The first ever season of the 100% electric FIA Formula E Championship reaches its conclusion this weekend in London.
In the heart of Battersea Park, drivers will fight to become the first Champion of the category. Uniquely, the race in Battersea Park is a double-header, which means there are still a maximum of 60 points still to race for.
Because of this, six drivers retain a mathematical chance of winning the title. They are:
Nelson Piquet Jr (NEXTEV TCR) – 128
Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) – 111
Sebastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) – 105
Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) – 82
Jerome D’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) – 77
Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) – 68
In short, the odds are firmly in Piquet’s favour, especially since he is leading the #FanBoost but should the Brazilian hit any trouble in the Saturday race, di Grassi and Buemi would be poised to thrust themselves back into the heat of the action.
The racing may be all the more intense for the fact that the final round is being held in the capital city widely regarded as the model pupil in Europe in terms of the deployment of public charging points.
Designed by the architect Simon Gibbons, the track will use the existing tarmac roads in the heart of Battersea Park. It covers 2,922 metres and will be driven in anti-clockwise direction. The competitors will start just a stone’s throw from the Thames before lapping the park and the boating lake, with a technical mix of fast straights, high-speed corners and challenging chicanes and braking points. The races will feature 29 laps on both Saturday and Sunday.
“London is the final home straight and there will be a lot of pressure on everyone’s shoulders,” commented Jean-Pascal Dauce, Director of Motorsport, Renault Sport Technologies. “We have worked over many months to ensure that all the drivers and teams are treated equally and that will be the case again this weekend. We have helped to establish a good competitive environment for fair and exciting racing throughout the season and we’re looking forward to living this finale on this truly motorsport ground.”
Renault, FIA Formula E