2020 has arrived and Formula E is moving in to a new decade. We had a tantilising teaser at the end of November with Rounds 1 and 2 but as we move on to Round 3, what is instore in Santiago and beyond?
So, we have all put away the tinsel, eaten more food than we want to admit and celebrated the start of a new year and a new decade. The Christmas break seemed very long with many forms of motorsport taking a well earned rest but now that January is here, Formula E is ready to return.
Before we move on to all what is to come from Round 3 on January 18th all the way up to our summer double header when we return to the UK, lets take a little trip down memory lane of what happened in Rounds 1 and 2. We saw many new drivers and two new teams join us along with shakeups within the remaining teams. Antonio Felix Da Costa joined reigning back to back champion, Jean-Eric Vergne at DS Techeetah which saw his former teammate, Andre Lotterer join new team, Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E team alongside Neel Jani. Geox Dragon had a whole new line-up with Brendon Hartley and Nico Muller. HWA transformed into Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E team who took on Stoffel Vandoorne and 2019 F2 Champion, Nyck De Vries. Qinghua Ma joins Nio FE Team and James Calado takes the final spot at Panasonic Jaguar Racing. All other drivers remained in their spots from Season 5.
After the first two rounds, we see Alexander Sims from BMW I Andretti Motorsport on top of the Championship by 5 points. Sims secured the Julius Baer Pole Position in both Round 1 and 2 and took his first win in the 2nd race in Diriyah on November 23rd. After a difficult first season in Formula E for Season 5 and only managing 16th place, Stoffel Vandoorne has flown into 2nd in the Championship after just two races. Vandoorne only gained 35 points in the whole of season 5 but came 3rd in both Rounds in Diriyah, scoring 30 points already. Rounding up the top 3, we have Envision Virgin Racing driver, Sam Bird. Bird had a dream first race for Season 6 by winning Round 1 but just as he thought his luck had changed, Bird crashed out in Round 2, giving him 0 points. With only 9 points separating the top 3, who do you think will be in front in Santiago?
Round 3 takes places this Saturday 18th January but where does Formula E travel to next, here is the remaining race calendar to get you all in the know:
- Round 4 – Mexico City – Saturday 15th February
- Round 5 – Marrakesh, Morocco – Saturday 29th February
- Round 6 – Sanya, China – Saturday 21st March
- Round 7 – Rome, Italy – Saturday 4th April
- Round 8 – Paris, France – Saturday 18th April
- Round 9 – Seoul, Korea – Sunday 3rd May
- Round 10 – Jakarta, Indonesia – Saturday 6th June
- Round 11 – Berlin, Germany – Sunday 21st June
- Round 12 – New York, USA – Saturday 11th July
- Round 13 – London, UK – Saturday 25th July
- Round 14 – London, UK – Sunday 26th July
Formula E is visiting many countries this year and the season will end with a double header in London at the ExCeL exhibition centre. Formula E officials and fans alike are delighted to see the electric motorsport series return to Great Britain and see Formula E make history with a indoor-outdoor track.
Whether you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to travel to an E-Prix or you’re an avid supporter from the sofa, there is one way to show your love of the sport and that is Formula E Merchandise. When visiting the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, I was able to witness most of the range of Formula E Merchandise that the brand had to offer. Formula E Merchandise Lead, Garry Holland was on hand to show the many pieces from tops, to caps to model cars that was available to purchase. The Formula E ‘Fanwear’ that was on show ranged from £5 for a Tote Bag all the way up to £55 for a model Gen 2 car. There was also a mixture of adult wear and children’s wear to suit a fan of all ages. Here are some pictures of what was available:
All other ‘Fanwear’ items (including prices) and individual teamwear items can be found on the Formula E Merchandise website FIAFormulaE.com/store. Make sure you visit to snag some Formula E gear and show your support!
Hopefully now, you are all caught up to date with the 2019/2020 Drivers Championship as well as where Formula E is going to be heading this year. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on Overtake Motorsport website and social media channels for the latest news and race articles.
I will see you all on Saturday 18th January for the next E-Prix of Season 6 – YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT!
Feature Image Credit: Georgina Williams