RIYADH: Season 9 and a brand new period of the ABB FIA Formulation E World Championship begins this Saturday with the aggressive debut of the GEN3 automotive on the 2023 Hankook Mexico Metropolis E-Prix on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.
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A capability crowd of 40,000 spectators is anticipated to fill the grandstands, with a carnival environment within the famed Foro Sol stadium part welcoming the 22 drivers from 11 groups.
The second and third rounds of Season 9 will happen on the Diriyah E-Prix in Riyadh on Jan 27-28.
Right here’s all you want to know concerning the launch of the brand new season.
The low season noticed loads of adjustments as just one crew has retained the identical driver line-up that completed final season.
DS Cars has partnered with PENSKE AUTOSPORT, signing two of the game’s largest names — reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne and Formulation E’s solely double champion Jean-Eric Vergne — to launch their Season 9 marketing campaign.
The pair had been extremely aggressive in testing, recording the second and third quickest instances respectively. Vandoorne shall be trying to mount a powerful title protection to match Vergne’s distinctive double-title honor.
Two iconic names in world motorsport — McLaren and Maserati — line up on the Formulation E grid for the primary time this season.
The previous is among the many biggest names in motorsport, with 20 Formulation 1 World Championship titles, 180 Grand Prix wins and three Indianapolis 500 victories to its identify, in addition to a Le Mans 24 Hours win on the first try.
Rene Rast, a number of DTM champion and former Formulation E racer, will compete within the distinctive papaya of the brand new NEOM McLaren Formulation E Workforce alongside Jake Hughes, who impressed in testing on the best way to recording the fourth-quickest time of the week.
In partnership with MSG Racing, Maserati marks its return to single-seater competitors for the primary time in additional than 60 years and is about to turn into the primary Italian marque to compete in Formulation E. Each Maserati and McLaren have cited Formulation E as key to their EV growth applications, with the championship’s intense sporting laboratory driving learnings from the racetrack to highway fashions.
Maserati’s wealthy motorsport heritage is clear all through their return to racing. Launched on the streets of their Italian hometown of Modena within the iconic blue coloration, the Maserati Tipo Folgore pays homage to the Trident’s first racing automotive, the Tipo 26.
Maserati MSG Racing will see the return of Edoardo Mortara, who will look to construct on his most profitable Formulation E marketing campaign but of 4 wins amongst six podium finishes final season, alongside new teammate Maximilian Guenther. It was a powerful begin for the crew in Valencia, the place Guenther topped 5 of the seven timed periods and set the benchmark tempo in Spain at a 3rd official Formulation E check.
Jaguar TCS Racing is the one crew on the grid to area an unchanged driver line-up. Mitch Evans was within the hunt for his first Formulation E world champion title till the ultimate weekend of final season, in the end ending second. Throughout the storage, teammate Sam Hen was pissed off by an harm that meant he was unable to participate within the last two races of the season — numbers 99 and 100 in Formulation E historical past — leaving Lucas di Grassi to turn into the one driver to attain the ever-present feat.
Andre Lotterer joins Jake Dennis on the now Porsche-powered Avalanche Andretti Formulation E crew, whereas Season 6 champion Antonio Felix Da Costa will companion Pascal Wehrlein at TAG Heuer Porsche Formulation E Workforce.
Nick Cassidy stays at Envision Racing, the place he’s joined by long-standing Nissan driver and Season 2 champion Sebastien Buemi.
Buemi’s departure means the Nissan Formulation E Workforce additionally has a totally refreshed line-up with Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz, who stood in for Antonio Giovinazzi in Seoul within the final race of Season 8.
Mahindra Racing welcomes ‘Mr 100’ and Season 3 champion Lucas di Grassi to companion Oliver Rowland.
NIO 333 Racing retains Dan Ticktum. He companions with Sergio Sette Camara, who put in some spectacular performances final 12 months for DRAGON/PENSKE AUTOSPORT, whereas Robins Frijns and Nico Mueller will race for the brand new ABT CUPRA Formulation E Workforce.
Sporting adjustments for Season 9
Alongside the revolutionary expertise on-track, Formulation E’s sporting laws have undergone updates aligned to the GEN3 period. A lap complete will change time in setting a race distance, with further laps added for Security Automobile and Full Course Yellow interruptions to racing.
Hankook Tire turns into the unique Technical Accomplice and Tyre Provider of the ABB FIA Formulation E World Championship from Season 9. Two years of analysis and growth has gone into producing the Hankook iON Race tire, which in Formulation E is utilized in all circumstances, moist and dry. Practically 30 p.c of the brand new tire is fabricated from sustainable supplies whereas Hankook fully recycles each set of tires after use.
Return to Mexico Metropolis
On Saturday, Formulation E makes a seventh go to to a circuit that has been a function on the calendar since Season 2, aside from a visit to Puebla in Season 7 — Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
The 19-turn, 2.630 km circuit is an ideal mixture of lengthy, quick straights and a technical infield part that passes proper via the legendary Foro Sol stadium part the place tens of 1000’s of followers sit.
A brand new chicane has been added on the again straight this season, whereas the Assault Mode activation zone is now on the skin of Flip 15 on the exit of the stadium part, presenting extra of a problem this time round.
Final season, TAG Heuer Porsche Formulation E Workforce dominated in Mexico Metropolis to say their first ABB FIA Formulation E World Championship race win.
Pascal Wehrlein led residence teammate Andre Lotterer for a Porsche one-two. The crew inflicted an additional lap on the sphere with simply a few seconds remaining on the clock.