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Jérôme dAmbrosio António Félix da Costa Jean-Éric Vergne
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2018/19 Formula E Season
Spark II
Formula E: The Next Generation
Season Information
No. Rounds 13
First Round Flag of Saudi Arabia 2018 Ad Diriyah E-Prix
Last Round Flag of the United States 2019 New York City E-Prix II
Manufacturers Andretti-BMW, Audi Sport, DS, Jaguar, Mahindra, NIO, Nissan, Penske, Spark, Venturi
Tyre(s) France Michelin
Driver's Championship
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Second {{{{{driver2nat}}}}} Unknown 0 Pt(s)
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Third {{{{{driver3nat}}}}} Unknown 0 Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s), Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
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Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Second {{{{{team2nat}}}}} Unknown 0 Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Third {{{{{team3nat}}}}} Unknown 0 Pt(s)
Unknown Win(s), Unknown Pole(s) Unknown Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
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2017/18 2019/20
The 2018/19 Formula E Season, officially known as the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, will be the fifth edition of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, set to start in October 2018. Season five will be one of the most significant seasons in FE's short history, being the first to feature cars that could complete a full race distance, based on the new Spark Gen 2.[1]

It is also to be the first season of Formula E to feature a support series race, with the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy held on the same day as each E-Prix.[2] It, like Formula E's first season, will be a single make series, with all competitors using the Jaguar I-Pace SUV.[2]

BackgroundEdit

As part of the evolution of Formula E to a world leading series, the FIA and Formula E Holdings commissioned Spark Racing Technologies to design a new car to replace the five year old Spark-Renault SRT_01E.[1] This new car, dubbed the "Gen 2", featured a complete redesign of the body work, suspension and brakes, and was fitted with a McLaren developed battery which was to last for the entire race distance.[1] Images of the new car were released on 30 January 2018, with a full public reveal, and first deliveries, scheduled for 8 March 2018.[1]

CalendarEdit

The provisional calendar has yet to be released for the 2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship, although it has been revealed that the historical Saudi Arabian capital Ad Diriyah will host the opening round.[3] After that, the full but provisional calendar, featuring two "TBAs", was released on the 7 June 2018, confirming that the Ad Diriyah district of Riyadh would indeed host the season opener.[4] The inaugural visit to Riyadh was scheduled for the 15 December 2018, with a trip to Marrakech following on 12 January 2019.[4]

The first TBA of the season was next, set for the 26 January 2019, with Santiago later announced as the third city to host FE in 2018/19, on the new Parque O'Higgins Circuit.[5] Another visit to Mexico City would follow in mid-February, before FE headed to Hong Kong on 10 March, with both venues unchanged.[4] A second race in China was also scheduled, with a deal for the series to head to Sanya, a city on Hainan Island, scheduled for the 23 March, 2019.[6]

After that, the FE series would head back to Europe for the first ever voestalpine European Races, set to be awarded to the best driver across 2018/19's five European E-Prix.[7][8] Visits to Rome and Paris would open the European tour, before FE made its debut on the full, and famed, Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo.[4] A trip to the Tempelhofring in Berlin would follow, before the "European Series" came to its conclusion in Bern on 9 June, the latter event replacing Zürich on the calendar.[9]

With that, the 2018/19 campaign would head to New York City for the season finale, with the US financial capital hosting another double header for the series.[4] In terms of testing a collective pre-season test was expected but not confirmed on the provisional calendar, while an in-season test, akin to the 2018 Rookie Test, was not initially announced.[4]

All private pre-season testing will be conducted prior to the final homolgation date, 1 October 2018. A public test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia would then conclude pre-season testing, with all eleven teams in attendance between the 16 and 19 October 2018.[10] There would also be an in-season test staged after the opening round at Ad Diriyah, intended to allow a number of female drivers to drive an FE car, while there were also reports of a rookie test scheduled after the Marrakech E-Prix.[11] A third and final in-season test was also scheduled, taking place after the 2019 Mexico City E-Prix in mid-February, which would be restricted to drivers listed on the official entry list.[12]

The full calendar for the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship is outlined below:

2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship*
Round E-Prix City Circuit Date Report
1 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix[13] Flag of Saudi Arabia Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia Ad Diriyah Street Circuit 15 December 2018[4] Report
2 2019 ABB Formula E Marrakech E-Prix Flag of Morocco Marrakech, Morocco Circuit Moulay El Hassan 12 January 2019[4] Report
3 2019 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix[5] Flag of Chile Santiago, Chile Parque O'Higgins Circuit 26 January 2019[5] Report
4 2019 CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix[14] Flag of Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 16 February 2019[4] Report
5 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Harbourfront Circuit 10 March 2019[4] Report
6 2019 ABB Formula E Sanya E-Prix People's Republic of China Sanya, China TBA 23 March 2019[6] Report
7 2019 ABB Formula E Rome E-Prix Italy Rome, Italy Circuto Cittadino dell’EUR 13 April 2019[4] Report
8 2019 Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix[15] France Paris, France Les Invalides Circuit 27 April 2019[4] Report
9 2019 ABB Formula E Monaco E-Prix Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco Circuit de Monaco 11 May 2019[4] Report
10 2019 ABB Formula E Berlin E-Prix Germany Berlin, Germany Tempelhofring 25 May 2019[4] Report
11 2019 Julius Baer Swiss E-Prix[9] Switzerland Bern, Switzerland Bern Street Circuit 9 June 2019[9] Report
12 2019 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix[15] Flag of the United States New York City, USA Brooklyn Street Circuit 13 July 2019[4] Report
13 2019 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix[15] Flag of the United States New York City, USA Brooklyn Street Circuit 14 July 2019[4] Report
2018/19 FIA Formula E Tests
I 2018 Valencia Test[10] Spain Valencia, Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo 16 - 19 October 2018[10] Report
II 2018 Ad Diriyah Test[11] Flag of Saudi Arabia Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia Ad Diriyah Street Circuit 17 December 2018[11] Report
III 2019 Rookie Test[12] Flag of Morocco Marrakech, Morocco Circuit Moulay El Hassan 13 January 2019[12] Report
IV 2019 Mexico City Test[12] Flag of Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 17 February 2019[12] Report
  • * All dates and venues according to the provisional calendar released on the 7 June 2018 and subject to FIA approval.[4]

RegulationsEdit

Nine manufacturers were granted the ability to submit powertrain designs to compete in 2018/19, all of them committing to a three year stint in the Championship.[16] Additional manufacturers would be permitted to enter designs during the three year period, either signing up for the 2019/20 or 2020/21 seasons.[16]

TechnicalEdit

Nine manufacturers would use the newest Spark Racing Technologies SRT05e chassis design as a basis, building their own powertrain solutions to harness the energy stored in the latest McLaren Applied Technologies battery.[16] This McLaren battery will last for the entire race distance, bringing an end to the mid-race car swap seen during the first four seasons, although this change will likely mean more conservative driving is required.[16] The FIA therefore implemented an "Attack Mode" boost system for the fifth season of FE to increase the amount of tactical racing, while an LED screen and light system was installed on the new Halo head protection device to inform spectators of whether a driver is in "attack mode".[17]

FanBoost would also receive an upgrade for the 2018/19 season, with the temporary 25 kW power boost set to be extended to five drivers, up from three in previous seasons.[18] There were also modifications to its use, reduced to just the final 22 minutes of the race, although the voting time limit and rules remained unchanged from 2017/18.[18]

SportingEdit

Ahead of the 2018/19 season it was revealed that there would be a change to the race distance, with the conventional system of a fixed race distance replaced by a maximum time limit.[19] Instead, 2018/19 E-Prix would be contested over 45 minutes plus an additional lap, meaning teams would have to carefully monitor their energy usage and adapt their strategy during the race, rather than calculate it before hand.[19] The move proved universally popular with drivers and teams, although concerns over how long delays such as red flags were to be handled were raised by fans.

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.[20] An extra three points are to be awarded to the pole setter at each E-Prix, while the driver who records the fastest lap in the top ten of each race will receive an additional point.[20] There were plans to replace the fastest lap point with an "efficiency bonus point", designed to promote more efficient powertrain designs and energy consumption, although this change was vetoed by the teams shortly before the start of the season.[21]

Outlined below is a full breakdown of the point scoring system for the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship:

2018/19 ABB 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 Pilot Sport tyres at each race meeting (for both of their cars) which must last for the entire race meeting.[20]

QualifyingEdit

Rules regarding qualifying were also changed ahead of the fifth FE season, with the "lottery" element of the group allocations completely abandoned.[22] Instead, the groups would be allocated solely on Championship position, with the top five/six in the first group, sixth/seventh through to tenth/twelfth in the next and so on.[22] Each group will also be expanded to include a potential sixth car due to the addition of the new-for-2018/19 HWA Team, while Super Pole was modified to include a sixth driver as well.[22]

Season ReportEdit

EntrantsEdit

Nine manufacturers were granted the right to homologate designs for the 2018/19 Formula E Championship, with BMW officially partnering with the Andretti Formula E entry to promote their electric racing ambitions.[16] Shortly before the 2017/18 season it was revealed that Nissan were joining the series, replacing Renault although retaining a partnership with e.Dams.[23] There was also news of an additional team in 2018/19, as HWA Racelab, a long-time Mercedes sanctioned team in the DTM, joined the series with powertrains from Venturi.[24]

The full 2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship entry list will be outlined below:

2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Name Rounds Test/Reserve
Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler[16]
Audi e-tron FE05[25]
11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi[26] 1- Switzerland Nico Müller
66 Germany Daniel Abt[26] 1-
Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport[27]
BMW iFE.18[28]
27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims[29] 1- Flag of Canada Bruno Spengler[30]
Dutch Flag Beitske Visser[30]
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa[29] 1-
People's Republic of China DS Techeetah[31]
DS E-Tense FE 19[32]
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne[33] 1-
36 Germany André Lotterer[33] 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing
Audi e-tron FE05[25]
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird[34] 1-
4 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns[35] 1-
Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon[27][36]
Penske EV-3[37]
6 Germany Maximilian Günther[38] 1- Italy Antonio Fuoco[39]
7 Argentina José María López[40] 1-
Germany HWA Racelab[24]
Venturi VFE 05[24]
5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne[41] 1- Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella[42]
17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett[43] 1-
Flag of India Mahindra Racing[16]
Mahindra M5Electro[44]
64 Flag of Belgium Jerome d'Ambrosio[45] 1- Germany Nick Heidfeld[46]
94 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist[47] 1
Germany Pascal Wehrlein[45] 2-
Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team[16]
NIO Sport 004[48]
8 France Tom Dillmann[49] 1-
16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[49] 1-
Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams[23]
Nissan IM01
22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[50] 1-
23 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[51] 1-
Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing[16]
Jaguar I-Type III[52]
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.[53] 1-
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans[53] 1-
Monaco Venturi Formula E Team[16]
Venturi VFE 05[54]
19 Brazil Felipe Massa[55] 1- Switzerland Simona de Silvestro[56]
France Norman Nato[57]
48 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara[58] 1-
Source:[59]
  • * Alexander Albon was announced as a driver for e.Dams, but subsequently left the team before the opening round after an approach by Toro Rosso to race in Formula One.[60]

StandingsEdit

2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship for DriversEdit

The full 2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship for Drivers standings are to be outlined below:

2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Drivers'
Pos. Name Flag of Saudi Arabia Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Hong Kong Flag of China Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Pts.
1st d'Ambrosio 3rd 1st 40
2nd da Costa 1st Ret 28
3rd Vergne 2nd 5th 28
4th Lotterer 5th 6th 19
5th Frijns 12th 2nd 18
6th Bird 11th 3rd 18
7th Evans 4th 9th 14
8th Sims 18th 4th 12
9th Buemi 6th 8th 12
10th di Grassi 9th 7th 9
11th Rowland 7th 15th 6
12th Abt 8th 10th 5
13th Piquet 10th 14th 1
14th López Ret 11th 0
15th Günther 15th 12th 0
16th Turvey 13th 16th 0
17th Mortara 19th 13th 0
18th Dillmann 14th 17th 0
19th Vandoorne 16th Ret 0
20th Massa 17th 18th 0
21st Paffett Ret Ret 0
22nd Rosenqvist Ret 0
23rd Wehrlein Ret 0

2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship for TeamsEdit

The full 2018/19 FIA Formula E Championship for Teams standings are to be outlined below:

2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Teams'
Pos. Team Driver Flag of Saudi Arabia Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Hong Kong Flag of China Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Pts.
1st Techeetah Vergne 2nd 5th 47
Lotterer 5th 6th
2nd Mahindra d'Ambrosio 3rd 1st 40
Rosenqvist Ret
3rd BMW Andretti Sims 18th 4th 40
da Costa 1st Ret
4th Virgin Bird 11th 3rd 36
Frijns 12th 2nd
5th Nissan e.Dams Rowland 7th 15th 18
Buemi 6th 8th
6th Jaguar Piquet 10th 14th 15
Evans 4th 9th
7th ABT di Grassi 9th 7th 14
Abt 8th 10th
8th GEOX Dragon López Ret 11th 0
Günther 15th 12th
9th NIO FE Turvey 13th 16th 0
Dillmann 14th 17th
10th Venturi Mortara 19th 13th 0
Massa 17th 18th
11th HWA Vandoorne 16th Ret 0
Paffett Ret Ret

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