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===Group 1===
 
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The opening group of the day would feature those in the top six in the Championship, and hence would be headlined by [[Alexander Sims]], hunting his fourth pole position in a row.<ref name=QH>'Qualifying LIVE - Santiago | 2020 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix', ''youtube.com'', (YouTube: FIA Formula E, 18/01/2020), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dARgBQ0PiPY&t=4544s, (Accessed 20/01/2020)</ref> Joining him would be former Champion [[Lucas di Grassi]] of [[Audi|Audi Sport]] [[ABT Sportsline|ABT Schaeffler]], as well as the first of the customer Audis piloted by [[Sam Bird]].<ref name=QH></ref> [[Oliver Rowland]] would also feature for [[Nissan]] [[e.Dams]] as would [[Stoffel Vandoorne]] and [[André Lotterer]], representing new manufacturers [[Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team|Mercedes]] and [[Porsche Formula E Team|Porsche]] respectively.<ref name=QH></ref>
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First out onto the circuit would be Lotterer in the #36 Porsche, joined swiftly by Sims in the [[BMW]]-[[Andretti Formula E|Andretti]], the only two drivers of the group opting to complete a warm-up lap.<ref name=QH></ref> The rest of the sextet would remain in the pitlane, believing that the high temperatures would mean they did not have to complete a full warm-up lap at 200 kw/h.<ref name=QH></ref> They hence emerged together with a minute and a half to go, just as Lotterer and Sims opened their full power laps.<ref name=GP></ref>
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Lotterer was the first to record a time, completing a clean effort to go fastest with a 1:05.801, while Sims crossed the line a surprise second, a tenth and a half off.<ref name=QH></ref> However, both would be beaten by Vandoorne a few moments later, the Belgian ace setting the fastest time of the group at 1:05.566, while Bird made a mess of his final sector to go fourth for [[Virgin Racing|Envision Virgin]].<ref name=QH></ref> Behind, Rowland's effort came to an end when he smashed into the barriers at turn five, a tank slapper the cause, while di Grassi was caught out on the dust braking for turn nine and slid partially down an escape road, destroying his effort.<ref name=QH></ref>
   
 
===Group 2===
 
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The second sextet would see those placed seventh to twelfth in the Championship after the [[2019 Diriyah E-Prix II]] hit the circuit, with defending Champion [[Jean-Éric Vergne]] headlining the group for [[DS]] [[Techeetah]].<ref name=QH></ref> The Frenchman would be joined on track by the two Dutchmen in the field, namely [[Nyck de Vries]] of Mercedes and [[Robin Frijns]] of Virgin, as well as [[Edoardo Mortara]] in the first of the [[Venturi Formula E Team|ROKiT Venturi]] Mercedes.<ref name=QH></ref> [[Daniel Abt]] was also set to venture out in the second of the factory Audis, while [[James Calado]] would lead the [[Jaguar Racing|Jaguar]] charge in the #51 car.<ref name=QH></ref>
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Like the first group only two drivers would opt to complete a sighting lap at 200 kw/h, with Calado leading Abt onto the circuit, although they would swap positions during their warm-ups.<ref name=QH></ref> The rest would come out of the pitlane together, and in typical FE style, would all jostle for position prior to their flying laps, resulting in all six being in danger of missing out on starting their laps.<ref name=QH></ref> Indeed, Abt and Calado ultimately found themselves at the back of the queue, with Calado just managing to cross the start/finish line to start his flying lap with a second to spare.<ref name=QH></ref>
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The result shuffle left de Vries at the head of the pack, with the Dutchman duly delivering a strong lap to go fastest, beating teammate Vandoorne from group one.<ref name=QH></ref> Vergne followed him across the line but could only manage third, while Mortara pulled out a stunning lap to go fastest overall, despite having to pass Frijns at turn three.<ref name=QH></ref> The #4 Virgin pilot had ruined his lap almost instantly by sliding wide at turn three, and hence fell two seconds off the pace, while Abt and Calado had scruffy laps to slot into fifth and ninth respectively.<ref name=QH></ref>
   
 
===Group 3===
 
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Group three saw those positioned thirteenth to eighteenth in the Championship take to the circuit, with several Super Pole contenders among them as a result of potential track evolution.<ref name=QH></ref> Among the favourites of the sextet would be [[Maximilian Günther]] in the #28 BMW-Andretti, as was [[António Félix da Costa]] in the #13 DS Techeetah.<ref name=QH></ref> [[2018/19]] pole sitters [[Pascal Wehrlein]] of [[Mahindra Racing]] and [[Mitch Evans]] of Jaguar were also major Super Pole threats, as was [[Jérôme d'Ambrosio]] in the second Mahindra, while [[Brendon Hartley]] of [[GEOX DRAGON]] was hoping for a trouble free run.<ref name=QH></ref>
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Once again only two drivers would opt to complete warm-ups, with Günther leading Evans onto the circuit with a lot of time to spare, attempting to avoid a repeat of what happened in group two.<ref name=QH></ref> Evans later managed to jump Günther to lead the charge across the line, and duly delivered a stunning lap to go fastest, recording a 1:04.941, the first (and ultimately only) lap of the group stage in the 1:04.000s.<ref name=QH></ref> Günther set an equally strong lap, but small mistakes in sector three ensured that the German youth slotted in just behind the New Zealander at the head of the overall order.<ref name=QH></ref>
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Behind the rest of the group gave themselves enough room to complete their laps without compromising each other, although that proved of little consolation for Hartley, who could only muster eleventh in the Dragon.<ref name=QH></ref> He was chased across the line by da Costa, although a rather mediocre lap from the Portuguese ace would only get him into sixth, knocking teammate Vergne out of Super Pole.<ref name=QH></ref> Wehrlein was next and duly knocked da Costa out with a strong run to third, while d'Ambrosio in the sister Mahindra had an OK lap ruined by a driveshaft failure exiting the final corner, leaving him at the back of the field.<ref name=QH></ref>
   
 
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The final group of the session featured six pointless drivers, although that did not mean they should have been ruled out as Super Pole contenders, particularly given the pedigree of several of the group's members.<ref name=QH></ref> Quali-ace and former Champion [[Sébastien Buemi]] was arguably the standout name, joined on track by ex-F1 ace [[Felipe Massa]] in the #19 Venturi-Mercedes.<ref name=QH></ref> [[Neel Jani]] would join them in the last of the factory Porsches, [[Nico Müller]] would venture out in the #7 Dragon, while the two [[NIO Formula E Team|NIOs]] of [[Oliver Turvey]] and [[Ma Qing Hua]] were set to be little more than "also-rans".<ref name=QH></ref>
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The sextet would become a quintet long before the session, however, as Ma's car was unable to repaired in time for qualifying after a heavy accident in second practice.<ref name=QH></ref> He hence sat out as Jani led Buemi and Turvey onto the circuit to start warm-up laps at 200 kw/h, while Massa and Müller waited in the pits, opting to go straight to their flyers.<ref name=QH></ref> They duly ventured out ahead of the "sweepers", and hence were the first two drivers in the group to complete their full power laps.<ref name=QH></ref>
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Müller was the first to set his time, although poor first and third sectors left the the Swiss racer in fifteenth overall, moments before Massa went third for Venturi.<ref name=QH></ref> Buemi was next having passed Jani during their warm-up laps, and duly streaked into Super Pole with a 1:05.390, putting him third overall.<ref name=QH></ref> Jani himself simply lacked overall pace and so had to settle for eleventh, before Turvey stunned the entire paddock by getting the NIO into fifth, knocking Mortara out of Super Pole.<ref name=QH></ref>
   
 
===Super Pole===
 
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Evans, Günther, Buemi, Massa, Turvey and Wehrlein would be the six drivers to make it into Super Pole, three from group three and three from group four.<ref name=QH></ref> Wehrlein was the first to set a time in Super Pole, with a clean effort setting a benchmark of 1:05.645, which quickly proved to be a strong time.<ref name=QH></ref> Indeed, Turvey would lose out to the German racer in both the first and second sectors, so much so that an impressive third sector was not enough to get him ahead of the Mahindra.<ref name=QH></ref>
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Next out was Massa, and once again the Brazilian ace would be unable to match Wehrlein in the first two sectors, only to rally back in the third sector to set an identical effort of 1:05.645.<ref name=QH></ref> Buemi went next but carried far too much speed into turn one that he had to brake very hard for turn two, meaning he lost a lot of momentum, with further mistakes leaving him in fourth with a 1:05.809.<ref name=QH></ref> Next out to beat Wehrlein would be Günther in the BMW-Andretti, with the German youth finally breaking his compatriots effort with an ultra clean effort, setting a new benchmark of 1:05.102.<ref name=QH></ref>
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However, having completed his lap Günther was shown to have exited the pitlane in spite of being shown a red light, and hence his effort was thrown into instant jeopardy.<ref name=QH></ref> Unaware of this, Evans would open his flying lap with a stunning first sector, and duly matched Günther's run in the second in the Jaguar.<ref name=QH></ref> However, the best was yet to come from the New Zealander, who aced the third and final sector to set the fastest time of the session, claiming pole with a 1:04.827.<ref name=QH></ref>
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Immediately after Evans' lap it was confirmed that Günther had officially left the pitlane before the redlight was shown, contrary to the initial replays shown.<ref name=QH></ref> The German youth hence had his place in second confirmed ahead of Wehrlein and Massa, while Turvey and Buemi would share the third row.<ref name=QH></ref>
   
 
===Post Qualifying===
 
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Flag of Chile 2020 Santiago E-Prix
Santiago Layout 2020
The Parque O'Higgins Circuit was updated for 2020.
Race Information
Date 18 January 2020
E-Prix No. 61
Official Name 2020 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix[1]
Location Flag of Santiago Parque O'Higgins Circuit, O'Higgins Park, Santiago, Chile
Lap length 2.287 km (1.421 mi)
Distance 40 laps / 91.480 km (56.843 mi)
Support Race {{{support}}}
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans
Team Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing
Time 1:04.827
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird
Team Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing
Fastest Lap 1:07.535 on lap 22
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans
Winner Team Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport
Time 46:11.511
ePrix Guide
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Flag of Saudi Arabia 2019 Diriyah E-Prix II Flag of Mexico 2020 Mexico City E-Prix
Post-Race Test

The 2020 Santiago E-Prix, otherwise officially known as the 2020 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix, was the third round of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, staged at the Parque O'Higgins Circuit in Santiago, Chile, on 18 January 2020.[1][2] The race was held in spite of widespread discontent in the Chilean city, which had seen several months of protests after a change in national laws, although the political situation had calmed prior to the race.[3]

Qualifying for the Santiago E-Prix saw Mitch Evans sweep to a dominate pole position, beating Maximilian Günther of Andretti-BMW by over a quarter of a second.[4] Pascal Wehrlein and Felipe Massa would share the second row, while Oliver Turvey caused a stir by getting the NIO through to Super Pole, and beating 2015/16 Champion Sébastien Buemi.[4]

The race itself came amid huge heat, meaning battery temperatures were the main concern with many teams predicting that it would be a tight finish to the race in terms of energy and temps.[5] Regardless, all 24 drivers would line-up on the grid for the start, with hasty repairs for Ma Qing Hua and Oliver Rowland completed after heavy accidents in qualifying and practice.[5]

The start of the race saw Evans ease into an early lead, leaving Günther, on the dirty side of the grid, to defend from Wehrlein.[5] Ultimately the elder German would ease his Mahindra ahead of the BMW through turns one and two, with an otherwise clean start further down.[5]

The opening laps proved fairly tame, although Alexander Sims caused a stir with a series of overtakes, albeit at the cost of his front wing structure.[5] He would, however, cause the only FCY of the race when he stopped on track on lap six, which lasted just twenty seconds.[5]

The race resumed just in time for Rowland to pitch Sam Bird into a spin, dumping the Virgin to the back of the field, while Rowland's front wing disintegrated on the start/finish straight.[5] Out front, meanwhile, Evans would use both of his Attack Modes in the opening fifteen minutes, while Günther briefly dropped behind Mortara.[5]

Indeed, Günther would show the power of Attack Mode, blasting past Mortara before cruising past Wehrlein before either could respond.[5] With that he was clear to hunt down and pass Evans, who was left to rue his two early AM uses, as behind Mortara and teammate Felipe Massa came to physical blows.[5]

The inter-Venturi battle moved the two DS Techeetahs up the field, with Jean-Éric Vergne and António Félix da Costa working together to move through the field.[5] However, that team work would only last until Vergne suffered a front bodywork failure after leading da Costa past Wehrlein, with the Frenchman moving across desperately to block his teammate.[5]

Yet, the damage to his front wing would eventually tell, with Vergne deciding to retire as the bodywork rubbed badly on his tyre.[5] That released da Costa to hunt down the leaders, taking Evans with ease before setting a series of stunning laps to catch Evans with a handful of laps to go.[5]

Into the final laps and da Costa barged past Günther at turn ten for the lead, only for his engineers to radio him to ease his pace with battery temperatures alarmingly high, a trend that was being shared throughout the field.[5] That gave Günther hope of revenge, and as the duo came charging through turn eight for the final time on the final lap, the German youngster swept ahead of the DS Techeetah.[5]

That, ultimately, decided the race, with Günther sweeping home to claim his maiden victory and podium finish.[5] da Costa was a frustrated second, two seconds down, while behind Nyck de Vries elbowed his way past Evans out of the final corner, only to be slapped with a five second time penalty.[5] Evans hence claimed third ahead of Wehrlein, de Vries was dumped to fifth, while Stoffel Vandoorne, Lucas di Grassi, James Calado, Massa and Bird emerged through the late chaos to complete the points scorers.[5]

Background

The 2019/20 edition of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship was set to arrive in Santiago, Chile for its third round of the season, with the Chilean capital hosting its annual FE race on 18 January 2020.[6] Once again backed by industrial giants Antofagasta Minerals, the E-Prix would be staged on a revised version of the Parque O'Higgins Circuit, which had been modified to appease drivers after criticism in 2019.[7] These changes saw the elimination of the chicane on the loop, a reversal of the hairpins at the end of the lap, and a re-profiled first corner.[7]

Worldly Wonders

Ahead of the Santiago E-Prix of 2020 there would be news regarding the 2020/21 edition of the FE Championship, with a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council approving a significant development for the series.[8] After several months of investigation and negotiation with the FIA, Formula E Holdings had signed a deal with the organising body to get the Formula E Championship sanctioned as a World Championship, effectively ensuring the series had equal status with Formula One and the World Endurance Championship.[8] As such, the 2020/21 season would be the first FE season to be classified as a World Championship, with a global schedule and entries from multiple manufacturers fulfilling the FIA's criteria.[8]

Generational Plans

Elsewhere the WMSC meeting in December 2019 would also discuss the series plans for the 2022/23 season and beyond, outlining the FIA's plan for the "Generation 3" version of the rulebook.[9] The main concept changes would include an increase in power to 450 kW, the introduction of re-gen on the front axle, and the implementation of fast-charging.[9] The latter of these changes had been the topic of debate for the series for over a year, and had an ambitious target of 30 seconds for a charge during a pitstop.[9]

Furthermore, the proposed increase in overall performance of the "Gen 3" cars would mean that the FE series would have to race on "FIA Grade 2" circuits, due to the kinetic forces the new car would produce.[9] As such the new plans also included a provision to revise current FE circuits, and to check even further increases in power out-put and performance increase.[9] Tenders for the new design, including the base chassis, battery supplier and tyres, were to be released in January 2020, while the winners were set to be announced in June 2020.[9]

Sims Sensations

Victory in the previous race in Diriyah had put Alexander Sims at the head of the early Championship table, with 35 points to his name. Stoffel Vandoorne arrived in Chile in second, five off the lead, while 2019 Diriyah E-Prix I winner Sam Bird had slipped to third having failed to score in the second Saudi race. Oliver Rowland and Lucas di Grassi were next, with di Grassi level on eighteen points with André Lotterer, with sixteen drivers having scored in the opening two rounds.

In the Teams Championship it was Mercedes who had been shuffled to the head of the pack in Diriyah, having left their debut weekend on 38 points. They hence led series veterans Envision Virgin Racing by two points, in spite of the British squad failing to score at all in the second race, with a further point back to BMW-Andretti. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler and Nissan e.Dams then completed the top five, with everyone bar NIO having registered their first points of the campaign in the opening two races.

FanBoost voting for the Santiago E-Prix opened on 13 January 2020, and remained open through the opening minutes of the race.[4]

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2020 Santiago E-Prix is displayed below:

2020 Santiago E-Prix Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06
3 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005
4 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE06
5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
6 Flag of New Zealand Brendon Hartley Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-4
7 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-4
11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE06
13 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of China DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 20
17 Dutch Flag Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
18 Flag of Switzerland Neel Jani Flag of Germany TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
19 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV
22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM02
23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM02
25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 20
27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20
28 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.20
33 Flag of China Ma Qing Hua Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team NIO FE-005
36 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Flag of Germany TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
48 Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
51 Flag of the United Kingdom James Calado Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type IV
64 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro
66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE06
94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M6Electro
Source:[10]

Practice

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Qualifying

Qualifying for the 2020 Santiago E-Prix would be conducted in FE's standard format, with the field split into four groups of six cars, based on Championship position.[4] The first group would feature those in the top six in the Championship and so on, with each group getting six minutes on track to set a full 250 kW lap.[4] The top six overall would then progress to the Super Pole shootout, getting one final lap at full power to try and claim pole position.[4]

After the session a point would be handed to the fastest driver in the Group Stage, while three were to be awarded to the winner of Super Pole.[4]

Group 1

The opening group of the day would feature those in the top six in the Championship, and hence would be headlined by Alexander Sims, hunting his fourth pole position in a row.[11] Joining him would be former Champion Lucas di Grassi of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, as well as the first of the customer Audis piloted by Sam Bird.[11] Oliver Rowland would also feature for Nissan e.Dams as would Stoffel Vandoorne and André Lotterer, representing new manufacturers Mercedes and Porsche respectively.[11]

First out onto the circuit would be Lotterer in the #36 Porsche, joined swiftly by Sims in the BMW-Andretti, the only two drivers of the group opting to complete a warm-up lap.[11] The rest of the sextet would remain in the pitlane, believing that the high temperatures would mean they did not have to complete a full warm-up lap at 200 kw/h.[11] They hence emerged together with a minute and a half to go, just as Lotterer and Sims opened their full power laps.[12]

Lotterer was the first to record a time, completing a clean effort to go fastest with a 1:05.801, while Sims crossed the line a surprise second, a tenth and a half off.[11] However, both would be beaten by Vandoorne a few moments later, the Belgian ace setting the fastest time of the group at 1:05.566, while Bird made a mess of his final sector to go fourth for Envision Virgin.[11] Behind, Rowland's effort came to an end when he smashed into the barriers at turn five, a tank slapper the cause, while di Grassi was caught out on the dust braking for turn nine and slid partially down an escape road, destroying his effort.[11]

Group 2

The second sextet would see those placed seventh to twelfth in the Championship after the 2019 Diriyah E-Prix II hit the circuit, with defending Champion Jean-Éric Vergne headlining the group for DS Techeetah.[11] The Frenchman would be joined on track by the two Dutchmen in the field, namely Nyck de Vries of Mercedes and Robin Frijns of Virgin, as well as Edoardo Mortara in the first of the ROKiT Venturi Mercedes.[11] Daniel Abt was also set to venture out in the second of the factory Audis, while James Calado would lead the Jaguar charge in the #51 car.[11]

Like the first group only two drivers would opt to complete a sighting lap at 200 kw/h, with Calado leading Abt onto the circuit, although they would swap positions during their warm-ups.[11] The rest would come out of the pitlane together, and in typical FE style, would all jostle for position prior to their flying laps, resulting in all six being in danger of missing out on starting their laps.[11] Indeed, Abt and Calado ultimately found themselves at the back of the queue, with Calado just managing to cross the start/finish line to start his flying lap with a second to spare.[11]

The result shuffle left de Vries at the head of the pack, with the Dutchman duly delivering a strong lap to go fastest, beating teammate Vandoorne from group one.[11] Vergne followed him across the line but could only manage third, while Mortara pulled out a stunning lap to go fastest overall, despite having to pass Frijns at turn three.[11] The #4 Virgin pilot had ruined his lap almost instantly by sliding wide at turn three, and hence fell two seconds off the pace, while Abt and Calado had scruffy laps to slot into fifth and ninth respectively.[11]

Group 3

Group three saw those positioned thirteenth to eighteenth in the Championship take to the circuit, with several Super Pole contenders among them as a result of potential track evolution.[11] Among the favourites of the sextet would be Maximilian Günther in the #28 BMW-Andretti, as was António Félix da Costa in the #13 DS Techeetah.[11] 2018/19 pole sitters Pascal Wehrlein of Mahindra Racing and Mitch Evans of Jaguar were also major Super Pole threats, as was Jérôme d'Ambrosio in the second Mahindra, while Brendon Hartley of GEOX DRAGON was hoping for a trouble free run.[11]

Once again only two drivers would opt to complete warm-ups, with Günther leading Evans onto the circuit with a lot of time to spare, attempting to avoid a repeat of what happened in group two.[11] Evans later managed to jump Günther to lead the charge across the line, and duly delivered a stunning lap to go fastest, recording a 1:04.941, the first (and ultimately only) lap of the group stage in the 1:04.000s.[11] Günther set an equally strong lap, but small mistakes in sector three ensured that the German youth slotted in just behind the New Zealander at the head of the overall order.[11]

Behind the rest of the group gave themselves enough room to complete their laps without compromising each other, although that proved of little consolation for Hartley, who could only muster eleventh in the Dragon.[11] He was chased across the line by da Costa, although a rather mediocre lap from the Portuguese ace would only get him into sixth, knocking teammate Vergne out of Super Pole.[11] Wehrlein was next and duly knocked da Costa out with a strong run to third, while d'Ambrosio in the sister Mahindra had an OK lap ruined by a driveshaft failure exiting the final corner, leaving him at the back of the field.[11]

Group 4

The final group of the session featured six pointless drivers, although that did not mean they should have been ruled out as Super Pole contenders, particularly given the pedigree of several of the group's members.[11] Quali-ace and former Champion Sébastien Buemi was arguably the standout name, joined on track by ex-F1 ace Felipe Massa in the #19 Venturi-Mercedes.[11] Neel Jani would join them in the last of the factory Porsches, Nico Müller would venture out in the #7 Dragon, while the two NIOs of Oliver Turvey and Ma Qing Hua were set to be little more than "also-rans".[11]

The sextet would become a quintet long before the session, however, as Ma's car was unable to repaired in time for qualifying after a heavy accident in second practice.[11] He hence sat out as Jani led Buemi and Turvey onto the circuit to start warm-up laps at 200 kw/h, while Massa and Müller waited in the pits, opting to go straight to their flyers.[11] They duly ventured out ahead of the "sweepers", and hence were the first two drivers in the group to complete their full power laps.[11]

Müller was the first to set his time, although poor first and third sectors left the the Swiss racer in fifteenth overall, moments before Massa went third for Venturi.[11] Buemi was next having passed Jani during their warm-up laps, and duly streaked into Super Pole with a 1:05.390, putting him third overall.[11] Jani himself simply lacked overall pace and so had to settle for eleventh, before Turvey stunned the entire paddock by getting the NIO into fifth, knocking Mortara out of Super Pole.[11]

Super Pole

Evans, Günther, Buemi, Massa, Turvey and Wehrlein would be the six drivers to make it into Super Pole, three from group three and three from group four.[11] Wehrlein was the first to set a time in Super Pole, with a clean effort setting a benchmark of 1:05.645, which quickly proved to be a strong time.[11] Indeed, Turvey would lose out to the German racer in both the first and second sectors, so much so that an impressive third sector was not enough to get him ahead of the Mahindra.[11]

Next out was Massa, and once again the Brazilian ace would be unable to match Wehrlein in the first two sectors, only to rally back in the third sector to set an identical effort of 1:05.645.[11] Buemi went next but carried far too much speed into turn one that he had to brake very hard for turn two, meaning he lost a lot of momentum, with further mistakes leaving him in fourth with a 1:05.809.[11] Next out to beat Wehrlein would be Günther in the BMW-Andretti, with the German youth finally breaking his compatriots effort with an ultra clean effort, setting a new benchmark of 1:05.102.[11]

However, having completed his lap Günther was shown to have exited the pitlane in spite of being shown a red light, and hence his effort was thrown into instant jeopardy.[11] Unaware of this, Evans would open his flying lap with a stunning first sector, and duly matched Günther's run in the second in the Jaguar.[11] However, the best was yet to come from the New Zealander, who aced the third and final sector to set the fastest time of the session, claiming pole with a 1:04.827.[11]

Immediately after Evans' lap it was confirmed that Günther had officially left the pitlane before the redlight was shown, contrary to the initial replays shown.[11] The German youth hence had his place in second confirmed ahead of Wehrlein and Massa, while Turvey and Buemi would share the third row.[11]

Post Qualifying

The final qualifying result for the 2020 Santiago E-Prix are outlined below:

2020 Santiago E-Prix Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid Group
1st 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 1:04.827 1 G3
2nd 28 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:05.102 +0.275s 2 G3
3rd 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Flag of India Mahindra Racing 1:05.645 +0.818s 3 G3
4th 19 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:05.645 +0.818s 4 G4
5th 3 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team 1:05.788 +0.961s 5 G4
6th 23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 1:05.809 +0.982s 6 G4
Super Pole
1st 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 1:04.941 SP G3
2nd 28 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:05.169 +0.228s SP G3
3rd 23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 1:05.390 +0.449s SP G4
4th 19 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:05.463 +0.522s SP G4
5th 3 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team 1:05.510 +0.569s SP G4
6th 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Flag of India Mahindra Racing 1:05.525 +0.584s SP G3
7th 48 Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:05.547 +0.606s 7 G2
8th 17 Dutch Flag Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany Mercedes 1:05.560 +0.619s 8 G2
9th 5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany Mercedes 1:05.566 +0.625s 9 G1
10th 13 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of China DS Techeetah 1:05.574 +0.633s 10 G3
11th 25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China DS Techeetah 1:05.625 +0.684s 11 G2
12th 18 Flag of Switzerland Neel Jani Flag of Germany Porsche Formula E Team 1:05.696 +0.755s 12 G4
13th 66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:05.745 +0.804s 13 G2
14th 36 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Flag of Germany Porsche Formula E Team 1:05.801 +0.860s 14 G1
15th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:05.848 +0.907s 15 G1
16th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 1:05.886 +0.945s 16 G1
17th 6 Flag of New Zealand Brendon Hartley Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 1:06.126 +1.185s 17 G3
18th 51 Flag of the United Kingdom James Calado Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 1:06.305 +1.364s 18 G2
19th 7 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 1:06.367 +1.426s 19 G4
20th 64 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India Mahindra Racing 1:07.962 +3.021s 20 G3
21st 4 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 1:09.089 +4.148s 21 G2
110% Time: 1:11.435[13]
NC* 11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:25.526 +21.585s 22 G1
EXC 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 23 G1
EXC 33 Flag of China Ma Qing Hua Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team 24 G4
Source:[13]
  • * di Grassi failed to set a time within 110% of the fastest in the group stage, but was allowed to start at the stewards' discretion.[13]
  • Rowland was excluded from the results of qualifying for being allowed to leave Parc Ferme for repairs.[14]
  • Ma was excluded from the results of qualifying for having work carried out on his car under Parc Ferme conditions.[15]

Race

Report

Result

The final classification of the 2020 Santiago E-Prix is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold:

2020 Santiago E-Prix Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 28 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 40 46:11.511 1:07.592 25
2nd 13 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa FanBoosticon Flag of China DS Techeetah 40 +2.067s 1:07.271 18
3rd 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 40 +5.119s 1:08.166 19
4th 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Flag of India Mahindra Racing 40 +7.050s 1:07.558 12
5th* 17 Dutch Flag Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany Mercedes 40 +9.883s 1:07.395 10
6th 5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne FanBoosticon Flag of Germany Mercedes 40 +11.237s 1:07.311 8
7th 11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi FanBoosticon Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 40 +14.437s 1:07.076 6
8th 51 Flag of the United Kingdom James Calado Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 40 +18.255s 1:07.948 4
9th 19 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing 40 +20.430s 1:06.993 2
10th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 40 +21.780s 1:06.948 2
11th 3 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team 40 +27.778s 1:08.075
12th 7 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 40 +33.786s 1:07.920
13th 23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi FanBoosticon Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 40 +43.257s 1:07.553
14th 66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt FanBoosticon Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 40 +47.198s 1:07.783
15th 4 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 39 +1 Lap 1:07.559
16th§ 33 Flag of China Ma Qing Hua Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team 39 +1 Lap 1:09.085
17th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 36 +4 Laps 1:06.405
NCƒ 64 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India Mahindra Racing 40 Out of Energy 1:07.991
Ret 6 Flag of New Zealand Brendon Hartley Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 35 Retired 1:08.149
Ret 25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China DS Techeetah 32 Damage 1:07.747
Ret 48 Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing 29 Damage 1:07.551
DSQ 36 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Flag of Germany Porsche Formula E Team 28 Disqualified 1:07.535
Ret 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 4 Damage 1:08.722
Ret 18 Flag of Switzerland Neel Jani Flag of Germany Porsche Formula E Team 2 Retired
Source:[13]
  • FanBoosticon Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
  • * de Vries was awarded a five second time penalty for an illegal cooling temperature on the grid.[16]
  • Müller handed a ten second time penalty for causing a collision with Lotterer.[17]
  • Buemi and Abt were handed 30 second time penalties, converted from drive-through penalties for illegal throttle layouts.[18]
  • § Ma received multiple penalties for illegal Attack Mode use (5s) and not activcating Attack Mode (10s stop-go converted to 45s time penalty).[19]
  • ƒ d'Ambrosio was unable to be classified for using more than the permitted energy allowance.[20]
  • Lotterer was disqualified from the results of the race for using more than the maximum power allowed during the race (230.51 kW).[21]

Milestones

Standings

Stoffel Vandoorne moved to the top of the Championship as a result of the chaos in Santiago, moving three ahead of Alexander Sims. Behind, Sam Bird had retained third, while race winner Maximilian Günther shot into fourth after his maiden triumph, three behind the Brit. Lucas di Grassi then completed the top five, with nineteen drivers on the board after the opening three races.

In the Teams Championship it was race winners BMW-Andretti who led the way leaving Santiago, ending the weekend with two wins and 60 points. They hence overhauled Mercedes at the head of the table, four clear of their Germanic rivals, while Envision Virgin had slipped to third. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler were next ahead of Jaguar Racing, while NIO had remained as the only pointless team in the field.

 
2019/20 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 38 ▲1
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims 35 ▼1
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 28 ◄0
4th Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther 22 ▲14
5th Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi 24 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 22 ▼2
7th Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa 21 ▲6
8th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 21 ▲8
9th Flag of Germany André Lotterer 18 ▼3
10th Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara 18 ▼3
11th Dutch Flag Nyck de Vries 18 ▼2
12th Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein 12 ▲5
13th Dutch Flag Robin Frijns 10 ▼5
14th Flag of the United Kingdom James Calado 10 ▼3
15th Flag of Germany Daniel Abt 8 ▼5
16th Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne 4 ▼4
17th Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa 2 ▲2
18th Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 2 ▼3
19th Flag of New Zealand Brendon Hartley 2 ▼5
2019/20 Teams Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 60 ▲2
2nd Flag of Germany Mercedes 56 ▼1
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 38 ▼1
4th Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 32 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 31 ▲3
6th Flag of China DS Techeetah 25 ▲3
7th Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 22 ▼2
8th Flag of Monaco Venturi Racing 20 ▼1
9th Flag of Germany Porsche Formula E Team 18 ▼3
10th Flag of India Mahindra Racing 14 ◄0
11th Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon 2 ◄0
12th Flag of China NIO 333 FE Team 0 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

References

Videos and Images:

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2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingGEOX DRAGONMahindra RacingMercedes-Benz EQ Formula E TeamNIO 333 FE TeamNissan e.DamsPanasonic Jaguar RacingROKiT Venturi RacingTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraMercedes-BenzNIONissanPenskePorsche
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE06BMW iFE.20DS E-Tense FE20Jaguar I-Type IVMahindra M6ElectroMercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01NIO FE-005Nissan IM02Penske EV-4Porsche 99X Electric
Drivers
2 Sam Bird3 Oliver Turvey4 Robin Frijns5 Stoffel Vandoorne6 Brendon Hartley/Sérgio Sette Câmara7 Nico Müller11 Lucas di Grassi13 António Félix da Costa17 Nyck de Vries18 Neel Jani19 Felipe Massa20 Mitch Evans22 Oliver Rowland23 Sébastien Buemi25 Jean-Éric Vergne27 Alexander Sims28 Maximilian Günther33 Ma Qing Hua/Daniel Abt36 André Lotterer48 Edoardo Mortara51 James Calado64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio66 Daniel Abt/René Rast94 Pascal Wehrlein/Alex Lynn
E-Prix
Diriyah IDiriyah IISantiagoMexico CityMarrakechBerlin IBerlin IIBerlin IIIBerlin IVBerlin VBerlin VI
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