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Formula E returns to Uruguay for seaside Punta del Este E-Prix

14.03.18

2017/18 campaign reaches half-way point at final South American round of the season

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is making its third visit to the Atlantic seafront in Uruguay this weekend (17 March), as the Punta del Este E-Prix returns after a year’s absence as round six of the 2017/18 season.

Fresh from a thrilling race in Mexico City just two weeks ago, which saw a breakthrough win for Daniel Abt and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, the 20 all-electric racers are preparing for the challenges of the street circuit by the sea, as the roads lining the idyllic coastline are converted to a challenging racetrack.

The 2.785km course features 20 corners, and is an exciting mixture of high speed sweeping curves and tight chicanes. The city hosted events in the first two seasons of Formula E, and notably was the place where season two champion Sebastien Buemi scored his first win, and where current standings leader Jean-Eric Vergne put his car on pole position for the first time.

Returning to the venue for the third time is also an opportunity to show how far the development of the Formula E car has come since the series’ inception. In 2014, the lap count for the Punta del Este E-Prix was 31, rising to 33 in 2015, and now in 2018 there is a marked increase to 37 laps.

The result of the fifth round of the championship in Mexico City surprisingly did not affect the top five positions on the points table, with Vergne leading for TECHEETAH, followed by Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist and DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird. Buemi’s brace of third places for Renault e.dams at the last two rounds cements his position in fourth, while Nelson Piquet Jr will be looking to break onto the podium this weekend for Panasonic Jaguar Racing having finished in fourth place three times this season.

NIO Formula E Team's Oliver Turvey scored a breakthrough podium for the manufacturer in Mexico City and will be hoping to build on that success, while Audi is confident it has resolved the reliability issues that have troubled reigning champion Lucas di Grassi so far this season which will likely see both he and recent winner Abt towards the front once again. 

Event timetable:

Saturday, 17 March

8:00

8:45

 

NON QUALIFYING PRACTICE 1

Track

10:30

11:00

 

NON QUALIFYING PRACTICE 2

Track

11:10

11:40

 

VIP pitlane walk

Pitlane

12:00

12:06

 

QUALIFYING GROUP 1

Track

12:10

12:16

 

QUALIFYING GROUP 2

Track

12:20

12:26

 

QUALIFYING GROUP 3

Track

12:30

12:36

 

QUALIFYING GROUP 4

Track

12:45

13:00

 

SUPER POLE

Track

13:45

14:15

 

VIP pitlane walk

Pitlane

13:45

14:00

 

E-Race (eligible drivers)

Gaming Arena

14:00

14:30

 

Autograph session

Gaming Arena

15:00

15:10

 

Drivers parade

Track

16:04

 

 

RACE (37 laps)

Track

17:05

 

 

Podium ceremony

Podium

 

Championship standings:

 

Drivers’ Championship

Teams’ Championship

Driver

Points

Team

Points

1

Jean-Eric Vergne

81

TECHEETAH

99

2

Felix Rosenqvist

69

Mahindra Racing

90

3

Sam Bird

61

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

74

4

Sebastien Buemi

52

DS Virgin Racing

70

5

Nelson Piquet Jr.

45

Renault e.dams

59

6

Daniel Abt

37

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

40

7

Mitch Evans

29

Venturi Formula E Team

34

8

Edoardo Mortara

28

NIO Formula E Team

27

9

Oliver Turvey

26

Andretti Formula E

20

10

Nick Heidfeld

21

DRAGON

12