Shot at the Putrajaya E Prix, image courtesy of FIA Formula E

3 Days to Formula E in Long Beach: The Season, so Far

In 3 days electric cars will whiz through the streets of Long Beach, California.  It’s going to be a great race on a great day.  So before you start your pre-race celebration, take a look at this from FIA Formula e:

1st Nico Prost (e.dams-Renault) – 67 points, 1 win (Miami)
Setting pole position for the inaugural Beijing ePrix meant Prost was the first driver to lead the Formula E standings. In the race a last-corner collision with Nick Heidfeld resulted in a spectacular crash that went viral across the world, but more importantly cost him a certain podium finish.

 

It had further ramifications as the 10-place grid penalty he received for causing a collision meant he’d have his work cut out in the subsequent Putrajaya ePrix. He minimised the loss with another stellar qualifying effort – although pole became 11th when the penalty was applied. He worked his way forward in the race to claim fourth place.

 

Prost’s hopes in Punta del Este were compromised by a penalty for excessive energy use – something the team strongly contested. Regardless, six points for seventh place was the result.

 

Prost was out-qualified by team-mate Sebastien Buemi for the first time in Buenos Aires. It was arguably his least competitive showing of the season, but in a dramatic race he stayed out of trouble to take second place – his first Formula E podium.

 

He was back on form in Miami, qualifying on the front row again. He lost out to Sam Bird early on, but worked his strategy well. In the closing stages he passed Daniel Abt and defended brilliantly from Scott Speed over the final two laps to claim his maiden Formula E win and return to the top of the points.

 

2nd Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) – 60 points, 1 win (Beijing)
The winner of the first ever Formula E race finally relinquished the lead of the championship in Miami, where over-heating problems caused him to slow late on and drop to ninth place.

 

It was the second disappointing result in a row for the Brazilian, who started the season with three straight podium finishes. In Beijing he admitted he was fortunate to inherit the win following the final corner collision.

 

In Malaysia, he hit the wall in qualifying and started 18th. But he drove a charging race to move all the way up to second by the flag.

 

Di Grassi lost out when he was baulked at the start in Punta del Este, but again drove a strong and tactical race to take third.

 

When Buemi hit the wall in Buenos Aires, di Grassi had victory in the bag only for broken suspension to send him crashing out of the race.

 

3rd Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) – 52 points, 1 win (Putrajaya)
After starting his campaign with a slightly fortunate third place in Beijing, Bird underlined his championship credentials in style in round two. A superb move on Oriol Servia took him into the lead and once ahead he simply drove away from the field in the most dominant performance of the series’ short history.

 

Fortunes turned dramatically in Punta del Este. After a crash in qualifying he started on the backfoot and his race ended prematurely in the wall too.

 

He was back among the frontrunners in Punta del Este, but lost time during the safety car period. He set fastest lap as he charged to seventh by the flag.

 

A great start allowed him to put a move on Prost for second on lap one in Miami and he chased down leader Jean-Eric Vergne before pulling another great move. But communication problems meant he didn’t pit as planned and forced him to cruise around for one more lap with his battery all but flat. He recovered to eighth.

 

For more of the driver-by-driver recap of this year’s Formula E series, click here.

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