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A summary of the big talking points in Formula E

Every season has featured at least 5 different winners.
The racing in Formula E is consistently close and exciting. 20 different drivers have made it onto the podium which is a pretty good mix from just 33 races.

The biggest rivalry is between Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi.
Incredibly, the first 3 Formula E championships went down to the very last race and all three finales featured Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi in title contention. They have consistently been the two stand-out drivers in the series and their rivalry became particularly heated when the two crashed in the second of those championship deciders.

Sebastien Buemi is the most successful Formula E driver but keeps making lots of mistakes.
Although it isn’t fair to play hypotheticals, Sebastien Buemi could be a triple Formula E champion if he made fewer mistakes. In 31 races he made 20 notable errors which is an awful lot for the series’ most successful driver. His main rival, Lucas di Grassi, called him out on it earlier this year saying Buemi “has pressure big time …. this is because everyone will be waiting to see if those mistakes come again”.

Renault are the team to beat but could be challenged by Mahindra.
Renault have taken almost three times as many victories as the next most successful Formula E team and they have built the fastest car for the last two seasons (which is impressive when the regulations are so tight). However, Mahindra took more podiums than any other team last season and Felix Rosenqvist was the strongest driver in the second half of the championship. If that momentum carries over into Season 4, Rosenqvist and Mahindra will be serious title contenders.

Manufacturers are rushing into the series.
Formula E is starting to go through a boom in manufacturer interest which is helping to grow the championship. Audi joins this season with a full factory team, whilst BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Nissan on the way. Not only that but the Fiat/Chrysler Group have expressed an interest and McLaren is supplying equipment so there are lots of industry connections starting to develop.

Season 4 kicks off in Hong Kong this coming weekend.

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F1: Several drivers are on the cusp of qualifying for an F1 Super Licence

Any driver who wants to compete in Formula One must hold an FIA issued Super Licence and next year these will become harder for new drivers to obtain. The full conditions are listed below, but from 2016 aspiring F1 drivers must achieve a higher level of success in the feeder categories to be eligible. The FIA has assigned ‘points’ to finishing positions in the junior championships and drivers must score 40 of these within a three year period to gain eligibility.

This means there are currently several drivers on the cusp of gaining enough points to qualify for a F1 Super Licence at the end of this year and in some cases they are fighting against each other for that opportunity. Some of these interesting battles are highlighted below.

Although these drivers aren’t expecting to race in Formula One next year, most of them already have links to Grand Prix teams and eligibility for a Super Licence (which is valid for three years) will give them an advantage over other youngsters on their way to the top level. It certainly helps anyone with a budget because the new requirements will stop other pay drivers from simply buying their way into F1. If nothing else, access to a Super Licence will make a driver more attractive to potential sponsors.

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The first of these interesting battles is taking place in Formula Renault 3.5. Dean Stoneman and Nyck de Vries both have a realistic chance of finishing 3rd in this year’s championship which would give either of them enough points to be eligible for a Super Licence. However, it means the opportunity is there for only one of them. Since they are both part of highly competitive F1 junior programs (Stoneman at Red Bull and De Vries at McLaren) it adds some intrigue to their current fight for position.

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FORMULA 3

A similar battle is taking place in Formula 3. The 2015 championship is a three-way fight, and although Felix Rosenqvist is almost certain to finish the year with enough Super Licence points, the other two contenders will need to avoid finishing 3rd to ensure they don’t miss out.

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GP3 SERIES

The GP3 championship fight is another with Super Licence implications. Marvin Kirchhofer is currently in contention for the title and if he ends up winning he will have earned enough points to qualify (in case he needed any extra incentive).

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GP2 SERIES

The FIA has said that it will offer flexibility to drivers that have previously held a Super Licence but have been unable to race in F1. The three drivers fighting for 2nd place in this year’s GP2 championship all meet this condition so shouldn’t have any problems, but the regulations haven’t been finalised yet (Appendix L to the International Sporting Code) so if the final wording works against them it would make their battle for position very interesting.

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SUPER LICENCE CONDITIONS – APPENDIX L TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPORTING CODE

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F3: Formula Three officials stopped a race early due to poor driving standards

After a series of wild Formula Three accidents at Monza on Saturday (see the video) officials warned drivers that Sunday’s racing would be stopped if the racing standards didn’t improve. Incredibly, the sloppy racecraft did continue on Sunday and the officials followed through with their threat to send everyone home early. The final race of the weekend was stopped with 11 laps remaining and half points were awarded because the driving standards were “not acceptable”. That’s one of the strangest red flags you’ll ever see.

The decision sent a clear signal to drivers that careless manoeuvres won’t be tolerated. Unfortunately, it also punished those who did nothing wrong, particularly Felix Rosenqvist who only received half points for his win (something that could have championship implications). It will be interesting to see how officials target racing incidents from now on.

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F3: Felix Rosenqvist overtook 51 cars in 36 laps

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Felix Rosenqvist currently lies second in the European Formula Three Championship, which is quite amazing because there have only been three races so far and he started two of those from last on the grid! At the recent Silverstone round Rosenqvist surged from 35th to 7th in race two, and made it up to 12th in race three, giving him the distinction of passing 51 cars in 36 racing laps (and making him a championship favourite). Great stuff.

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