This week will hopefully see the ABB Formula E series begin its delayed 2020/21 season in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
The opening event of the season is also due to be a double header with one race being held on Friday and the other on Saturday. The event is also going to be a first for Formula E as both races are set to be contested at night.
Also new for this season is the status of the Formula E championship which was granted ‘World Championship’ status, giving an added incentive to the drivers and teams for the coming season.
Antonio Felix da Costa enters this week’s event as the reigning drivers’ champion. Meanwhile DS Techeetah enter the season as the defending teams’ champion. Da Costa is once again due to be partnered at the Chinese team with Jean-Eric Vergne. Elsewhere there have been various driver moves with some of the most notable being Sam Bird going from Virgin to Jaguar, Nick Cassidy replacing Bird at Virgin, Rene Rast driving alongside Lucas di Grassi at Audi and Pascal Wehrlein joining Porsche from Mahindra.Embed from Getty Images
Season 7 represents the final chapter for two works teams in the series. Those two being Audi and BMW who announced during pre-season that they would be leaving the sport at the end of the season. It will therefore be an important year away from the racing on track as the series attempts to sure up the grid in the wake of Audi and BMW’s departure. Added to this is the need for Formula E to finalise its ‘Gen 3’ ruleset.
At the time of writing there had been eight races announced to be held across six venues with both Saudi Arabia and Chile hosting two races. More races are due to be announced later in the year, but the current race schedule means that Formula E will compete on a permanent race track for the first time, in the form of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.
It will undoubtedly be another entertaining season on track for the ABB Formula E World Championship. But it is also set to be an important year off it as it, like many other series, continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic all whilst attempting to confirm its Gen3 rules. Lastly Formula E may also need to find ways to help regain some momentum and hype in the wake of the announcements and hype surrounding fellow electric series, Extreme E.