Formula E weekend recap: Hong Kong
The opening weekend of season 4 was a success
Season 4 of Formula E is underway. This weekend saw the circus go to Hong Kong. After testing was done in Valencia, teams had a good idea of where they were but race one and two proved that it’s still anyone's game.
Sam Bird would take the win for race one. The podium was completed with Jean Eric Vergne in second and Nick Heidfeld in third. This was exactly the result Vergne wanted. After getting a critical pole position the Frenchman was itching for a win. Unfortunately, a dramatic race was enough to bump him down a spot.
Vergne has finally found a good fit with Techeetah after spending time on a variety of teams throughout the span of his Formula E career. Having Andre Lotterer as a teammate is also a great reason to stay with the team.
Race two definitely looked a bit different. Felix Rosenqvist got the pole position and just like Vergne in race one, finished second. Daniel Abt grabbed the win but later on that was reversed. Abt was disqualified due to a technical infringement. This meant Rosenqvist was able to secure the win. With that result plus Heidfeld’s podium, Mahindra Formula E is now leading the team standings.
Mahindra showed that Formula E is not just a big time manufacturers game. With such competitiveness in the field, it will be interesting to see how the standings play out this season. Venturi Formula E team and Jaguar Racing were also able to secure some podium points in race two. These two teams struggled last year so this is a very positive result.
Whats even more interesting is that reigning Formula E champions Lucas Di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi have been held pointless. Its still extremely early in the season so that could change in a heartbeat but it really shows how tight the competition is. The next race will take place in Marrakesh on January 13th. More images of this weekend are shown below.