lucas di Grassi claimed second to maintain his lead in the championship, while Sébastien Buemi took third after both had quiet races.[23] Their positions had been under serious threat, however, as Bruno Senna, armed with FanBoost, pushed hard in the closing stages.[23] As it was, the Brazilian was pushing too hard, sliding wide in the run up to the hairpin a slamming into the barrier, falling from fourth to fourteenth.[23]

Race Three: Punta del Este ePrix (13th December 2014)Edit

For the third race of the season, Formula E headed to Punta del Este in Uruguay, racing around Playa Brava Beach.[7] Twenty corners are linked by 2.8km (1.7mi) of tarmac, with the circuit running along the sea front.[7]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2014 Punta del Este ePrix page.

There was a shock result in qualifying in Punta del Este, as Jean-Eric Vergne took pole position on his début (having only driven the car for the first time in practice earlier in the day).[24] It was also the first pole position for his team, Andretti Autosport, and the first time that Nicolas Prost had been beaten in qualifying.[24] Nelson Piquet Jr. would line up alongside the young Frenchman, with the e.dams-Renault duo of Prost and Sébastien Buemi sharing the second row.[24]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2014 Punta del Este ePrix page.

Vergne also came close to a début victory, although he would be cruelly denied while battling with Buemi by a suspension failure on the final lap.[25] Piquet was promoted to second, while Lucas di Grassi claimed third to extend his championship lead to eighteen points.[25] The Brazilian's gain over Sam Bird came through an early accident for the Brit, whom hit a curb which launched his car into the air, and into the barrier.[25]

That incident caused the first of three safety car periods, with Stéphane Sarrazin and Matthew Brabham having separate accidents in the latter half of the race.[25] The race also saw the débuts of Salvador Duran (replacing Katherine Legge at Amlin Aguri) and Antonio Garcia (standing in for Ho-Pin Tung at China Racing).[25] Duran had a quiet day and finished sixteenth, while Garcia was denied a debut point on the last lap by Nick Heidfeld, whom claimed his first point of the season after a drive through penalty.[25]

Race Four: Buenos Aires ePrix (10th January 2015)Edit

The fourth race of the 2014/15 season was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[8] The ePrix itself attracted 20,000 people, with a 2.44km circuit featuring 12 corners the centre of attention. Before the weekend, news emerged that Franck Montagny had failed a drugs test at the Putrajaya ePrix earlier in the season, meaning he was suspended from racing while an investigation was carried out. He was therefore replaced at Andretti Autosport by Marco Andretti, son of team owner Michael Andretti.[26]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix page.

Sebastien Buemi's recent good form continued for e.dams-Renault, as he took his first pole position of the season, although it was a small gap of just 0.027s Jaime Alguersuari in second.[27] Indeed, it was a relatively close qualifying session as a whole, with the top ten separated by just seven tenths of a second.[27] It was not a good session for Jarno Trulli, however, as he crashed into the barrier at turn six, ending his session before it had really begun as the Italian had not set a time.[27]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix page.

Nick Heidfeld, Jean-Eric Vergne and Bruno Senna were voted as the top three drivers with the fans, meaning they would receive the FanBoost during the ePrix.[28] Off the line, Buemi established a lead from Heidfeld, after the German had a perfect start to get alongside Alguersuari going into the first corner, going round the outside of the Spaniard to take second.[28] He then stalked Buemi with Alguersuari and Sam Bird in close attendance, until Alguersuari dropped back.[28]

Battles were seen throughout as the pit stop window approached, until the safety car was deployed to recover Karun Chandhok .[28] The Mahindra man suffered a suspension failure coming through the first chicane, hitting the wall on the opposite side.[28] An extended safety car period followed, as the running order needed sorting out after the stops, but Buemi still led from Heidfeld.[28]

Yet, after the restart, chaos descended on the Buenos Aires circuit, which saw both Buemi, as well as Lucas di Grassi (whom overtook Heidfeld at the restart) suffer from suspension failure at the same place as Chandhok, while Heidfeld dropped back with a penalty.[28] This ultimately handed victory to António Félix da Costa of Amlin Aguri, who was joined by Nicolas Prost and Nelson Piquet, Jr. on the podium, after both survived a turbulent end to the race in a monumental battle for second involving five cars.[28]

Race Five: Miami ePrix (14th March 2015)Edit

For the fifth race of the year, Formula E entered North America for the first time, heading to Miami in Florida, USA.[9] Charles Pic returned to the championship, now competing for China Racing, while Loïc Duval, Scott Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi made their débuts in the championship.[29]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2015 Miami ePrix page.

Jean-Eric Vergne claimed his second pole position in Formula E with a time of 1:05.953, although the gap between himself and second placed Nelson Piquet, Jr. (whom would start down in seventh due to a penalty), just half a tenth.[30] It was, likewise, a tight session overall, with little more the 1.5 seconds separating the top eighteen.[30] Only débutante Duval and the returning Pic failed to get within that margin, both hampered by the shortened practice session earlier in the day.[30]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2015 Miami ePrix page.

Vergne used his pole position to immediately take the lead, although a tap from Nicolas Prost almost sent him into the wall.[29] Sam Bird squeezed past Prost to take second immediately after, before pressuring Vergne throughout the first half of the race.[29] As the pit stops approached, Bird took his chances to get past, taking the lead on lap 20, Vergne heading into the pits just a few seconds later.[29]

Unfortunately for Bird, his lunges on the previous laps cost him dearly, meaning he had to crawl around the following lap with next to no power, dropping out of the lead fight.[29] Vergne also had issues with his stop, which meant that he fell behind Daniel Abt, Lucas di Grassi and Prost, while also being hounded by his debuting team mate Scott Speed.[29] As Speed past Vergne, di Grassi fell to Prost, with the top five places swapping almost corner to corner.[29] Speed was soon past di Grassi too, putting pressure on Prost as the race entered the penultimate lap.[29] Prost then dived past Abt at the start of the final lap, also opening the door for Speed into the next turn, meaning that they would have a private duel for the lead.[29]

Try as he might though, Speed was too far back to challenge Prost into the final sector, meaning the Frenchman became the fifth different winner in the championship's first five races.[29] Speed was an impressive second, while Abt claimed his first podium finish in the championship.[29] Victory meant Prost overtook di Grassi in the championship, taking a seven point advantage into the next round in Long Beach.[29]

Race Six: Long Beach ePrix (4th April 2015)Edit

Round six saw the series head to the other side of the US, using the established Long Beach circuit as a base.[10] The circuit was shortened to 2.1km (1.3mi) to meet Formula E regulations, while the entry list remained the same as it had been in Miami, a first for the Championship.[10][31]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2015 Long Beach ePrix page.

Daniel Abt became the first non-French speaking driver to take a pole position in an ePrix, with his time of 56.937 enough to take the three points on offer.[32] Sébastien Buemi had initially set the time for pole, but his time was stripped from him after he was found to have used too much energy on his lap (a fate shared by António Félix da Costa).[32] Championship leader Nicolas Prost was to line up in second, with Lucas di Grassi (second in the championship) in fourth.[33]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2015 Long Beach ePrix page.

Nelson Piquet, Jr. made the best start from third, snatching the lead of the race into the first chicane, with Abt slotting into second.[34] Piquet quickly established a lead from Abt, who came under increasing pressure from Prost, Jean-Eric Vergne and Lucas di Grassi.[34] However, an appearance for the BMW Qualcomm i8 Safety Car saw their battle put on pause on lap four.[34]

After the remains of home-runner Scott Speed's car had been dragged away, Piquet was again quick to build a lead, although he would be sat behind the Qualcomm i8 once again by the time he completed the lap.[34] Charles Pic had misjudged his braking ability into the hairpin, smacking into the side of Jarno Trulli, leaving the Italian stranded at the hairpin.[34] A quick clean up, and the Qualcomm i8 was back in, and would not appear again.

A tactical battle emerged after, but the pace of Piquet meant he remained untouched at the front of the field, duly taking his first Formula E victory.[34] Vergne took his first podium of the season, while di Grassi retook the Championship lead by finishing third, although his tally was now a point ahead of Piquet's.[34]

Race Seven: Monte Carlo ePrix (9th May 2015)Edit

Formula E finally graced Europe with its presence for the first time since the 2014 Donington Test on the 9th of May, touching down in Monaco.[11] Using a shortened version of the infamous Monte Carlo street circuit, Formula E saw itself using a fully fledged Grand Prix facility for only the second time.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2015 Monaco ePrix page.

In what turned out to be a rather dramatic session, particularly for António Félix da Costa whom ended up in the wall during the last Group Session, Sébastien Buemi claimed his second pole position of the season.[35] The first group started off the drama, as Nelson Piquet, Jr. felt he had been blocked deliberately by Championship rival Lucas di Grassi, although the FIA disagreed.[35] Arguably the surprise of the session was Dragon Racing, who got both of their cars into the top five, although Loïc Duval was sent to fifteenth on the grid after changing his RESS system.[35]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2015 Monaco ePrix page.

The race was marked by a big crash at the start, caused when Daniel Abt was squeezed into the wall after the second corner.[36] It caused the retirements of seven drivers, although five made it to the pit lane to change to their second cars.[36] The safety car came out while the remains of Bruno Senna and Jaime Alguersuari's Spark-Renaults were removed from the track.[36]

After the restat, Buemi and di Grassi pulled a clear lead at the head of the field.[36] The stops came and went without any significant changes to the order, despite di Grassi trying to use an earlier stop to jump Buemi.[36] Several of the drivers eliminated through the accident at the start came back out in an attempt to set the fastest lap, a feat achieved by Jean-Eric Vergne.[36] But, at the front, no one could stop Buemi from making history in Formula E, as he became the first driver to win from pole, and the first to take a second ePrix victory.[36]

Race Eight: Berlin ePrix (23rd May 2015)Edit

The series headed to Berlin, Germany for the eighth ePrix of the year on the 23rd of May.[12] The circuit was created at the historic Tempelhof Airport, scene of the Berlin Airlift in 1948, and was unique for Formula E, being more like a conventional circuit (with run off areas and long turns) that a street one.[12]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2015 Berlin ePrix page.

Jarno Trulli took a shock pole position for the battle in Berlin, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that he was part of the first group, when the circuit was not at its quickest.[37] Lucas di Grassi, Championship leader, joined the Italian on the front row, who also looked set to extend his lead with his rivals struggling further down.[37] Sébastien Buemi, admittedly, took third, but Nelson Piquet Jr. and Sam Bird found themselves well outside the top ten.[37]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2015 Berlin ePrix page.

A strong start for di Grassi saw him take a stunning victory in Berlin by over 7.5 seconds from Jérôme d'Ambrosio, until the scrutineers analysed the Audi Sport ABT machine.[38] Their analysis of di Grassi's machine revealed that he had been using an illegal front wing, for which he was disqualified from the result, handing d'Ambrosio his (and Dragon Racing's) first win.[38] Loïc Duval was promoted to third in the second Dragon, meaning he also took his first podium.[38]

di Grassi, as a result, lost the lead of the Championship to Piquet, while also being overhauled by Buemi (who took second in the race).[38] Trulli, meanwhile, plummeted down the order after using too much energy over the first half of the race, in an ePrix that was dominated by stunning overtakes throughout the field.[38]

Race Nine: Moscow ePrix (6th June 2015)Edit

Formula E, in a late change to the calendar, headed to the Russian capital, Moscow, for the ninth race of the season.[4] The circuit itself sat on the northern bank of the Moskva River in the heart of the city, featuring thirteen corners and was within sight of the Kremlin and Red Square.[4] The weekend also saw the first change to the driver line-up since Miami, with Justin Wilson and Antonio Garcia joining the fray.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2015 Moscow ePrix page.

Jean-Eric Vergne once again proved to be a qualifying specialist, as he claimed his third pole of the season in only his sixth race.[39] He was joined on the front row by Nelson Piquet Jr., with Lucas di Grassi and Sébastien Buemi next up on the grid and in the Championship.[39] Justin Wilson impressed on his début in a Spark-Renault SRT_01E, taking twelfth, as Stéphane Sarrazin was excluded.[39]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2015 Moscow ePrix page.

Piquet grabbed the lead at the start and never looked back, taking his second ePrix victory in much the same manner as he had won his first.[40] Di Grassi claimed second with Nick Heidfeld taking third, after e.dams-Renault cost both Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost points by a timing mistake during their stops.[40] Jarno Trulli was handed a five place grid penalty for London, after repeatedly cutting the chicane when defending from António Félix da Costa.[40]

Trulli would ultimately tumble to the back of the field in a race with a lot of contact and action, with Loïc Duval successful in taking off the Italian driver's rear wing after locking up.[40] Sarrazin's bad weekend continued with a spin, drive through penalty for speeding, and damage to both his cars, while Bruno Senna spun into the wall on the main straight to remove his rear wing.[40] Despite all that, Sam Bird was the only retirement from the race, having been forced to switch to his second car early on due to damage.[40]

Race Ten: I London ePrix (27th June 2015)Edit

The final weekend of the season was held in the capital of the United Kingdom, London .[14] Battersea Park hosted both the penultimate and final ePrix of the season, after being announced officially in February 2015.[41] The ePrix also saw the débuts of several drivers, with Simona de Silvestro, Fabio Leimer, Alex Fontana, Sakon Yamamoto and Oliver Turvey all getting their first taste of Formula E action.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2015 London ePrix I page.

Sébastien Buemi stunned the field by taking pole by over half a second, meaning he would have the perfect opportunity to close the gap to Nelson Piquet Jr. in the Championship.[42] He found himself with Jérôme d'Ambrosio (one of three outsiders for the Championship) alongside him, with Lucas di Grassi and Piquet sharing row two.[42] Of those still in the title hunt, albeit barely, Nicolas Prost was down in sixth, while Sam Bird was eliminated, having needed pole to have any chance of taking the title.[42]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2015 London ePrix I page.

Buemi would translate pole into victory on Saturday afternoon, adding a healthy 28 points to his title challenge.[43] In a race that started behind the BMW Qualcomm i8 Safety car after concerns about the first corner, Buemi gained an advantage after taking control of the race, and held onto it throughout.[43] He was helped by d'Ambrosio's successful defence of second, as Jean-Eric Vergne elbowed his way into third, dropping Piquet and di Grassi back one place each.[43] The title fight would now go into the last race of the season, with ten points separating di Grassi from Buemi, and three from the Swiss driver to Piquet.

The race itself saw a number of incidents, as the narrow pathways of Battersea Park provided more entertainment that previously thought.[43] Daniel Abt found himself involved in several battles, including with newbies Oliver Turvey and Simona de Silvestro, before burying his Audi Sport ABT machine in the wall at the final corner.[43] That meant that e.dams-Renault took the Teams' Championship with a race to spare, and meant they could throw their full weight at ensuring Buemi picked up the Drivers' title.[43]

Race Eleven: II London ePrix (28th June 2015)Edit

Battersea Park hosted the season finale a day later, on Sunday, the 28th of June, in what had been a surprise announcement made in late February.[41] With no modifications made to the entry list, the full focus of the paddock was on the Title battle, with one of three drivers, Sébastien Buemi, Nelson Piquet Jr. or Lucas di Grassi, able to take the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2015 London ePrix II page.

In the first ever qualifying session to see both wet and dry running in Formula E history, Stéphane Sarrazin took a shock pole position, as the title battle swung heavily in Buemi's favour.[44] Although the Swiss driver found himself down in sixth place, his title rivals, who were in the wet part of the session, were well down the order.[44] Di Grassi was the better placed, taking eleventh but with Piquet's team mate Oliver Turvey breathing down his neck.[44] But it was Piquet's starting position that had given Buemi a smile on his face, with the Brazilian down in sixteenth, and needing to pass Buemi's team mate Nicolas Prost to have any chance of the title.[44]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2015 London ePrix II page.

A dramatic final lap, after what was one of the most exciting ePrix of the season, saw Sam Bird clinch victory at his home race, and Piquet overcome all the odds to become the first FIA Formula E Champion.[45] After Sarrazin was pushed back 49 seconds for exceeding the maximum power usage, Bird was declared the winner, with Piquet finishing seventh, just two places behind Buemi, who missed out on fourth (which would have won him the title) by a little over three tenths of a second.[45] In the end, Buemi missed out on the title by just a single point.

The final lap saw Bird, having worn Sarrazin down to the bare minimum of his power, throw numerous attacks for the lead, although the Frenchman was resilient to them all.[45] But it was another Frenchman causing the drama, with Loïc Duval, in third, drastically slowing on the final lap to prevent falling to the same penalty that dropped Sarrazin.[45] His pace meant that Bruno Senna and Buemi tried to pass him into the chicane, with Buemi hoping to at least get Senna, whom had been resolute in defence throughout the second half of the race.[45] The best Buemi could do was to get alongside the Brazilian in the mid-part of the final chicane, before Senna move across and blasted away to take fourth.[45]

EntrantsEdit

The inaugural FIA Formula E Championship saw 35 different drivers do battle over the eleven race season, with 14 different nationalities represented.[1] Ten teams also took part, with no modifications (other than repairs) allowed to be made to the Spark-Renault SRT_01E throughout the season.[1]

2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Nat. Name Rounds
Flag of Japan Amlin Aguri
Spark-Renault SRT_01E
55 Flag of Japan Takuma Sato[46] 1
Portugal António Félix da Costa[47] 2-9
Flag of Japan Sakon Yamamoto[48] 10-11
77 Flag of the United Kingdom Katherine Legge[49] 1-2
Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran[50] 3-11
Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport
Spark-Renault SRT_01E
27 France Franck Montagny[51] 1-2
France Jean-Eric Vergne[52] 3-11
28 France Charles Pic*[53][54] 1, 5-8
Flag of the United States Matthew Brabham[55] 2-3
Flag of the United States Marco Andretti[26] 4
Flag of the United States Scott Speed[56] 5-8
Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson[57] 9
Switzerland Simona de Silvestro[58] 10-11
Germany Audi Sport ABT
Spark-Renault SRT_01E
11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi[59] All
66 Germany Daniel Abt[59] All
People's Republic of China China Racing
Spark-Renault SRT_01E
88 People's Republic of China Ho-Pin Tung[60] 1-2, 4
Spain Antonio Garcia[61] 3, 9
Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[62] 10-11
99 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.[60] All
Flag of the United States Dragon Racing
Spark-Renault SRT_01E
6 Spain Oriol Servià[63] 1-4
France Loïc Duval[64] 5-11
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[65] All
France e.dams-Renault
Spark-Renault SRT_01E
8 France Nicolas Prost[66] All
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[66] All
Flag of India Mahindra Racing
Spark-Renault SRT_01E
5 Brazil Bruno Senna[67] All
21 Flag of India Karun Chandhok[67] All
Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team
Spark-Renault SRT_01E
10 Italy Jarno Trulli[65] All
18 Italy Michela Cerruti[68] 1-4
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi[69] 5-9
Switzerland Alex Fontana[70] 10-11
Monaco Venturi Formula E Team
Spark-Renault SRT_01E
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld[65] All
30 France Stéphane Sarrazin[71] All
Flag of the United Kingdom Virgin Racing
Spark-Renault SRT_01E
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird[65] All
3 Spain Jaime Alguersuari[49] 1-9
Switzerland Fabio Leimer§[72] 10-11


Television CoverageEdit

The inaugural Formula E championship was shown in a number of countries by major television companies, including:

  • Fox Sports - 80+ Countries[73]
  • ITV - United Kingdom[73]
  • TV Asahi - Japan[73]
  • CCTV - China[73]

The season finale was broadcast on ITV's main channel in the UK, with a huge audience tuning in over the weekend, particularly when the track attendance of 60,000 is taken into account.[74] Over 1.2 million people saw Nelson Piquet Jr. take the title on TV in the UK, with a further 900,000 watching on ITV4 throughout the Saturday races as well.[74] That figure indicates that 6-7% of the British viewing audience watched the race, a strong start for the Championship in only its first season.[74]

Final StandingsEdit

The first FIA Formula E Championship was not given World Championship status, but did have two different titles on offer for both Drivers and Teams. The Driver would become the first ever Formula E Champion, while the Teams' Champion would receive more prize money than the other teams.

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

So, the 2014/15 Season drew to a close, with Nicolas Prost the only man to lose points due to the drop-score rule. The man to go down in the history books was Nelson Piquet Jr., whose season had improved from the North American races onwards, and well enough to see him defeat Sébastien Buemi by a single point. Lucas di Grassi, Championship leader for so long over the season, fell to third over the final races of the season, with Jérôme d'Ambrosio a surprise fourth, ahead of Sam Bird and Prost.

Below is the full Drivers' Championship, showing finishing positions at each round:

Driver Placings
Pos Driver Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom Pts
1st Piquet 8th Ret 2nd 3rd 5th 1st 3rd 4th 1st 5th 7th 144
2nd Buemi Ret 3rd 1st Ret 13th 4th 1st 2nd 9th 1st 5th 143
3rd di Grassi 1st 2nd 3rd Ret 9th 3rd 2nd DSQ 2nd 4th 6th 133
4th d'Ambrosio 6th 5th 8th 15th 4th 6th 5th 1st 11th 2nd 2nd 113
5th Bird 3rd 1st Ret 7th 8th Ret 4th 8th Ret 6th 1st 103
6th Prost 12th 4th 7th 2nd 1st 14th 6th 10th 8th 7th 10th 88 (89)
7th Vergne 14th 6th 18th 2nd NC 7th 4th 3rd 16th 70
8th da Costa 8th Ret 1st 6th 7th 9th 11th 7th 51
9th Duval 7th 8th Ret 3rd 15th 8th 3rd 42
10th Senna Ret 14th 6th 5th Ret 5th Ret 17th 16th 16th 4th 40
11th Abt 10th 10th 15th 13th 3rd 15th Ret 14th 5th Ret 11th 32
12th Heidfeld 13th DSQ 10th 8th 12th 11th 10th 5th 3rd 13th Ret 31
13th Alguersuari 11th 9th 5th 4th 11th 8th Ret 12th 13th 30
14th Sarrazin 9th 12th Ret 10th Ret 10th 7th 6th 14th 10th 15th 22
15th Speed 2nd Ret 12th 13th 18
16th Montagny 2nd DSQ 18
17th Chandhok 5th 6th 13th Ret 14th 12th 13th 18th 12th 12th 13th 18
18th Pic 4th 17th 16th 8th 15th 16
19th Servià 7th 7th 9th 9th 16
20th Trulli Ret 16th 4th Ret 15th Ret 11th 19th 18th 15th Ret 15
21st  Duran 16th DSQ 10th Ret NC 16th 6th 17th 8th 13
22nd Turvey 9th 9th 4
23rd  Liuzzi 16th 13th NC 9th 17th 2
24th Sato Ret 2
25th Wilson 10th 1
26th Tung 16th 11th 11th 0
27th de Silvestro 11th 12th 0
28th Garcia 11th 19th 0
29th Cerruti 14th Ret 12th Ret 0
30th Andretti 12th 0
31st Brabham 13th Ret 0
32nd Leimer 14th Ret 0
32nd Fontana Ret 14th 0
34th Legge 15th 15th 0
NC Yamamoto Ret Ret 0
Key
Symbol Description Description Symbol
1st First place finish Driver started from pole position Bold
2nd Second place finish Driver set the fastest lap Italics
3rd Third place finish Driver was not classified NC
5th Points finish (ie 4th-10th) Disqualified DSQ
12th Driver finished the race Retired Ret
15th A dropped score Driver did not enter the race Blank

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

e.dams-Renault won the first Team/Entrants' Championship with a round to spare, where drop scores were not included in the final tally. Dragon Racing leapt into second after the final race, overtaking Audi Sport ABT whom had been in the top two for almost the entire season. NEXTEV TCR (formerly China Racing) were in fourth, with Virgin Racing and Andretti Autosport the last of the Teams to register over 100 points. The Trulli Formula E Team sat at the foot of the table, having only taken points in two races.

Below is the full Teams' Championship for 2014/15:

Team Placings
Pos Team Driver Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom Pts
1st e.dams Prost 12th 4th 7th 2nd 1st 14th 6th 10th 8th 7th 10th 232
Buemi Ret 3rd 1st Ret 13th 4th 1st 2nd 9th 1st 5th
2nd Dragon d'Ambrosio 6th 5th 8th 15th 4th 6th 5th 1st 11th 2nd 2nd 171
Servia 7th 7th 9th 9th
Duval 7th 9th Ret 3rd 15th 8th 3rd
3rd ABT di Grassi 1st 2nd 3rd Ret 9th 3rd 2nd DSQ 2nd 4th 6th 165
Abt 10th 10th 15th 13th 3rd 15th Ret 14th 5th Ret 11th
4th NEXTEV TCR Piquet 8th Ret 2nd 3rd 5th 1st 3rd 4th 1st 5th 7th 152
Tung 16th 11th 11th
Garcia 11th 19th
Pic 17th 16th 8th 15th
Turvey 9th 9th
5th Virgin Alguersuari 11th 9th 5th 4th 11th 8th Ret 12th 13th 133
Leimer 14th Ret
Bird 3rd 1st Ret 7th 8th Ret 4th 8th Ret 6th 1st
6th Andretti Montagny 2nd DSQ 119
Pic 4th
Brabham 13th Ret
Vergne 14th 6th 18th 2nd NC 7th 4th 3rd 16th
Andretti 12th
Speed 2nd Ret 12th 13th
Wilson 10th
de Silvestro 11th 12th
7th Amlin Aguri Legge 15th 15th 66
Sato Ret
da Costa 8th Ret 1st 6th 7th 9th 11th 7th
Duran 16th DSQ 10th Ret NC 16th 6th 17th 8th
Yamamoto Ret Ret
8th Mahindra Chandhok 5th 6th 13th Ret 14th 12th 13th 18th 12th 12th 13th 58
Senna Ret 14th 6th 5th Ret 5th Ret 17th 16th 16th 4th
9th Venturi Heidfeld 13th DSQ 10th 8th 12th 11th 10th 5th 3rd 13th Ret 53
Sarrazin 9th 12th Ret 10th Ret 10th 7th 6th 14th 10th 15th
10th Trulli Trulli Ret 16th 4th Ret 15th Ret 11th 19th 18th 15th Ret 17
Cerruti 14th Ret 12th Ret
Liuzzi 16th 13th NC 9th 17th
Fontana Ret 14th
Key
Symbol Description Description Symbol
1st First place finish Driver started from pole position Bold
2nd Second place finish Driver set the fastest lap Italics
3rd Third place finish Driver was not classified NC
5th Points finish (ie 4th-10th) Disqualified DSQ
12th Driver finished the race Retired Ret
15th A dropped score Driver did not enter the race Blank

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