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Hong Kong E-Prix Facts and Figures

As we enter Season 4 of Formula E, the first season to start with a double header, the Hong Kong E-Prix gave us some surprise results and entertaining racing. We now take a look through the facts and figures behind the first weekend of the season.

Race facts - Race One

  • With Mitch Evans not timing his qualifying lap correctly and only managing to start in 19th for Race One, he ended a 8 race streak of outqualifying his teammate, last being outqualified in Mexico City by Adam Carroll.
  • Race One became the first race to last over an hour, due to the first ever Red Flag to occur during a Formula E race.
  • Kamui Kobayashi and Luca Filippi both won FanBoost in Race One, the first time that two drivers received FanBoost on their debuts since Race One in London Season 1. Due to Lucas di Grassi not receiving FanBoost it ended a 14 race FanBoost streak for the Brazilian.
  • As a result of Kobayashi racing under the Monegasque flag this weekend, Monaco becomes the 20th nation to be represented in Formula E.
  • After clinching victory in Race One, both Sam Bird and DS Virgin Racing took the lead of their respective championship for the first time in Formula E history.
  • At the end of Lap 26 Formula E passed 3,000 kilometres of racing. (1,000 kilometres of racing was passed in Beijing S2 and 2,000 kilometres of racing was passed in Marrakesh S3, both times with Sebastien Buemi leading)

Race facts - Race Two

  • Both drivers who topped the final practice session on both Saturday and Sunday started 20th on the grid, after Sebastien Buemi and Mitch Evans had their respective issues.
  • With Daniel Abt progressing through to Super Pole on his birthday, it means both drivers to have raced on their birthday have got through into Super Pole and led the race, the other driver to race on his birthday was Oliver Turvey in Mexico City Season 3.
  • After Daniel Abt’s disqualification, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler have now lost three victories (after di Grassi lost his Berlin victory in Season 1 and his Mexico City win in Season 2).
  • Swede Felix Rosenqvist become the first driver since Sebastien Buemi at the start of Season 2 to claim maximum points in an ePrix, after taking points for pole position and fastest lap, as well of the victory.
  • Mitch Evans managed to claim Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s first podium in Formula E, meaning the team has now equalled their points tally from Season 3, in 10 less races.

Opening lap - Position changes (Race One)

Opening Lap - Position changes (Race Two)

Opening Lap - Position changes

NIO driver Oliver Turvey and Venturi driver Maro Engel both managed to gain 4 positions on Lap 1 in Race One, due to both taking the outside line at the tight Turn 1 and avoiding the incident at Turn 3, which led to the Red Flag.

For the first time since Putrajaya Season 2, Nick Heidfeld lost positions on Lap 1, after losing time attempting to go around the around of pole sitter Jean-Eric Vergne.

With Race Two starting behind the safety car there were very few position changes on Lap 2, with Felix Rosenqvist being one of the biggest losers, losing 10 places after spinning at Turn 1. Rosenqvist later got involved in an incident with NIO driver Luca Filippi leading to the Italian losing 11 places on Lap 2 and dropping to the back of the pack.

After starting in the midfield Nico Prost managed to gain the most on the opening lap in Race Two, managing to move up five positions and into the points.

Race One - Position changes

Race Two - Position changes

Overall - Position changes

Rookie Edoardo Mortara managed to gain the most positions in Race One, 11, mostly due to making the most of a later pit stop than drivers around him.

Season 3 champion Lucas di Grassi, had a Saturday to forget; after making contact with rival Sebastien Buemi and taking an early than planned pit stop, the Audi Sport driver ended 1 lap down in 17th.

Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi managed to go from the back of the grid on Sunday into the points, showing again his overtaking prowess.

Fastest laps

Lucas di Grassi (1:03.928 - Race Two)

Nelson Piquet (1:04.088 - Race Two)

Kamui Kobayashi (1:04.099 - Race Two)

Nick Heidfeld (1:04.198 - Race Two)

Jerome d'Ambrosio (1:04.297 - Race One)

Felix Rosenqvist (1:04.299 - Race Two)

Edoardo Mortara (1:04.309 - Race Two)

Antonio Felix da Costa (1:04.314 - Race Two)

Daniel Abt (1:04.320 - Race One)

Luca Filippi (1:04.409 - Race Two)

Alex Lynn (1:04.489 - Race Two)

Jean-Eric Vergne (1:04.606 - Race Two)

Nico Prost (1:04.610 - Race One)

Sam Bird (1:04.639 - Race One)

Oliver Turvey (1:04.727 - Race Two)

Sebastien Buemi (1:04.756 - Race One)

Andre Lotterer (1:04.758 - Race Two)

Mitch Evans (1:04.788 - Race One)

Maro Engel (1:04.884 - Race Two)

Neel Jani (1:05.655 - Race Two)

Both Jerome d’Ambrosio and Lucas di Grassi took the fastest lap in Race One and Race Two respectively, but were not award 1 championship point after not finishing in the Top 10, meaning Daniel Abt and Felix Rosenqvist received the points.

Fourteen of the twenty drivers on the grid set their fastest race lap in Race 2, which would be expected with the vast track improvement you get over a race weekend, with Formula E racing on dusty street circuits.

Nico Prost managed to gain the most places between each race, enabling him to continue his record for the most races finished with points which now stands at 33 out of the 35 races he has entered.

A good omen for the competitiveness of Season 4 is that 19 drivers managed to set their fastest race lap within 1 second of Lucas di Grassi.

About Tom Bryan
Tom is a data analyst, who runs the @FormulaEStats twitter page, which gives a variety of facts and stats about the ABB Formula E Championship.