Because the championship enters its closing section, the contenders for the drivers’ title are starting to change into clear with the highest 5 within the standings all representing completely different groups.
For Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing), Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche), Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti), Mitch Evans (Jaguar) and Jean-Éric Vergne (DS Penske) – and likewise for just a few others- there’s nonetheless every little thing to play for.
Final yr, drivers might solely put together for the Jakarta Worldwide e-Prix Circuit on a simulator by the groups because it was 100% new. On the finish of the one race of the weekend, it was the automobiles ready by DS Efficiency that scored probably the most factors, because of the second place of Vergne and the 4th place of his teammate on the time, Antonio Felix Da Costa.
“JEV” was even dominant all through the day, taking his fifteenth profession pole place after which main for a lot of the race, however was overtaken by New Zealander Evans seven minutes earlier than the chequered flag dropped, after being pressured to make use of extra power than the others to defend his lead.
DS 100 Races
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Stoffel Vandoorne, Vergne’s team-mate this yr, additionally appeared to benefit from the place. The then-Mercedes driver, who was to change into world champion just a few weeks later, completed fifth.
However who will prepared the ground this yr? Generally, a automotive that performs properly on a monitor on day one continues to be there the following day.
Briefly, a powerful efficiency from DS Cars on Saturday might herald a memorable Sunday to mark the one hundredth race for the French producer.
Nearly every little thing must be redone
If the monitor doesn’t evolve (2.37 km for 18 turns), the arrival of the third-generation single-seaters places every little thing again to zero by way of preparation.
Though the groups will nonetheless have all of the related knowledge gathered final yr, the drivers are pressured to undertake a special method.
Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Penske
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“For me, we’re ranging from scratch or nearly from scratch,” mentioned Vergne.
“It is true that this yr it is simpler to visualise the monitor, that we all know the kind of floor and that now we have all the info from final season. However the automobiles are so completely different. We’ve to evaluation all of the braking factors as a result of the automobiles are extra highly effective and regenerate more durable.
“The opposite factor to evaluate is the grip with the brand new tyres (Method E has switched from Michelin to Hankook for the Gen3 period), and now we have seen for the reason that starting of the yr that one of the best working home windows aren’t simple to seek out.”
By way of climate, warmth and humidity are anticipated to dominate, simply as they did final season, with the race happening on the identical dates.
If the 2023 version of the Jakarta E-Prix has the particularity of being a doubleheader for the primary time, Method E additionally has different curiosities.
Since January and the primary race in Mexico Metropolis, the poleman has not gained the race, and has by no means even completed on the rostrum! The one driver to have taken two pole positions – and to complete 4th every time – is Sébastien Buemi (Envision Racing).
In 9 races, there have been seven completely different drivers on pole, and the highest three drivers within the championship have by no means began from the highest of the grid. In gentle of all these statistics, who would be the large winner of this Indonesian weekend? The reply will come on Sunday night.
Stoffel Vandoorne, DS Penske
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