FE – The stage is set for a thrilling season five finale in New York City

The final two rounds of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship will take place on the streets of Red Hook in Brooklyn this weekend (13-14 July). The most unpredictable, most competitive season so far will end with the crowning of the fifth FIA Formula E Champion.

The 2.32 km long circuit is set against the stunning backdrop of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. While the track, with its 14 turns winding through the heart of Brooklyn, has a formidable reputation thanks mainly to its unforgiving concrete surface.

Last time out

Similar to this year, New York also hosted a double header season finale in 2018. Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne went into the weekend as rivals for the championship title. In a day of high drama on the challenging circuit in Brooklyn, Vergne went from last on the grid thanks to a technical infringement during qualifying to finishing Saturday’s race in fifth place. Sam Bird was unable to capitalise on Vergne’s qualifying position, so the result was enough to put Vergne out of reach of his rival. Vergne won the title with the second race still to run. To top it off the Frenchman managed to finish the 2017/18 season on a high by winning the final race on Sunday, but Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler wrapped up the teams’ championship with second and third place for Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt respectively beating Vergne’s TECHEETAH team by a narrow two point margin.

Current standings

At the last outing of the current season, double points are again on offer as one race is held on Saturday and one on Sunday. Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne leads the way with his name at the top of the standings. He could be the first driver to defend his title and – for the first time in Formula E’s history – win the crown in two consecutive seasons. While the Frenchman has a comfortable margin, there are seven other drivers mathematically still in contention for the drivers’ championship title who will do everything in their power to beat the DS TECHEETAH driver. The team championship standings look equally as tight, four teams head into the season five finale still in with a chance of winning the title. DS TECHEETAH, who top the table travelling to New York will be doing their upmost to not lose out to Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler again this year.

While none of the drivers is American, there are two Formula E teams racing under an American flag: BMW i Andretti Motorsport and Geox Dragon. Neither of the two teams is in contention for the title anymore, but both will be eager to score the best possible results in front of their home crowd.

Gen2 debut season

The championship finale also marks the completion of a very successful debut season for the radical new Gen2 car, which was introduced at the start of season five. The futuristic looking FIA Formula E car has almost double the energy storage capacity in comparison to the first generation car and is able to go the whole race distance, making the mid-race car swaps of previous seasons a thing of the past! This leap forward in efficiency demonstrates the continuous progress made in the development of electric vehicle technologies and will benefit much more than world class racing drivers in the near future.

 

Championship Standings

Driver Standings:

Jean-Eric Vergne              DS TECHEETAH                         130

Lucas di Grassi                 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler           98

Mitch Evans                     Panasonic Jaguar Racing            87

Andre Lotterer                 DS TECHEETAH                         86

Antonio Felix da Costa      BMW i Andretti Motorsport          82

Robin Frijns                     Envision Virgin Racing                81

Sebastien Buemi              Nissan e.dams                           76

Daniel Abt                       Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler          75

Sam Bird                         Envision Virgin Racing                69

Jerome D’Ambrosio          MAHINDRA RACING                   65

Oliver Rowland                 Nissan e.dams                           63

Edoardo Mortara              VENTURI Formula E Team          52

Pascal Wehrlein                MAHINDRA RACING                   52

Felipe Massa                    VENTURI Formula E Team          36

Stoffel Vandoorne             HWA RACELAB                          31

Alexander Sims                BMW i Andretti Motorsport          24

Maximilian Gunther           GEOX DRAGON                          20

Alex Lynn                        Panasonic Jaguar Racing            10

Gary Paffett                     HWA RACELAB                          8

Oliver Turvey                   NIO Formula E Team                 6

Jose Maria Lopez              GEOX DRAGON                          3

Nelson Piquet Jr.              Panasonic Jaguar Racing            1

Tom Dillmann                  NIO Formula E Team                 0

Felipe Nasr                      GEOX DRAGON                          0

Felix Rosenqvist               MAHINDRA RACING                   0

 

Team Standings:

DS TECHEETAH                         216

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler           173

Envision Virgin Racing                150

Nissan e.dams                           139

MAHINDRA RACING                   117

BMW i Andretti Motorsport          106

Panasonic Jaguar Racing            98

VENTURI Formula E Team          88

HWA RACELAB                          39

GEOX DRAGON                          23

NIO Formula E Team                 6

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