Season 7 marks the first time Formula E competes as an official FIA World Championship. Not only is that fantastic for the ever-growing series, it means that this year’s winner is going to be the first ever Formula E World Champion.
Our Last-Lap writers gave their opinions on who will be the first to achieve that glory.
Entering his third season in Formula E, I think Stoffel Vandoorne will be crowned champion this year. The Belgian is coming off the back off a strong 2019-2020 campaign with Mercedes, finishing second in the championship behind a very dominant Antonio Felix da Costa. In Season 7, I believe the 28-year-old will begin the year in strong form and carry that momentum throughout the entire season, paving the way for him to take his first Formula E championship.
I think that Sam Bird will win this year’s championship. The Brit is now racing for Jaguar in 2021. Bird’s been an FE mainstay; the nine-time race winner is a contender for race wins every year and is the only driver to win in every season. With the might of Jaguar behind him who have done wonders with Mitch Evans, it is the right time for Bird to mount a title challenge. Last season saw Bird suffer several mechanical problems after winning race one in Diriyah. After six years of racing in the series, Bird owns all the experience and speed to claim Formula E’s first world championship.
Stoffel Vandoorne. He improved over last season (from a high baseline) to win from pole in the final race at Berlin, and he’s in a solid team that will do everything to deliver the title.
I think he’ll have enough to see off teammate Nyck de Vries while the wonderfully açcentéd DS Techeetah pair of reigning champion António Félix da Costa and two time champion Jean-Éric Vergne are harder to split for me.
Formula E has had five champions from six seasons, so it is an easier bet to go for a new champion rather than a repeat victor. Max Günther proved his gifted pace last season taking a win on his third BMW start in Santiago and another later down the line in Berlin. Both times beating a DS Techeetah in a close fight. When he didn’t get caught up in a bad qualifying or an incident he was fighting for the podium. With that bit of refining that will naturally come with experience, Günther can go from being just an irregular victory challenger to a consistent and intelligent points finisher as well. Add a few decent points hauls to his results and he is impossible to discount from the fight for silverware. That can be said about any driver, of course, but Günther is in a real position to add that to his arsenal in his second full season in the championship.
It’s always a bold move to pre-pick a Formula E champion, but I’m going for Antonio Felix Da Costa. Yep, I think he has exactly what it takes to secure a consecutive title, especially now it’s under a world championship name. Da Costa may begin his campaign in DS Techeetah’s Season 6 car, but he proved his ability to push for results under pressure in Berlin, where other drivers struggled to match him, even his two-time champion teammate Jean-Eric Vergne who was criticising Da Costa on the radio as he got more and more stressed at his skill. DS Techeetah will also push Da Costa because they will be just as keen to win yet another Drivers’ and Teams’ title, and they know how to do it.