ABB FIA FORMULA E WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS SEASON 8 UNDER FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
- New drivers, stronger teams to challenge reigning champions Nyck de Vries and Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team
- Double-header of races in Diriyah under the lights, the only night races in Season 8
- All-new qualifying format debuts with head-to-head knockout Duels between drivers
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns this Friday and Saturday, 28 & 29 January with the opening two rounds of Season 8 racing under lights on one of the most technically challenging tracks of the series around the walls of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Fans will be returning to the grandstands and millions more will be tuning-in live around the world to see the ultra-competitive line-up of 11 teams and 22 world-class drivers
launch their challenge for the FIA World Championship title at the start of the biggest-ever 16 race calendar.
Mercedes-EQ Hunting The Double
Reigning World Champions Nyck de Vries and Mercedes-EQ are looking to defend their Drivers’ and Teams’ World Championships. While their closest rivals from last season field unchanged line-ups, this season sees three new drivers take a seat in the most competitive Formula E grid to date, including new addition and ex-Formula 1 racer, Antonio Giovinazzi.
Envision Racing will seek to build on a positive Season 7, with Robin Frijns impressing on the way to fifth in the standings last time out, and Nick Cassidy is no longer just the head-turning rookie but a serious contender. After a storming maiden campaign, Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis is back and is joined by the only American driver on the grid, 2019 Indy Lights champ Oliver Askew.
ROKiT Venturi Racing head into a new campaign full of optimism with last year’s runner up Edoardo Mortara joined by 2016/17 champion Lucas di Grassi
at the Monegasque team this season. TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team’s all-German line-up remains where Pascal Wehrlein and Andre Lotterer go again in search of Porsche’s maiden race win in all-electric motorsport as Oliver Rowland joins countryman Alexander Sims at Mahindra Racing.
Maximilian Guenther makes the switch to Nissan e.dams, alongside 2015/16 champion Sebastien Buemi, while DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT snapped up Antonio Giovinazzi fresh from Formula 1, with the Italian joining Sergio Sette Camara. At NIO 333, Oliver Turvey is joined by multiple Macau Grand Prix winner and current FIA Formula 2 Championship front-runner Dan Ticktum.
From Season 8
, Formula E races can now have additional race time of up to 10 minutes added when incidents cause Safety Car or Full Course Yellow neutralisations during the 45-minute plus one lap race.
Formula E’s Gen2 cars will be the quickest they’ve ever been this season, too. Drivers will be able to tap into 220kW of power in Season 8, an increase from 200kW in Season 7, during races. Power during ATTACK MODE
will also increase to 250kW from 235kW.
Formula E’s new qualifying format
featuring Groups and knockout Duels is a first in world motorsport, and will debut in Diriyah providing a completely new challenge for drivers and teams to tackle.
Double-Header In The Dark
Formula E broke new ground with its first night races, working closely with the KSA’s Ministry of Sport to turn the dream of a sustainable night race into reality at an adapted Riyadh Street Circuit.
The fast and flowing 2.49km circuit, flanking the stunning At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage Site, will once again be lit up by the latest low-power LED technology. These reduce energy consumption by up to 50 per cent compared to non-LED units, and are powered by sustainably-sourced biofuel generators.
Last time out, eventual Drivers’ World Champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) laid down the ultimate marker in the opener with a clean sweep of the best times in Free Practice 1 and 2, Julius Baer Pole Position plus the Round 1 win
– the Dutchman’s first in Formula E. Sam Bird (Jaguar TCS Racing) took the second race on debut for Jaguar.
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DHL and Formula E extend partnership
- DHL and Formula E team up again to promote e-mobility, smart cities, and low-carbon lifestyles
- As the Official Logistics Partner, DHL will continue to help the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with tailored, multi-modal transport solutions
- Extended partnership includes the launch of a joint Sustainability Award – “DHL & Formula E Together Green Award”
- The Award will recognize people & organizations from global and local communities who actively demonstrate meaningful change for the better of the environment
BONN, Switzerland and LONDON, UK – DHL and Formula E have renewed their partnership and joint commitment to promoting e-mobility, smart cities and low-carbon lifestyles.
As part of the agreement, DHL remains Official Founding and Logistics Partner to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and will continue to transport over 415 tons of the all-electric motorsport World Championship’s freight – including all race cars, batteries, charging units, and media and broadcasting equipment – helping Formula E with a tailored, multi-modal transport approach that maximizes efficiency and reduces CO2 emissions.
Launch of DHL & Formula E Together Green Award
The renewed partnership will see on and off-track initiatives that highlight the joint DHL-Formula E commitment to environmental and social responsibility – and underscore DHL’s role as a sustainability pioneer in the logistics industry.
As part of the relationship, DHL will have exclusive rights to the DHL & Formula E Together Green Award, unearthing sustainability heroes across the globe. A local hero will be recognized at each ABB Formula E race location in Season 8, while accepting global nominations from individuals and organizations throughout the season for the inaugural award. The award winner will be announced at the end of season gala dinner in Seoul. DHL’s aim is to honor everyday sustainability heroes as global brand and sustainability ambassadors – to recognize their ability to shift attitudes through awareness, and call attention to the power of positive action, however small, in building a more sustainable future.
“Deutsche Post DHL Group will be investing seven billion euros in clean operations and climate-neutral logistics through to 2030, which includes major investments to its fleet of e-vehicles,” said Arjan Sissing, Head of Global Brand Marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group. “This – along with our goal to achieve zero-emission logistics by 2050 – is a major, industry-leading commitment on the part of DHL. But we also recognize that the small incremental developments and steps – the everyday engagement and commitment on the part of individuals and organizations around the globe – are so important to moving the needle. The DHL & Formula E Together Green Award is meant to call attention to these heroes and hopefully amplify the impact they are having.”
(Information source & image credit: FIA Formula E World Championship)