After seven races in 2021, Robin Frijns sits atop the standings in the race to become Formula E’s first World Champion. We take a look at the story of the season so far and the cities which Formula E has left to visit this year!
In 2021, for the first time, Formula E has World Championship status – and the racing is just as close as ever. In the seven races so far this year, there has been just one repeat winner. That is Nyck de Vries, who sits only five points behind championship leader – and fellow Dutch driver – Robin Frijns. Frijns is yet to win a race this season.
Where has Formula E already visited in 2021?
With the exception of Monaco, Formula E has hosted double headers of races in every city which it has visited so far this year. The season began with Formula E’s first ever night race in Saudi Arabia at the Diriyah E-Prix. While Nyck de Vries claimed the first win of the year at Riyadh Street Circuit, Sam Bird won the second race of the weekend – ensuring he remains the only driver to win a race in every Formula E season held so far.
In April, Formula E returned to Rome for the first time since 2019, where Jean-Éric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne took the wins. Two weeks later, the series made a rare appearance on a permanent circuit with the Valencia E-Prix at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. The first race of the weekend was won in farcical circumstances by de Vries, with half of the field running out of energy before the end of the race. This was due to an energy reduction under a Safety Car period; the rules for which have since been slightly tweaked. Formula E rookie Jake Dennis claimed his maiden win in the second Valencia race.
Last time out, Formula E visited Monaco as the series raced on the full length layout of the Monte Carlo street circuit for the first time. After duelling with Mitch Evans throughout the closing stages, reigning Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa celebrated victory in the principality, in one of the series’ most dramatic races to date.
Where will Formula E visit later this year?
There are four race weekend remaining in the 2020-2021 Formula E World Championship. This weekend, the series visits Mexico. Unlike previous Mexico E-Prixs, this year’s races will not be held at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. With the Mexico City circuit acting as a hospital amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Formula E will instead race at the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed, around 150km east of the capital.
In July, Formula E will race in two of the world’s most iconic cities: New York and London. The series’ return to London was announced over two years ago. The unique circuit will run both outside and inside the ExCel in London – which, during the coronavirus pandemic was utilised as an NHS hospital.
The season reaches its conclusion in Berlin in mid-August, with the Berlin E-Prix once again taking place on the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit. The circuit hosted a unique finale to last year’s coronavirus-struck season. Six races were held on different layouts of the track over an eight day period.