RIYADH: Season 9 and a brand new period of the ABB FIA System E World Championship begins this Saturday with the aggressive debut of the GEN3 automobile on the 2023 Hankook Mexico Metropolis E-Prix on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.
It’s the quickest and most effective race automobile to participate within the all-electric collection but.
A capability crowd of 40,000 spectators is predicted 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 have to know concerning the launch of the brand new season.
The low season noticed loads of adjustments as just one group has retained the identical driver line-up that completed final season.
DS Vehicles has partnered with PENSKE AUTOSPORT, signing two of the game’s largest names — reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne and System E’s solely double champion Jean-Eric Vergne — to launch their Season 9 marketing campaign.
The pair have been extremely aggressive in testing, recording the second and third quickest occasions respectively. Vandoorne will likely be seeking to mount a robust title protection to match Vergne’s distinctive double-title honor.
Two iconic names in world motorsport — McLaren and Maserati — line up on the System E grid for the primary time this season.
The previous is among the many best names in motorsport, with 20 System 1 World Championship titles, 180 Grand Prix wins and three Indianapolis 500 victories to its title, in addition to a Le Mans 24 Hours win on the first try.
Rene Rast, a number of DTM champion and former System E racer, will compete within the distinctive papaya of the brand new NEOM McLaren System E Staff alongside Jake Hughes, who impressed in testing on the way in which 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 develop into the primary Italian marque to compete in System E. Each Maserati and McLaren have cited System E as key to their EV improvement packages, 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 automobile, the Tipo 26.
Maserati MSG Racing will see the return of Edoardo Mortara, who will look to construct on his most profitable System E marketing campaign but of 4 wins amongst six podium finishes final season, alongside new teammate Maximilian Guenther. It was a robust begin for the group in Valencia, the place Guenther topped 5 of the seven timed periods and set the benchmark tempo in Spain at a 3rd official System E check.
Jaguar TCS Racing is the one group on the grid to subject an unchanged driver line-up. Mitch Evans was within the hunt for his first System E world champion title till the ultimate weekend of final season, finally ending second. Throughout the storage, teammate Sam Fowl was pissed off by an harm that meant he was unable to participate within the ultimate two races of the season — numbers 99 and 100 in System E historical past — leaving Lucas di Grassi to develop into the one driver to realize the ever-present feat.
Andre Lotterer joins Jake Dennis on the now Porsche-powered Avalanche Andretti System E group, whereas Season 6 champion Antonio Felix Da Costa will accomplice Pascal Wehrlein at TAG Heuer Porsche System E Staff.
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 System E Staff 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 accomplice Oliver Rowland.
NIO 333 Racing retains Dan Ticktum. He companions with Sergio Sette Camara, who put in some spectacular performances final yr for DRAGON/PENSKE AUTOSPORT, whereas Robins Frijns and Nico Mueller will race for the brand new ABT CUPRA System E Staff.
Sporting adjustments for Season 9
Alongside the revolutionary expertise on-track, System E’s sporting laws have undergone updates aligned to the GEN3 period. A lap complete will change time in setting a race distance, with extra laps added for Security Automotive and Full Course Yellow interruptions to racing.
Hankook Tire turns into the unique Technical Companion and Tyre Provider of the ABB FIA System E World Championship from Season 9. Two years of analysis and improvement has gone into producing the Hankook iON Race tire, which in System E is utilized in all situations, moist and dry. Almost 30 p.c of the brand new tire is manufactured from sustainable supplies whereas Hankook fully recycles each set of tires after use.
Return to Mexico Metropolis
On Saturday, System E makes a seventh go to to a circuit that has been a characteristic 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 by means of 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 surface of Flip 15 on the exit of the stadium part, presenting extra of a problem this time round.
Final season, TAG Heuer Porsche System E Staff dominated in Mexico Metropolis to say their first ABB FIA System E World Championship race win.
Pascal Wehrlein led dwelling teammate Andre Lotterer for a Porsche one-two. The group inflicted an additional lap on the sector with simply a few seconds remaining on the clock.