In an exciting end of the season, Formula E consecrated the best of the year both in terms of drivers and teams.
The electrified category reached important milestones such as net-zero emissions motorsport, expanded its calendar and debuted the GEN3 single-seater.
Once the circuit was completed, we reviewed the data left by each turn that took place among the 11 teams and 22 riders who took to the track.
A New Champion
Undoubtedly, the fight for the drivers’ championship took all the attention. Four flag bearers mathematically had a chance: Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti), Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing), Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) and Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche).
Dennis began his home race weekend with a 24-point lead, which was good enough to secure his title on Saturday, and was supported by a blunder of communication between the Envision duo.
Cassidy, who still had a chance to win, passed his teammate, but the two made contact, which broke his front wing and ultimately stopped the race. All the Andretti driver had to do was finish on the podium, which he did with a second-place finish to win his championship crown.
Customer Teams’ Performance
In both the driver and team standings, the customer teams dominated and beat their suppliers.
For Jake Dennis and Avalanche Andretti, the team is a customer of TAG Heuer Porsche and its powertrain, but managed to beat the German giant in both championships.
For Dennis, his biggest challenge was Wehrlein. But despite Pascal’s strong start to the season, the now Season 9 champion was able to find himself continually on the podium, proving that consistency is key.
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Amazing Setting in London
Being half indoor and half outdoor, the ExCel Arena will always be unusual. Having been on the calendar since Season 7, the London venue is normally used as an exhibition center, but for one weekend a year it becomes a round on the Formula E calendar.
Used to racing on bumpy streets in the middle of city centers, driving indoors is a big change with a completely flat surface and good grip for the tournament.
Heavy rainfall presented a challenge in the British capital. Drivers were tested to their limits in the wet weather and were presented with a challenge that is virtually unprecedented in motorsport.
There’s no denying that Dennis had an incredible season on his way to winning his first Formula E title. However, he only managed two wins along the way, unlike his competitors who duplicated that.
For Evans and Cassidy, both New Zealand drivers won four races each during the year, but he was still no match for Dennis, who broke a Formula E record this season.
Change is on the Way
Now that season 9 is over, major changes are expected. Several teams have already confirmed several changes such as the departure of Sam Bird from Jaguar and Robin Frijns leaving ABT CUPRA.
With Lotterer rumored to be out of Andretti and talks of Rene Rast leaving McLaren after one season together, anything can happen for the 2024 season.