More and more talent is knocking on the door of Formula E so to not cut it and require time to figure it out is not enough anymore.
The Last-Lap team look at which drivers will endure their swansong year in Formula E in 2021.
I believe it will be the end for Andre Lotterer. With nearly 40 races under his belt, Lotterer is yet to win a race. He’s only finished on the podium six times. That is not good enough for a man of his pedigree. The former Le Mans stalwart needs to step up if he is to keep his Porsche drive. Motor racing waits for no man, with Lotterer approaching 40, the odds stack against the German. If Porsche can find the consistency to match the flashes of speed they displayed, they will expect Lotterer to find his form quickly. If not, Porsche will put someone else in the car.
I can’t see much hope in the darkness for Nico Mueller. The DTM star is exceptional in a souped up Audi saloon but he has yet to convince in Formula E. A flashy qualifying in Mexico was the highlight but that was thrown away almost immediately after he drove straight into the wall. He was consistently outqualified by Brendon Hartley and soon Sergio Sette Camara had a handle on him in Berlin. Mueller is unfortunately stuck in doldrums of Dragon Penske and all of their ongoing woes. They seem to be in a hole that is becoming ever deeper with seemingly generic misunderstanding. Mueller needs to latch onto his Mexico form across the season to be able to help the team’s stars align and save his Formula E career. A lot of drivers will come on the market at the end of this season and they would probably help a shake-up at Dragon. If he can perform in the Dragon, he could fly and “do a Günther” but if he becomes increasingly lacklustre and sporadic then he could be ousted like lots of adequate drivers before him.
There’s always that one driver on the Formula E grid, isn’t there. Although it’s incredibly difficult to pick out of this year’s grid. I think it’s got to be Sergio Sette Camara. But I don’t think it will be down to him and actually on the consistently uncompetitive Dragon Penske car that often finds itself at the back with NIO 333. Due to the homologation regulations, Dragon have chosen not to use their new car until Rome which has made their pursuit for a points momentum even more of a challenge in Diriyah. Thanks to this, I don’t think enough of a spotlight will shine on him to keep his seat. Hopefully, the new car coming later can make it even better (DS Techeetah are doing the same) but I don’t have much faith.
I thought I was onto a winner with this question with Stoffel Vandoorne, but then Sir Lewis Hamilton ruined it by signing his new contract.
So I’ll hedge my bets by saying NIO rookie, Tom Blomqvist. Oliver Turvey has been a teammate killer in recent years outclassing Tom Dillman, Ma Qing Hua and for their small time together, Daniel Abt. As well as that recent F3 Asia winner Guanyu Zhou can’t stay in F2 forever and I think he could be an attractive domestic driver to the Chinese outfit. There will be a lot of strong alternatives to Blomqvist so unfortunately I think he’s out.
(If I’ve got any of these predictions across the week right, then I’m cashing out and retiring as a Formula E pundit immediately. If I don’t get any of these predictions right I’ll be summarily sacked as a Formula E pundit, so it’s a win for the FE media industry either way.)
In my opinion, I also think Nico Mueller may struggle again this year and could find himself out of a drive. The Swiss driver endured a tough rookie season last year, and I think it could be more of the same again in the 2020-2021 campaign. Racing for Dragon Penske this year, who finished 11th of 12 teams in Season 6, the 28-year-old may struggle to get results again this year and could struggle to perform.