London ePrix Preview: Title Challengers Abt and Renault e.Dams

It’s Renault eDams vs ABT for both the 2015/16 Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles

As we head to London for the final two rounds of the 2015/16 Formula E season, the two titles are still to be decided with a maximum of 92 points still on the table.

The teams are separated by 11 points with two race wins, two second places, two pole positions and two fastest laps up for grabs.

2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship. Berlin ePrix, Berlin, Germany. Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Renault e.Dams Z.E.15, Daniel Abt (GER), ABT Audi Sport FE01, Lucas Di Grassi (BRA), ABT Audi Sport FE01 podium Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT/Formula E

Renault e.Dams

Renault e.Dams will be defending their Constructors’ title around Battersea Park on the 2nd and 3rd of July.

The team’s midseason was less than ideal – the Berlin ePrix in May was the first win in 2016 for the French outfit.

Renault e.Dams still hold the lead of the Championship, but will need to continue the momentum from Berlin ePrix to ensure they stay ahead of Abt.

The team has chosen stability for season three, and are sticking with Buemi and Prost for the future.

Sebastien Buemi and Nico Prost Buenos Aires ePrix
Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Renault e.Dams & Nicolas Prost (FRA), Renault e.Dams Z.E.15 Photo: Sam Bloxham/FIA Formula E/LAT

Sebastien Buemi

Buemi lost out to Nelson Piquet Jr in last year’s Drivers’ Championship by a mere point. He’s now in the title fight for the second year running and is looking to regain the lead he lost to Lucas Di Grassi.

He made a storming start to the season, winning two of the first three races. Two podium finishes in Argentina and Mexico followed, however Buemi had a race to forget in Long Beach after qualifying far down the field and mounting Andretti driver Robin Frijns to try to take 7th place.

Paris and Berlin saw a return to form with a third place finish and win, however Buemi needs to ensure his qualifying performance improves. Will he crack under pressure?

Nico Prost

You would be forgiven for saying Nico Prost has had a unmemorable season so far.

He had a slow start, finishing 16th and 10th in the first two rounds. Two fifth-place finished followed, as well as a podium position in Mexico. Prost has finished fourth in the last two races, and lies fifth in the Drivers’ Championship. However the midfield is tight and could see some reshuffling over the course of the London ePrix weekend.

Abt Schaeffler

Abt have been on a charge for the title with an impressive run of podium finishes. In the last three ePrix alone, the Abt drivers have taken five of the nine podium positions.

Consistency has been the strength of the Abt team this season, and they need this to continue if they are to snatch the title from Renault e.Dams.

Both Lucas Di Grassi and Daniel Abt will continue with the team in season three.

2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship. Berlin ePrix, Berlin,  Lucas Di Grassi (BRA), ABT Audi Sport FE01 and Daniel Abt (GER), ABT Audi Sport FE01 Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT/Formula E

Lucas Di Grassi

Di Grassi has been in command of the Championship since winning in Long Beach, though his regular podium finishes have been unable to stop Sebastien Buemi chip away at his lead.

Lucas Di Grassi has finished in the top three in every ePrix this season (though he was disqualified in Mexico). However Buemi’s win in Berlin brings them both to an almost level playing field for the final two rounds of the season.

Di Grassi was on the back foot after qualifying in Berlin, only setting the tenth fastest time. He recovered to third, but those extra points for pole position could be the crucial deciding factor in the Drivers’ Championship.

Daniel Abt

Abt is riding the crest of a wave after his best ever finish at his home ePrix in Berlin, his second podium in three races.

He’s in a tight battle with most of the midfield for best of the rest in the Championship. Abt’s main rivals in London are likely to be Dragon Racing driver Jerome D’Ambrosio and Loic Duval, as well as Nicolas Prost and Stephane Sarrazin.

The London ePrix take place on 2nd and 3rd July. More information can be found here.

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