Traditionally, motorsport quietens down in November.
Championships are wrapped up and annual seasons come to their conclusion. The cars become retired relics and the attention is turned onto the glistening prospects of the season to come next year.
This also means that Formula E is about to burst through the gates and become the dominant motorsport scene for the next few months!
Tomorrow (Friday 22nd November), will mark the first race of the hotly anticipated Sixth Season of the world’s premier electric championship. (Yes, it starts on a Friday).
The circuit in Diryah, Saudi Arabia opened the season up last year and was won by Antonio Felix Da Costa for the BMW i-Andretti team despite storming charges from the two DS Techeetah cars. The two Techeetah’s were penalised for exceeding power outage requirements on the bumpy track, they were on course to finish 1-2 in had the penalty not been incurred.
The testing at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia was highly competitive in terms of pace but bore little resemblance to the tight and bumpy street circuits that FE races on meaning that very few conclusions can be drawn until the practice and qualifying sessions tomorrow morning.
In testing, 22 out of 24 cars were within a second of the fastest time, set by Maxi Gunther, Da Costa’s replacement at BMW. Even with the caveats provided by the uncharacteristic nature of the circuit, it can only inspire excitement at the prospect of the season. And some sympathy for NIO…
The results from the two test ‘races’ that were carried out at the test propose different outcomes as well with one being won by Stoffel Vandoorne of the new Mercedes works team and the other by Nissan’s Sebastien Buemi with close run pace throughout against the other teams.
Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne said to Autosport that his car felt awful to drive because there was no point trying to set it up to the circuit, once again proving that there is a lot more to be seen from everyone in Diryah tomorrow.
It cannot be called.
Make sure you tune into watch the Diryah E-Prix! In the UK it can be watched live on the BBC Sport website, BBC Red Button and on Eurosport 2 with qualifying coverage from 07:45 – 09:15 GMT and race coverage from 11:30 – 13:30 GMT.
Read our Season Preview here!