Formula E, the younger electric cousin of Formula 1, is set to kick off its fifth season in December. The new Formula E season brings new rules, new cities and new teams, so it looks to be the most exciting season yet.
What’s Going to Happen in Formula E Season 5?
This is the first season to feature 22 cars on the grid at once. All Formula E cars will be built according to Gen 2 specs, meaning they’ll be more efficient, more powerful and more entertaining to watch. No longer forced to make pit stops due to limited battery capacity, the new cars allow for greater strategy in the long run of the race. Here are all the changes for the fifth season of Formula E.
1. Formula E Will Draw More Fans
Formula E has been growing in popularity since it began, and this is set to continue. With a focus on fan interaction and accessibility, Formula E will be able to live stream for anyone who wants to watch, as well as showing live on traditional TV channels.
If Formula E fans want to see the cars in action, its easier to get trackside, as the races are held in cities all over the world.
2. Those Fans Will Boost Their Favourite Racers
Fans are a crucial component of any sport. They cheer people on to greater and greater performance and can make a huge difference psychologically. In Formula E however, the fans can give a literal boost to their favourite driver, with a voting mechanic called Fan Boost that will trigger for whichever three drivers have the most votes. This kind of radical innovation is part of what makes Formula E special, and a joy to be involved in.
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3. New Teams Will Upset the Power Balance
Formula E is inherently more unpredictable than Formula 1, in which generally speaking: the best car wins. Formula E has stipulated that all cars will run on the same battery and use the same chassis, meaning more comes down to the individual skill of the drivers.
New teams Nissan and HWA AG are joining to disrupt the pack and bring with them new drivers and new challenges to the other drivers.
The teams are:
Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler
· Lucas di Grassi
· Daniel Abt
· Jean-Eric Vergne
· Andre Lotterer
Envision Virgin Racing
· Sam Bird
· Robin Frijns
· Jerome D’Ambrosio
· Pascal Wehrlein
· Sebastien Buemi
· Nico Prost
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
· Mitch Evans
· Nelson Piquet Jr.
Venturi Formula E
· Felipe Massa
· Edoardo Mortara
NIO Formula E
· Oliver Turvey
· Tom Dillmann
· Jose-Maria Lopez
· TBC at time of writing
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
· Antonio Felix da Costa
· Alexander Sims
· Gary Paffett
· Stoffel Vandoorne
Who Will Win Formula E Season 5?
Of course, the most important question in any race is who’s going to win. The Audi team have been regular frontrunners since the cup began and were strong performers in the last season. As it stands at the time of writing, di Grassi currently has 7/11 odds to win the championship. However, previous champion Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne is the out-and-out favourite at 3/1.
New HWA AG additions Paffett and Vandoorne are outsiders at 25/1 and 33/1 respectively.