2019-20 FE Santiago EPrix Preview

FIA Formula E started its sixth season back in November in Saudi Arabia with a double header. The series returns to action this weekend with a single race in Chile.

The Drivers’ championship leader going to Santiago is BMW’s Alexander Sims after the Briton claimed pole position, eighth and a race victory during the opening race weekend.

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Five points behind the Briton is Stoffel Vandoorne who has made a solid start with Mercedes after starting the campaign with back to back third place finishes. Behind Vandoorne is Sam Bird who won the opening race of the season before being forced into retirement in the second race.

Sims and Vandoorne are two of four drivers who have score points in the two races contested so far, the other two being Oliver Rowland who is fourth in the championship and the final driver being Edoardo Mortara who is currently seventh in the standings.

The two other drivers to have visited the podium in the opening two races are Lucas di Grassi and Andre Lotterer who find themselves fifth and sixth in the championship respectively.

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The highest placed rookie is Nyck de Vries who is ninth in the championship having finished sixth in the opening race. He is two points ahead of the next best rookie, James Calado, who managed to finish inside the points in the second race in Saudi Arabia.

Another rookie going to Chile having got points on the board is Brendon Hartley who managed to be classified ninth in the second race of the season. While his fellow rookie, and teammate, Nico Muller will be hoping to put a difficult opening Formula E race weekend behind him where he failed to start the first race before retiring from the second as he currently occupies last in the Drivers’ championship.

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With two races completed, sixteen of the twenty four drivers have already claimed points while eleven of the twelve teams have scored points already, with only NIO 333 yet to.

Formula E debutantes, Mercedes, lead the Teams’ Championship by two points from Virgin Racing. Meanwhile the other new team on the grid, Porsche, are currently sixth in the championship, four points behind Nissan in fifth and level on points with Venturi Racing in seventh.

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There have already been five different teams represented on the podium in the opening two races with Mercedes, Virgin, BMW, Audi and Porsche all having had drivers claim a top three finish.

It is obviously still very early in the championship but it already looks like it will be a similar season to the 2018-19 season where it was difficult for one or a set group of teams to dominate the early stages of the championship, making it exciting to see what unfolds this weekend in Santiago.

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