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2014–15 FIA Formula E season
Drivers' Champion: Nelson Piquet Jr.
Teams' Champion: e.dams Renault
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Nelson Piquet Jr. became the first ever Formula E Drivers' Champion.
Sébastien Buemi finished second in the drivers standings, missing out on the championship by 1 point.
Lucas di Grassi (pictured in 2010) won the first Formula E race, and finished the season third.

The 2014–15 FIA Formula E season was the inaugural season of a new FIA championship for electrically powered cars.[1] It began on 13 September 2014 at Beijing in China and finished on 28 June 2015 in London after eleven races.[2][3] Nelson Piquet Jr. came first in the overall standings, and so became the first ever Formula E champion.[4]

The carEdit

 
Spark-Renault SRT 01E in Andretti colors.

For the first season, all teams were supplied an electric racing car built by Spark Racing Technology, called the Spark-Renault SRT 01E. The chassis was designed by Dallara, with an electric motor developed by McLaren (the same as that used in its P1 supercar), a battery system created by Williams Grand Prix Engineering and a Hewland five-speed gearbox. Michelin were the official tyre supplier.[5][6][7] 42 electric cars were ordered by the FIA.[8]

Teams and driversEdit

For the 2014–15 season, 10 teams contested the series. Each team fielded two drivers; each driver had two cars. That meant that 40 cars were required by the teams. All teams were ostensibly based at the sport's technical headquarters at the Donington Park race circuit, in the United Kingdom, although some teams had a greater presence there than others. Formula E organiser FEH itself has offices there for administration and operations staff.

All ten teams were confirmed to race in April 2014. However, in June 2014, Drayson Racing pulled out of the championship, with its entry taken by Trulli, a new team formed by former Formula One driver Jarno Trulli. Drayson entered the team in a supply and sponsorship arrangement, to be its principal technology partner.[9]

Team No. Drivers Rounds
  Virgin Racing Formula E Team[10] 2   Sam Bird[11] All
3   Jaime Alguersuari[11] 1–9
  Fabio Leimer[12] 10–11
  Mahindra Racing Formula E Team[10] 5   Karun Chandhok[13] All
21   Bruno Senna[13] All
  Dragon Racing Formula E Team[10] 6   Oriol Servià[14][15] 1–4
  Loïc Duval[16] 5–11
7   Jérôme d'Ambrosio[17] All
  Team e.dams Renault[10] 8   Nicolas Prost[18] All
9   Sébastien Buemi[18] All
  Trulli Formula E Team[10] 10   Jarno Trulli[9] All
18   Michela Cerruti[19] 1–4
  Vitantonio Liuzzi[20] 5–9
  Alex Fontana[21] 10–11
  Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team[10] 11   Lucas di Grassi[22] All
66   Daniel Abt[22] All
  Venturi Formula E Team[10] 23   Nick Heidfeld[23] All
30   Stéphane Sarrazin[23] All
  Andretti Autosport Formula E Team[10] 27   Franck Montagny[24] 1–2
  Jean-Éric Vergne[25] 3–11
28   Charles Pic[26] 1
  Matthew Brabham[27] 2–3
  Marco Andretti[28] 4
  Scott Speed[29] 5–8
  Justin Wilson[30] 9
  Simona de Silvestro[31] 10–11
  Amlin Aguri[10][32] 55   Takuma Sato[33] 1
  António Félix da Costa[34] 2–9
  Sakon Yamamoto[35] 10–11
77   Katherine Legge[32] 1–2
  Salvador Durán[36] 3–11
  [10]
China Racing Formula E Team[37]
88   Ho-Pin Tung[38][39] 1–2, 4
  Antonio García[40] 3, 9
  Charles Pic[41] 5–8
  Oliver Turvey[42] 10–11
99   Nelson Piquet Jr.[43] All

CalendarEdit

The season included 11 races, held between September 2014 and June 2015. The initial calendar had ten races and was approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in December 2013.[2] However, in April 2014, changes were made to the calendar including dropping Rio de Janeiro, which had previously replaced Hong Kong, and moving the Los Angeles round to 4 April.[44] On 22 May 2014, Los Angeles County officials announced that their race would take place 40 km (25 mi) away on a modified version of the Long Beach street circuit.[45] On 3 February 2015, it was revealed that a race would be held in Moscow on 6 June, to restore the calendar to its original schedule of ten races.[3] On 19 February 2015, it was announced that the final round in London would be a double-header, expanding the calendar to eleven races.[46]

Round ePrix Country Track Date
1 Beijing ePrix   China Beijing Olympic Green Circuit 13 September 2014
2 Putrajaya ePrix   Malaysia Putrajaya Street Circuit 22 November 2014
3 Punta del Este ePrix   Uruguay Punta del Este Street Circuit 13 December 2014
4 Buenos Aires ePrix   Argentina Puerto Madero Street Circuit 10 January 2015
5 Miami ePrix   United States Biscayne Bay Street Circuit 14 March 2015
6 Long Beach ePrix   United States Long Beach Street Circuit 4 April 2015
7 Monaco ePrix   Monaco Circuit de Monaco 9 May 2015
8 Berlin ePrix   Germany Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit 23 May 2015
9 Moscow ePrix   Russia Moscow Street Circuit 6 June 2015
10 London ePrix Race 1   United Kingdom Battersea Park Street Circuit 27 June 2015
11 London ePrix Race 2 28 June 2015
Source:[47]

Race resultsEdit

Round Race Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1   Beijing   Nicolas Prost   Takuma Sato   Lucas di Grassi   Audi Sport ABT Report
2   Putrajaya   Nicolas Prost[N 1]   Jaime Alguersuari   Sam Bird   Virgin Racing Report
3   Punta del Este   Jean-Éric Vergne   Daniel Abt   Sébastien Buemi   e.dams Renault Report
4   Buenos Aires   Sébastien Buemi   Sam Bird   António Félix da Costa   Amlin Aguri Report
5   Miami   Jean-Éric Vergne   Nelson Piquet Jr.   Nicolas Prost   e.dams Renault Report
6   Long Beach   Daniel Abt[N 2]   Nicolas Prost   Nelson Piquet Jr.   NEXTEV TCR Report
7   Monaco   Sébastien Buemi   Jean-Éric Vergne   Sébastien Buemi   e.dams Renault Report
8   Berlin   Jarno Trulli   Nelson Piquet Jr.   Jérôme d'Ambrosio[N 3]   Dragon Racing Report
9   Moscow   Jean-Éric Vergne   Sébastien Buemi   Nelson Piquet Jr.   NEXTEV TCR Report
10   London   Sébastien Buemi   Lucas di Grassi   Sébastien Buemi   e.dams Renault Report
11   Stéphane Sarrazin   Sam Bird   Sam Bird[N 4]   Virgin Racing
Notes
  1. ^ Nicolas Prost set the best time during qualification in Putrajaya,[48] and accordingly, scored the three championship points on offer. He started from eleventh on the grid, following a ten-place grid penalty which was levied on him, for causing a collision with Nick Heidfeld in Beijing. Therefore, Oriol Servià, who set the second-fastest time, started the race from pole position.[49]
  2. ^ Sébastien Buemi set the fastest time but had that time deleted for power overuse.
  3. ^ Lucas di Grassi and Audi Sport Abt were the initial winners but were disqualified when di Grassi's car was found to have breached technical regulations.[50]
  4. ^ Stéphane Sarrazin and Venturi were the initial winners, but were given a post-race 49 second time-penalty for exceeding the maximum energy usage.[51]

Championship standingsEdit

Points system

Championship points were awarded as follows:[44]

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th  Pole FL
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 3 2

Each driver's lowest-scoring round was dropped from their total; however, rounds where the driver was excluded from the race could not be dropped.

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

Pos. Driver BEI
 
PUT
 
PDE
 
BUE
 
MIA
 
LBH
 
MCO
 
BER
 
MSC
 
LON
 
Pts
1   Nelson Piquet Jr. 8 Ret 2 3 5 1* 3* 4* 1* 5* 7* 144
2   Sébastien Buemi Ret 3 1 Ret 13 4 1 2* 9* 1 5* 143
3   Lucas di Grassi 1* 2 3 Ret 9 3 2 DSQ 2* 4 6 133
4   Jérôme d'Ambrosio 6 5 8 14 4 6 5 1 11 2 2 113
5   Sam Bird 3 1 Ret 7 8 Ret* 4 8 Ret 6 1 103
6   Nico Prost 12 4 7 2 1 14 6 10 8 7 (10) 88 (89)
7   Jean-Éric Vergne 14†* 6* 18†* 2* Ret* 7 4 3 16† 70
8   António Félix da Costa 8 Ret 1 6 7 9 11 7 51
9   Loïc Duval 7 9 Ret 3 15 8 3 42
10   Bruno Senna Ret* 14†* 6 5* Ret* 5 Ret 17 16 16 4 40
11   Daniel Abt 10 10 15 13† 3 15 Ret 14 5 Ret 11 32
12   Nick Heidfeld 13† DSQ* 10* 8* 12 11 10 5 3 13 Ret 31
13   Jaime Alguersuari 11 9 5 4 11 8 Ret 12 13 30
14   Stéphane Sarrazin 9 12 Ret 10 Ret 10 7 6 14 10 15 22
15   Scott Speed 2 Ret 12 13 18
16   Franck Montagny 2 DSQ 18
17   Karun Chandhok 5 6 13 Ret 14 12 13 18 12 12 13 18
18   Charles Pic 4 17 16 8 15* 16
19   Oriol Servià 7 7 9 9 16
20   Jarno Trulli Ret 16 4 Ret 15 Ret 11 19 18† 15 Ret 15
21   Salvador Durán 16* DSQ 10* Ret Ret* 16 6 17 8 13
22   Oliver Turvey 9* 9* 4
23   Vitantonio Liuzzi 16 13 NC 9 17 2
24   Takuma Sato Ret 2
25   Justin Wilson 10 1
26   Ho-Pin Tung 16 11 11 0
27   Simona de Silvestro 11 12 0
28   Antonio García 11 19 0
29   Michela Cerruti 14 Ret 12 Ret 0
30   Marco Andretti 12 0
31   Matthew Brabham 13 Ret 0
32   Fabio Leimer 14 Ret 0
33   Alex Fontana Ret 14 0
34   Katherine Legge 15* 15* 0
35   Sakon Yamamoto Ret* Ret 0
Pos. Driver BEI
 
PUT
 
PDE
 
BUE
 
MIA
 
LBH
 
MCO
 
BER
 
MSC
 
LON
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap
* – FanBoost
(parentheses) – Round dropped from total

Notes

† – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

The points system was the same as the Drivers' Championship, except that all rounds counted towards the total.

Pos. Team No. BEI
 
PUT
 
PDE
 
BUE
 
MIA
 
LBH
 
MCO
 
BER
 
MSC
 
LON
 
Points
1   e.dams Renault 8 12 4 7 2 1 14 6 10 8 7 10 232
9 Ret 3 1 Ret 13 4 1 2* 9* 1 5*
2   Dragon Racing 6 7 7 9 9 7 9 Ret 3 15 8 3 171
7 6 5 8 14 4 6 5 1 11 2 2
3   Audi Sport ABT 11 1* 2 3 Ret 9 3 2 DSQ 2* 4 6 165
66 10 10 15 13† 3 15 Ret 14 5 Ret 11
4   NEXTEV TCR 88 16 11 11 11 17 16 8 15* 19 9* 9* 152
99 8 Ret 2 3 5 1* 3* 4* 1* 5* 7*
5   Virgin Racing 2 3 1 Ret 7 8 Ret* 4 8 Ret 6 1 133
3 11 9 5 4 11 8 Ret 12 13 14 Ret
6   Andretti 27 2 DSQ 14†* 6* 18†* 2* Ret* 7 4 3 16† 119
28 4 13 Ret 12 2 Ret 12 13 10 11 12
7   Amlin Aguri 55 Ret 8 Ret 1 6 7 9 11 7 Ret* Ret 66
77 15* 15* 16* DSQ 10* Ret Ret* 16 6 17 8
8   Mahindra Racing 5 5 6 13 Ret 14 12 13 18 12 12 13 58
21 Ret* 14†* 6 5* Ret* 5 Ret 17 16 16 4
9   Venturi 23 13† DSQ* 10* 8* 12 11 10 5 3 13 Ret 53
30 9 12 Ret 10 Ret 10 7 6 14 10 15
10   Trulli 10 Ret 16 4 Ret 15 Ret 11 19 18† 15 Ret 17
18 14 Ret 12 Ret 16 13 NC 9 17 Ret 14
Pos. Team No. BEI
 
PUT
 
PDE
 
BUE
 
MIA
 
LBH
 
MCO
 
BER
 
MSC
 
LON
 
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap
* – FanBoost

Notes

† – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed more than 90% of the race distance.

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