Double-header duel on the streets of Brooklyn subsequent up for all-electrical single-seater collection
With crunch time drawing advance in the entertaining 2020/21 ABB FIA System E World Championship title battle, it in all fairness acceptable that competitors should peaceful be Giant Apple-sure this weekend (10/11 July), as Unique York – a metropolis well-known for leisure – prepares to host the season’s subsequent excessive-speed instalment.
With eight different winners and no fewer than 18 podium-finishers from the outlet nine rounds of the campaign, no person has been in a space to slice loose from the pack, surroundings the scene for a spectacular double-header in the North American metropolis. The unforgiving streets of Brooklyn’s Red Hook district personal conducted host to the all-electrical single-seater collection on three times since first becoming a member of the calendar in 2016, and personal never upset in the drama stakes.
Following his first victory of the season in Mexico final time out, ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara now leads the enviornment however the Swiss star failed to achieve either of his two outdated races in Unique York, so he’ll personal his sights solidly plan on making it to the chequered flag as he strives to retain his present profit.
Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) conceded the tip space to Mortara in Puebla, however the Dutchman has an ace up his sleeve. He claimed his most up-to-date System E triumph in the shadow of Ny’s unmistakeable skyline appropriate form below two years ago, so he knows what it takes to overcome the Brooklyn Dual carriageway Circuit.
On the support of Mortara and Frijns, defending champion António Félix da Costa is continuing to stealthily climb his diagram up the classification, and the DS TECHEETAH driver arrives in Unique York – the build he reached the rostrum in 2019 – occupying third build in the desk, tied on functions with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s René Rast and Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans.
Rast has been the darkish horse of the season to this point, quietly going about his industry and scoring persistently well in a campaign whereby most of his competitors personal chanced on consistency laborious to come support by. The German posted quickest lap in both of the Mexican races final month, however will seemingly be discovering the Brooklyn Dual carriageway Circuit for the first time. Evans, conversely, sped to 2nd build on System E’s most new test with to the tune, and a the same consequence this weekend would absolutely bolster his title aspirations.
The Unique Zealander’s Jaguar crew-mate Sam Bird has slipped down the account for reasonably after grabbing the championship lead support in April, with appropriate form one subsequent top ten attain to his title. The Briton, on the opposite hand, done a double victory on System E’s debut in Unique York in 2017, and at handiest 23 functions adrift of the summit of the standings, an 11th career triumph would vault him straight support into contention.
Mercedes EQ’s Nyck de Vries is one other to personal conceded some ground since the early phases of the campaign, however the Dutchman is the only real loads of winner of the season to-date and on his day, is a match for anyone. Stablemate Stoffel Vandoorne has all too commonly chanced on himself having to battle thru the enviornment from lowly grid slots of leisurely, however the Belgian’s uncooked tempo and racecraft are beyond doubt and in the occasion that they can qualify well, he and de Vries will seemingly be surefire threats.
Jake Dennis is having fun with a major rookie campaign for BMW i Andretti Motorsport, whereas fellow Briton Oliver Rowland has now now not continually considered his speed rewarded in 2020/21 – though a podium in Puebla maybe hints at a switch of fortunes for the Nissan e.dams ace.
Rowland’s crew-mate, Sébastien Buemi, is the undisputed qualifying king in Unique York, grabbing pole build there in three of his four begins and a success in 2019. Certainly, the 2015/16 champion has never completed decrease than fourth in the Giant Apple – and if he can shield that design in Season Seven, he’ll reinforce vastly upon the uncharacteristic 22nd space he at this time occupies.
Fellow title-winner Jean-Éric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) is one other driver with jubilant memories of the tournament, having received in 2018 and clinched his 2nd crown there 12 months later to develop into System E’s first and to-date handiest two-time champion.
TAG Heuer Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein will seemingly be bidding to leap support posthaste from his Mexican disappointment, whereas rookie Cut Cassidy, in inequity, is aiming to construct upon the momentum of his perfect attain to-date after taking the flag 2nd final time out for Envision Virgin Racing.
Lucas Di Grassi is one other outmoded Unique York winner for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, and the Brazilian’s Puebla victory proved that he can never be discounted. Mahindra Racing’s British pairing of Alexander Sims and Alex Lynn are both outdated pole-sitters in Brooklyn, however whereas the outmoded converted that into the runner-up spoils in 2019, the latter has yet to effort the scorers there. Joel Eriksson, meanwhile, remains on-board at Dragon/Penske Autosport, having at the beginning stood in for Nico Müller in Mexico.
The foremost Unique York Metropolis E-Prix will birth up at 16: 34 local time (20: 34 GMT) on Saturday, 10 July, with speed two following at 13: 34 local time (17: 34 GMT