After a three-month hiatus, Formula E returns with the brilliantly bonkers Buenos Aires ePrix.
Last year’s race was won by DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird and featured a brilliant come-back drive from Sebastien Buemi.
This is only the third round of the 2016/17 season, and with an extended break you’d be forgiven for forgetting some of the gems we’ve seen so far, so here’s a refresher.
Reigning Champion Buemi is off to a flying start
Buemi has won the first two rounds of the 2016/17 season and has a 22-point lead over second-placed Lucas di Grassi.
It hasn’t been all plain sailing for the duelling duo: Buemi qualified in fifth place in the Hong Kong ePrix while di Grassi fought his way from 19th to second after falling victim to a new kerb design in his qualifying session.
In Marrakech Buemi started sixth after being handed a penalty, but ran a lap longer than the rest of the field before changing his car, allowing him to cut through the rest of the field and win the race. Di Grassi could only manage fifth after starting twelfth.
Last year’s Buenos Aires winner Bird has had a mixed season so far. He finished in second in Marrakech but was running in the lead of the Hong Kong ePrix until the pit stops, when his second car failed to start and he dropped to the back of the field.
E-merging and E-xisting talents take pole
Two drivers have taken their maiden poles in Formula E: first-series champion Nelson Piquet Jr and newbie to the series Felix Rosenqvist, who very nearly took his maiden win in Marrakech. He finished on the podium after his impressive effort, matching his teammate Nick Heidfeld’s third place from Hong Kong.
Techeetah have had a tough start to the season after showing promise in summer testing last year. Jean-Eric Vergne failed to finish the Hong Kong ePrix and should have taken pole in Marrakech had his team not sent him out too late to set his Super Pole lap. He was closing in on Rosenqvist for the win in the second half of the race before he was undone by a penalty for speeding in the pitlane.
Jaguar Racing are the only team not to have scored points so far as the team has struggled to find its feet in the series. The 14 week break between rounds the team have been working hard to lower the deficit ahead of the race in Buenos Aires.
Fanboost has changed
Formula E’s innovative engagement that allows fans to award their favourite boost to their favourite driver has been tweaked ahead of this weekend’s Buenos Aires ePrix.
Voting will now open the six days before the race, and close six minutes after the start of the ePrix.
Fans can no longer cast their vote through Instagram, but can continue to use the official website, the app, or Twitter.
The Buenos Aires ePrix starts at 7pm GMT on Saturday 18th February.