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Santiago E-Prix Facts and Figures

For the second race in a row BMW i Andretti took victory in Formula E, but in Santiago it was Max Günther who took the top spot on the podium. The German driver becomes the fifteenth driver to claim victory in Formula E and third driver to win for BMW. We now take a look at the facts and figures behind the days racing in Santiago.

Race facts

– The reigning champion, Jean-Eric Vergne, is having a tough start to his title defence. The French driver sits 16th in the championship on just four points. Vergne has also only finished one session this season in the top ten (the second race in Diriyah where he finished eighth). Only Neel Jani and Ma Qing Hua have finished less sessions in the top ten this season.

– After the race Andre Lotterer was disqualified was using more than the maximum power. This marks the second time that Lotterer has been disqualified, after his debut at the Season 4 Hong Kong E-Prix. The Porsche driver is only the third driver to be disqualified in Formula E twice, after Lucas di Grassi (Berlin Season 1 and Mexico City S2) and Sebastien Buemi (Berlin Race 1 Season 3 and Montreal Race 1 Season 3).

– After Mitch Evans led the first 18 laps of the Santiago E-Prix, Panasonic Jaguar racing have now led 100 kilometres in Formula E.

– Vergne has become the third driver to use the same race number in 50 races in Formula E. The Frenchman has used 25 since the start of Season 2. Only Bird (2) and Abt (66) have used their race numbers for longer, having both used them in all 61 E-Prixs.

– For the first time since the first ever Formula E race in Beijing, BMW i Andretti lead the Teams’ Championship. The 60-race gap since the last time BMW i Andretti led the championship is almost double the second longest wait between leading the championship. Audi went 31 races without leading the championship between the Season 2 Punta del Este E-Prix and the first Season 4 New York E-Prix.

Overall Position changes

After getting caught out by Oliver Rowland’s crash in qualifying, Lucas di Grassi started from 22nd on the grid. The Brazilian worked his way through the field and crossed the line in eighth place, and once Sebastien Buemi’s drive through penalty was applied the Brazilian was classified in seventh. The fifteen places that di Grassi gained in the most he has gained in a single E-Prix since the Season 3 Hong Kong E-Prix where the Season 3 champion finished second from 19th on the grid.

The Santiago E-Prix marked the eighth time that di Grassi has gained ten or more places in a single E-Prix, the most of any Formula E driver. di Grassi also has gained a net 106 places in his 61 E-Prixs, a record for any Formula E driver.

After having gained ten position in the second race in Diriyah, James Calado worked his way through the field in Santiago to gain another ten. This makes the Jaguar driver the tenth driver to gain ten or more places in two E-Prixs in the same season.

Max Günther took his first Formula E victory in Santiago after starting from second on the grid. This is the first time since the Bern E-Prix last season that Günther has gained a position in an E-Prix (and ending a four-race streak of losing positions in an E-Prix).

Fastest Laps

Nissan e.dams (Rowland - Practice Two - 1:04.799)
Panasonic Jaguar Racing (Evans - Super Pole - 1:04.827)
Envision Virgin Racing (Bird - Practice One - 1:04.914)
ROKiT Venturi Racing (Massa - Practice Two - 1:04.930)
DS Techeetah (da Costa - Practice One - 1:05.064)
BMW i Andretti Motorsport (Günther - Super Pole - 1:05.102)
Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler Formula E Team (di Grassi - Practice One - 1:05.203)
Geox Dragon (Müller - Practice One - 1:05.252)
TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team (Lotterer - Practice Two - 1:05.527)
Mahindra Racing (d'Ambrosio - Practice One - 1:05.314)
NIO 333 FE Team (Turvey - Practice Two - 1:05.398)
Mercedes Benz EQ Formula E Team (Vandoorne - Practice One - 1:05.506)

Over the course of the day in Santiago all the team’s fastest lap times were separated by only 0.707 seconds showing the competitiveness of the Formula E grid.

As well as setting the fastest lap in the race, Oliver Rowland set the fastest time of the day in Santiago with a 1:04.799 in Practice Two. Practice Two was the first session the Nissan e.dams driver has topped this season, after he had topped ten sessions in Season 5.

Even though Mercedes Benz EQ were the only team to have two drivers finish in the top six for the race, they were the only team to fail to set a lap time below a 1:05.5. Stoffel Vandoorne set the German’s manufacturer’s fastest time of the day, a 1:05.506 in Practice One.

Bonus points scored

Sam Bird took the point for the fastest lap in Santiago, making it the 50th bonus point that a British driver has scored in Formula E. The only nation with more bonus points is Switzerland with 56 (all having been scored by Sebastien Buemi).

All of the nations to have scored bonus points have taken fastest lap bonus points, apart from Italy. The three bonus points scored by an Italian driver came from Jarno Trulli’s pole position at the Season 1 Berlin E-Prix.

Both Germany and Great Britain have had five drivers score bonus points, the record for a single nation. The German drivers are Daniel Abt (17), Andre Lotterer (5), Pascal Wehrlein (5), Nick Heidfeld (2) and Maro Engel (2). The five British drivers are Sam Bird (26), Oliver Rowland (9), Alexander Sims (9), Oliver Turvey (3) and Alex Lynn (3).

Swiss drivers have claimed the most pole position bonus points (42) and German drivers have claimed the most fastest laps bonus points (19).

 

Picture source: FIA Formula E Media

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.