France in Formula E: One Thousand and Counting
Jean-Eric Vergne claimed victory in his home race last weekend, and as a result France past a momentous milestone, becoming the first nation to have scored a total of 1,000 points in Formula E. We now take a look at some of the numbers behind this achievement.
With the 25 points Vergne scored when he claimed victory in Paris, it took the total points scored by French drivers to 1,012, which is almost a quarter of all Formula E points (23.4%).
Brazil (whose drivers scored the most points in Season 1) is the closest nation to being the next country to score 1,000 points and will likely pass the mark near the start of Season 5.
Great Britain is the highest scoring nations so far this season, and thanks to Sam Bird – who has finished on the podium in all of the last three races – moved past the 500-point mark in Rome, becoming the fourth nation to do so.
Out of the twenty nations to have been represented in Formula E, only three have failed to pick up points; Canada (Villeneuve), China (Ma and Tung) and Monaco (Kobayashi), and of these four drivers Ma is the only one with more than three Formula E starts to their name.
France is also one of two countries (along with Brazil) to have two drivers win an ePrix, with Nicolas Prost and Jean-Eric Vergne having picked up at least one victory each.
Over the course of the last four seasons, nine different French drivers have taken part in Formula E and all nine have scored points. Nine is the record for the most drivers from one nation, with Great Britain also having nine drivers (however only seven British drivers have scored points).
Out of the twenty nations only ten have had all of its drivers score points, and surprisingly of these nations France is the only one with more than three drivers, with Brazil the closest on three (di Grassi, Piquet and Senna).
Nicolas Prost has been highest scoring French driver since the second ever ePrix and he held this record until the Mexico City ePrix this season, when Vergne claimed the top-spot thanks to his highest scoring Formula E season.
In Formula E, extra points are available for both pole position and the fastest lap and over the last 41 races French drivers have collected the most of these additional points (36 for pole and nine for fastest laps).
French drivers have also claimed the most pole positions in Formula E: 12 (eight for Jean-Eric Vergne, three for Nico Prost and one for Stephane Sarrazin). Since the scoring for fastest lap changed from Season 3 (previously it was worth two points but now it is only worth one), it is harder to tell which nation has claimed the most fastest laps. In fact, this nation is Brazil with eight, followed by Germany and Switzerland on seven and France with six (three for Prost, two for Loic Duval and one for Vergne).