What’s Next For Formula E 2016-17 Season

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The 2016–17 FIA Formula E season is the third and current season of the FIA Formula E championship beginning on 9 October 2016 in Hong Kong. Sebastien Buemi is the defending drivers champion and Renault e.dams is the defending teams champion.

Teams and drivers

Team Manufacturer Powertrain No. Drivers Rounds
United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing Spark-Citroën Virgin DSV-02 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird 1–2
37 Argentina José María López 1–2
China NextEV NIO Spark-NEXTEV NEXTEV TCR Formula 002 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 1–2
88 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 1–2
Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Spark-Venturi Venturi VM200-FE-02 4 France Stephane Sarrazin 1–2
5 Germany Maro Engel 1–2
United States Faraday Future Dragon Racing Spark-Penske Penske 701-EV 6 France Loïc Duval 1–2
7 Belgium Jérôme d’Ambrosio 1–2
France Renault e.Dams Spark-Renault Renault Z.E 16 8 France Nicolas Prost 1–2
9 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 1–2
Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Spark-Abt Sportsline ABT Schaeffler FE02 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi 1–2
66 Germany Daniel Abt 1–2
India Mahindra Racing Formula E Team Spark-Mahindra Mahindra M3ELECTRO 19 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist 1–2
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld 1–2
United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Spark-Jaguar Jaguar I-Type 1 20 New Zealand Mitch Evans 1–2
47 United Kingdom Adam Carroll 1–2
China Techeetah Spark-Renault Renault Z.E 16 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne 1–2
33 China Ma Qing Hua 1–2
United States MS Amlin Andretti Spark-Andretti ATEC-02 27 Netherlands Robin Frijns 1–2
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa 1–2

Team changes

  • Dragon Racing manufactured its own drivetrain after using the Venturi drivetrain in the 2015–16 season.
  • Car manufacturer Jaguar entered the sport, in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, as a means of expanding their electric vehicle portfolio.
  • The Trulli Formula E Team withdrew from the sport due to technical and financial issues.
  • Team Aguri withdrew from the sport following a takeover by CMC, who renamed the team Techeetah. They are using customer powertrain from Renault for season three.
  • MS Amlin Andretti entered a technical partnership with BMW.

Driver changes

Joining Formula E

  • 2015 European Formula 3 champion Felix Rosenqvist joined the series with Mahindra.
  • FIA GT World Cup driver Maro Engel joined the series with Venturi.
  • Three time WTCC champion José María López joined the series with DS Virgin Racing.
  • Ma Qing Hua, who partook in the final three rounds of the 2015-16 season, races full-time with Techeetah.
  • 2009 A1 GP champion Adam Carroll and 2012 GP3 champion Mitch Evans joined Panasonic Jaguar Racing for its first season in the sport.

Changing teams

  • António Félix da Costa switched from Team Aguri to MS Amlin Andretti.
  • Jean-Éric Vergne switched from DS Virgin Racing to Techeetah.

Leaving Formula E

  • After two seasons with Mahindra, Bruno Senna left the series to drive in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
  • MS Amlin Andretti driver Simona de Silvestro left the series and signed to drive in the Australian Supercars Championship series for 2017.
  • Mike Conway, who split time between Venturi and Toyota Gazoo Racing in the World Endurance Championship in 2015-16, chose to focus strictly on the latter and elected not to return to Formula E.


FIA confirmed the season 3 calendar in July 2016. The series will expand to twelve rounds at ten venues. The United States round moves from Long Beach to New York City. New rounds in Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Morocco (Marrakech), Belgium (Brussels) and Canada (Montreal) are added while Russia (Moscow) and Uruguay (Punta del Este) were dropped. The Monaco ePrix will return to the calendar after a one-year absence. London is looking for a new venue after Battersea Park lost the rights to host the ePrix.

Round ePrix Country Track Date
1 Hong Kong ePrix  Hong Kong Hong Kong Central Habourfront Circuit 9 October 2016
2 Marrakesh ePrix  Morocco Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan 12 November 2016
3 Buenos Aires ePrix  Argentina Puerto Madero Street Circuit 18 February 2017
4 Mexico City ePrix  Mexico Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 1 April 2017
5 Monaco ePrix  Monaco Circuit de Monaco 13 May 2017
6 Paris ePrix  France Paris Street Circuit 20 May 2017
7 Berlin ePrix  Germany Berlin Street Circuit 10 June 2017
8 Brussels ePrix  Belgium TBA 1 July 2017
9 New York ePrix Race 1  United States Brooklyn Street Circuit 15 July 2017
10 New York ePrix Race 2 16 July 2017
11 Montreal ePrix Race 1  Canada Montreal Street Circuit 29 July 2017
12 Montreal ePrix Race 2 30 July 2017

Rule changes

  • The fastest lap is only awarded 1 point (in the first two seasons it was worth 2 points).
  • The permitted amount of regeneration has been increased to 150 kW (previously 100 kW).
  • Maximum power output remains limited at 200 kW for season three, but will later be increased to 220 kW in season four and 250 kW in season five.
  • The overall weight of the car has been reduced from 888 kg to 880 kg.
  • The maximum weight of the battery cells has been increased from 200 kg in season two to 230 kg for season three.
  • Michelin provides a new tyre.
  • The front wing has been redesigned, but only with “cosmetic effects”.

From: en.wikipedia.org

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