Paris ePrix Preview: Formula E returns to Europe

Formula E returns to Europe with a bang this weekend and sets the City of Light alight.

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The Paris ePrix is the shortest on the series two calendar at 1.9 kilometres long. The track features fourteen turns and takes in the scenic views of the Les Invalides complex.

There are numerous local heroes for the fans to cheer on, with four French drivers taking to the track.

So far, everyone seems to be loving the track.

 

In the 17 Formula E races we’ve had so far, only Brit Sam Bird has won his home race. Loic Duval, Jean-Eric Vergne, Nico Prost and Stephane Sarrazin will have an opportunity to add to match this.

Renault eDams have scored a point in every Formula E race ever held – though neither car finished in a points scoring position in Long Beach, Buemi set the fastest lap of the race. Will they rise or fall at their home ePrix?

Salvador Duran loses his seat for the second time in a season

Team Aguri and the Mexican driver have parted ways after two races together.

The team have signed up Ma Qing Hua for the rest of the season – with the team making their final permitted driver change for that seat.

The 28-year-old Chinese driver’s credentials include test drives for the now-defunct HRT and Caterham Formula One teams. He secured victory in his debut World Touring Car Championship race in Russia 2014.

It’s a shame to see Duran go, after he was unable to race with the Trulli team before they withdrew from the series, before he was given a welcome reprieve and asked to replace Nathanael Berthon.

All change for Team Aguri?

Qing Hua’s involvement with Team Aguri is said to have come about amid negotiations from Chinese Media Corporation to take over the team.

Motorsport.com revealed on Wednesday that deal with the company was in advanced stages. Last autumn it was rumoured that the company was considering buying the rights to Formula One.

Team Aguri has also announced it has parted ways with Aguri Suzuki, one of two founders along with Team Principal Mark Preston.

Looking ahead to series three: Mahindra announces partnership with Magnetti Marelli

Mahindra Racing have announced they are teaming up with the Italian outfit to develop powertrain components for the M2Electro. Commercial branding will be seen on the current cars for the remainder of the season.

Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal of Mahindra Racing Formula E Team said, “We are thrilled to announce this partnership here in Paris. Mahindra Racing has developed a very strong relationship with Magneti Marelli over the past few months while developing our powertrain for the next season.”

“We have found a shared ambition in Magneti Marelli and we look forward to the first test of the M3Electro.”

The company currently supplies technical support to various F1 teams for their energy recovery systems.

Jean-Eric Vergne takes his DS-Virgin Racing car for a spin around Paris

Seriously, he was in traffic and everything.

The Paris ePrix is Saturday 23rd April. Qualifying starts at 11.00am BST; Race start 3pm BST. 

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