The return of Formula E in early 2023 marked the beginning of a brand new period within the electrical automobile racing championship, with the third iteration of race automobiles on the grid in season 9 – the Gen3.
It additionally noticed altering faces among the many groups on the grid from final yr and even new groups themselves, with Maserati making a long-awaited return to single-seater racing and McLaren coming into the sector as Mercedes departed.
Others, together with NIO, Mahindra and Jaguar all stay very a lot a part of the furnishings, whereas the likes of Nyck de Vries and Antonio Giovinazzi have left the paddock on the drivers’ facet and reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne be part of DS Penske.
That all makes for an intriguing grid line-up for the 11 groups and 16 races all year long, and the struggle to be among the many contenders for the crown within the latest period of electrical racing.
Here’s every little thing that you must know forward of the beginning of the brand new season.
When does Season 9 begin and end?
The new season of Formula E runs from mid-January by to the top of July, with a file 16 rounds of racing happening throughout 11 cities world wide. The finale is in London, on 30 July 2023.
When and the place is the subsequent race?
Season 9 continues with spherical six in Sao Paulo, Brazil. All instances are GMT.
Free Practice 1: 24 March, 7:25pm
Free Practice 2: 25 March, 10:25am
Qualifying: 25 March, 12:40pm
Round 4 race: 25 March 5:03pm
The race might be watched reside on the Formula E YouTube channel, the Channel 4 Sport YouTube channel, Eurosport and the Discovery+ app throughout all gadgets.
What are the rule modifications in 2023?
The most notable change is that there will probably be a set variety of laps for every observe, reasonably than a timed race this yr. Where Safety Cars and different interruptions are wanted, further laps will probably be utilised.
Formula E additionally comes according to different championships by providing alternatives to rookies this yr, at the least of two Free Practice periods throughout the season should be given to drivers with no prior expertise of the sequence.
There may also be races later within the season which pilot the ‘pit stop’ impact – which is able to use probably the most superior EV battery on the earth to ship an power increase in a compulsory 30-second cease to recharge. Cars’ output energy will probably be elevated after this.
The ‘fanboost’ characteristic from earlier seasons has been faraway from Formula E.
Which groups and drivers are collaborating this yr?
There are 11 groups and 22 drivers in whole (plus reserves), with some important modifications this yr – together with the return of Maserati to single-seater racing for the primary time in 60 years and the departure of former FE champion Nyck de Vries, who has signed with F1 facet AlphaTauri.
ABT Cupra – Robin Frijns and Nico Mueller
Avalanche Andretti – Jake Dennis and Andre Lotterer
DS Penske – Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne
Envision Racing – Nick Cassidy and Sebastien Buemi
Jaguar TCS – Mitch Evans and Sam Bird
Mahindra Racing – Oliver Rowland and Lucas Di Grassi
Maserati MSG – Edoardo Mortara and Maximilian Gunther
Neom McLaren – Jake Hughes and Rene Rast
NIO 333 – Dan Ticktum and Sergio Sette Camara
Nissan – Sacha Fenestraz and Norman Nato
Tag Heuer Porsche – Pascal Wehrlein and Antonio Felix Da Costa
Full race weekend record and Formula E schedule
Pre-season: Valencia (Spain) 13-16 December 2022
Round 1: Mexico City (Mexico) 14 January 2023 – Winner: Jake Dennis, Avalanche Andretti
R2: Diriyah (Saudi Arabia) 27 January – Winner: Pascal Wehrlein, TAG Porsche
R3: Diriyah (Saudi Arabia) 28 January – Winner: Pascal Wehrlein, TAG Porsche
R4: Hyderabad (India) 11 February – Winner: Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Penske
R5: Cape Town (South Africa) 25 February – Winner: Antonio Felix Da Costa, TAG Porsche
R6: Sao Paulo (Brazil) 25 March
R7: Berlin (Germany) 22 April
R8: Berlin (Germany) 23 April
R9: Monaco (Monaco) 6 May
R10: Jakarta (Indonesia) 3 June
R11: Jakarta (Indonesia) 4 June
R12: Portland (USA) 24 June
R13: Rome (Italy) 15 July
R14: Rome (Italy) 16 July
R15: London (UK) 29 July
R16: London (UK) 30 July