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New York City E-Prix Facts and Figures

Jean-Eric Vergne becomes a double champion, DS Techeetah complete the double and Season 5 ends on a high in New York City. Even though Vergne claimed only six points in New York it was enough to make him the first driver to successfully defend his Formula E crown. We now take a look at the facts and figures behind the weekends racing in New York City.

Race facts

  • – The average finishing position of a driver the race after they won an E-Prix was only 10.1 in Season 5, mostly due to the qualifying procedure. This is the lowest average position of any season, with the previous lowest being 6.0 from Season 1. On only three occasions has a driver followed a win with a podium, equalling the record low of Season 1 (which had two less races).
  • – Mitch Evans finished in second place in Race 1, having started from 13th on the grid. This is the lowest grid position a driver has claimed a podium from since Lucas di Grassi won the Season 3 Mexico City E-Prix from 15th place.
  • – Race Two in New York was the 25th race in which Andre Lotterer and Jean-Eric Vergne were teammates, becoming the fourth pairing to reach the quarter-century. However, this tally in unlikely increase in the foreseeable future with Lotterer recently signing for Porsche for Season 6, when the German manufacturer enters the series.
  • – Over the course of Season 5, the average qualifying difference between the BMW i Andretti drivers was only 0.002 seconds (in Alexander Sims favour). The NIO drivers could also barely be separated, with Oliver Turvey edging out Tom Dillmann by just 0.019 seconds.
  • – For the first time there were six different teams in the top six of the Drivers’ Championship (Techeetah, Nissan, Audi, Virgin, Jaguar, BMW).
  • – Vergne claimed the title with only 136 points, the lowest total for a champion. We will look at how the title battle played out later on. DS Techeetah were also the first team to claim the Teams’ Championship with an average of less than 20 points per races (the team finished with an average of 17.1).

Overall Position changes

Over the course of the weekend in New York, Jerome d’Ambrosio gained a combined 18 places from where he started, the most of any driver. The Mahindra driver, along with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans both gained more than ten places in the first race, 13 and 11 respectively. This marks that fourth time that d’Ambrosio and Evans have managed to gain ten position in an E-Prix this season (no other driver has managed to achieve more than two gains of ten places in a single season).

Even though three drivers managed to gain nine or more places in Race One, no driver was able to finish more than seven positions above their grid slot in Race Two (with Massa gaining the most, going from last on the grid to 15th).

In what is seemingly his last weekend with Dragon, Jose Maria Lopez was the only driver to lose two or more places in both races in New York. The Argentinian finished the season with just two points finishes, with Tom Dillmann the only full season driver behind him in the championship.

Jerome d’Ambrosio finished the season having gained a net total of 70 places over the course of Season 5. The Belgian driver was helped by the fact that he started 18th or lower on the grid on more occasions than he didn’t this season.

d’Ambrosio is only one of two drivers to have ever gained more than 45 places in a single season, the other being Mitch Evans (also this season). Over the last season, both d’Ambrosio and Evans only finished below where they started on two occasions (only Rosenqvist, who only competed in the season opener, did this less times in Season 5).

Having had an average grid slot over the season of 3.7, it seemed certain that Sebastien Buemi was going to lose places during Season 5. And this is what he did. The Season 2 champion lost a combined 64 places over the course of the season, only finishing above where he started in Rome.

Sessions Topped

Coming into New York, Alexander Sims has not topped a session in his debut session. The Briton left New York having topped three sessions (one on Saturday and two on Sunday).

Over the course of the season, 16 drivers from ten different teams topped a session. NIO were the only team to not finish first in a session (their highest position was fifth in Practice One in Marrakesh and Mexico City).

Oliver Rowland managed to top a total of ten sessions becoming only the fourth driver to do so in a single season (after Sebastien Buemi, Lucas di Grassi and Jean-Eric Vergne).

Even though he finished the season as champion and claimed three victories, Vergne only topped one Practice One (Bern), one Practice Two (Rome), one Qualifying Groups session (Monaco) and a single Super Pole session (Bern).

The Championship Battle

Through all the twists and turn of the championship, Jean-Eric Vergne managed to come through to be the first double Formula E champion. But how did he manage to clinch his second title? We now look back at the championship battle between the top nine drivers in the final standings.

Over the course of the season, five different drivers led the champion, with each driver leading the championship between Hong Kong and Monaco (Bird – Hong Kong, da Costa – Sanya, d’Ambrosio – Rome, Frijns – Paris, Vergne – Monaco).

After taking the lead in the championship in Monaco, Vergne never relinquished the lead, becoming the first driver to lead the championship for five races in a row on two occasions (having led the last nine races in Season 4).

In what was very reminiscent of di Grassi’s late season charge from Season 4, Sebastien Buemi claimed 89 points in the final five races (only Vergne also scored more than 50 points in this period) to finish second in the championship for the third time. As late as race nine, Buemi was 13th in the championship and coming into New York Buemi was seventh in the championship.

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.