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Zurich E-Prix Facts and Figures

The ABB Formula E championship became the first series to race in Switzerland since 1954, and we saw a race with high drama which opened up the championship, with Sam Bird taking 17 points out of Jean-Eric Vergne’s championship lead. We now look at the facts and figures behind the days racing in Zurich.

Race facts

  • – For the first time this season NIO’s Luca Filippi outqualified his teammate. With the NIO qualifying record now 8-1 in Oliver Turvey’s favour, every full season driver has now outqualified their teammate at least once.
  • – Jerome d’Ambrosio was able to hold on to third place in Zurich and claim Dragon’s first podium of the season and the first for the team since the end of Season 2. This now means that nine of the ten teams have taken silverware away from a ePrix this season, which beats the previous record of eight from Season 1. Can Andretti make it a full house by claiming a top three in New York?
  • – Formula E has finished its journey around Europe and will now embark for New York. Over the European leg Lucas di Grassi has been the highest scoring driver claiming 80 out of a possible 116 points and the Brazilian has not finishing off of the podium in Europe. di Grassi’s team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler were the only team to claim over 100 points in Europe, taking a total of 128 points.
  • – After the events in Zurich, only Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird can win the Driver’s Championship and only Techeetah, Audi and DS Virgin are able to win the Team’s Championship. This means we will see a fourth driver win the title in four seasons and only the second team to win the title after Renault have taken three consecutive titles.

Opening lap - Position changes

For the first time since the first London race of Season 2 we saw no drivers move more than two places on the opening lap. Stephane Sarrazin was the only driver to move two places, losing out both Maro Engel and championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne.

Even though there were few changes in positions, there was still plenty of action, with Nelson Piquet hitting the back of Daniel Abt’s car causing him to lose his rear wing, forcing both into early pit stops and ruining both their races.

Overall Position changes

After making contact with the Turn 2 wall in qualifying Oliver Turvey had to start on the back row of the grid, alongside his team mate Luca Filippi. However, the Briton was able to fight his way though the pack to finish ninth and claim his fifth points finish in six races.

Jean-Eric Vergne was also able to come from near the back of the grid to claim a solitary point, even with a drive through penalty. With both Nelson Piquet and Sebastien Buemi winning their championships by one and two points respectively, could this point be what helps Vergne to his first title since 2010.

Nico Prost was not able to capitalise on his best qualifying of the season, starting seventh, as technical issues forced him out of the race with less than ten laps to go.

Fastest laps

Andre Lotterer (1:14.730 - Lap 36)

Felix Rosenqvist (1:14.732 - Lap 26)

Jean-Eric Vergne (1:14.815 - Lap 23)

Jose Maria Lopez (1:14.879 - Lap 26)

Daniel Abt (1:14.935 - Lap 34)

Lucas di Grassi (1:15.017 - Lap 27)

Sebastien Buemi (1:15.075 - Lap 29)

Sam Bird (1:15.075 - Lap 30)

Mitch Evans (1:15.171 - Lap 26)

Jerome d'Ambrosio (1:15.384 - Lap 25)

Nick Heidfeld (1:15.438 - Lap 30)

Antonio Felix da Costa (1:15.442 - Lap 31)

Maro Engel (1:15.449 - Lap 31)

Oliver Turvey (1:15.497 - Lap 26)

Nicolas Prost (1:15.582 - Lap 25)

Nelson Piquet (1:15.745 - Lap 7)

Edoardo Mortara (1:15.814 - Lap 6)

Stephane Sarrazin (1:16.126 - Lap 28)

Alex Lynn (1:16.276 - Lap 7)

Luca Filippi (1:16.279 - Lap 13)

Andre Lotterer managed to claim his first fastest lap in Formula E and the first fastest lap for the Techeetah team. This now means every current Formula E team has now claimed at least one fastest lap in the series.

Lotterer secured the fastest lap by just 0.002 seconds, the closest fastest lap margin in Formula E history (the previous record was 0.003 seconds from the Season 2 Berlin ePrix). The German was also the seventh driver to claim fastest lap this season, equalling the record from Season 3.

Lotterer also took away the fastest lap point from his team mate, by just under one tenth. With Bird almost halving Vergne’s lead in the championship, could this point make all the difference when the season concludes in New York next month?

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