|2017/18 Formula E Season|
The fourth FE Champion: Jean-Éric Vergne.
|First Round||2017 Hong Kong E-Prix I|
|Last Round||2018 New York City E-Prix II|
|Entrants||Audi; Andretti TE; DS; Jaguar; Mahindra; NIO; Penske; Renault; Spark; Venturi|
|Champion||Jean-Éric Vergne 198 Pt(s)|
|4 Win(s), 4 Pole(s) 0 Fastest Lap(s)|
|Second||Lucas di Grassi 144 Pt(s)|
|2 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 2 Fastest Lap(s)|
|Third||Sam Bird 143 Pt(s)|
|2 Win(s), 0 Pole(s), 1 Fastest Lap(s)|
|Champion||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 264 Pt(s)|
|4 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 7 Fastest Lap(s)|
|Second||Techeetah 262 Pt(s)|
|4 Win(s), 4 Pole(s) 1 Fastest Lap(s)|
|Third||DS Virgin Racing 160 Pt(s)|
|2 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 1 Fastest Lap(s)|
The 2017/18 Formula E Season, officially known as the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, was the fourth season of the FIA's all electric, single-seater Championship. The fourth edition of FE, which began with two races in Hong Kong on the 2 December, was the last to feature mid-E-Prix car changes, and the last to use the Spark-Renault SRT_01E as a base chassis.
Lucas di Grassi would start the season as the defending Drivers' Champion, while Renault e.Dams arrived as the unbeaten Teams' Champions from 2016/17. Elsewhere Swiss tech firm ABB became the Series' first title sponsor after signing a multi-year sponsorship deal, though to be in the region of £15 million a season.
The opening races of the season would both be held in Hong Kong, with Sam Bird and Felix Rosenqvist sharing the spoils for DS Virgin Racing and Mahindra Racing respectively. Rosenqvist would then claim victory in Marrakech to take the Championship lead, before Jean-Éric Vergne came to the fore with victory in Santiago.
From then on it was Vergne whom would dictate the Championship, with the Frenchman claiming victory in Punta del Este and Paris to take the Championship lead. Bird would chase him hard with a victory in Rome, while Rosenqvist's pace steadily disappeared as the two Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler's came to the fore.
Indeed, having dominated the pre-season test in Valencia, poor reliability cost the German squad dearly, with the team having to wait until the fifth round to claim their first victory. Second driver Daniel Abt then claimed a dominant victory in Berlin, before di Grassi earned further victories in Zürich and New York City.
That late charge meant that Audi entered the final round just five points behind Techeetah, with their lead driver Vergne already having secured the Drivers' Championship from Bird. Ultimately, Vergne would claim his fourth victory of the season, but second and third for di Grassi and Abt meant that Audi bested the Chinese squad by two points.
Away from the title fights the fourth Formula E Championship would see new drivers come to the fore as some of the old-guard began to fade. The season would also be littered with announcements about the upcoming 2018/19 season, with a new team, HWA joining the series ahead of the arrival of Mercedes and Porsche.
- 1 Background
- 2 Calendar
- 3 Regulations
- 4 Season Report
- 4.1 Pre-season
- 4.2 Race One: Hong Kong E-Prix I (2 December 2017)
- 4.3 Race Two: Hong Kong E-Prix II (3 December 2017)
- 4.4 Race Three: Marrakech E-Prix (13 January 2018)
- 4.5 Race Four: Santiago E-Prix (3 February 2018)
- 4.6 Race Five: Mexico City E-Prix (3 March 2018)
- 4.7 Race Six: Punta del Este E-Prix (17 March 2018)
- 4.8 Race Seven: Rome E-Prix (14 April 2018)
- 4.9 Race Eight: Paris E-Prix (28 April 2018)
- 4.10 Race Nine: Berlin E-Prix (19 May 2018)
- 4.11 Race Ten: Zürich E-Prix (10 June 2018)
- 4.12 Race Eleven: New York City E-Prix I (14 July 2018)
- 4.13 Race Twelve: New York City E-Prix II (15 July 2018)
- 5 Entrants
- 6 Standings
- 7 References
The provisional calendar for the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship was released on the 19 June 2017, and included several changes from the previous three seasons. The major change saw the season start very late compared to previous years, the first race penned in for early December, although the final round scheduled for late July remained unchanged. The result would be a more compressed schedule for the fourth edition of the FIA Formula E Championship, which also featured some new host cities.
A double header in Hong Kong would open the season in December 2017, before a break over Christmas to allow teams to head to North Africa. After a single race, and a rookie test, in Marrakech the field would be heading over the Atlantic for a maiden visit to Santiago, Chile on the 3 February. Mexico City would play host to FE once again a month later, before a two week break ahead of the series' first visit to São Paulo, Brazil. This was later changed to a return to Punta del Este in Uruguay on the 17 March 2018, as the organisers in São Paulo requested that the debut of the city be pushed back a year.
After making the late change to the Playa Brava Beach, FE would return to its homeland of Europe in April, with the first ever Rome E-Prix scheduled for the 14 April. Paris was pencilled in two weeks later, before the annual visit to Germany, with Berlin once again chosen to host an E-Prix. A historic visit to Zürich, Switzerland would follow on the 10 June 2018, with Formula E bringing circuit racing back to the Alps for the first time in 60 years.
It was back over the Atlantic for the final quartet of races of the season, with the return of New York City as a host city with a double header on 7-8 July. The finale would then come as a double header in Montreal once again, with the final race set to be staged on the 29 July 2018. That was, until the Montreal Mayor pulled the plug on the finale in December 2017, stating that the previous races had cost the city too much money and an alternative venue could not be found. The FIA and Formula E had no immediate replacement at hand, and would ultimately decide against a replacement after considering several options ranging from a race in Birmingham, UK, to a return to Donington Park.
The full calendar for the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship is shown below:
|2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship|
|1||2017 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix||Hong Kong||Hong Kong Harbourfront Circuit||2 December 2017||Report|
|2||2017 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix||Hong Kong, China||Hong Kong Harbourfront Circuit||3 December 2017||Report|
|3||2018 ABB FIA Formula E Marrakech E-Prix||Marrakech, Morocco||Circuit Moulay El Hassan||13 January 2018||Report|
|4||2018 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix||Santiago, Chile||Forestal Park Circuit||3 February 2018||Report|
|5||2018 ABB FIA Formula E Mexico City E-Prix||Mexico City, Mexico||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez||3 March 2018||Report|
|6*||2018 CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix||Punta del Este, Uruguay||Playa Brava Beach Circuit||17 March 2018||Report|
|7||2018 CBMM Niobium Rome E-Prix||Rome, Italy||Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR||14 April 2018||Report|
|8||2018 Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix||Paris, France||Circuit des Invalides||28 April 2018||Report|
|9||2018 BMW i Berlin E-Prix||Berlin, Germany||Tempelhofring||19 May 2018||Report|
|10†||2018 Julius Baer Zürich E-Prix||Zürich, Switzerland||Zürich Street Circuit||10 June 2018||Report|
|11||2018 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix||New York City, USA||Brooklyn Street Circuit||14 July 2018||Report|
|12||2018 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix||New York City, USA||Brooklyn Street Circuit||15 July 2018||Report|
|2017/18 FIA Formula E Tests|
|I||2017 Valencia Test||Valencia, Spain||Circuit Ricardo Tormo||2-5 October 2017||Report|
|II||2018 Rookie Test||Marrakech, Morocco||Circuit Moulay El Hassan||14 January 2018||Report|
- * São Paulo was originally to host round six, but was replaced by Punta del Este at the request of the organisers.
- † All dates and venues subject to FIA approval.
A three day pre-season test was scheduled for the entire ten team field in October, with the FIA opting to move the testing days from the series HQ, Donington Park. Instead, the only collective test would be staged at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, after pressure from the European based teams to move to a location more suited to street racing.
Various minor changes would be made to the rules and regulations for the 2017/18 season, ahead of the major shake-up scheduled for the 2018/19 season.
For 2017/18 the FIA decided to increase the maximum power allowed to be used during the race to 180kw, the equivalent to 241 bhp. This increase, up by 10kw (13 bhp), will allow the FIA to either increase the length of the average ePrix, or give teams and drivers the chance to race at an increased pace.
Testing wise the FIA decided to increase the number of in-season, public, tests to two, while also allowing teams to complete upwards of six filming days. Three of the six filming expeditions must be staged in city settings, designed to enhance the amount of marketing for the series by expanding public awareness.
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. Additional points are also awarded to the pole setter and the fastest lap setter at each ePrix, with three points earned for the former, and a single point for the latter. It was later announced that the point for fastest lap would be awarded to a driver who finished in the top ten.
In terms of race format there would be some minor variations, with the FIA deciding to remove one practice session from the schedule of a "double header" weekend.
|2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship Points Table|
|Pole Position||Fastest Lap|
Qualifying for each race in the 2017/18 FE season will largely follow the same format as previous seasons, with a group phase followed by a shootout. A minor change for the season came in how the groups were formed, now set to be based on Championship position rather than a random draw, although otherwise the system was unchanged. Four groups of five drivers would be formed ahead of qualifying, with each group then getting six minutes on circuit to set a single full power lap.
The top five overall would then progress to the Super Pole shootout, where they would go out, in order of slowest to fastest, to set a second full power lap, now on an empty circuit. Their times from the shootout would then determine the top five on the grid, while the rest of the field was ordered according to their efforts in the Group stage.
Shortly before the 2018 Marrakech E-Prix the FIA announced that the minimum pitstop time in Formula E, used since the series' inaugural season, would be dropped with immediate effect. The minimum pitstop time was introduced to ensure that drivers had enough time to do up their safety harness after swapping to their second car, although with three years of practice most of the teams had the routine down to the point where most drivers were sat around waiting to leave their pit box. The change had been considered after the first season of FE, although the proposal was ultimately rejected due to concerns over safety.
Some drivers, such as Sam Bird, questioned the move on safety grounds as the single-seater style harness could be left partially undone when a driver rejoined the circuit, meaning they would have to strap themselves in properly while on circuit. Lucas di Grassi instead suggested that the series change to using GT style belts rather than the traditional single-seater harness, which were easier to do up with outside assistance and had been designed for quick driver changes.
Race One: Hong Kong E-Prix I (2 December 2017)
The 2017/18 campaign would get underway in Hong Kong for the second successive season, with an expanded schedule at the Harbourfront Circuit as two races were scheduled for the 2nd and 3rd of December 2017.
A dramatic opening qualifying session of the season would see Jean-Éric Vergne spin his way to pole position, the Frenchman literally throwing his car through the final corner to snatch pole from Sam Bird. Indeed, Vergne's effort was just 0.027s faster than the Brit's subsequent attempt, with Bird only just edging out Nick Heidfeld by 0.002s himself. Daniel Abt also made it to Super Pole, but was a tenth and a half off, while Felix Rosenqvist threw away his Super Pole effort at the first corner.
It would be a dramatic start to the season, with a red flag thrown just moments after the start as André Lotterer crashed at turn three and blocked the circuit. After half an hour the race did get underway, with Vergne instantly sprinting clear, albeit with Bird glued to his tail. Indeed, those two would enter an exclusive fight for the lead, with Bird scything past the Techeetah shortly before the pitwindow opened to snatch the lead.
However, Bird's stop would not go smoothly, with the Brit crashing into the side of his garage as his car slid on the dust. That earned him a drive-through penalty which he duly served, but, due to the incredibly short pitlane in Hong Kong, the Brit re-emerged ahead of Vergne and still in the lead. The Frenchman briefly challenged for the lead before falling back towards Heidfeld, leaving Bird to claim victory at the opening round.
Race Two: Hong Kong E-Prix II (3 December 2017)
No changes were made to the circuit overnight in December 2017, although the second race of the season would be two laps longer to test the team's ability to conserve energy.
Felix Rosenqvist grabbed the second pole position of the season in Hong Kong, with the Swede taking top spot from Edoardo Mortara by a quarter of a second. Indeed, the rookie had put in an impressive performance in his new Venturi, and bested established FE stars Sam Bird, Daniel Abt and Mitch Evans. Bird himself would qualify third, but start thirteenth after his incident in the season opener, meaning his teammate Alex Lynn would start from fifth.
A starting light failure ahead of the race meant that the second E-Prix of the season would start behind the BMW Qualcomm i8 safety car, although this would not aid Rosenqvist's bid for victory. Indeed, the Swede's hopes of victory seemed to be over at the first corner, with Rosenqvist pitching himself into a spin before rejoining in the middle of the pack. That handed Mortara the lead from Abt, while Rosenqvist began to pick his way back through the field.
Indeed, after the early incidents the race seemed to be dragging on to an inevitable conclusion, for Mortara was pulling away from Abt ahead, while Rosenqvist was back into third after acing his pitstop. Yet, with two laps to go Mortara would throw away a maiden victory, spinning his Venturi at turn one in pursuit of setting the fastest lap. That gifted Abt the lead, with the German duly cruising home to claim his maiden triumph from Rosenqvist, while Mortara recovered to finish third ahead of Evans.
After the race, however, it was revealed that Abt's car had failed post-race scrutineering, a result of an admin error regarding a part in the powertrain. The German was subsequently disqualified from the race, meaning Rosenqvist inherited victory from Mortara, while Evans was promoted onto the podium for the first time.
Race Three: Marrakech E-Prix (13 January 2018)
The first E-Prix of 2018 was to be staged at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech, Morocco, unchanged for the 2017/18 season. The circuit would also host the first ever Rookie Test for Formula E, set to be held on the Sunday after the race.
Sébastien Buemi claimed his first pole position of the season after a poor start in Hong Kong, the Swiss racer beating Sam Bird by a small margin. Felix Rosenqvist was next ahead of José María López, the Argentine making an impressive return to FE in place of Neel Jani. Lucas di Grassi also made it Super Pole but ruined his lap, having made it into the final phase in spite of qualifying in the first group of the session.
An undramatic start to the race would see Buemi claim an early lead from Bird and Rosenqvist, with those three pulling clear of López as he fended off di Grassi. Indeed, the Argentine was fighting a rear-guard almost from the get-go, with di Grassi having to wait until lap four to finally move past the Dragon. That move also opened the door for Nelson Piquet Jr. to dive past, with Mitch Evans and Jean-Éric Vergne also lining up moves on the Argentine.
Rosenqvist, meanwhile, would be gifted second when Bird's car briefly lost power on the start/finish straight, two laps before the pit-window opened. The pitstops themselves would be fairly controversial, with a FCY thrown and withdrawn in the middle of the window as di Grassi and André Lotterer ground to a stop on circuit. Regardless, Rosenqvist would move into striking position behind Buemi in the closing stages, and duly snatched victory with four laps to go.
Race Four: Santiago E-Prix (3 February 2018)
Jean-Éric Vergne claimed his second pole position of the season at the first Santiago E-Prix, the Frenchman just beating Sébastien Buemi in the factory Renault e.Dams machine. Lucas di Grassi was the closest non-Renault pilot in qualifying in third, but would start down in thirteenth for changing an inverter. André Lotterer therefore started the second Techeetah from third, despite crashing in Super Pole, a fate that had also befallen Sam Bird in the shootout.
Star of the start would, however, be fifth placed Nelson Piquet Jr., with the Brazilian almost snatching the lead from Vergne as he caught everyone else sleeping in the first corner. However, before he could press the issue for the lead the BMW Qualcomm i8 safety car appeared, for first José María López and then Maro Engel had been fed into the barriers, leaving a lot of debris on the circuit. At the restart Vergne was able to sprint away, with the Frenchman's teammate Lotterer diving past Piquet just before the pit-window opened.
After the stops, which would see Piquet and Bird stop a lap earlier than their rivals, Vergne and Lotterer were left with a commanding lead over Buemi, although the Techeetah team themselves were lacking both a data and radio feed from their drivers. As such, a Techeetah civil war would break out in the closing stages of the race, with Lotterer and Vergne throwing their cars at each other as the duelled for victory. Ultimately, however, Vergne's defence would just hold out, meaning he claimed victory, and the Championship lead, while Lotterer survived to ensure that Techeetah became the first team to record a one-two in FE history.
Race Five: Mexico City E-Prix (3 March 2018)
Felix Rosenqvist claimed his second pole start of the season in Mexico City, the Swede dominating the Super Pole shootout to claim pole for Mahindra. António Félix da Costa was his closest challenger in the session, but the Portuguese racer was subsequently excluded from Super Pole after his car was found to be underweight. Alex Lynn would therefore have inherited second had he not been slapped with a ten place grid penalty for parts changes, meaning it was Oliver Turvey whom completed the front row.
It was a tame start to the race, with Rosenqvist pulling smartly away from the grid to claim an early lead from Turvey and Buemi. Abt made a good getaway to join the lead trio in breaking clear, with the German challenging Buemi for third as the early laps ticked away. Rosenqvist, meanwhile, was inching clear from Turvey at the front of the field, only to suffer a battery failure a few laps before the pit-window opened.
From then on the race was all about Abt, whom dived past Buemi the lap before the stops, before leaping ahead of Turvey with an excellent car swap in the pits. He duly charged off to finally claim his first FE victory, while Turvey endured several attacks from Buemi, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Jean-Éric Vergne to hold second. Yet, the Brit duly survived Buemi's last lap lunge into turn one to hold onto second, with the Swiss racer finishing the race in third.
Race Six: Punta del Este E-Prix (17 March 2018)
After the late cancellation of the São Paulo E-Prix in December 2017, the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este was drafted in to make its FE return, unchanged from its first hosting of the series in 2014/15.
One of the most confusion Super Pole shootouts in FE history meant that Jean-Éric Vergne claimed his third pole of the season in Punta del Este, despite completely ruining his flying lap early on. Indeed, the Frenchman had finished bottom of the quintet as Lucas di Grassi set the fastest time, only for himself, Alex Lynn and Oliver Turvey to have their times deleted for cutting the third chicane. Mitch Evans should then have inherited pole, but the Kiwi had all his times from qualifying deleted as his car was found to be underweight.
Vergne would blast clear at the start of the race, leaving di Grassi to fend off Lynn and Daniel Abt during the opening tour. Unfortunately for the Frenchman his sprint from the field would be instantly interrupted by the BMW Qualcomm i8 safety car, which was called so that Nick Heidfeld's powerless car could be removed from the first chicane. Vergne then made a good restart to pull away from the pack, although he was to be hounded by di Grassi right through to the mid-race car swap.
Those two would duel for the lead until the chequered flag, with Vergne putting up a furious defence to successfully keep the Brazilian at bay, in spite of the season three Champion's best efforts. Behind Abt briefly held third having passed Turvey, only for Sam Bird to elbow his way in a late-race charge to the podium. The Brit even managed to catch the duel for the lead, but a mistake at the start of the final lap meant that he had to settle for third.
Race Seven: Rome E-Prix (14 April 2018)
Felix Rosenqvist brought his tally of pole positions up to three for the season in Rome, the Swede fending off a challenge from title rival Sam Bird in Super Pole to claim top spot. Mitch Evans, meanwhile, would claim third for Jaguar, their best quali-result to date, while André Lotterer beat Sébastien Buemi for fourth. Buemi himself ruined his Super Pole lap by locking up at the hairpin, having set the fastest first sector of the session.
It was Bird versus Rosenqvist at the head of the field at the start of the E-Prix, with the Swede just edging the Brit out at the first corner. They duly charged off for a private duel for the lead, while Championship leader Jean-Éric Vergne bounced his car off the side of Alex Lynn, damaging both. The lead fight, meanwhile, would soon see Rosenqvist pull clear of Bird as the DS Virgin began to struggle, only for the Brit to make up most of the lost ground after the car-swap.
The race would then be briefly interrupted by a FCY, with Lynn's second car breaking down having just left the pits. Bird duly aced the restart to pull right onto the back of Rosenqvist, putting so much pressure on the Swede that Rosenqvist misjudged his entry into the final chicane, clipped a kerb, and duly smashed his suspension. Rosenqvist was out on the spot, while Bird cruised home to collect victory from Lucas di Grassi and Lotterer.
Race Eight: Paris E-Prix (28 April 2018)
It was the Parisian born Jean-Éric Vergne whom claimed pole at his home race, the Frenchman dancing his Techeetah around to beat Sam Bird. Vergne's teammate André Lotterer grabbed third ahead of Sébastien Buemi, meaning it was three Renault powertrains in the top five. Completing the Super Pole quintet would be António Félix da Costa, who again put his Andretti far higher on the grid than it should have been.
Ma Qing Hua was left stranded on the grid at the start of the race, as Vergne instantly blasted clear from the chasing pack. However, his sprint was brought to an early conclusion as Tom Blomqvist, Nicolas Prost and Mitch Evans tangled at turn seven, prompting a FCY to remove their collective debris. Vergne then resumed his charge, albeit dragging Bird and Lotterer along with him as Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi fought their way through the field behind.
After the stops Vergne had seen his lead double, while Bird and Lotterer came underfire from a charging di Grassi who had stopped a lap later. The Brazilian duly managed to pass the pair of them, albeit only after a particularly bruising fight with the German, before blasting up to the back of Vergne. Unfortunately for him the fight with Lotterer had lasted until the final lap, meaning Vergne was able to cruise home to claim victory as, a few seconds behind, it all kicked off for thrid.
Indeed, Lotterer had got ahead of Bird prior to di Grassi's move to second, but had spent far more energy than those around him. He duly ran out of energy on the back straight, and moved to the middle of the circuit in hopes of holding onto third. His ploy almost worked, only for Bird to slam into the back of his car, the Brit having had literally no where to go as the German moved across. Bird duly crossed the line in third, but with three wheels on his wagon, while Lotterer limped home in sixth with the rear of his Techeetah badly damaged.
Race Nine: Berlin E-Prix (19 May 2018)
Following on from Jean-Éric Vergne's home pole/victory run in Paris it was Daniel Abt whom claimed the first grid slot in Berlin, the German putting in a flawless display to do so. His effort was enough to beat Oliver Turvey to the mark, the Brit having surprised most by getting his NIO into the top five, let alone get onto the front row. He therefore out-qualified the aforementioned Vergne, with Jérôme d'Ambrosio and Lucas di Grassi completing the Super Pole shootout.
Abt managed to leap away to claim the lead at the start of the race, leaving Turvey to fend off Vergne well enough that d'Ambrosio snuck into third. The German and the Brit would steadily pull clear of the field over the following laps, meaning d'Ambrosio became a road block in third with all of the title contenders stuck behind him. The first man to break free of his queue would be di Grassi, who duly caught and passed Turvey before the pit-window to make it an Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler one-two.
Those two would remain untroubled for the rest of the race, completing a dominant victory for Audi as Abt also collected fastest lap to score maximum points. Behind, Vergne and Sébastien Buemi would duel for fourth until the Frenchman lunged past Turvey for third in the closing stages, with Buemi eventually following him through. Elsewhere, André Lotterer miraculously finished in the top ten despite starting last, as José María López and Nelson Piquet Jr. spun on the penultimate lap.
Race Ten: Zürich E-Prix (10 June 2018)
Formula E would make a little bit of history on the 10 June 2018, when the Series became the first Championship to host an International motorsport event in Switzerland for 60 years.
The first man to claim pole position in a race in Switzerland since 1954 would be a surprise in the form of Mitch Evans, whose effort was also the first time that Jaguar had started at the head of the field. The Kiwi duly beat André Lotterer having set the pace in the group stage, while title hopeful Sam Bird qualified ahead of Championship leader Jean-Éric Vergne. Indeed, it was a miserable session for the Frenchman, with the Techeetah racer down in seventeenth on the grid.
Evans' would duly ace his first pole start in FE to claim an early lead from Lotterer, with the rest of the field getting caught behind Daniel Abt and Nelson Piquet Jr. as they slammed into one-another at the "Tramstop" chicane. Vergne, meanwhile, would steadily climb through the order in the wake of Lucas di Grassi, with the Brazilian easing through to snatch the lead just before the pitstops. However, as the Brazilian snatched the lead a very controversial FCY was thrown due to debris, caused by Felix Rosenqvist throwing his Mahindra into the barriers defending from Vergne.
It was during the FCY that the entire field made their stops, although in rejoining the circuit several drivers were caught speeding, having come out of the pits at full speed before slamming onto the limiter to return to FCY speed. The list of victims included Vergne, who had got ahead of Bird in the confusion, as well as Evans, Lotterer, Sébastien Buemi and José María López. They all had to serve a drive-through penalty in the closing stages, meaning Bird was promoted to second, while Vergne dropped out of the points.
Out front, meanwhile, di Grassi would claim a seemingly simple victory ahead of Bird, while Jérôme d'Ambrosio survived the chaos well to finish third. Vergne, meanwhile, charged back up to tenth to ensure that he could take the title in the first New York City race, with himself and Bird the only two drivers capable of taking the crown.
Race Eleven: New York City E-Prix I (14 July 2018)
Both title contenders would find themselves lacking in the first qualifying session of the New York weekend, with Sam Bird down in fourteenth while Jean-Éric Vergne started third from last as his time was deleted. Pole, meanwhile, would go to Sébastien Buemi ahead of Mitch Evans, while Nicolas Prost made a rare Super Pole appearance in third. Jérôme d'Ambrosio was next ahead of Daniel Abt, with the German the favourite heading into the race given that the Brooklyn Street Circuit had been extended for 2017/18.
Buemi would start the race unchallenged from the front of the grid, for Evans covered a whole yard before a driveshaft failed on his Jaguar. His stranded car made the run to the first corner more perilous than usual, meaning d'Ambrosio slammed into the back of his Dragon teammate José María López, dumping both into the pits. Title-wise, meanwhile, Bird would make quick progress up the field to move into the top ten early on, while Vergne decided to take a more conservative approach and so lost a little ground.
However, well before the pitwindow it was clear that Bird was struggling, and his title fight was duly ended when first André Lotterer, and then Vergne, surged past on lap seventeen. Indeed, the Brit needed to finish above Vergne to have any hopes of taking the title, but with the Frenchman ahead his title hopes were out of his hands. Furthermore, Bird simply lacked the pace to make further progress, while Lotterer and Vergne elbowed their way through to fifth and sixth as the field swept into the pits.
Lotterer would eventually gift Vergne fifth place as the race wore on, meaning Vergne won the Championship as Bird could only finish in ninth. Up front, meanwhile, Buemi was ultimately powerless to prevent both the Audi Sport ABT Schaefflers from barging into the lead, with di Grassi and Abt duly blasting clear. That allowed the two racers to duel for the lead, although an overly aggressive move by di Grassi on Abt to claim victory left a bitter taste in the mouth for the German, who was subsequently told to hold position behind his teammate.
Race Twelve: New York City E-Prix II (15 July 2018)
The Brooklyn Street Circuit was to remain unchanged on the following day, although the race distance was increased by two laps to provide a different challenge to the teams.
The matter of the Teams' Championship remained heading into the final race of the season, with Techeetah and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler separated by five points, with Techeetah ahead. Ultimately all four of their drivers would make it to Super Pole, only to be beaten by Sébastien Buemi in his Renault e.Dams. Best of the title contending quintet would be the newly crowned Jean-Éric Vergne ahead of his teammate André Lotterer, while Lucas di Grassi crashed on his Super Pole lap to leave him behind his teammate Daniel Abt.
Unfortunately any hopes of a no-holds barred fight for the Teams' Championship were ruined at the start of the race, for Lotterer clearly jumped the start and was slapped with a ten-second stop-go penalty. Vernge, meanwhile, would escape a similar punishment despite moving before the lights went out, having also managed to dart ahead of Buemi to snatch the lead into the first corner. di Grassi and Abt, meanwhile, would take their time to get ahead of the Swiss racer, with Abt even slipping down behind Nelson Piquet Jr. early on.
A FCY briefly confused things before the stops, with Abt having to stop a lap earlier than his rivals despite being told he was on the same strategy. Despite that, the German managed to conserve his energy, and fend off Buemi in the closing stages to hold third, as Vergne just kept di Grassi at bay to claim victory. Lotterer, meanwhile, would recover to ninth, a couple of seconds behind Nick Heidfeld in eighth, meaning Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler won the Teams' Championship on the final day by just two points.
The same ten teams, backed by the same nine manufacturers that competed in the 2016/17 will field entries in the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship. The only significant change would be at the ABT Schaeffler effort, with Audi taking over their entry, meaning the team was renamed as Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler for the fourth FE season. ABT Sportsline would remain as the day-to-day operators of the team, while Schaeffler continued on as a technical partner.
The full 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship entry list will be outlined below:
The full 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship for Drivers' standings are outlined below:
|2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Drivers|
The full 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship for Drivers' standings are outlined below:
|2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Teams|
Videos and Images:
- 'ABB becomes title partner of Formula E', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/01/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/abb-becomes-title-partner-of-formula-e/, (Accessed 11/01/2018)
- 'Many happy returns: Abt sails to victory in Hong Kong harbour', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/12/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/december/many-happy-returns-abt-sails-to-victory-in-hong-kong-harbour/, (Accessed 03/12/2017)
- 'Vergne steals the show in epic Santiago E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/02/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/february/vergne-steals-the-show-in-epic-santiago-e-prix/, (Accessed 03/02/2018)
- 'Fairytale ending for home race hero Vergne in Paris', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/fairytale-ending-for-home-race-hero-vergne-in-paris/, (Accessed 29/04/2018)
- 'Abt leads Audi one-two win at home race in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/05/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/may/abt-leads-audi-one-two-win-at-home-race-in-berlin/, (Accessed 19/05/2018)
- 'Abt finally clinches first victory in Mexico City', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/03/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/march/abt-finally-clinches-first-victory-in-mexico-city/, (Accessed 04/03/2018)
- 'Di Grassi victorious as Vergne clinches championship crown', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/07/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/july/di-grassi-victorious-as-vergne-clinches-championship-crown/, (Accessed 15/07/2018)
- 'Champion Vergne victorious as Audi scoops the teams' title in New York finale', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/july/champion-vergne-victorious-as-audi-scoops-the-teams-title-in-new-york-finale/, (Accessed 16/07/2018)
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- 'More compact Season 4 calendar revealed', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/more-compact-season-4-calendar-revealed/, (Accessed 19/06/2017)
- 'Formula E returns to Punta del Este', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 06/12/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/december/formula-e-returns-to-punta-del-este/, (Accessed 06/12/2017)
- 'Formula E brings racing return to Switzerland', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/formula-e-brings-racing-return-to-switzerland/, (Accessed 22/09/2017)
- John Dagys, 'Montreal Mayor Cancels E-Prix', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 18/12/2017), http://e-racing365.com/formula-e/montreal-mayor-cancels-e-prix/, (Accessed 19/12/2017)
- Scott Mitchell, 'Formula E won't replace cancelled Montreal 2017/18 season finale', autosport.com, (Motorsport Network, 18/01/2018), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/133959/fe-wont-replace-cancelled-montreal-finale, (Accessed 19/01/2018)
- 'Formula E set for Santiago's streets', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/10/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/october/formula-e-set-for-santiagos-streets/, (Accessed 12/10/2017)
- Sam Smith, 'CBMM to Sponsor Rome, Punta del Este Races', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 07/02/2018), http://e-racing365.com/formula-e/cbmm-niobium-to-spoinsor-rome-and-punta-del-este-races/, (Accessed 09/02/2018)
- 'Formula E ready for Rome', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/10/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/october/formula-e-ready-for-rome/, (Accessed 19/10/2017)
- 'Qatar Airways becomes title sponsor of Formula E races', gulf-times.com, (Gulf Times, 23/01/2018), http://www.gulf-times.com/story/579131/Qatar-Airways-becomes-title-sponsor-of-Formula-E-r, (Accessed 23/01/2018)
- 'BMW i increases ties with Formula E as race title partner in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/bmw-i-increases-ties-with-formula-e-as-race-title-partner-in-berlin/, (Accessed 17/04/2018)
- 'Julius Baer announced as title sponsor for Zurich E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 05/01/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/julius-baer-announced-as-title-sponsor-for-zurich-e-prix/, (Accessed 05/01/2018)
- 'Valencia pre-season test dates confirmed', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/valencia-pre-season-test-dates-confirmed/, (Accessed 11/09/2017)
- Sam Smith, 'Marrakesh to Host Rookie Test', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media LLC, 09/11/2017), http://e-racing365.com/formula-e/marrakesh-to-host-rookie-test/, (Accessed 14/12/2017)
- 'Formula E raises race power for Season 4', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/formula-e-raises-race-power-for-season-4/, (Accessed 20/06/2017)
- 'Formula E Guide: Rules & Regulations', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/guide/rules-and-regs.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- '10kW power hike for Season 4', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 31/08/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/august/10kw-power-hike-for-season-4/, (Accessed 31/08/2017)
- Scott Mitchell, 'Formula E makes changes to qualifying lottery for 2017/18 after all', autosport.com, (Autosport Media UK, 30/11/2017), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/133363/fe-changes-qualifying-lottery-after-all, (Accessed 30/11/2017)
- Scott Mitchell, 'Formula E drops minimum pitstop time', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 10/01/2018), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/formula-e-removes-minimum-pitstop-time-994494/, (Accessed 11/01/2018)
- ABB Formula E, 'Formula E Hong Kong Qualifying - Saturday - HKT Hong Kong E-Prix 2017', youtube.com, (YouTube: ABB Formula E, 02/12/2017), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHyTv4jhIeY, (Accessed 20/07/2018)
- 'Bird clinches victory in Hong Kong', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/12/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/december/bird-clinches-victory-in-hong-kong/, (Accessed 16/12/2017)
- 'Rosenqvist scoops Julius Baer Pole Position for Round 2', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/12/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/december/rosenqvist-scoops-julius-baer-pole-position-for-round-2/, (Accessed 03/12/2017)
- 'Many happy returns: Abt sails to victory in Hong Kong harbour', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/12/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/december/many-happy-returns-abt-sails-to-victory-in-hong-kong-harbour/, (Accessed 03/12/2017)
- Scott Mitchell, 'Abt stripped of maiden Formula E win', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 03/12/2017), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/abt-stripped-maiden-fe-win-hong-kong-985435/, (Accessed 03/12/2017)
- 'Buemi back as he clinches the Julius Baer Pole Position in Marrakesh', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/01/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/buemi-back-as-he-clinches-the-julius-baer-pole-position-in-marrakesh/, (Accessed 13/01/2018)
- 'Rosenqvist victorious in 2018 ABB FIA Formula E Marrakesh E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 13/01/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/rosenqvist-victorious-in-2018-abb-fia-formula-e-marrakesh-e-prix/, (Accessed 13/01/2018)
- 'JEV takes Julius Baer Pole Position in Santiago', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/02/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/february/jev-takes-julius-baer-pole-position-in-santiago/, (Accessed 03/02/2018)
- 'Rosenqvist on Pole for the 2018 Mexico City E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/03/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/march/rosenqvist-on-pole-for-the-2018-mexico-city-e-prix/, (Accessed 04/03/2018)
- 'JEV clinches Julius Baer Pole Position in chaotic qualifying', fiaformuale.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/03/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/march/jev-clinches-julius-baer-pole-position-in-chaotic-qualifying/, (Accessed 21/07/2018)
- 'JEV holds off di Grassi in battle for Punta del Este', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/03/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/march/jev-holds-off-di-grassi-in-battle-for-punta-del-este/, (Accessed 17/03/2018)
- 'Rosenqvist clinches Julius Baer Pole Position in Rome', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/rosenqvist-clinches-julius-baer-pole-position-in-rome/, (Accessed 14/04/2018)
- 'Bird claims historic victory in Rome', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/bird-claims-historic-victory-in-rome/, (Accessed 14/04/2018)
- 'Home race hero Vergne on Pole in Paris', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/home-race-hero-vergne-on-pole-in-paris/, (Accessed 29/04/2018)
- 'Abt on Pole for home race in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/05/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/may/abt-on-pole-for-home-race-in-berlin/, (Accessed 19/05/2018)
- 'Evans clinches first ever Julius Baer Pole Position in Zurich', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/06/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/june/evans-clinches-first-ever-julius-baer-pole-position-in-zurich/, (Accessed 11/06/2018)
- 'Di Grassi clinches first season victory in historic Swiss race', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/06/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/june/di-grassi-clinches-first-season-victory-in-historic-swiss-race/, (Accessed 11/06/2018)
- 'Vergne starts last while Buemi takes Pole in New York', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/07/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/july/vergne-starts-last-while-buemi-takes-pole-in-new-york/, (Accessed 14/07/2018)
- 'Buemi clinches second Pole for New York season finale', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/july/buemi-clinches-second-pole-for-new-york-season-finale/, (Accessed 16/07/2018)
- 'Audi confirms Season 4 Formula E entry', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/audi-confirms-season-4-formula-e-entry/, (Accessed 07/07/2017)
- 'Audi unveils e-tron FE04', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 27/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/audi-unveils-e-tron-fe04/, (Accessed 27/09/2017)
- 'Neel Jani Joins Faraday Future Dragon Racing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/08/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/august/neel-jani-joins-faraday-future-dragon-racing/, (Accessed 25/08/2017)
- 'Jose Maria Lopez replaces Neel Jani at DRAGON', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 05/01/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/january/jose-maria-lopez-replaces-neel-jani-at-dragon/, (Accessed 05/01/2018)
- 'Lynn joins Bird for full-time drive at DS Virgin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 05/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/lynn-joins-bird-for-full-time-drive-at-ds-virgin/, (Accessed 05/09/2017)
- 'Mahindra Racing reveals Season 4 challenger', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/03/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/march/mahindra-racing-reveals-season-4-challenger/, (Accessed 21/03/2017)
- 'Mahindra retain Heidfeld & Rosenqvist for season four', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/mahindra-retain-heidfeld-rosenqvist-for-season-four/, (Accessed 20/09/2017)
- Horatiu Boeriu, 'BMW works driver António Félix da Costa to compete in Formula E in Season 4', bmwblog.com, (BMW A.G., 02/10/2017), http://www.bmwblog.com/2017/10/02/bmw-works-driver-antonio-felix-da-costa-compete-formula-e-season-4/, (Accessed 02/10/2017)
- 'Kobayashi to Join MS&AD Andretti for HKT Hong Kong E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/11/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/november/kobayashi-to-join-msad-andretti-for-hkt-hong-kong-e-prix/, (Accessed 15/11/2017)
- 'Season 4: official team & driver entry list confirmed', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/11/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/october/season-4-official-team-driver-entry-list-confirmed/, (Accessed 03/11/2017)
- 'Stephane Sarrazin joins Andretti for the remainder of Season 4', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 07/05/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/stephane-sarrazin-joins-andretti-for-the-remainder-of-season-4/, (Accessed 07/05/2018)
- 'Filippi joins Turvey at NIO Formula E', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/10/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/filippi-joins-turvey-at-nio-formula-e/, (Accessed 02/10/2017)
- 'Ma Qing Hua gets NIO drive for Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/ma-qing-hua-gets-nio-drive-for-qatar-airways-paris-e-prix/, (Accessed 17/04/2018)
- 'Nelson Piquet Jr joins Jaguar for season four', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 21/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/nelson-piquet-jr-joins-jaguar-for-season-four/, (Accessed 21/09/2017)
- 'Renault e.dams reveal S4 challenger in Paris', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/renault-edams-reveal-s4-challenger-in-paris/, (Accessed 26/09/2017)
- Scott Mitchell, 'Sebastien Buemi, Nico Prost extend Renault e.dams Formula E deals', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 09/06/2017), http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/130003/buemi-prost-get-twoyear-renault-extension, (Accessed 11/06/2017)
- 'Lotterer and Vergne complete TECHEETAH line-up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 26/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/lotterer-and-vergne-complete-techeetah-line-up/, (Accessed 26/09/2017)
- 'Mortara and Engel confirmed at Venturi', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/10/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/october/mortara-and-engel-confirmed-at-venturi/, (Accessed 20/10/2017)
- 'Tom Dillmann to replace Mortara in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 30/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/tom-dillmann-to-replace-mortara-in-berlin/, (Accessed 30/04/2018)
- von Tobias Bluhm, 'Venturi: Tom Dillmann replaces Edo Mortara at Formula E final in New York', e-formel.de, (eFormel.de, 05/07/2018), https://www.e-formel.de/news/venturi-tom-dillmann-ersetzt-edo-mortara-bei-formel-e-finale-in-new-york-7722.html, (Accessed 13/07/2018)
- John Dagys, 'Turvey Ruled Out for Weekend; Hua to Sub on Sunday', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 14/07/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/turvey-ruled-out-for-weekend/, (Accessed 15/07/2018)
|ABB FIA Formula E Championship Seasons|
|2014/15 • 2015/16 • 2016/17 • 2017/18 • 2018/19 • 2019/20 • 2020/21 • 2021/22 • 2022/23|
|Nelson Piquet Jr. • Sébastien Buemi • Lucas di Grassi • Jean-Éric Vergne • António Félix da Costa • Nyck de Vries|
|Renault e.Dams • Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler • DS Techeetah • Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team|