ABB FIA formula e The World Championship returns for one of the most anticipated races on the calendar this weekend, with the inaugural Cape Town E-Prix.

Here are all the key talking points as the planet’s favorite motorsports approaches. South Africa:

Imagine proving to be the black horse of season 9

It’s been a promising start to the season for Envision Racing, with the British-based manufacturer currently sitting in third place in the teams’ standings, with driver matchups Sebastian Buemi and Nick Cassidy are fourth and fifth in the drivers’ standings, respectively.

Former champion Buemi will no doubt step up to the weekend as his request to take the podium was denied due to an energy use violation in the previous lap – the seventeen-second time penalty put Switzerland in fifteenth place and out of points. But there was no such misery for Cassidy, who took the first podium of the season and finished fifth in Formula E history.

Like his team, Kiwi has been one of Formula E’s most underrated drivers since debuting with his current team in 2021. In fact, Cassidy is just one point less than 2022 champion Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ/DS Penske) since winning the 2022 New York City E-Prix in Round 11 last season.

All signs point to a successful year for the Silverstone-based manufacturer given the speed of the two drivers, especially when compared to their cousin Jaguar’s struggles in the same powertrain.

Porsche drivetrain continues to dominate

there are very few signs Porsche Proving that Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche) is no better off to his spectacular start to the season, the drivetrain slows down into Round 5.

The German is again in the Porsche powertrain with 80 points in the Drivers’ World Championship, an 18-point lead against Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti), but the gap would have been less if Dennis had not been finished behind by NEOM McLaren. Rene Rast in hairpin in Hyderabad. Still, the Porsche team has a healthy 23-point lead over Andretti in the manufacturers standings.

The duo have firmly established themselves as top two title contenders and will remain in the top two regardless of the outcome this weekend.

Mixed results for the championship’s big names

The Formula E grid features some notable names from the world of motorsports, including ex-Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Buemi, three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans champion Andre Lotterer (Avalanche Andretti) and current Aston Martin Formula 1 reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne (DS). Penske). But so far it’s been mixed fortunes for the series’ superstars.

Former champions Buemi and Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Penske), Formula E veterans who knew the importance of scoring points in Cape Town to keep the pressure on Wehrlein and Dennis got off to a good start with 31 points.

However, Season 8 champion Vandoorne is in 16th place with just five points to his name, while Edoardo Mortara (Maserati MSG Racing) and Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) last season’s other podium contenders are 18th and 12th respectively. .

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It has also been a smashing season for Lotterer and Season 6 champion Antonio Felix da Costa (TAG Heuer Porsche), despite his teammates’ achievements and despite finishing on the podium in Hyderabad.

Formula E starts in South Africa

As the Net Zero Carbon Championship heads to Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time in its history, this season it reminds fans of its amazing calendar.

The 2023 Cape Town E-Prix will feature the magnificent Table Mountain as one of the race’s many breathtaking backdrops, the second consecutive start of the series after the final race in Hyderabad.

Expect fast-paced wheel-to-wheel racing as 20,000 people are expected to watch 22 cars compete in the Green Point and Waterfront area of ​​the Main City.

talkSPORT and Formula E announce weekly motorsport show

TalkSPORT, the world’s largest sports radio network, announced this week the launch of ‘On Track’, a weekly motorsport program dedicated to the latest news, features and interviews from Formula E.

Hosted by TalkSPORT motor racing expert Jon Jackson, the show will air every Tuesday from 4 pm to 5 pm on talkSPORT 2 and is the only weekly motorsport program on UK radio.

::2023 Watch the Cape Town E-Prix inauguration live on Channel 4 terrestrial television on Saturday 25 February at 14:00 GMT