Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship reaches a dramatic conclusion this weekend for the inaugural 2022 Hana Bank Seoul E-Prix.
With 4 drivers nonetheless mathematically able to securing the title, and the Teams’ Championship up for grabs too, it’s set to be an exhilarating weekend of wheel-to-wheel motion.
Ahead of the double-header within the South Korean capital, listed here are all of your speaking factors:
Vandoorne vying for victory
The Formula E World Championship title for Season 8 is Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ)’s to lose.
The Belgian will begin the weekend high of the Drivers’ Championship 36 factors away from second-placed Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing), with Edoardo Mortara (ROKIT Venturi Racing) an additional 5 factors again.
Vandoorne has been the collection’ most constant performer this time period, having scored in all however one E-Prix and securing podium finishes in half of the races, and it’s that attribute consistency that has enabled the 30-year-old to interrupt away from the chasing pack.
This weekend’s double-header represents the ultimate hurdle for Vandoorne, who will probably be assured of securing a maiden electrical title and be topped World Champion. However, with 58 factors up for grabs in Seoul throughout the 2 races, Vandoorne will should be cautious of the challenges of Evans and Mortara in a collection famend for its competitiveness.
“The teams have become massively competitive, and the margins now between everyone are just getting smaller, so it’s becoming harder as well to achieve those good results,” stated Vandoorne forward of the finale.
All to play for within the battle for the Teams’ title
An exhilarating Teams’ Championship battle has additionally culminated in a three-horse race, with Mercedes-EQ main the way in which on 291 factors, forward of ROKIT Venturi (255 factors) and DS TECHEETAH (244 factors).
Reigning champions Mercedes-EQ strengthened their possibilities of back-to-back titles after a mighty factors haul in London. The German producer secured 53 factors within the English capital due to a pair of podiums from Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries, and a top-six end for each drivers throughout each races.
Team Principal Ian James will probably be hoping to steer Mercedes-EQ to victory earlier than he bows out from the staff to take over the reins at McLaren, who debut in Formula E within the 2022/23 season. Any slip up although and Venturi and two-time champions DS will probably be able to pounce.
Bad 12 months for Bird and the Brits
Veteran driver Sam Bird (Jaguar TCS Racing) has competed in each season of Formula E because the collection’ inception in 2014, claiming race victories in all earlier years.
Ahead of the season, there had been excessive hopes that Bird might turn into the primary British Formula E World Champion. However, it has been a sub-par 12 months for the 35-year-old who will lose his report of victories in each season as he sits out the ultimate two races as a result of a damaged hand – changed by Jaguar reserve driver Norman Nato. In truth, Bird has not even featured on the rostrum this 12 months.
He is although not the one Brit to have struggled in Season 8, and compatriots Alexander Sim, Oliver Rowland (each Mahindra Racing), Dan Ticktum and Oliver Turvey (each NIO 333) have all underperformed, mustering simply 42 factors between them.
Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis has been the standout of the British contingent, securing a victory and a P2 in London final day out so as to add to his P3 in Diriyah, however has nonetheless didn’t dwell as much as the excessive expectations set of him after ending third in final 12 months’s Drivers’ World Championship in his rookie season.
And with locations up for grabs on the grid in the course of the low season, Seoul represents the final likelihood for the Brits to stake their declare for a spot heading into Season 9.
Formula E reaches century of races and says goodbye to previous associates
This weekend’s Hana Bank E-Prix marks the a centesimal race in Formula E’s electrifying historical past and can see an exhilarating finish to a memorable Season 8.
The season additionally marks a number of farewells, beginning with Mercedes-EQ who will depart Formula E on the finish of the season having been acquired by the newly getting into McLaren staff.
ROKIT Venturi Racing may also disappear from the Formula E grid after Sunday’s finale, because the staff turns into Maserati for Season 9, whereas Audi and BMW will probably be leaving their technical roles with buyer groups Envision Racing and Avalanche Andretti, respectively.
The chequered flag on Sunday may also characterize the top of the Gen2 period, as a brand new daybreak is ushered in with the extremely anticipated ‘world’s most sustainable racing automobile’ making its debut in 2023 – the Gen3.
It may also mark a major second for Venturi’s Lucas di Grassi. The Brazilian is ready to turn into the one driver to have featured in each E-Prix to-date following Sam Bird’s unlucky withdrawal via harm as the one different ever-present driver so far.
Formula E debuts in Seoul
Formula E heads to a different new location because the all-electric racing collection makes its debut in South Korea this weekend. The 2022 Hana Bank E-Prix would be the second debut for the Net Zero Carbon Championship this season alongside the Jakarta E-Prix.
The monitor begins with a decent, technical run earlier than getting into the Jamsil Olympic stadium, the place the 22 racers will placed on a present for hundreds of followers within the stadium seats, earlier than a batch of sweeping turns resulting in lengthy straights related by 90-degree turns round this quick 2.6km, 22-turn circuit. The excessive temperatures and moist situations may also add an additional problem for the groups to handle.
The race may also mark the primary time in 9 years that South Korea has hosted a serious motorsport occasion – the latest being the 2013 Seoul Grand Prix. It can be the primary world championship sporting occasion held on the Jamsil Olympic stadium because the Olympic Games in 1988.
:: Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship reaches its conclusion in Seoul, South Korea with a double-header on August 13 and 14, with each races dwell on terrestrial tv on Channel 4 from 07:30 BST.