With just four rounds left in Season 8, Formula E travels to the London E-Prix, home to the world’s only indoor-outdoor circuit.
Rounds 11 and 12 of the ABB Formula E FIA World Championship offered up so much drama we had to break our takeaways into two parts. No other Formula E race has perhaps seen the level of drama as Round 11 in which four of the top five all crashed out when a deluge of rain came down. Then Sunday’s qualifying brought forward new contenders and a first-time race winner this season. Now as Formula E arrives for the London E-Prix, the pressure that comes with the end of the season begins to creep in.
There are just four rounds left, a pair of doubleheaders. And with the end of the season this close, all four title contenders, will have one eye on grabbing the top step of the podium and the other on avoiding incidents that could end their championship pursuit. We’re back to the iconic indoor-to-outside London E-Prix circuit, the first of its kind for top-level motorsport.
The Circuit – London E-Prix:
The 2.141-km circuit sits on the London Dockyards with the River Thames closing in on the start/finish line side of the track. A part of the ExCeL London area (Exhibition Centre London) the circuit begins indoors with a crowd of spectators along the main straight and under the lights to begin the E-Prix. Turns 10 through 13 have been redesigned since last season. But with long runs, before and after that portion of the circuit it could offer a new set of challenges and overtakes.
While the NYC doubleheader didn’t ruin Jean-Eric Vergne’s title chances, his 18th place finish on Saturday and DNF on Sunday have made it quite difficult. Stoffel Vandoorne entered the weekend as the leader, was the highest finisher in both races, and exits with an 11-point lead.
- Stoffel Vandoorne – 155 points
- Edoardo Mortara – 144
- Mitch Evans – 139
- Jean-Eric Vergne – 128
- Robin Frijns – 104
While the Driver’s Championship battle understandable takes the attention, this team title race is just as back and forth. Entering the weekend third, Mercedes may not have won either E-Prix in NYC, but their consistent runs saw them move up from third to first. It’s now just a ten-point gap between the top three.
- ROKiT Venturi – 228 points
- DS Techeetah – 228
- Mercedes-EQ – 238
- Jaguar TCS – 186
- Envision – 151
The championship battle nears its climax ⚔️
Racing in the iconic London Docklands returns this weekend 🇬🇧
— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) July 27, 2022
With the new qualifying format, it’s best not to put too much weight on last season’s doubleheader. Expect the usual contenders to be in the mix on both days.
Round 1 (Saturday):
- Stoffel Vandoorne
- Edoardo Mortara
- Jean-Eric Vergne
Round 2 (Sunday):
- Edoardo Mortara
- Mitch Evans
- António Félix da Costa
How to Watch the London E-Prix (EDT):
- Practice 1: Friday 7/29 – 12:10 pm on CBS Sports HQ, Formula E’s YouTube Channel, Formula E’s Website, or the Formula E App.
- Practice 2: Saturday 7/30 – 3:55 am on CBS Sports HQ, Formula E’s YouTube Channel, Formula E’s Website, or the Formula E App.
- Qualifying: Saturday 7/30 – 5:30 am on CBS Sports HQ.
- E-Prix: Saturday 7/30– 9:30 am on CBS.
- Practice 3: Sunday 7/31 – 3:25 am on CBS Sports HQ, Formula E’s YouTube Channel, Formula E’s Website, or the Formula E App.
- Qualifying: Saturday 7/31 – 5:30 am on CBS Sports HQ.
- E-Prix: Saturday 7/31– 9:30 am on CBS.
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