After a inaugural season which by many was classed as a success, Formula E returns on Saturday as it embarks on that difficult second season.
In part one of this preview, we look at the teams that finished in the bottom half of the championship and what their prospects look like for the new season.
Trulli GP – Motomatica JT-01
Vitantonio Liuzzi – Age : 35, Starts: 5, Best Finish: 5th, 2014/15 Position: 23rd
Salvador Duran – Age: 30, Starts: 9, Best Finish: 6th, 2014/15 Position: 21st
It doesn’t look like anything has improved for Trulli GP over the summer. The team introduced the Motomatica JT-01 and since then its all been down hill. With know recorded lap times and barley any running time it will be a foray into the unknown. If the decision of sticking with the new technology pays off it will be classed as a stroke of genius if not it could be a long and hard season again. On the driver front it’s one in, one out, Jarno Trulli steps back from driving duties while Salvador Durna comes in for his first full season. It could be another difficult second season for Trulli.
Venturi GP – Venturi VM 200-FE-01
Stephane Sarrazin – Age: 39, Starts:11, Best Finish: 6th, 2014/15 Position: 14th
Jacques Villeneuve – Age:44, Starts: 0, Best Finish: N/A, 2014/ 15 Postion: N/A
A team that promised so much but failed to deliver in the first season. So they’ve turned to experience for the second season, with a driver line-up that has a combined age of 84. While Sarrazin never showed blistering pace last season the Frenchman has still got it tacking a win in London before he was promptly disqualified. On the other hand the 1997 F1 World Champion, Villeneuve, may struggle to get use to the tight and twisty street tracks with limited running. Consistency rather than raw pace maybe the approach for season two.
Mahindra Racing – Mahindra M2 Electro
Nick Heidfeld – Age: 38, Starts: 11, Best Finish: 3rd, 2014/15 Position: 12th
Bruno Senna – Age: 32, Starts: 11, Best Finish: 4th, 2014/15 Position: 10th
While not bullish, Mahindra will feel confident as they head into the second season of Formula E. After the first season never managed to get going, the summer of testing has been more promising. While not setting the time charts alight the team has showed consistency which could be crucial in the first half of the season. Along with a new car its been a summer of change in the personnel stakes. Campos Racing, who took China Racing to the title last season, replace Carlin as Mahindra men on the ground, while in the driving stakes its Karun Chandhok out and Nick Heidfeild in. The potential is there for a better season.
Team Aguri – Spark SRT_01E
Antonio Felix da Costa – Age: 24, , Starts:8, Best Finish: 1st x1, 2014/15 Position: 8th
Nathanael Berthon – , Age:26, Starts: 0, Best Finish: N/A, 2014/15: N/A
Team Aguri will look to continue it’s solid form from season one as they stick with the tried and tested. The Anglo-Jampanese squad are one of two team to stick with season one’s technology. The decision to stick with the old may pay dividence during the first half of the season when the rest of the field adapts to its new technology. The second half of the season maybe a different story as the other get up to pace. If the package lacks pace, the team have two young hot shots to make up for it. Antonio Felix da Costa returns for a second season while Nathanael Berthone joins after a season in the ELMS. The first half of the season will be crucial to the outcome of their season.
Amlin Andretti – Spark SRT_01E
Simona de Silvestro – Age: 27, Starts: 2, Best Finish: 11th, 2014/15 Position: 27th
Robin Frijns – Age: 24, Starts: 0, Best Finish: N/A, 2014/15 Position: N/A
It’s been a summer of transition at Andretti, out with the old, in with the new, out with the new and in with the old. It was a difficult six days of testing which saw the new ATEC-01, given plenty of instillation laps but it didn’t mange a single timed lap. Before the end of testing the team had reverted to the tried and tested. On the driver front Simona de Silvestro gets to show her potential over a full season, while Robin Frijns returns to single seaters after a impressive year in the Blancpain GT Series.