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2017/18 Formula E Season
Jean-Eric Vergne
The fourth FE Champion: Jean-Éric Vergne.
Season Information
No. Rounds 12
First Round Hong Kong
Last Round New York City
Entrants Audi; Andretti TE; DS; Jaguar; Mahindra; NIO; Penske; Renault; Spark; Venturi
Tyre(s) Michelin
Driver's Championship
Champion France Jean-Éric Vergne 198Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 4 Pole(s) 0 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Brazil Lucas di Grassi 144 Pt(s)
2 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 143 Pt(s)
2 Win(s), 0 Pole(s), 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 264 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 7 Fastest Lap(s)
Second People's Republic of China Techeetah 262 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 4 Pole(s) 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing 160 Pt(s)
2 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
Former Next
2016/17 2018/19
The 2017/18 Formula E Season, officially known as the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, was the fourth season of the FIA's all electric, single-seater Championship.[1] The fourth edition of FE, which began with two races in Hong Kong on the 2 December, was the last to feature mid-E-Prix car changes, and the last to use the Spark-Renault SRT_01E as a base chassis.

Lucas di Grassi would start the season as the defending Drivers' Champion, while Renault e.Dams arrived as the unbeaten Teams' Champions from 2016/17. Elsewhere Swiss tech firm ABB became the Series' first title sponsor after signing a multi-year sponsorship deal, though to be in the region of £15 million a season.[1]

The opening races of the season would both be held in Hong Kong, with Sam Bird and Felix Rosenqvist sharing the spoils for DS Virgin Racing and Mahindra Racing respectively.[2] Rosenqvist would then claim victory in Marrakech to take the Championship lead, before Jean-Éric Vergne came to the fore with victory in Santiago.[3]

From then on it was Vergne whom would dictate the Championship, with the Frenchman claiming victory in Punta del Este and Paris to take the Championship lead.[4] Bird would chase him hard with a victory in Rome, while Rosenqvist's pace steadily disappeared as the two Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler's came to the fore.[5]

Indeed, having dominated the pre-season test in Valencia, poor reliability cost the German squad dearly, with the team having to wait until the fifth round to claim their first victory.[6] Second driver Daniel Abt then claimed a dominant victory in Berlin, before di Grassi earned further victories in Zürich and New York City.[7]

That late charge meant that Audi entered the final round just five points behind Techeetah, with their lead driver Vergne already having secured the Drivers' Championship from Bird.[8] Ultimately, Vergne would claim his fourth victory of the season, but second and third for di Grassi and Abt meant that Audi bested the Chinese squad by two points.[8]

Away from the title fights the fourth Formula E Championship would see new drivers come to the fore as some of the old-guard began to fade. The season would also be littered with announcements about the upcoming 2018/19 season, with a new team, HWA joining the series ahead of the arrival of Mercedes and Porsche.[9]

BackgroundEdit

CalendarEdit

The provisional calendar for the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship was released on the 19 June 2017, and included several changes from the previous three seasons.[10] 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.[10] 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.[10]

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.[10] 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 3 February.[10] 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.[10] This was later changed to a return to Punta del Este in Uruguay on the 17 March 2018, as the organisers in São Paulo requested that the debut of the city be pushed back a year.[11]

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 14 April.[10] Paris was pencilled in two weeks later, before the annual visit to Germany, with Berlin once again chosen to host an E-Prix.[12] A historic visit to Zürich, Switzerland would follow on the 10 June 2018, with Formula E bringing circuit racing back to the Alps for the first time in 60 years.[12]

It was back over the Atlantic for the final quartet of races of the season, with the return of New York City as a host city with a double header on 7-8 July.[10] The finale would then come as a double header in Montreal once again, with the final race set to be staged on the 29 July 2018.[10] That was, until the Montreal Mayor pulled the plug on the finale in December 2017, stating that the previous races had cost the city too much money and an alternative venue could not be found.[13] The FIA and Formula E had no immediate replacement at hand, and would ultimately decide against a replacement after considering several options ranging from a race in Birmingham, UK, to a return to Donington Park.[14]

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 2 December 2017[10] Report
2 2017 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Harbourfront Circuit 3 December 2017[10] Report
3 2018 ABB FIA Formula E Marrakech E-Prix Flag of Morocco Marrakech, Morocco Circuit Moulay El Hassan 13 January 2018[10] Report
4 2018 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix[15] Flag of Chile Santiago, Chile Forestal Park Circuit 3 February 2018[10] Report
5 2018 ABB FIA Formula E Mexico City E-Prix Flag of Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 3 March 2018[10] Report
6 2018 CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix[16] Uruguay Punta del Este, Uruguay Playa Brava Beach Circuit 17 March 2018[11] Report
7 2018 CBMM Niobium Rome E-Prix[16] Italy Rome, Italy Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR 14 April 2018[17] Report
8 2018 Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix[18] France Paris, France Les Invalides Circuit 28 April 2018[10] Report
9 2018 BMW i Berlin E-Prix[19] Germany Berlin, Germany Tempelhofring 19 May 2018[12] Report
10 2018 Julius Baer Zürich E-Prix[20] Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland Zürich Street Circuit 10 June 2018[10] Report
11 2018 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix[18] Flag of the United States New York City, USA Brooklyn Street Circuit 14 July 2018[10] Report
12 2018 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix[18] Flag of the United States New York City, USA Brooklyn Street Circuit 15 July 2018[10] Report
2017/18 FIA Formula E Tests
I 2017 Valencia Test Spain Valencia, Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo 2-5 October 2017[21] Report
II 2018 Rookie Test Flag of Morocco Marrakech, Morocco Circuit Moulay El Hassan 14 January 2018[22] Report
  • * All dates and venues subject to FIA approval.[10]
  • São Paulo was orignally to host round six, but was replaced by Punta del Este at the request of the organisers.[11]
  • Subject to ASN approval.[12]

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.[21] 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.[21]

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.[23] 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.[23]

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.[23] 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.[23]

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.[24] 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.[24] It was later announced that the point for fastest lap would be awarded to a driver who finished in the top ten.[25]

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.[23]

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.[24]

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.[24] 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.[26] 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.[24]

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.[24] 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.[24]

PitstopsEdit

Shortly before the 2018 Marrakech E-Prix the FIA announced that the minimum pitstop time in Formula E, used since the series' inaugural season, would be dropped with immediate effect.[27] The minimum pitstop time was introduced to ensure that drivers had enough time to do up their safety harness after swapping to their second car, although with three years of practice most of the teams had the routine down to the point where most drivers were sat around waiting to leave their pit box.[27] The change had been considered after the first season of FE, although the proposal was ultimately rejected due to concerns over safety.[27]

Some drivers, such as Sam Bird, questioned the move on safety grounds as the single-seater style harness could be left partially undone when a driver rejoined the circuit, meaning they would have to strap themselves in properly while on circuit.[27] Lucas di Grassi instead suggested that the series change to using GT style belts rather than the traditional single-seater harness, which were easier to do up with outside assistance and had been designed for quick driver changes.[27]

Season ReportEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Race One: Hong Kong E-Prix I (2 December 2017)Edit

The 2017/18 campaign would get underway in Hong Kong for the second successive season, with an expanded schedule at the Harbourfront Circuit as two races were scheduled for the 2nd and 3rd of December 2017.[10]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2017 Hong Kong E-Prix I article.

A dramatic opening qualifying session of the season would see Jean-Éric Vergne spin his way to pole position, the Frenchman literally throwing his car through the final corner to snatch pole from Sam Bird.[28] Indeed, Vergne's effort was just 0.027s faster than the Brit's subsequent attempt, with Bird only just edging out Nick Heidfeld by 0.002s himself.[28] Daniel Abt also made it to Super Pole, but was a tenth and a half off, while Felix Rosenqvist threw away his Super Pole effort at the first corner.[28]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2017 Hong Kong E-Prix I article.

It would be a dramatic start to the season, with a red flag thrown just moments after the start as André Lotterer crashed at turn three and blocked the circuit.[29] After half an hour the race did get underway, with Vergne instantly sprinting clear, albeit with Bird glued to his tail.[29] Indeed, those two would enter an exclusive fight for the lead, with Bird scything past the Techeetah shortly before the pitwindow opened to snatch the lead.[29]

However, Bird's stop would not go smoothly, with the Brit crashing into the side of his garage as his car slid on the dust.[29] That earned him a drive-through penalty which he duly served, but, due to the incredibly short pitlane in Hong Kong, the Brit re-emerged ahead of Vergne and still in the lead.[29] The Frenchman briefly challenged for the lead before falling back towards Heidfeld, leaving Bird to claim victory at the opening round.[29]

Race Two: Hong Kong E-Prix II (3 December 2017)Edit

No changes were made to the circuit overnight in December 2017, although the second race of the season would be two laps longer to test the team's ability to conserve energy.[10]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2017 Hong Kong E-Prix II article.

Felix Rosenqvist grabbed the second pole position of the season in Hong Kong, with the Swede taking top spot from Edoardo Mortara by a quarter of a second.[30] Indeed, the rookie had put in an impressive performance in his new Venturi, and bested established FE stars Sam Bird, Daniel Abt and Mitch Evans.[30] Bird himself would qualify third, but start thirteenth after his incident in the season opener, meaning his teammate Alex Lynn would start from fifth.[30]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2017 Hong Kong E-Prix II article.

A starting light failure ahead of the race meant that the second E-Prix of the season would start behind the BMW Qualcomm i8 safety car, although this would not aid Rosenqvist's bid for victory.[31] Indeed, the Swede's hopes of victory seemed to be over at the first corner, with Rosenqvist pitching himself into a spin before rejoining in the middle of the pack.[31] That handed Mortara the lead from Abt, while Rosenqvist began to pick his way back through the field.[31]

Indeed, after the early incidents the race seemed to be dragging on to an inevitable conclusion, for Mortara was pulling away from Abt ahead, while Rosenqvist was back into third after acing his pitstop.[31] Yet, with two laps to go Mortara would throw away a maiden victory, spinning his Venturi at turn one in pursuit of setting the fastest lap.[31] That gifted Abt the lead, with the German duly cruising home to claim his maiden triumph from Rosenqvist, while Mortara recovered to finish third ahead of Evans.[31]

After the race, however, it was revealed that Abt's car had failed post-race scrutineering, a result of an admin error regarding a part in the powertrain.[32] The German was subsequently disqualified from the race, meaning Rosenqvist inherited victory from Mortara, while Evans was promoted onto the podium for the first time.[32]

Race Three: Marrakech E-Prix (13 January 2018)Edit

The first E-Prix of 2018 was to be staged at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech, Morocco, unchanged for the 2017/18 season.[10] The circuit would also host the first ever Rookie Test for Formula E, set to be held on the Sunday after the race.[22]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2018 Marrakech E-Prix article.

Sébastien Buemi claimed his first pole position of the season after a poor start in Hong Kong, the Swiss racer beating Sam Bird by a small margin.[33] Felix Rosenqvist was next ahead of José María López, the Argentine making an impressive return to FE in place of Neel Jani.[33] Lucas di Grassi also made it Super Pole but ruined his lap, having made it into the final phase in spite of qualifying in the first group of the session.[33]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2018 Marrakech E-Prix article.

An undramatic start to the race would see Buemi claim an early lead from Bird and Rosenqvist, with those three pulling clear of López as he fended off di Grassi.[34] Indeed, the Argentine was fighting a rear-guard almost from the get-go, with di Grassi having to wait until lap four to finally move past the Dragon.[34] That move also opened the door for Nelson Piquet Jr. to dive past, with Mitch Evans and Jean-Éric Vergne also lining up moves on the Argentine.[34]

Rosenqvist, meanwhile, would be gifted second when Bird's car briefly lost power on the start/finish straight, two laps before the pit-window opened.[34] The pitstops themselves would be fairly controversial, with a FCY thrown and withdrawn in the middle of the window as di Grassi and André Lotterer ground to a stop on circuit.[34] Regardless, Rosenqvist would move into striking position behind Buemi in the closing stages, and duly snatched victory with four laps to go.[34]

Race Four: Santiago E-Prix (3 February 2018)Edit

The Series' first ever visit to Chile and Santiago would follow on the 3rd February, 2018, with a new circuit crafted around the famous Forestal Park.[10]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2018 Santiago E-Prix article.

Jean-Éric Vergne claimed his second pole position of the season at the first Santiago E-Prix, the Frenchman just beating Sébastien Buemi in the factory Renault e.Dams machine.[35] Lucas di Grassi was the closest non-Renault pilot in qualifying in third, but would start down in thirteenth for changing an inverter.[35] André Lotterer therefore started the second Techeetah from third, despite crashing in Super Pole, a fate that had also befallen Sam Bird in the shootout.[35]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2018 Santiago E-Prix article.

Star of the start would, however, be fifth placed Nelson Piquet Jr., with the Brazilian almost snatching the lead from Vergne as he caught everyone else sleeping in the first corner.[3] However, before he could press the issue for the lead the BMW Qualcomm i8 safety car appeared, for first José María López and then Maro Engel had been fed into the barriers, leaving a lot of debris on the circuit.[3] At the restart Vergne was able to sprint away, with the Frenchman's teammate Lotterer diving past Piquet just before the pit-window opened.[3]

After the stops, which would see Piquet and Bird stop a lap earlier than their rivals, Vergne and Lotterer were left with a commanding lead over Buemi, although the Techeetah team themselves were lacking both a data and radio feed from their drivers.[3] As such, a Techeetah civil war would break out in the closing stages of the race, with Lotterer and Vergne throwing their cars at each other as the duelled for victory.[3] Ultimately, however, Vergne's defence would just hold out, meaning he claimed victory, and the Championship lead, while Lotterer survived to ensure that Techeetah became the first team to record a one-two in FE history.[3]

Race Five: Mexico City E-Prix (3 March 2018)Edit

The increasingly familiar Mexico City E-Prix made its FE return on the 3rd March, with FE once again using a modified layout of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.[10]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2018 Mexico City E-Prix article.

Felix Rosenqvist claimed his second pole start of the season in Mexico City, the Swede dominating the Super Pole shootout to claim pole for Mahindra.[36] António Félix da Costa was his closest challenger in the session, but the Portuguese racer was subsequently excluded from Super Pole after his car was found to be underweight.[36] Alex Lynn would therefore have inherited second had he not been slapped with a ten place grid penalty for parts changes, meaning it was Oliver Turvey whom completed the front row.[36]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2018 Mexico City E-Prix article.

It was a tame start to the race, with Rosenqvist pulling smartly away from the grid to claim an early lead from Turvey and Buemi.[6] Abt made a good getaway to join the lead trio in breaking clear, with the German challenging Buemi for third as the early laps ticked away.[6] Rosenqvist, meanwhile, was inching clear from Turvey at the front of the field, only to suffer a battery failure a few laps before the pit-window opened.[6]

From then on the race was all about Abt, whom dived past Buemi the lap before the stops, before leaping ahead of Turvey with an excellent car swap in the pits.[6] He duly charged off to finally claim his first FE victory, while Turvey endured several attacks from Buemi, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Jean-Éric Vergne to hold second.[6] Yet, the Brit duly survived Buemi's last lap lunge into turn one to hold onto second, with the Swiss racer finishing the race in third.[6]

Race Six: Punta del Este E-Prix (17 March 2018)Edit

After the late cancellation of the São Paulo E-Prix in December 2017, the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este was drafted in to make its FE return, unchanged from its first hosting of the series in 2014/15.[11]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2018 Punta del Este E-Prix article.

One of the most confusion Super Pole shootouts in FE history meant that Jean-Éric Vergne claimed his third pole of the season in Punta del Este, despite completely ruining his flying lap early on.[37] Indeed, the Frenchman had finished bottom of the quintet as Lucas di Grassi set the fastest time, only for himself, Alex Lynn and Oliver Turvey to have their times deleted for cutting the third chicane.[37] Mitch Evans should then have inherited pole, but the Kiwi had all his times from qualifying deleted as his car was found to be underweight.[37]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2018 Punta del Este E-Prix article.

Vergne would blast clear at the start of the race, leaving di Grassi to fend off Lynn and Daniel Abt during the opening tour.[38] Unfortunately for the Frenchman his sprint from the field would be instantly interrupted by the BMW Qualcomm i8 safety car, which was called so that Nick Heidfeld's powerless car could be removed from the first chicane.[38] Vergne then made a good restart to pull away from the pack, although he was to be hounded by di Grassi right through to the mid-race car swap.[38]

Those two would duel for the lead until the chequered flag, with Vergne putting up a furious defence to successfully keep the Brazilian at bay, in spite of the season three Champion's best efforts.[38] Behind Abt briefly held third having passed Turvey, only for Sam Bird to elbow his way in a late-race charge to the podium.[38] The Brit even managed to catch the duel for the lead, but a mistake at the start of the final lap meant that he had to settle for third.[38]

Race Seven: Rome E-Prix (14 April 2018)Edit

FE would break new ground upon its return to Europe, with Rome set to host its first ever E-Prix around the Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) district, sat in the shadow of the famed Colleseum.[17]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2018 Rome E-Prix article.

Felix Rosenqvist brought his tally of pole positions up to three for the season in Rome, the Swede fending off a challenge from title rival Sam Bird in Super Pole to claim top spot.[39] Mitch Evans, meanwhile, would claim third for Jaguar, their best quali-result to date, while André Lotterer beat Sébastien Buemi for fourth.[39] Buemi himself ruined his Super Pole lap by locking up at the hairpin, having set the fastest first sector of the session.[39]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2018 Rome E-Prix article.

It was Bird versus Rosenqvist at the head of the field at the start of the E-Prix, with the Swede just edging the Brit out at the first corner.[40] They duly charged off for a private duel for the lead, while Championship leader Jean-Éric Vergne bounced his car off the side of Alex Lynn, damaging both.[40] The lead fight, meanwhile, would soon see Rosenqvist pull clear of Bird as the DS Virgin began to struggle, only for the Brit to make up most of the lost ground after the car-swap.[40]

The race would then be briefly interrupted by a FCY, with Lynn's second car breaking down having just left the pits.[40] Bird duly aced the restart to pull right onto the back of Rosenqvist, putting so much pressure on the Swede that Rosenqvist misjudged his entry into the final chicane, clipped a kerb, and duly smashed his suspension.[40] Rosenqvist was out on the spot, while Bird cruised home to collect victory from Lucas di Grassi and Lotterer.[40]

Race Eight: Paris E-Prix (28 April 2018)Edit

The Paris E-Prix was staged for the third successive season in April 2018, with the Les Invalides Circuit remaining unchanged for its third E-Prix.[10]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2018 Paris E-Prix article.

It was the Parisian born Jean-Éric Vergne whom claimed pole at his home race, the Frenchman dancing his Techeetah around to beat Sam Bird.[41] Vergne's teammate André Lotterer grabbed third ahead of Sébastien Buemi, meaning it was three Renault powertrains in the top five.[41] Completing the Super Pole quintet would be António Félix da Costa, who again put his Andretti far higher on the grid than it should have been.[41]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2018 Paris E-Prix article.

Ma Qing Hua was left stranded on the grid at the start of the race, as Vergne instantly blasted clear from the chasing pack.[4] However, his sprint was brought to an early conclusion as Tom Blomqvist, Nicolas Prost and Mitch Evans tangled at turn seven, prompting a FCY to remove their collective debris.[4] Vergne then resumed his charge, albeit dragging Bird and Lotterer along with him as Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi fought their way through the field behind.[4]

After the stops Vergne had seen his lead double, while Bird and Lotterer came underfire from a charging di Grassi who had stopped a lap later.[4] The Brazilian duly managed to pass the pair of them, albeit only after a particularly bruising fight with the German, before blasting up to the back of Vergne.[4] Unfortunately for him the fight with Lotterer had lasted until the final lap, meaning Vergne was able to cruise home to claim victory as, a few seconds behind, it all kicked off for thrid.[4]

Indeed, Lotterer had got ahead of Bird prior to di Grassi's move to second, but had spent far more energy than those around him.[4] He duly ran out of energy on the back straight, and moved to the middle of the circuit in hopes of holding onto third.[4] His ploy almost worked, only for Bird to slam into the back of his car, the Brit having had literally no where to go as the German moved across.[4] Bird duly crossed the line in third, but with three wheels on his wagon, while Lotterer limped home in sixth with the rear of his Techeetah badly damaged.[4]

Race Nine: Berlin E-Prix (19 May 2018)Edit

Berlin made its annual return to the FE calendar in May 2018, with the Series set to use the revised Tempelhof Airport circuit from 2016/17.[10]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2018 Berlin E-Prix article.

Following on from Jean-Éric Vergne's home pole/victory run in Paris it was Daniel Abt whom claimed the first grid slot in Berlin, the German putting in a flawless display to do so.[42] His effort was enough to beat Oliver Turvey to the mark, the Brit having surprised most by getting his NIO into the top five, let alone get onto the front row.[42] He therefore out-qualified the aforementioned Vergne, with Jérôme d'Ambrosio and Lucas di Grassi completing the Super Pole shootout.[42]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2018 Berlin E-Prix article.

Abt managed to leap away to claim the lead at the start of the race, leaving Turvey to fend off Vergne well enough that d'Ambrosio snuck into third.[5] The German and the Brit would steadily pull clear of the field over the following laps, meaning d'Ambrosio became a road block in third with all of the title contenders stuck behind him.[5] The first man to break free of his queue would be di Grassi, who duly caught and passed Turvey before the pit-window to make it an Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler one-two.[5]

Those two would remain untroubled for the rest of the race, completing a dominant victory for Audi as Abt also collected fastest lap to score maximum points.[5] Behind, Vergne and Sébastien Buemi would duel for fourth until the Frenchman lunged past Turvey for third in the closing stages, with Buemi eventually following him through.[5] Elsewhere, André Lotterer miraculously finished in the top ten despite starting last, as José María López and Nelson Piquet Jr. spun on the penultimate lap.[5]

Race Ten: Zürich E-Prix (10 June 2018)Edit

Formula E would make a little bit of history on the 10 June 2018, when the Series became the first Championship to host an International motorsport event in Switzerland for 60 years.[12]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2018 Zürich E-Prix article.

The first man to claim pole position in a race in Switzerland since 1954 would be a surprise in the form of Mitch Evans, whose effort was also the first time that Jaguar had started at the head of the field.[43] The Kiwi duly beat André Lotterer having set the pace in the group stage, while title hopeful Sam Bird qualified ahead of Championship leader Jean-Éric Vergne.[43] Indeed, it was a miserable session for the Frenchman, with the Techeetah racer down in seventeenth on the grid.[43]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2018 Zürich E-Prix article.

Evans' would duly ace his first pole start in FE to claim an early lead from Lotterer, with the rest of the field getting caught behind Daniel Abt and Nelson Piquet Jr. as they slammed into one-another at the "Tramstop" chicane.[44] Vergne, meanwhile, would steadily climb through the order in the wake of Lucas di Grassi, with the Brazilian easing through to snatch the lead just before the pitstops.[44] However, as the Brazilian snatched the lead a very controversial FCY was thrown due to debris, caused by Felix Rosenqvist throwing his Mahindra into the barriers defending from Vergne.[44]

It was during the FCY that the entire field made their stops, although in rejoining the circuit several drivers were caught speeding, having come out of the pits at full speed before slamming onto the limiter to return to FCY speed.[44] The list of victims included Vergne, who had got ahead of Bird in the confusion, as well as Evans, Lotterer, Sébastien Buemi and José María López.[44] They all had to serve a drive-through penalty in the closing stages, meaning Bird was promoted to second, while Vergne dropped out of the points.[44]

Out front, meanwhile, di Grassi would claim a seemingly simple victory ahead of Bird, while Jérôme d'Ambrosio survived the chaos well to finish third.[44] Vergne, meanwhile, charged back up to tenth to ensure that he could take the title in the first New York City race, with himself and Bird the only two drivers capable of taking the crown.[44]

Race Eleven: New York City E-Prix I (14 July 2018)Edit

The popular New York City double header from 2016/17 returned as the penultimate venue of the season, with two races scheduled on the weekend of 14-15 July, 2018.[10]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2018 New York City E-Prix I article.

Both title contenders would find themselves lacking in the first qualifying session of the New York weekend, with Sam Bird down in fourteenth while Jean-Éric Vergne started third from last as his time was deleted.[45] Pole, meanwhile, would go to Sébastien Buemi ahead of Mitch Evans, while Nicolas Prost made a rare Super Pole appearance in third.[45] Jérôme d'Ambrosio was next ahead of Daniel Abt, with the German the favourite heading into the race given that the Brooklyn Street Circuit had been extended for 2017/18.[45]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2018 New York City E-Prix I article.

Buemi would start the race unchallenged from the front of the grid, for Evans covered a whole yard before a driveshaft failed on his Jaguar.[7] His stranded car made the run to the first corner more perilous than usual, meaning d'Ambrosio slammed into the back of his Dragon teammate José María López, dumping both into the pits.[7] Title-wise, meanwhile, Bird would make quick progress up the field to move into the top ten early on, while Vergne decided to take a more conservative approach and so lost a little ground.[7]

However, well before the pitwindow it was clear that Bird was struggling, and his title fight was duly ended when first André Lotterer, and then Vergne, surged past on lap seventeen.[7] Indeed, the Brit needed to finish above Vergne to have any hopes of taking the title, but with the Frenchman ahead his title hopes were out of his hands.[7] Furthermore, Bird simply lacked the pace to make further progress, while Lotterer and Vergne elbowed their way through to fifth and sixth as the field swept into the pits.[7]

Lotterer would eventually gift Vergne fifth place as the race wore on, meaning Vergne won the Championship as Bird could only finish in ninth.[7] Up front, meanwhile, Buemi was ultimately powerless to prevent both the Audi Sport ABT Schaefflers from barging into the lead, with di Grassi and Abt duly blasting clear.[7] That allowed the two racers to duel for the lead, although an overly aggressive move by di Grassi on Abt to claim victory left a bitter taste in the mouth for the German, who was subsequently told to hold position behind his teammate.[7]

Race Twelve: New York City E-Prix II (15 July 2018)Edit

The Brooklyn Street Circuit was to remain unchanged on the following day, although the race distance was increased by two laps to provide a different challenge to the teams.[10]

QualifyingEdit

For the full qualifying report, head to the 2018 New York City E-Prix II article.

The matter of the Teams' Championship remained heading into the final race of the season, with Techeetah and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler separated by five points, with Techeetah ahead.[46] Ultimately all four of their drivers would make it to Super Pole, only to be beaten by Sébastien Buemi in his Renault e.Dams.[46] Best of the title contending quintet would be the newly crowned Jean-Éric Vergne ahead of his teammate André Lotterer, while Lucas di Grassi crashed on his Super Pole lap to leave him behind his teammate Daniel Abt.[46]

RaceEdit

For the full race report, head to the 2018 New York City E-Prix II article.

Unfortunately any hopes of a no-holds barred fight for the Teams' Championship were ruined at the start of the race, for Lotterer clearly jumped the start and was slapped with a ten-second stop-go penalty.[8] Vernge, meanwhile, would escape a similar punishment despite moving before the lights went out, having also managed to dart ahead of Buemi to snatch the lead into the first corner.[8] di Grassi and Abt, meanwhile, would take their time to get ahead of the Swiss racer, with Abt even slipping down behind Nelson Piquet Jr. early on.[8]

A FCY briefly confused things before the stops, with Abt having to stop a lap earlier than his rivals despite being told he was on the same strategy.[8] Despite that, the German managed to conserve his energy, and fend off Buemi in the closing stages to hold third, as Vergne just kept di Grassi at bay to claim victory.[8] Lotterer, meanwhile, would recover to ninth, a couple of seconds behind Nick Heidfeld in eighth, meaning Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler won the Teams' Championship on the final day by just two points.[8]

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.[47] ABT Sportsline would remain as the day-to-day operators of the team, while Schaeffler continued on as a technical partner.[47]

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[47]
Audi e-tron FE04[48]
1 Brazil Lucas di Grassi[48] All
66 Germany Daniel Abt[48] All
Flag of the United States Dragon Racing[25]
Penske EV-2
6 Switzerland Neel Jani[49] 1-2
Argentina José María López[50] 3-12
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[49] All
Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing
DS Virgin DSV-03
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird[51] All
36 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn[51] All
Flag of India Mahindra Racing[25]
Mahindra M4Electro[52]
19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist[53] All
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld[53] All
Flag of the United States MS&AD Andretti Formula E[25]
Andretti ATEC-03[54]
27 Flag of Japan Kamui Kobayashi[55] 1-2
Flag of the United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist[56] 3-8
France Stéphane Sarrazin[57] 9-12
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa[54] All
Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team[56]
NextEV NIO 003[58]
16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[58] 1-11
68 Italy Luca Filippi[58] 1-7, 9-12
People's Republic of China Ma Qing Hua*[59] 8, 12
Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing[25]
Jaguar I-Type II[60]
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.[60] All
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans[60] All
France Renault e.Dams[25]
Renault Z.E. 17[61]
8 France Nicolas Prost[62] All
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[62] All
People's Republic of China Techeetah[25]
Renault Z.E. 17
18 Germany André Lotterer[63] All
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne[63] All
Monaco Venturi Formula E Team[25]
Venturi VM200-FE-03
4 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara[64] 1-8, 10
France Tom Dillmann[65][66] 9, 11-12
5 Germany Maro Engel[64] All
Source:[56]

StandingsEdit

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

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

2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Drivers
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 Pts.
1st Vergne 2nd 4th 5th 1st 5th 1st 5th 1st 3rd 10th 5th 1st 198
2nd di Grassi 17th 14th Ret Ret 9th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 144
3rd Bird 1st 5th 3rd 5th 17th 3rd 1st 3rd 7th 2nd 9th 10th 143
4th Buemi 11th 10th 2nd 3rd 3rd Ret 6th 5th 4th 5th 3rd 4th 125
5th Abt 5th DSQ 10th Ret 1st 14th 4th 7th 1st 13th 2nd 3rd 120
6th Rosenqvist 14th 1st 1st 4th Ret 5th Ret 8th 11th 15th 14th 5th 96
7th Evans 12th 3rd 11th 7th 6th 4th 9th 15th 6th 7th Ret 6th 68
8th Lotterer DSQ 13th Ret 2nd 13th 12th 3rd 6th 9th 4th 7th 9th 64
9th Piquet 4th 12th 4th 6th 4th Ret Ret Ret 12th Ret Ret 7th 51
10th Turvey 16th 6th Ret 14th 2nd 7th 12th 9th 5th 9th INJ 46
11th Heidfeld 3rd 16th 7th Ret Ret Ret 16th 11th 10th 6th 6th 8th 42
12th Engel 13th 7th 12th Ret 16th 10th 8th 4th 8th 11th 8th Ret 31
13th Mortara 7th 2nd 17th 13th 8th 17th 10th 13th Ret 29
14th d'Ambrosio Ret 15th 15th 8th 11th 9th 7th 12th 19th 3rd 13th Ret 27
15th da Costa 6th 11th 14th 9th 7th 11th 11th Ret 15th 8th 11th 15th 20
16th Lynn 8th 9th 9th Ret 10th 6th Ret 14th 16th 16th Ret 14th 17
17th López 6th Ret 12th 8th 17th 10th 18th 12th Ret Ret 14
18th Dillmann 13th 4th Ret 12
19th Prost 9th 8th 13th 10th Ret 15th 14th 16th 14th Ret 10th 11th 8
20th Blomqvist 8th 11th 15th 16th 15th Ret 4
21st Filippi 10th Ret 16th 12th 14th 13th 13th 17th Ret 15th Ret 1
22nd Sarrazin 20th 14th 12th 12th 0
23rd Ma 17th 13th 0
24th Kobayashi 15th 17th 0
25th Jani 18th 18th 0

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

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

2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Teams
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 Pts.
1st ABT di Grassi 17th 14th Ret Ret 9th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 264
Abt 5th DSQ 10th Ret 1st 14th 4th 7th 1st 13th 2nd 3rd
2nd Techeetah Vergne 2nd 4th 5th 1st 5th 1st 5th 1st 3rd 10th 5th 1st 262
Lotterer DSQ 13th Ret 2nd 13th 12th 3rd 6th 9th 4th 7th 9th
3rd DS Virgin Bird 1st 5th 3rd 5th 17th 3rd 1st 3rd 7th 2nd 9th 10th 160
Lynn 8th 9th 9th Ret 10th 6th Ret 14th 16th 16th Ret 14th
4th Mahindra Heidfeld 3rd 16th 7th Ret Ret Ret 16th 11th 10th 6th 6th 8th 138
Rosenqvist 14th 1st 1st 4th Ret 5th Ret 8th 11th 15th 14th 5th
5th e.Dams Prost 9th 8th 13th 10th Ret 15th 14th 16th 14th Ret 10th 11th 133
Buemi 11th 10th 2nd 3rd 3rd Ret 6th 5th 4th 5th 3rd 4th
6th Jaguar Piquet 4th 12th 4th 6th 4th Ret Ret Ret 12th Ret Ret 7th 119
Evans 12th 3rd 11th 7th 6th 4th 9th 15th 6th 7th Ret 6th
7th Venturi Mortara 7th 2nd 17th 13th 8th 17th 10th 13th Ret 72
Engel 13th 7th 12th Ret 16th 10th 8th 4th 8th 11th 8th Ret
Dillmann 13th 4th Ret
8th NIO Turvey 16th 6th Ret 14th 2nd 7th 12th 9th 5th 9th INJ 47
Filippi 10th Ret 16th 12th 14th 13th 13th 17th Ret 15th Ret
Ma 17th 13th
9th Dragon d'Ambrosio Ret 15th 15th 8th 11th 9th 7th 12th 19th 3rd 13th Ret 41
Jani 18th 18th
López 6th Ret 12th 8th 17th 10th 18th 12th Ret Ret
10th Andretti da Costa 6th 11th 14th 9th 7th 11th 11th Ret 15th 8th 11th 15th 24
Kobayashi 15th 17th
Blomqvist 8th 11th 15th 16th 15th Ret
Sarrazin 20th 14th 12th 12th

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