With Pre-Season Testing completed, the teams and drivers prepare for the start of the season with a double-header in Hong Kong to kick off the season. I have picked out a couple of drivers and a few teams to look out for in Season 4.
Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing)
The Swedish driver made a huge impact during his rookie season by finishing 3rd in the Drivers Championship. Taking 3 Pole Positions and his first win, the first for Mahindra as well, at Round 7 in Berlin. Claiming 5 podiums and 4 Fastest Laps, Rosenqvist amassed 127 points to finish 3rd overall. The Swede is an all-round great street racer and it is understood that he has signed a deal with Mahindra longer for just this season.
My Prediction: Top 5 in Drivers Championship and 2 wins.
Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing)
A protégé of Mark Webber, Evans comfortably out-performed Adam Carroll in his rookie season. Grabbing his first points and his highest finish of 4th in Mexico, Evans went onto score 22 out of 27 of Jaguar’s total points. Finishing in 14th with 22 points, Evans impressed in Qualifying despite the Jaguar I-Type 1 lacking outright pace and energy efficiency. The the reward for the New Zealander, a second season with the Indian-owned British team.
My Prediction: Top 10 in Drivers Championship and a regular points scorer.
Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah)
The Frenchman has been around since Season 1 and is the only driver to race with 3 different teams. Vergne, took an emotional first win in Montreal last season on the road to 5th in the Drivers Championship with 117 points. 9 podiums and 1 Fastest Lap over the course of past 3 seasons along with 4 Pole Positions shows how quick Vergne is. His consistency in Qualifying allows him to fight at the sharp end.
My Prediction: Top 7 in Drivers Championship and 2 wins.
Alex Lynn (DS Virgin Racing)
The British driver had a massive impact on the series where he took his first pole position in only his first Qualifying. Lynn, stepped in to replace Jose Maria Lopez in New York as he had prior motorsport commitments. Over the 2 races, Lynn claimed 3 points for his pole potion and finished 22nd overall. This doesn’t give us an accurate representation of what he can do. Lynn replaces Lopez for Season 4 and has a bright future.
My Prediction: Top 10 in Drivers Championship and podium finishes.
Others to look out for:
- Sebastian Buemi: Season 2 champion, 12 overall wins, 17 podiums and 8 Pole Positions. Buemi races for Renault e.Dams.
- Lucas di Grassi: Season 3 champion, 6 overall wins, 20 podiums and 3 Pole Positions. Di Grassi races for Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler.
- Neel Jani: Debuting for Season 4 with Dragon Racing after winning the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours with Porsche.
- Andre Lotterer: Also debuting for Season 4, Lotterer has won The Le Mans 24 Hours 3 times, who also won the WEC title with Audi before switching to Porsche.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
It was a tough first year for Jaguar who entered Formula E to showcase its future range of electric cars. Jaguar have technical assistance in the running of the car which comes from Williams. Jaguar’s target for this year is to score points on a regular basis with the I-TYPE 2. Jaguar keep Evans and have signed Season 1 champion Nelson Piquet for their season 4 assault.
My Prediction: Top 6 in Constructors Championship and a podium finishes.
Dragon arguably had one of the strongest line-ups last year but the team struggled to get the best out of the car and drivers. Although providing great intra-team battles on race day, Dragon finished 8th with only 33 points. A couple of fastest laps over the course of last season suggest there is pace to be unlocked. Neel Jani replaces Loic Duval and he wouldn’t have signed if he didn’t think there wasn’t potential.
My Prediction: Top 7 in Constructors Championship and regular point scorers.