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Andretti Formula E
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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) António Félix da Costa
Kamui Kobayashi
Tom Blomqvist
Stéphane Sarrazin
Car Andretti ATEC-03
Sponsor(s) Amlin
Website Andretti Formula E
Team Stats
Last Season 7th (34 pt(s))
Entries 0
Wins 0
First Win
Points 226
Poles 0
Podiums 0
Fastest Laps 0
Titles
Current Season
Entrant MS&AD Andretti Formula E
Portugal António Félix da Costa France Stéphane Sarrazin
Antonio Felix da Costa Stephane Sarrazin
15th (20 Pt(s)) 22nd (0 Pt(s))
Team Standings
10th (24 Pt(s))
MS Amlin Andretti, better known as one of the Andretti Autosport teams, are an entrant in the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship and one of the series' founding members.[1] Partnering Stéphane Sarrazin with FE race winner António Félix da Costa, Andretti field their own car in the fourth edition of the series, built by sister company Andretti Technologies.[2]

From 2018/19 the Andretti entry would be largely taken over by BMW, with Andretti Formula E set to become the de facto factory BMW team in the series.[3]

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.[4] 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-Éric 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] The Brit had just one chance, however, with Simona de Silvestro taking the second cars for the season finale in London.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18] 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.

The Waiting GameEdit

2017/18 was set to be a transitional year for Andretti, with the team awaiting the impending arrival of BMW at the end of the season to take over their FE interests.[3] As such, the team would retain the services of BMW backed racer da Costa, while dropping Frijns in favour of fellow Bavarian backed racer Tom Blomqvist.[19] However, the latter's debut would be pushed back a couple of races after the pre-season test, with Andretti deciding to give ex-Formula One racer Kamui Kobayashi a run in Hong Kong after a request from their sponsors.[20]

It was, unsurprisingly, the more experienced da Costa whom got the best out of the new Andretti ATEC-03 at the season opening round, the Portuguese ace claiming sixth as Kobayashi failed to score.[21] The pair then both failed to score in the second race, before Blomqvist scored points on his debut in Marrakech, finishing eighth with da Costa fourteenth.[22] Andretti would then field BMW's 2012 DTM Champion Bruno Spengler in the 2018 Rookie Test, although neither he, nor Colton Herta, would perform particularly spectacularly during the one day test.[23]

Back to racing and da Costa recorded two further point scoring finishes in Santiago and Mexico City, as Blomqvist began a dismal run of form.[24] Indeed, the Anglo-Swede would fail to score at all for the rest of the season, with Blomqvist ultimately pulled out of the car after the Paris E-Prix to focus on his World Endurance Championship commitments.[25] Likewise, da Costa would enter a poor run of form after the Mexico City race, with Andretti not registering a points finish until the Portuguese racer finished eighth in Zürich.[26]

That would ultimately be that for Andretti for the season, for da Costa just fell shy of the points in the first New York City E-Prix, having run inside the top ten early on.[27] The Portuguese racer was then well off the pace after a poor qualifying result for the second race, while Sarrazin failed to score at all, finishing both races in twelfth.[28] That result left Andretti Formula E at the foot of the Teams' Championship, while da Costa was their best placed driver in fifteenth.

BMW Backing?Edit

The 2018/19 season would see Andretti's interests in FE largely taken over by BMW, with the Bavarian firm making their own powertrain, dubbed the iFE.18.[29] However, while the initial deal with Andretti suggested that the team would continue to operate on a day-to-day basis, it was unclear how the team would work from the start of the fifth FE season.

Formula E RecordEdit

The tables below show Andretti Formula E's full record in the FIA Formula E Championship.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The table below gives an overview of Andretti Formula E's entries in Formula E:

Andretti Formula E's overall Formula E Record
Season Official name No. Drivers DC Pos. DC Pts. Car TC Pos. TC Pts.
2014/15 Flag of the United States Andretti Autosport 27 France Franck Montagny 16th 18 Spark-Renault SRT_01E 6th 119
27 France Jean-Eric Vergne 7th 70
28 France Charles Pic* 18th 16
28 Flag of the United States Matthew Brabham 31st 0
28 Flag of the United States Marco Andretti 30th 0
28 Flag of the United States Scott Speed 15th 18
28 Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 25th 1
28 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 27th 0
2015/16 Flag of the United States Amlin Andretti Formula E 27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns 12th 45 Spark-Renault SRT_01E
Andretti ATEC-01
7th 49
28 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro 18th 4
2016/17 Flag of the United States MS Amlin Andretti 27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns 13th 24 Andretti ATEC-02 7th 34
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa 20th 10
2017/18 Flag of the United States MS&AD Andretti Formula E 27 Monaco Kamui Kobayashi 24th 0 Andretti ATEC-03 10th 24
27 Flag of the United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist 20th 4
27 France Stéphane Sarrazin 22nd 0
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa 15th 20

Career ResultsEdit

Listed below are the full career results of Andretti Formula E:

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
2017/18 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 10th 24
da Costa 6th 11th 14th 9th 7th 11th 11th Ret 15th 8th 11th 15th
Kobayashi 15th 17th
Blomqvist 8th 11th 15th 16th 15th Ret
Sarrazin 20th 14th 12th 12th

ReferencesEdit

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