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11 days to wait, 11 teams for the season. And now, 22 drivers.
Introducing the teams and names to look out for in the 2018/2019 Formula E season.
Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team
Drivers: (#11) Lucas di Grassi, (#66) Daniel Abt
If you want one of the original teams for the series, this would be one of them. Abt Schaeffler has been around since the inaugural 2014/2015 Formula E Season, with Lucas di Grassi winning the drivers’ championship in Season 3 (2016/2017). Together di Grassi and Daniel Abt have managed 10 wins and 35 podiums to date, including a 1-2 finish at their home track in Berlin last year, helping to gain points resulting in the manufacturer championship for Season 4.
BMW i-Andretti Motorsport
Drivers: (#27) Alexander Sims, (#28) Antonio Felix da Costa
Although BMW is new in fronting a full-fledge team this season, it has been a part of the series since its debut. The BMW i vehicles made a perfect fit for the safety and course cars–adding more clean and sustainable machines to the series components. Rookie Alexander Sims balances his Formula E duties with his WEC races, and Antonio Felix da Costa is going for his third season with the Andretti team.
DS Techeetah Formula E Team
Drivers: (#25) Jean-Eric Vergne, (#36) Andre Lotterer
The Techeetah team has performed more than admirably in the two seasons it has been a part of Formula E. Joining in Season 3, Jean-Eric Vergne clinched the Season 4 drivers’ championship, and second for the manufacturer championship. The champion driver duo, including Andre Lotterer, remain a set for Season 5.
Envision Virgin Racing (Formerly: DS Virgin Racing)
Drivers: (#2) Sam Bird, (#4) Robin Frjins
Season 5 brought forth a new partnership resulting in the Envision Virgin Racing Team. The Virgin team is not new to the series though, having been a part of Formula E from the start, with Sam Bird in tow. So far they’ve had seven wins and 19 podiums in the prior four seasons, with Bird having been one of the few contenders for the drivers’ championship in Season 4. And Robin Frjins isn’t a new face to the series, having raced with Andretti for Season 2 and 3.
Geox Dragon Racing (Formerly: Dragon Racing)
Drivers: (#6) Maximillian Gunther, (#7) Jose Maria Lopez
Another outfit of the genius that is Penske (Geox Dragon started in 2007 by Jay Penske), it also has been around for the series’ entirety with two wins and nine podiums to date. Jose Maria Lopez returns with the team for a second season, with rookie Max Guenther for Season 5.
HWA Race Lab
Drivers: (#5) Stoffel Vandoorne, (#17) Gary Paffett
The “baby” of the Formula E paddock, HWA joins for its inaugural season this year. Stoffel Vandoorne, former McLaren F1 driver and two-time German DTM series championship winner Gary Paffett.
Drivers: (#64) Jerome d’Ambrosio, (#94) Pascal Wehrlein (Felix Rosenqvist for Ad Diriyah race)
Mahindra has been around since the beginning, having landed three wins and 15 podiums to date. Felix Rosenqvist had been a contender for the Season 4 championship early on, but reliability issues would land him sixth for the season. He’ll return for the first race in Ad Diriyah on the 15th, replacing rookie Pascal Wehrlein, who will run the rest of the season. Jerome d’Ambrosio makes the jump from Dragon racing to join the team as well.
NIO Formula E Team
Drivers: (#8) Tom Dillmann, (#16) Oliver Turvey
In its inaugural season, it was Team China Racing and the front for Piquet Jr.’s championship win in the first season. So far, the team has had two wins and six podiums. Oliver Turvey returns for his third season with the team, along with Tom Dillmann.
Nissan e.dams (Formerly: Renault e.dams)
Drivers: (#22) Oliver Rowland, (#23) Sebastien Buemi
Renault took a step back from the Formula E series to focus on its efforts in Formula 1, so Nissan as a new manufacturer for Season 5, stepped in to form the Nissan e.dams team. Sebastien Buemi has been with the team since the beginning, earning the 2015/2016 drivers’ championship. The team is one of the “winningest” with 15 wins and 26 podiums to date. Oliver Rowland joins for his first full season with the series.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
Drivers: (#3) Nelson Piquet Jr., (#20) Mitch Evans
Jaguar returns for its third season in the series, along with a second season of both Nelson Piquet Jr. and Mitch Evans. The team hasn’t quite hit their stride yet, having only finished sixth for Season 4.
Venturi Formula E Team
Drivers: (#19) Felipe Massa, (#48) Edoardo Mortara
Another long-standing team of the series, in its four seasons it has only experienced three podiums. This year, Edorado Mortara returns with rookie (but really not-so-rookie as a former Formula 1 driver), Felipe Massa.