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Andretti Formula E
Andretti logo
Team Information
Based Flag of the United States Indianapolis, Indiana
Début 2014 Beijing ePrix
Founder Michael Andretti
Key People JF Thorman, Kyle Moyer, John Lopes
Driver(s) Robin Frijns
António Félix da Costa
Car Spark-Renault SRT_01E
Sponsor(s) Amlin
Website Andretti Autosport
Team Stats
Last Season 7th (49 pt(s))
Entries 0
Wins 0
First Win
Points 202
Poles 0
Podiums 0
Fastest Laps 0
Titles
Current Season
Entrant MS Amlin Andretti
Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Portugal António Félix da Costa
Robin Frijns Antonio Felix da Costa
– (0 Pt(s)) – (0 Pt(s))
Team Standings
(0 Pt(s))
MS Amlin Andretti, better known as one of the Andretti Autosport teams, are an entrant in the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship and one of the series' founding members.[1] Partnering Robin Frijns with FE race winner António Félix da Costa, Andretti will field their own car in the third edition of the series, built by sister company Andretti Technologies.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Andretti Autosport was officially formed in 2009, but had its origins in Barry Green and Gerry Forsythe's team (Forsythe Green Racing) from 1993.[3] After various evolutions of the team, Andretti Autosport emerged with Michael Andretti at the head, competing in Indy Car.[1] Andretti Autosport hold four Indy Car titles, one USF2000 Championship and two Indianapolis 500 titles.[1]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Andretti Autosport were the first team to be announced for the championship that were based in the United States.[1] Montagny was the first driver to be announced for the team, with various others testing for the team, including Scott Speed and Gil de Ferran.[1] Charles Pic joined his compatriot in Beijing with the pair taking second and fourth respectively in the first race. Pic missed the next few races due to other commitments, meaning he was replaced by Matthew Brabham in Putrajaya and Punta del Este, while Montagny missed the Urugyian race through illness, replaced by Jean-Eric Vergne.

Then over the winter break between Punta del Este and Buenos Aires it was announced that Montagny had been suspended after failing a drugs test in Putrajaya.[4] Montagny was dropped by the team, with Marco Andretti joining the team, replacing Brabham as the main driver in their second pair of cars. At the 2015 Miami ePrix, Andretti announced their sixth different driver for the season, with Scott Speed replacing Marco for the race. Vergne took his second pole position of the season, but would be beaten by his debuting teammate, who claimed second and narrowly missed out on victory.[5]

Speed stayed with the team until the 2015 Moscow ePrix, where he was replaced by Justin Wilson, with the Brit taking tenth place during his debut.[6] The Brit had just one chance, however, with Simona de Silvestro taking the second cars for the season finale in London.[7] An impressive debut saw her out-qualify team mate Vergne (somewhat a qualifying specialist with three poles to his name), but was unable to take points.[8]

Second HelpingEdit

Andretti founded Andretti Technologies to cater for their development of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E into the second season, ultimately unveiling the new ATEC-01.[9] A few days later, their driver line up for 2015/16 was revealed, with Jean-Eric Vergne partnered with Simona de Silvestro, who had raced together in London.[10] A day later, and Andretti unveiled their new blue livery, courtesy of a major sponsorship deal with Amlin, who had previously sponsored Team Aguri during 2014/15.[11]

However, the ATEC-01 proved to be too unreliable during the 2015 Donington Test, while Vergne left the team to join DS Virgin Racing. Their bad summer continued with news that their IndyCar Series and one time Formula E driver Justin Wilson died in a race in America, while their new car continued to run poorly.[12] They opted to switch to Season One technology (i.e. the Spark-Renault SRT_01E) for the final day of the test, while also signing Robin Frijns to replace the outgoing Vergne.[13]

With year old cars, relatively inexperienced drivers and very little running, Andretti's season was pretty much written off from the start. Yet, Frijns seemed to have other ideas, and at the 2015 Putrajaya ePrix the Dutchman shocked the entire paddock by putting the year old car onto the podium, demonstrating the benefit of using proven technology.[14] Yet, that would be the team's only real triumph of the season, with Frijns scoring minor points for the rest of the season, while de Silvestro took until the 2016 Long Beach ePrix to finally get her name on the board.[15]

Andretti AttackEdit

With 2015/16 a write off, Andretti threw their full weight at ensuring that their challenger for season three would go to the 2016 Donington Test and actually get out on circuit.[16] An extensive development programme saw the ATEC-02 cover thousands of kilometres before the public pre-season test, while António Félix da Costa was brought on board to partner Frijns.[17] The Donington Test would go well for the new Andretti, despite the fact that Frijns and da Costa were both in the lower half of the field in outright pace.

Formula E RecordEdit

Andretti Autosport's Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Driver Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2014/15 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 6th 119
Montagny 2nd DSQ
Pic 4th
Brabham 13th Ret
Vergne 14th 6th 18th 2nd NC 7th 4th 3rd 16th
Andretti 12th
Speed 2nd Ret 12th 13th
Wilson 10th
de Silvestro 11th 12th
2015/16 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 7th 49
Frijns 10th 3rd 10th 8th 5th 15th 7th 6th CAN Ret Ret
de Silvestro Ret 13th 11th 14th 14th 9th 15th 9th CAN 11th Ret
2016/17 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Canada 7th 34
Frijns 6th 11th 14th 11th 12th 6th 18th 18th 9th 9th 8th 13th
da Costa 5th Ret 11th Ret 11th Ret 17th 11th 12th 15th 14th 15th

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 'Teams: Andretti Autosport', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/teams/andretti-autosport.aspx, (Accessed 15/07/2015)
  2. 'Andretti technologies to build Formula E powertrain', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/06/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/andretti-technologies-to-build-formula-e-powertrain.aspx, (Accessed 15/07/2015)
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andretti_Autosport#Andretti_Autosport
  4. 'Ex-F1 driver Franck Montangy tests positive for cocaine derivative', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 01/01/2015), http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/117253, (Accessed 25/04/2015)
  5. 'Prost powers to first Formula E win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/03/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/prost-powers-to-first-formula-e-win.aspx, (Accessed 27/04/2015)
  6. 'Justin Wilson to race for Andretti in Moscow', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/05/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/justin-wilson-to-race-for-andretti-in-moscow.aspx, (Accessed 02/06/2015)
  7. 'De Silvestro to race in Visa London ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/06/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/de-silvestro-to-race-in-london-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 14/06/2015)
  8. 'Bird hails ‘unbelievable’ end to season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/bird-hails-unbelievable-end-to-season.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
  9. 'FIA homologates manufacturers for second Formula E season',fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/08/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/august/fia-homologates-manufacturers-for-second-formula-e-season.aspx, (Accessed 03/08/2015)
  10. 'Vergne, de Silvestro named as Andretti Formula E drivers', motorsport.com, (Motorsport.com, 04/08/2015), http://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/vergne-de-silvestro-named-as-andretti-formula-e-drivers (Accessed 07/08/2015)
  11. Smith, Sam, 'Andretti scoops Amlin partnership for season two campaign', motorsport.com, (Motorsport, 06/08/2015), http://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/andretti-scoops-amlin-partnership-for-season-two-campaign/?v=11&s=1, (Accessed 07/08/2015)
  12. 'Alejandro Agag: Statement on the passing of Justin Wilson', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/08/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/august/alejandro-agag-statement-on-the-passing-of-justin-wilson.aspx, (Accessed 25/08/2015)
  13. 'Robin Frijns to race for Andretti', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/09/2015),http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/september/robin-frijns-to-race-for-andretti.aspx, (Accessed 17/09/2015)
  14. 'Di Grassi keeps his cool to win in Putrajaya', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/11/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/november/di-grassi-keeps-his-cool-to-win-in-putrajaya.aspx, (Accessed 22/11/2015)
  15. 'Di Grassi's Shoreline sensation', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/04/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/april/di-grassi-s-shoreline-sensation/, (Accessed 03/04/2016)
  16. 'ANDRETTI COMPLETES TRACK TESTING WITH NEW POWERTRAIN: ATEC-02 TO DEBUT IN 2016/17 SEASON', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/06/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/june/andretti-completes-track-testing-with-new-powertrain/, (Accessed 08/07/2016)
  17. 'ANTONIO FELIX DA COSTA TO JOIN ANDRETTI FORMULA E: FORMULA E RACE WINNER TO DRIVE ALONGSIDE ROBIN FRIJNS AT ANDRETTI', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/08/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/august/antonio-felix-da-costa-to-join-andretti-formula-e, (Accessed 10/08/2016)

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