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2017/18 Formula E Season
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Season Information
No. Rounds TBA
First Round Hong Kong
Last Round Montreal
Entrants ABT Schaeffler, Andretti, DS Virgin, Jaguar, Mahindra, NEXTEV, Penske, Renault, Spark, Venturi
Tyre(s) Michelin
Driver's Championship
Champion {{{{{natchamp}}}}} Unknown {{{drivechamppts}}}Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Second {{{{{driver2nat}}}}} Unknown {{{drive2pts}}} Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Third {{{{{driver3nat}}}}} Unknown {{{drive3pts}}} Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s), Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion {{{{{teamchampnat}}}}} Unknown {{{team1pts}}} Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Second {{{{{team2nat}}}}} Unknown {{{team2pts}}} Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Third {{{{{team3nat}}}}} Unknown {{{team3pts}}} Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
Former Next
2016/17 2018/19

The 2017/18 Formula E Season, officially known as the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship, is set to be the fourth season of the FIA's all electric, single-seater Championship. The fourth edition of FE is expected to be the last to feature mid-ePrix car changes, and the last to use the Spark-Renault SRT_01E as a base chassis.

BackgroundEdit

CalendarEdit

The provisional calendar for the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship was released on the 19th June 2017, and included several changes from the previous three seasons.[1] The major change saw the season start very late compared to previous years, the first race penned in for early December, although the final round scheduled for late July remained unchanged.[1] The result would be a more compressed schedule for the fourth edition of the FIA Formula E Championship, which also featured some new host cities.[1]

A double header in Hong Kong would open the season in December 2017, before a break over Christmas to allow teams to head to North Africa.[1] After a single race, and a rookie test, in Marrakech the field would be heading over the Atlantic for a maiden visit to Santiago, Chile on the 3rd February.[1] Mexico City would play host to FE once again a month later, before a two week break ahead of the series' first visit to São Paulo, Brazil.[1] This was later changed to a return to Punta del Este in Uruguay on the 17th March 2018, as the organisers in São Paulo requested that the debut of the city be pushed back a year.[2]

After making the late change to the Playa Brava Beach, FE would return to its homeland of Europe in April, with the first ever Rome E-Prix scheduled for the 14th April.[1] Paris was pencilled in two weeks later, before the annual visit to Germany, with Berlin once again chosen to host an E-Prix.[3] A historic visit to Zurich, Switzerland would follow on the 10th June 2018, with Formula E bringing circuit racing back to the Alps for the first time in 60 years.[3]

It was back over the Atlantic for the final quartet of races of the season, with the return of New York as a host city with a double header on 7th-8th July.[1] The finale would then come as a double header in Montreal once again, with the final race set to be staged on the 29th July 2018.[1]

The full calendar for the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship is shown below:

2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship*
Round E-Prix City Circuit Date Report
1 2017 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Harbourfront Circuit 2nd December 2017[1] Report
2 2017 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Harbourfront Circuit 3rd December 2017[1] Report
3 2018 FIA Formula E Marrakech E-Prix Flag of Morocco Marrakech, Morocco Circuit Moulay El Hassan 13th January 2018[1] Report
4 2018 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix Flag of Chile Santiago, Chile Forestal Park Circuit 3rd February 2018[4] Report
5 2018 FIA Formula E Mexico City E-Prix Flag of Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 3rd March 2018[1] Report
6 2018 FIA Formula E Punta del Este E-Prix Uruguay Punta del Este, Uruguay Playa Brava Beach Circuit 17th March 2018[2] Report
7 2018 FIA Formula E Rome E-Prix Italy Rome, Italy Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR 14th April 2018[5] Report
8 2018 FIA Formula E Paris E-Prix France Paris, France Les Invalides Circuit 28th April 2018[1] Report
9 2018 FIA Formula E Berlin E-Prix Germany Berlin, Germany TBC 19th May 2018[3] Report
10 2018 FIA Formula E Swiss E-Prix Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland TBC 10th June 2018[3] Report
11 2018 FIA Formula E New York E-Prix Flag of the United States New York, USA Brooklyn Street Circuit 14th July 2018[3] Report
12 2018 FIA Formula E New York E-Prix Flag of the United States New York, USA Brooklyn Street Circuit 15th July 2018[3] Report
13 2018 FIA Formula E Montreal E-Prix Flag of Canada Montreal, Canada Rue Viger E. Circuit 28th July 2018[1] Report
14 2018 FIA Formula E Montreal E-Prix Flag of Canada Montreal, Canada Rue Viger E. Circuit 29th July 2018[1] Report
2017/18 FIA Formula E Tests
I 2017 Valencia Test Spain Valencia, Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo 2nd-5th October 2017[6] Report
II 2018 Rookie Test Flag of Morocco Marrakech, Morocco Circuit Moulay El Hassan 14th January 2018[7] Report
  • * All dates and venues according to the provisional calendar released on the 19th June 2017 and subject to FIA approval.[1]
  • São Paulo was orignally to host round six, but was replaced by Punta del Este at the request of the organisers.[2]
  • Subject to ASN approval.[3]

A three day pre-season test was scheduled for the entire ten team field in October, with the FIA opting to move the testing days from the series HQ, Donington Park.[6] Instead, the only collective test would be staged at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, after pressure from the European based teams to move to a location more suited to street racing.[6]

RegulationsEdit

Various minor changes would be made to the rules and regulations for the 2017/18 season, ahead of the major shake-up scheduled for the 2018/19 season.

TechnicalEdit

For 2017/18 the FIA decided to increase the maximum power allowed to be used during the race to 180kw, the equivalent to 241 bhp.[8] This increase, up by 10kw (13 bhp), will allow the FIA to either increase the length of the average ePrix, or give teams and drivers the chance to race at an increased pace.[8]

Testing wise the FIA decided to increase the number of in-season, public, tests to two, while also allowing teams to complete upwards of six filming days.[8] Three of the six filming expeditions must be staged in city settings, designed to enhance the amount of marketing for the series by expanding public awareness.[8]

SportingEdit

The points system for finishing position is expected to remain as it has been since the inaugural 2014/15 Season, with points awarded from 1st to 10th using the FIA's standard points system.[9] Additional points are also awarded to the pole setter and the fastest lap setter at each ePrix, with three points earned for the former, and a single point for the latter.[9] It was later announced that the point for fastest lap would be awarded to a driver who finished in the top ten.[10]

In terms of race format there would be some minor variations, with the FIA deciding to remove one practice session from the schedule of a "double header" weekend.[8]

2017/18 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 1

Each driver will be allocated ten Michelin tyres at each race meeting (for both of their cars) which must last for the entire race meeting.[9]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for each race in the 2017/18 FE season will largely follow the same format as previous seasons, with a group phase followed by a shootout.[9] A minor change for the season came in how the groups were formed, now set to be based on Championship position rather than a random draw, although otherwise the system was unchanged.[11] Four groups of five drivers would be formed ahead of qualifying, with each group then getting six minutes on circuit to set a single full power lap.[9]

The top five overall would then progress to the Super Pole shootout, where they would go out, in order of slowest to fastest, to set a second full power lap, now on an empty circuit.[9] Their times from the shootout would then determine the top five on the grid, while the rest of the field was ordered according to their efforts in the Group stage.[9]

Season ReportEdit

EntrantsEdit

The same ten teams, backed by the same nine manufacturers that competed in the 2016/17 will field entries in the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship. The only significant change would be at the ABT Schaeffler effort, with Audi taking over their entry, meaning the team was renamed as Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler for the fourth FE season.[12] ABT Sportsline would remain as the day-to-day operators of the team, while Schaeffler continued on as a technical partner.[12]

The full 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship entry list will be outlined below:

2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Name Rounds
Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler[12]
Audi e-tron FE04[13]
1 Brazil Lucas di Grassi[13] 1-
66 Germany Daniel Abt[13] 1-
Flag of the United States Dragon Racing[10]
Penske EV-2
6 Switzerland Neel Jani[14] 1-
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[14] 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing
DS Virgin DSV-03
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird[15] 1-
36 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn[15] 1-
Flag of India Mahindra Racing[10]
Mahindra M4 Electro[16]
19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist[17] 1-
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld[17] 1-
Flag of the United States MS&AD Andretti Formula E[10]
Andretti ATEC-04[18]
27 Flag of Japan Kamui Kobayashi[19] 1-2
Flag of the United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist[20] 3-
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa[18] 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team[20]
NextEV NIO 003[21]
16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[21] 1-
68 Italy Luca Filippi[21] 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing[10]
Jaguar I-Type 2[22]
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.[22] 1-
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans[22] 1-
France Renault e.Dams[10]
Renault Z.E. 17[23]
8 France Nicolas Prost[24] 1-
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[24] 1-
People's Republic of China Techeetah[10]
Renault Z.E. 17
18 Germany André Lotterer[25] 1-
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne[25] 1-
Monaco Venturi Formula E Team[10]
Venturi VM200-FE-03
4 Italy Edoardo Mortara[26] 1-
5 Germany Maro Engel[26] 1-
Source:[20]

StandingsEdit

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

The full 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship for Drivers' standings are to be outlined below:

2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship for Drivers' Standings
Pos. Name Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Uruguay Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada Pts.
1st Bird 1st 5th 35
2nd Vergne 2nd 4th 33
3rd Rosenqvist 14th 1st 29
4th Mortara 7th 2nd 24
5th Evans 12th 3rd 15
6th Heidfeld 3rd 16th 15
7th Piquet 4th 12th 12
8th Abt 5th DSQ 11
9th da Costa 6th 11th 8
10th Turvey 16th 6th 8
11th Engel 13th 7th 6
12th Prost 9th 8th 6
13th Lynn 8th 9th 6
14th Buemi 11th 10th 1
15th Filippi 10th Ret 1
16th Lotterer DSQ 13th 0
17th di Grassi 17th 14th 0
18th Kobayashi 15th 17th 0
19th d'Ambrosio Ret 15th 0
20th Jani 18th 18th 0

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

The full 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship for Drivers' standings are to be outlined below:

2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship Teams' Standings
Pos. Team Driver Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Uruguay Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada Pts.
1st Mahindra Heidfeld 3rd 16th 44
Rosenqvist 14th 1st
2nd Virgin Bird 1st 5th 41
Lynn 8th 9th
3rd Techeetah Vergne 2nd 4th 33
Lotterer DSQ 13th
4th Venturi Mortara 7th 2nd 30
Engel 13th 7th
5th Jaguar Piquet 4th 12th 27
Evans 12th 3rd
6th ABT di Grassi 17th 14th 11
Abt 5th DSQ
7th NIO FE Turvey 16th 6th 9
Filippi 10th Ret
8th Andretti Kobayashi 15th 17th 8
da Costa 6th 11th
9th e.Dams Prost 9th 8th 7
Buemi 11th 10th
10th Dragon d'Ambrosio Ret 15th 0
Jani 18th 18th

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