The inaugural FIA Formula E Championship reaches a climax this weekend around a temporary circuit laid out in Battersea Park, south London.
After events in China, Malaysia, Uruguay, Argentina, Miami, Long Beach, Monaco, Germany and Russia, the series for electric single-seat racers culminates with a brace of hour-long races, one apiece on Saturday and Sunday. Here’s what’s in store this weekend.
Battle for the titles
With two points-scoring races over two days, no fewer than six drivers can mathematically clinch the title. However, it is realistically between three former Formula 1 racers: Nelson Piquet Jr, Lucas di Grassi and Sébastien Buemi. Nicolas Prost, Jerome d’Ambrosio and Britain's Sam Bird are the outsiders. The teams' classification, meanwhile, is topped by e.dams-Renault, which enjoys a commanding lead over its closest pursuer, Audi Sport Abt.
Fans can earn their favourite driver a power boost by voting for them prior to the race. The three drivers with the most votes will each receive one five-second ‘power boost’ per car, temporarily increasing their car’s power from 202.5bhp to 243bhp. The recipients of the extra power are revealed prior to each race. In the build-up to the race, championship leader Piquet Jr had the edge in the Fanboost poll.
The course that’s been laid out on the Battersea Park perimeter roads measures 1.81 miles and manages to squeeze 17 corners into that space. The drivers are expecting to be extremely busy during each of the 29-lap races; heavy braking zones, tight chicanes, a significant crown on the road surface and unyielding walls will place a premium on smooth, intelligent driving.