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As it Stood
First Second Third
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Brazil Lucas di Grassi France Nicolas Prost
155 Pt(s) 153 Pt(s) 115 Pt(s)
2015/16 Formula E Season
Seb Buemi
The 2015/16 Champion Sébastien Buemi
Season Information
No. Rounds 10
First Round Beijing
Last Round London
Entrants ABT Schaeffler, DS Virgin, Mahindra, NEXTEV, Spark, Renault, Venturi
Tyre(s) Michelin
Driver's Championship
Champion Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 155Pt(s)
3 Win(s), 3 Pole(s) 5 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Brazil Lucas di Grassi 153 Pt(s)
3 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 0 Fastest Lap(s)
Third France Nicolas Prost 115 Pt(s)
2 Win(s), 1 Pole(s), 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion France Renault e.Dams 270 Pt(s)
5 Win(s), 4 Pole(s) 6 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 221 Pt(s)
3 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 0 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing 144 Pt(s)
1 Win(s), 4 Pole(s) 0 Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
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2014/15 2016/17
The 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship was the second season of the FIA Formula E Championship, staged over the autumn and winter of 2015, and into the spring and early summer of 2016.[1] Testing was scheduled from the 10th to the 25th of August 2015 at Donington Park, with eight manufacturers producing parts for ten teams.[2]

The calendar for the new season was expected to contain twelve rounds or host cities, but ultimately followed the 2014/15 calendar, with the addition of Paris in place of Monaco.[3] Monaco was later raised as a potential replacement when Moscow was dropped after an organisation dispute, but that ultimately fell through to produce a ten race season.[4]

Having dominated pre-season, the favourites were Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost of the Renault e.Dams car, after they produced over 350 laps during pre-season testing. They duly won the opening round, Buemi also earning fastest lap and pole position to become the first man to score maximum points at an ePrix, although Prost would fail to score.[5] The Swiss racer would go on to claim victory at the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix and the 2016 Berlin ePrix to head into the season finale with a chance at the title.

Indeed, the only man who could deny the Swiss racer the title ahead of the finale would be Lucas di Grassi of the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport outfit, with the Brazilian finishing on the podium at every round until the finale. He also claimed three victories, those being the Putrajaya, Long Beach and Paris races, while also being disqualified from the 2016 Mexico City ePrix having won that race too.[6]

The season would go down to the final race of the season in London, where Buemi took pole to mean it was level in the Championship before the start of the finale.[7] It would be a dramatic end, as di Grassi misjudged his braking on the opening lap, slammed into the back of Buemi and seemingly put both of them out.[7] Yet, both escaped the scene to battle for the title on fastest lap, and with the strongest car, Buemi duly pushed his Renault to the title, beating di Grassi by two points, or just half a second on the track.[7]

Away from the epic title battle, the season featured a lot of drama both on and off the track. The Trulli Formula E Team were a prime example, a poor pre-season ultimately seeing them miss the opening rounds before having to end their involvement in the Championship altogether.[8] It was quickly announced that British manufacturer Jaguar would replace them for season three, adding more prestige to the Championship in only its second season.[9] On circuit, Sam Bird had his season ruined by two mistakes while leading, ultimately missing out on third overall to Prost when the Frenchman scored his two victories at the season finale.[7] Jérôme d'Ambrosio was the fifth and final driver to claim a race victory in 2015/16.[6]

BackgroundEdit

CalendarEdit

The 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship calendar was revealed on the 10th of July 2015, at the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Mexico City.[1] Featuring eight of the host cities from 2014/15, Paris and Mexico City became the newest additions to the Championship, as Miami and Monaco are dropped.[1]

The eleven race schedule was later reduced to ten on the 6th of May 2016, when it was announced that the Moscow ePrix was to be dropped.[4] Difficulties over ensuring road closures in the city had been ongoing since February, and a little over a month before the race talks collapsed, removing Moscow from the 2015/16 calendar.[4] Attempts were made to try an ensure a ninth round in Monaco, but they faltered due to time constraints in setting up the circuit.[4]

The 2015/16 calendar is shown below:

2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship*
Round ePrix City Circuit Date Report
1 2015 Beijing ePrix People's Republic of China Beijing, China SWUSP Formula E Beijing ePrix 24th October 2015[1] Report
2 2015 Putrajaya ePrix Malaysia Putrajaya, Malaysia YCM Formula E Putrajaya ePrix 7th November 2015[1] Report
3 2015 Punta del Este ePrix Uruguay Punta del Este, Uruguay Formula E Punta del Este ePrix 19th December 2015[1] Report
4 2016 Buenos Aires ePrix Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix 6th February 2016[1] Report
5 2016 Mexico City ePrix Flag of Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Formula E Mexico City ePrix 12th March 2016[10] Report
6 2016 Long Beach ePrix Flag of the United States Long Beach, USA Formula E Long Beach ePrix 2nd April 2016[1] Report
7 2016 Paris ePrix France Paris, France Formula E Paris ePrix 23rd April 2016[1] Report
8 2016 Berlin ePrix Germany Berlin, Germany FIA Formula E BMW i Berlin ePrix 21st May 2016[1] Report
9 2016 London ePrix I Flag of the United Kingdom London, UK Formula E Visa London ePrix 2nd July 2016[11] Report
10 2016 London ePrix II Flag of the United Kingdom London, UK Formula E Visa London ePrix 3rd July 2015[11] Report
2015/16 FIA Formula E Tests
I 2015 Donington Test Flag of the United Kingdom Donington Park Donington Park GP Circuit 10th-25th August 2015[1] Report
II 2015 Punta del Este Test Uruguay Punta del Este, Uruguay Formula E Punta del Este Circuit 20th December 2015[12] Report
Cancellations
CAN 2016 Moscow ePrix Flag of Russia Moscow, Russia Formula E Moscow ePrix 4th June 2016[4] Report
Source
  • * All circuits are subject to FIA approval.
  • The 2016 Moscow ePrix was cancelled after difficulties in organising road closures in the city.[4]

RegulationsEdit

The second season of Formula E will be the first to include limited development of the cars, transforming the championship into an open series for the first time. The regulation changes are shown below:

DevelopmentEdit

2015/16 will see eight manufacturers join the series and produce parts for the teams.[13] These manufacturers are limited to modifying the powertrain, or, more precisely, the electric motor, gearbox, inverter and cooling system.[13] To lower costs, these manufacturers will all use the current Spark-Renault SRT_01E as both a basis and a shell for their products, in order to prevent a costly aero war.[13]

Focus after the season will be expanded to batteries in order to extend their life, although Williams Advanced Engineering are expected to remain as a partner.[13] Homologation of the new cars began on the 23rd of February 2015, with no other changes expected to either the cars or technical partners. Around six weeks before the start of the new season, the FIA announced that the maximum power available during ePrix would be upped to 170kw (228bhp), after Williams completed development on their batteries.[14]

PointsEdit

The points system is expected to remain as it had been for the 2014/15 Season, with points awarded from 1st to 10th using the FIA's standard points system.[15] Additional points are also awarded to the pole setter and the fastest lap setter at each ePrix.[15]

2015/16 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

Each driver will be allocated ten tyres at each race meeting (for both of their cars) which must last for the entire race meeting.[15] It was also expected that only the best ten of a driver's eleven results would count to the Championship, but the withdrawal of Moscow saw this rule dropped.

Season ReportEdit

Below is a race report for every race of the season, including information about qualifying.

Pre-seasonEdit

Before the conclusion of the 2014/15 Season, Spark Racing Technologies announced that they would be modifying the Spark-Renault SRT_01E's brake and suspension systems for the new season.[16] Testing in Magny-Cours by Spark, with World Touring Car challenger Gregoire Demoustier was conducted before the 2015 Monaco ePrix, and allowed Spark to identify the areas it wished to improve before the new season.[16]

The 2015 Donington Test was the only public test before the start of the season, and the last of any kind as the cars were shipped to Beijing the day after.[17] Renault e.dams arguably left Donington Park in the best state, as Nicolas Prost and Sébastien Buemi topped three of the six days, and completed 353 laps of the circuit in total. They did not have it all their own way, however, as ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport topped two of the remaining days, and managed to break the lap record twice, with Lucas di Grassi setting the first sub 90 second lap of Donington Park in a Formula E car.[18] Those two would start the season as favourites, as two teams, in stark contrast struggled.

The biggest strugglers in the Donington Test were Trulli, whose new Motomatica built machine only managed seven laps, and none at racing speed. Also struggling were Andretti, who decided to delay the competitive debut of their car until Season Three, having only managed 16 laps over five days.[19] They ran their car to Season One spec on the final day of the test, completing 68 laps while assessing Robin Frijns for their second seat, and opted to compete using the Spark-Renault SRT_01E for the second season as a result.[19]

Race One: Beijing ePrix (24th October 2015)Edit

The first race of the new season saw a return to Beijing, China, with the field gathering for the first time since the Donington Tests on the 24th of October 2015.[1] The FIA organised a shakedown session on the Friday before the race to make sure that the cars were race worthy and to test modifications made to the circuit, including the removal of the first chicane.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2015 Beijing ePrix article.

Beijing witnessed the first ever use of the new "Super Pole" Shoot Out, with Sébastien Buemi defeating team mate Nicolas Prost, Nick Heidfeld, Lucas di Grassi and Jean-Eric Vergne.[20] An impressive lap by Beumi in both the group and the shoot out saw him smash the qualifying record at the circuit by almost five seconds, as Prost ensure a Renault e.Dams one-two on the grid by taking second.[20]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2015 Beijing ePrix article.

Buemi also made history in the race, as he set fastest lap on his way to victory from pole to become the first man to claim maximum points (30) in an ePrix.[5] Virtually unchallenged throughout, the Swiss pulled clear of the field early on, leaving the rest to fight for second, a position that ultimately fell to di Grassi.[5] The German had been in a race long fight with compatriot Heidfeld and Frenchman Prost, before a poor stop dropped Heidfeld, and a mechanical issue for Prost eliminated him from the race.[5] Third went the way of veteran Heidfeld, who fended off a double headed Dragon challenge over the final laps.[5]

Major incidents in the race included Simona de Silvestro running wide and causing the first ever Full Course Yellow in Formula E history, as well as an accident after the stops.[5] António Félix da Costa was battling with débutante Jacques Villeneuve outside of the top ten when the Portuguese driver made a mistake on the brakes and slammed into the back of the Canadian.[5] Da Costa immediately apologised as he climbed out of his car, with Villeneuve losing time but rejoining the race.[5]

Race Two: Putrajaya ePrix (7th November 2015)Edit

The series headed to the Malaysian city of Putrajaya for the second round of the season, held two weeks after the Beijing round.[1] The race was also expected to provide the first direct comparison between the Season One and Season Two technology, after modifications to the Beijing circuit aided cars to go four seconds faster. There were no such changes expected to be made in Malaysia's financial capital.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2015 Putrajaya ePrix article.

For the second race in succession Sébastien Buemi dominated qualifying to be the fastest in both the groups and the Super Pole shootout.[21] Joining him on the front row would be Stéphane Sarrazin for Venturi, the Frenchman setting the pace early on in the shootout.[21] Loïc Duval and António Félix da Costa would share the second row, while Nicolas Prost completed the Super Pole shootout, ahead of Lucas di Grassi, the best of the rest.[21]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2015 Putrajaya ePrix article.

Buemi's impressive form was carried into the race as the Swiss driver pulled ahead in the early stages of the race.[22] Loïc Duval went with him after a good start, with da Costa running in third until a move by Prost after the first few minutes, before things began to unravel for the Renault e.Dams ahead of the stops.[22] Overheating had been a threat to all the teams ahead of the weekend, yet it was race leader Buemi who was to be hit hardest as his Renault ground to a halt two laps before the stops.[22] He would limp his car back to the pits and almost lose a lap, while Prost was called in two laps early to prevent any potential problems.[22]

With the two e.Dams out of contention, the battle for the lead was on, with da Costa emerging from the stops in second behind Prost.[22] He, however, would fall to di Grassi before they caught the conservative Frenchman, with the Brazilian making short work of the two moves to lead the race.[22] Prost's plummet carried him down to tenth, as da Costa had an issue that dropped him down to seventh as Jérôme d'Ambrosio, Sam Bird and Robin Frijns drew in the leaders.[22] Late race drama saw suspension failures for the two Dragon Racing cars amid a four car scrap for second, leaving Bird and Frijns on the podium behind di Grassi.[22]

Race Three: Punta del Este ePrix (19th December 2015)Edit

The series returned to the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este in mid-December for the third round of the season, using an minorly redesigned circuit from 2014.[1] The FIA also organised another test session for the Sunday after the race, which would allow the teams to optimise their performance for the rest of the season.[12]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix article.

Sébastien Buemi looked set for a third consecutive pole of the season before a mistake in the Super Pole shootout saw him throw away his lap and start from fifth.[23] A slightly less significant, but still costly mistake left Lucas di Grassi in fourth behind Sam Bird, meaning that there would be an all Dragon Racing front row for the first time.[23] Loïc Duval went out second and bested Bird's early time to top the session, before a stunning lap from Jérôme d'Ambrosio put the Belgian on pole ahead of his French team mate.[23]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix article.

Dust was an important factor at the start, costing the even side of the grid at least one position each off the line, as Buemi rose into fourth.[24] Repeat performances from the Swiss driver saw him take Duval and Bird using the same move into turn four before a long scrap with d'Ambrosio unfurled for the lead.[24] Less rapid gains were also being made by di Grassi, as he also made his way past Bird, but would be stuck behind both Dragons into the pits, Buemi pulling off a stunning move on d'Ambrosio for the lead using an ailing Bruno Senna to his advantage.[24]

The second half of the race would be defined as a stalemate, as Bird pulled off having jumped ahead of Duval at the stops with an electrical failure.[24] The race would also end under yellow flags after a huge crash on the penultimate lap for Nelson Piquet Jr. into the final chicane.[24] The Brazilian was battling with Jean-Eric Vergne, and had damaged his suspension earlier in the lap after touching the wall, which failed into the braking zone for the chicane.[24] His NEXTEV TCR was thrown into a shattering spin across the chicane, slamming into the opposite wall at high speed although, thankfully, the defending Champion was able to walk away unharmed.[24]

After picking their way through the debris, Buemi claimed his second win of the season ahead of di Grassi and d'Ambrosio.[24]

Race Four: Buenos Aires ePrix (6th February 2016)Edit

Buenos Aires would host the first race of 2016, with the Championship using an unmodified circuit from 2015.[1] The race would also see a debut for Mike Conway at Venturi, while Salvador Duran returned to Team Aguri in place of Nathanaël Berthon.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2016 Buenos Aires ePrix article.

There was a shock result in qualifying for Buenos Aires, as Sam Bird claimed pole position for DS Virgin Racing as Sébastien Buemi made another mistake.[25] This time Buemi threw away his lap in the group stages, meaning he would start from the very back of the field, although his major rival Lucas di Grassi failed to make the Super Pole shootout as well.[25] Nicolas Prost would start from second, with António Félix da Costa starting ahead of the two Venturis who completed the shootout.[25]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2016 Buenos Aires ePrix article.

Bird sprinted away at the start to take the lead, as Buemi threw caution to the wind to rise from eighteenth to fifteenth at the first corner.[26] The attention would focus on the Swiss racers progress as he continued his climb over the next few laps, before getting stuck as he broke into the top ten.[26] There would be heart break at the front, however, as da Costa claimed second from Prost, before rolling to a stop just half a lap from the stops with a software failure.[26] His car would be recovered under safety car conditions once everyone had completed their stops.[26]

The stops and safety car worked to the advantage of Buemi, as the field was regrouped behind Bird.[26] The Brit once again sprinted clear, but the attention was on the Swiss racer as he commenced the second part of his stunning ascent from the back.[26] Prost moved aside with ease while a couple of tactical moves on Sarrazin and di Grassi meant that Buemi only had Bird left in his sights.[26] Yet, the Brit had an energy advantage, and after one attempt by the Renault driver was able to guess where the Swiss driver would attempt to take him.[26] Several lunges from Buemi failed, and meant that Bird won for the first time in 2015/16, ahead of Buemi and di Grassi as the Championship became a threeway tussle.[26]

Race Five: Mexico City ePrix (12th March 2016)Edit

A new venue to the Formula E calendar, Mexico City hosted its first ePrix on the 12th of March 2016, replacing the Miami ePrix from 2015.[10] The race would use a modified version of the purpose built Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in the heart of the city.[10]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2016 Mexico City ePrix article.

Another qualifying session and another mistake by Sébastien Buemi saw him throw away another potential pole position, the Swiss driver locking up into the second chicane in the Shootout and ruining his lap.[27] In contrast, an incredible lap for Jérôme d'Ambrosio saw him claim pole ahead of Nicolas Prost, with the Belgian the only driver in the quintet not using a Renault or Schaeffler built car.[27] Between Prost in second and Buemi in fifth were the two ABT Schaeffler cars, with Lucas di Grassi ahead of team mate Daniel Abt.[27]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2016 Mexico City ePrix article.

A strong start for d'Ambrosio saw him lead the race into the first corner, as the rest of the field had to scramble around for the very limited amount of space into the first chicane.[6] One of the most tactical first halfs of an ePrix then unfolded, with Buemi stuck behind Prost, di Grassi and Abt, with everyone making minor mistakes before the stops.[6] Elsewhere, contact between Loïc Duval and Jean-Eric Vergne saw the latter tumble down the order, while António Félix da Costa picked up a succession of penalties for a number of incidents.[6]

The second half of the race saw di Grassi snatch the lead of the race using FanBoost, leaving d'Ambrosio and Buemi to fight it out for second.[6] Their squabble came to accusations and contact as the end of the race approached, with d'Ambrosio holding on to finish second ahead of the Swiss driver as di Grassi swept home to take the lead in the Championship.[6] Yet, the Brazilian's joy was short lived, as he was disqualified from the race for being underweight, meaning d'Ambrosio was declared the winner, ahead of Buemi and Prost.[28]

Race Six: Long Beach ePrix (2nd April 2016)Edit

The only visit to North America came in early April, as Formula E returned to Long Beach for the sixth ePrix of the season.[1]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2016 Long Beach ePrix article.

António Félix da Costa looked to have caused one of the shocks of the season as he swept to pole position for Team Aguri, despite using the older Spark-Renault SRT_01E.[29] That was, until his lap time was taken away, his car having failed post-qualifying scrutineering due to under-pressurised tyres and meaning he would have to start from the back of the field.[30] Sam Bird was therefore awarded pole position, while Championship contender Lucas di Grassi would start on the front row, six places ahead of Championship leader Sébastien Buemi.[29]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2016 Long Beach ePrix article.

Off the line an even start throughout the field saw Bird lead into the first corner, trailed by di Grassi and Stéphane Sarrazin, while António Félix da Costa began his fight from the back.[31] Further down, Buemi was also making tracks, but a clumsy move to try to take sixth from Robin Frijns saw him smack into the back of the Andretti machine, putting both into their second cars too early, meaning they would have to conserve energy to the extreme to get to the end.[31] There would then be a change at the front just before the rest of the field made their stops, as di Grassi launched an attack on Bird into turn five, snatching the lead before they swept into the pits.[31]

The second half of the race was also filled with action, with Bird stalking di Grassi using better corner speeds to keep to the back of the slippery ABT Schaeffler machine.[31] That was until the Brit locked his front wheels up into turn five, sliding into the outside wall.[31] Fortunately the DS Virgin Racing machine was not damaged by the contact with the tyre barrier, although Bird dropped to seventh.[31] Buemi dropped out of the top ten with a drive through just before Nelson Piquet Jr. ended his race in the barrier on the outside of the first chicane.[31] Piquet's car was dragged away under safety car conditions, although with just two laps to go there were no major changes to the order, with di Grassi claiming his third career win, and the lead in the Championship.[31]

Race Seven: Paris ePrix (23rd April 2016)Edit

Formula E made its first visit to the capital city of France on the 23rd of April, with the 7th Arrondissement section of Paris, specifically the roads around the Hotel national les Invalides, hosting the first ePrix on French soil.[1]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2016 Paris ePrix article.

One of the coldest sessions in Formula E's short history meant that building tyre temperatures up was a challenge given the small amount of time each driver had in qualifying.[32] This was a particular problem for Sébastien Buemi, who once again struggled in qualifying compared to his rivals and so would start down in eighth as Championship leader Lucas di Grassi claimed second.[32] Denying the Brazilian the three points for pole, however, would be Sam Bird, as he claimed his second pole in succession, with the heavy DS Virgin Racing cars building temperatures better than their rivals, as proved by Jean-Eric Vergne taking third in what was literally his home race.[32]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2016 Paris ePrix article.

A rare poor start for Bird allowed di Grassi to snatch the lead of the début Paris ePrix into the first corner, with the Brit also having to surrender second to his Parisian team mate through turn two.[33] Further down the order Buemi was caught behind Oliver Turvey, with the first quarter of the race focusing on Turvey, Buemi, Robin Frijns and António Félix da Costa, the latter pair exchanging blows as Frijns snatched eighth away from the Portuguese.[33] Débutante Ma Qing Hua was also in action, as he pulled spectacular, and successful, moves on Simona de Silvestro and Mike Conway in short order at the back of the field.[33]

Shortly before the stops Vergne, Bird, Prost and Buemi ran nose to tail, Bird trying, and failing, to take his team mate before the stops, while Prost and Buemi swapped places.[33] After the stops, di Grassi was out of sight at the front of the field, and after a few laps Bird and Vergne were battling again, with Bird just unable to get by.[33] After trying another move through turn eight Bird lost momentum, allowing Buemi to sweep up to the back of his car, before getting a run on the Brit down the main straight.[33] Bird opted to go defensive, but on the crown of the road managed to lock his front wheels and slide into an escape road, dropping him down to sixth.[33] The race would ultimately end behind the BMW Qualcomm i8 safety car, after a heavy crash for Ma in the closing stages.[33]

Race Eight: Berlin ePrix (21st May 2016)Edit

To be announced.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2016 Berlin ePrix article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2016 Berlin ePrix article.

Race Nine: London ePrix I (2nd July 2016)Edit

To be announced.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2016 London ePrix I article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2016 London ePrix I article.

Race Ten: London ePrix II (3rd July 2016)Edit

To be announced.

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2016 London ePrix II article.

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2016 London ePrix II article.

Cancellations: Moscow ePrix (4th June 2016)Edit

Moscow had originally been placed on the calendar as the ninth round of the season, set to be held on the 4th of June.[1] Yet, as early as February rumours in the Formula E paddock suggested that the race was in doubt as officials tried to negotiate with the city's officials to ensure that the roads for the circuit could be closed.[4] Ultimately, the talks broke down in early May, and the Moscow ePrix was dropped from the calendar a little more than a month before it was scheduled to host its race.[4] Alejandro Agag led negotiations with Monaco to try to establish a ninth round, but time constraints on the construction of the circuit on the Mediterranean coast meant that the calendar had to be reduced to ten rounds.[4]

EntrantsEdit

2015/16 featured ten entrants, eight of which were announced as having manufacturer backing for the first time.[34] These teams have the choice to use manufacturer parts or use the venerable Spark-Renault format for their cars, although the Spark chassis would remain as the base for every entry.[34] The team entry list was announced on the 2nd of July, 2015, with drivers duly appointed throughout the summer, before changes were made during the season.[34]

The full 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship entry list is outlined below:

2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Nat. Name Rounds
Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
ABT Schaeffler FE01[35]
11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi[36] All
66 Germany Daniel Abt[37] All
Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport
Spark-Renault SRT_01E[19]
27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns[38] All
28 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro[39] All
Flag of the United States Dragon Racing
Venturi VM200-FE-01[40]
6 France Loïc Duval[41] All
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[42] All
Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing[43]
VIRGIN DSV-01[40]
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird[44] All
25 France Jean-Eric Vergne[44] All
Flag of India Mahindra Racing
Mahindra M2ELECTRO[40]
21 Brazil Bruno Senna[45] All
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld[45] 1-2, 4-10
Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[46] 3
People's Republic of China NEXTEV TCR
NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 001[40]
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.[47] All
88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[48] All
France Renault e.dams
RENAULT Z.E.15[40]
8 France Nicolas Prost[49] All
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[49] All
Flag of Japan Team Aguri
Spark-Renault SRT_01E[40]
55 Portugal António Félix da Costa[50] 1-7, 9-10
Germany René Rast[51] 8
77 France Nathanaël Berthon[52] 1-3
Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran[53] 4-6
People's Republic of China Ma Qing Hua[54] 7-10
Switzerland Trulli Formula E Team*
Motomatica JT-01[40]
10 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi[55] WD
18 Flag of Mexico Salvador Duran[55] WD
Monaco Venturi Formula E Team
Venturi VM200-FE-01[40]
4 France Stéphane Sarrazin[56] All
12 Flag of Canada Jacques Villeneuve[56] 1-3
Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway[57] 4-10
Source

StandingsEdit

The 2015/16 Driver's Championship standings is shown below.


Driver Placings
Pos Driver Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom Pts
1st Buemi 1st 12th 1st 2nd 2nd 16th 3rd 1st CAN 5th Ret 155
2nd di Grassi 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd DSQ 1st 1st 3rd CAN 4th Ret 153
3rd Prost Ret 10th 5th 5th 3rd 11th 4th 4th CAN 1st 1st 115
4th Bird 7th 2nd Ret 1st 6th 6th 6th 11th CAN 7th Ret 88
5th d'Ambrosio 5th 14th 3rd 16th 1st 7th 11th 16th CAN 9th 3rd 83
6th Sarrazin 9th 4th 9th 4th 9th 2nd 5th 10th CAN 12th 5th 70
7th Abt 11th 7th 8th 13th 7th 3rd 10th 2nd CAN Ret 2nd 68
8th Duval 4th 16th 4th 6th 4th 8th Ret Ret CAN Ret 4th 60
9th Vergne 12th Ret 7th 11th 16th 13th 2nd 5th CAN 3rd 8th 56
10th Heidfeld 3rd 9th INJ 7th 8th 4th 12th 7th CAN 8th 7th 53
11th Senna 13th 5th Ret 10th 10th 5th 9th 15th CAN 2nd 6th 52
12th Frijns 10th 3rd 10th 8th 5th 15th 7th 6th CAN Ret Ret 45
13th da Costa Ret 6th 6th Ret NC Ret 8th CAN 6th 11th 28
14th Turvey 6th Ret 12th 9th 11th 12th 13th 12th CAN 15th 10th 11
15th Piquet 15th 8th 15th 12th 13th Ret Ret 13th CAN 14th 9th 8
16th Conway 15th 12th 10th 14th 8th CAN 10th 13th 7
17th Berthon 8th 15th 14th CAN 4
18th de Silvestro Ret 13th 11th 14th 14th 9th 15th 9th CAN 11th Ret 4
19th Ma Ret 14th CAN 13th 12th 0
20th Villeneuve 14th 11th DNS CAN 0
21st Rowland 13th CAN 0
22nd Duran DNP Ret 15th 14th CAN 0
23rd Rast NC 0
Liuzzi DNP DNP CAN 0
Trulli DNP CAN 0

The 2015/16 Team's Championship standings is shown below.


Team Placings
Pos Team Driver Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom Pts
1st e.Dams Prost Ret 10th 5th 5th 3rd 11th 4th 4th CAN 1st 1st 270
Buemi 1st 12th 1st 2nd 2nd 16th 3rd 1st CAN 5th Ret
2nd ABT di Grassi 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd DSQ 1st 1st 3rd CAN 4th Ret 221
Abt 11th 7th 8th 13th 7th 3rd 10th 2nd CAN Ret 2nd
3rd Virgin Bird 7th 2nd Ret 1st 6th 6th 6th 11th CAN 7th Ret 144
Vergne 12th Ret 7th 11th 16th 13th 2nd 5th CAN 3rd 8th
4th Dragon Duval 4th 16th 4th 6th 4th 8th Ret Ret CAN Ret 4th 143
d'Ambrosio 5th 14th 3rd 16th 1st 7th 11th 16th CAN 9th 3rd
5th Mahindra Senna 13th 5th Ret 10th 10th 5th 9th 15th CAN 2nd 6th 105
Heidfeld 3rd 9th INJ 7th 8th 4th 12th 7th CAN 8th 7th
Rowland 13th CAN
6th Venturi Sarrazin 9th 4th 9th 4th 9th 2nd 5th 10th CAN 12th 5th 77
Villeneuve 14th 11th DNS CAN
Conway 15th 12th 10th 14th 8th CAN 10th 13th
7th Andretti Frijns 10th 3rd 10th 8th 5th 15th 7th 6th CAN Ret Ret 49
de Silvestro Ret 13th 11th 14th 14th 9th 15th 9th CAN 11th Ret
8th Team Aguri da Costa Ret 6th 6th Ret NC Ret 8th CAN 6th 11th 32
Berthon 8th 15th 14th CAN
Duran DNP Ret 15th 14th CAN
Ma Ret 14th CAN 13th 12th
9th NEXTEV TCR Piquet 15th 8th 15th 12th 13th Ret Ret 13th CAN 14th 9th 19
Turvey 6th Ret 12th 9th 11th 12th 13th 12th CAN 15th 10th
10th Trulli Liuzzi DNP DNP CAN 0
Duran DNP Ret 15th 14th CAN
Trulli DNP CAN

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