The Crazy Formula: Five Frantic Formula E Moments
Usually focusing on the best moments of each F1 Grand Prix, I decided to do a one off of my Crazy Formula series as we see the return of Formula E this coming weekend. Even though the series is commencing only it’s fifth full season next Saturday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the ABB FIA Formula E series has quickly become known for it’s close racing, mental moments and big crashes. Racing in makeshift circuits in some of the most famous cities in the world, the sport is going from strength to strength and now as the 2018/2019 season gets ready to get underway, giving the amazing new “Gen2” car new for this season and the truly impressive grid of drivers, it’s going to be one hell of a rollercoaster season!
1. Buemi's Meltdown
After losing the championship lead to his closest rival, Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas DiGrassi with only one round left of the Season Three Season Finale in Montreal, Renault eDams driver and Season two champion Sebastien Buemi lost the plot and got involved in a massive row with three different drivers in Parc Ferme after the race had finished. Despite it being your ordinary first lap accident between Buemi and Robin Frijns, Buemi confronted the former Amlin Andretti driver after initially accusing his teammate, Antonio Felix DaCosta, and then found him embroiled in an argument with DiGrassi’s teammate Daniel Abt after the pair clashed as they left the pitlane.
2. Monaco Madness
There was some criticism and concern met when it was announced that the first Monaco ePrix in Season One would only run half of the famous F1 circuit where the cars would have a tighter turn at Sainte Devote, heading down the hill as opposed up to Casino Square like its F1 counterparts, before joining the original circuit at the Nouvelle Chicane. This concern was met in spades when at Turn One, Daniel Abt found himself in the barriers, sending Mahindra Racing’s Bruno Senna over the top of Abt, and causing a massive pile up behind. Needless to say, when the circuit was used again for Season Three, the drivers were just a little bit more careful!
3. Rival's Collide in Battersea!
Much like the finale in Montreal in Season Three, it was rivals Sebastien Buemi and Lucas DiGrassi that found themselves embroiled in a last round clash for championship supremacy. As Buemi’s teammate Nico Prost led on the first lap, an ill fated pass on Buemi for second saw DiGrassi run into the back of Buemi and destroying both their cars, prompting both drivers to return to the pits in an attempt of securing the fastest lap and the two points that came with it to secure the title. This rule would be changed so that only the quickest driver in the Top 10 finishers could claim the points for fastest lap.
4. The Corner That Broke the Cars
The first ePrix held in Buenos Aires in Argentina in Season One will be forever remembered for that final chicane that was a pure car breaker. Mahindra’s Karun Chandok and Audi Sport’s Lucas DiGrassi both broke their rear suspension during the race while Renault eDams’ Sebastien Buemi faced retirement thanks to breaking his front wheel off the inside of the corner. All the mayhem and problems for teams on this particular corner made drivers cautious, and all the retirements up front meant that it was Amlin’s Antonio Felix DaCosta took a very surprising and welcome win.
5. Beijing's Last Lap Disaster.
With much anticipation leading to the first ever Formula E race in Beijing in 2014, there was no idea what was to come on the final lap. After a promising start, Venturi’s Nick Heidfeld found himself stuck all race behind leader Nico Prost and made a last corner lunge in an attempt to steal the victory and become Formula E’s first race winner, but as Prost cut across the track in a bad move to attempt to block Heidfeld, it resulted in Heidfeld having an accident that left people talking about it for weeks after, while Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas DiGrassi would slide through to take the victory.