On 17th June 2020, 109 days since the last round took place, it has been announced that Formula E will be returning in August to decide the winner and Constructors champion of Season 6.
Following the approval of the FIA, it has been announced that there will be 6 races over 9 days at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport to conclude who takes the Championship. Starting on Wednesday 5th August and finishing on Thursday 13th August, three double headers will round up Season 6 and give us a Formula E Champion. The E-Prix’s scheduled for August will make up Rounds 6-11 as we left of Round 5 in Marrakesh on February 29th.
Despite all 6 races taking place at exactly the same location, it has been announced that the track layout will be changed according to which double header is being participated in. See the updated calnder below directly from the FIA website:
The revised 2019- 2020 calendar is as follows:
22 November 2019: Race 1 – Diriyah
23 November 2019: Race 2 – Diriyah
18 January 2020: Race 3 – Santiago
15 February 2020: Race 4 – Mexico City
29 February 2020: Race 5 – Marrakesh
5 August 2020: Race 6 – Berlin – Track Layout 1
6 August 2020: Race 7 – Berlin – Track Layout 1
8 August 2020: Race 8 – Berlin – Track Layout 2
9 August 2020: Race 9 – Berlin – Track Layout 2
12 August 2020: Race 10 – Berlin – Track Layout 3
13 August 2020: Race 11 – Berlin – Track Layout 3
(Calendar found at www.fia.com)
As we step back into the world of Formula E, let us take a moment to recap all that has happened before the posponement due to the Coronavirus in March. As things stand, Antonio Felix Da Costa is leading the Championship with 67 points, 11 points ahead. Mitch Evans is second with 56 points and Alexander Sims rounds up the top 3 with 46 points. We saw 5 different winners from rounds 1-5 including Sam Bird, Maximillian Gunther along with the top 3 drivers in the Championship. As far as Team Championship is concerned, DS Techeetah are topping the standings with 98 points but only 8 points ahead of BMW i Andretti Motorsport. 3rd in the table is Panasonic Jaguar Racing but with a deficit of 32 points but all is to play for in the upcoming 6 races.
Over the course of the pandemic and everyone being in lockdown, many drivers took place in a Virtual E-Prix Championship called ‘Race At Home Challenge’, with Mercedes-Benz EQ Driver, Stoffel Vandoorne picking up the title of Virtual Champion. Pascal Wehrlein and Oliver Rowland picked up 2nd and 3rd. As we get back onto the actual track, there will be some evident changes to the driver line-up. We first heard that Daniel Abt of Audi Sport Abt Shaeffler was suspended from the team and will no longer race for them due to falsifying his identiy in the virtual races. As Abt used professional E Sports driver, Lorenz Hoerzing, who raced under his name and team, this then caused the team to take the decision to drop him. A statement from Audi that can be found on the FIA Formula E Website said, “Daniel Abt did not drive his car in qualifying and the race at the fifth event of the Race at Home Challenge on May 23 himself, but let a professional Sim-Racer do so. He directly apologised for this on the following day and accepted the disqualification. Integrity, transparency and consistent compliance with applicable rules are top priorities for Audi – this applies to all activities the brand is involved in without exception. For this reason, Audi Sport has decided to suspend Daniel Abt with immediate effect.”
Another change we will see is that of Pascal Wehrlein who decided to take his leave of Mahindra Racing on Monday 8th June with immediate effect. Wehrlein has kept extremely tight lipped about the reasons behind it and if he has anything else lined up but he announced his departure through his social media via Instagram Stories. The post read: “From today onwards I will no longer be part of Mahindra Racing. My interest was to finish the season but the current situation didn’t allow so. I can’t say much about my future but will keep you informed. Thank you all for your support and see you soon on track.”
Many mysteries surrounding the 2019/2020 season are still to be solved but for now, let us be thankful that Formula E will be returning for 6 more races that are sure to be as exciting and as jam packed as ever! Be sure to check back in at Overtake Motorsport to find out all the breaking news and latest stories.
Feature Image Credit: FIA Formula E Twitter Page