Team-Mate Battles – Miami ePrix

In Formula E, the most important person to beat is your teammate. Who did just that in Miami? Let’s go through the field and hand out the Team Mate Battle points!

These are the rules to which the drivers are being judged.

Points system:

  • 1 point is awarded to the driver who sets the faster race lap.
  • 3 points are awarded to the driver who performs best in qualifying.
  • 5 points are awarded to the driver who performs best during the race.

Amlin Aguri:

Either Salvador Duran is some kind of cult figure in a second job, or he has the entire Mexican population rooting for him. Either way, he’s gathering FanBoost votes from somewhere, and he’s not really reaping the rewards from it.

Antonio Felix da Costa was blocked in qualifying which allowed the Duran to out-qualify him, but the Portuguese driver carved his way through the field to a solid sixth place, making him a candidate for driver-of-the-day. Duran had some good midfield tussles and managed to score his first Formula E point, but he’ll be hoping for more in the next couple of races to start matching his colleague.

  • Fastest Lap:
 Antonio Felix da Costa (2-1 to Da Costa)
  • Qualifying: Salvador Duran (6-3 to Da Costa)
  • Race: Antonio Felix da Costa (15-0 to Da Costa)

Totals:

  • Race 1: Takuma Sato 9-0 Katherine Legge
  • Race 2: Antonio Felix da Costa 9-0 Katherine Legge
  • Race 3 onwards: Felix da Costa 23-4 Duran

Amlin Aguri: Felix da Costa 23-4 Duran

Andretti Formula E:

The build-up to the Miami ePrix saw four driver changes. These are going to start making the Team-Mate Battles a little congested, but through sheer blind ignorance we’re going to persevere and see how the team points look. One of the driver swaps was, of course, at Andretti. Scott Speed was drafted in to replace the unavailable Marco Andretti.

What was unsurprising to many was Jean-Eric Vergne’s qualifying competitiveness, he masterfully took his second pole position in three races. He lead the race well early on, but despite losing the lead to Sam Bird, his major downfall was the delayed pit stop.

What was surprising to many was that Scott Speed was hounding Vergne after the pit stops and soon dived past. From there, Speed improved as the race went on, and was challenging for the lead on the final lap of the race. The fairytale ending wasn’t to be, but it was superb performance against Formula E’s best racers. It’s unclear when Vergne’s car troubles occurred, but it’s hard to think he would have kept Speed at bay for the entire second stint. Race points to Speed.

  • Fastest Lap: Scott Speed (1-0 to Speed)
  • Qualifying: Jean-Eric Vergne (3-0 to Vergne)
  • Race: Scott Speed (5-0 to Speed) 

Totals:

  • Race 1: Franck Montagny 9-0 Charles Pic
  • Race 2: Franck Montagny 1-8 Matthew Brabham
  • Race 3: Matthew Brabham 0-9 Jean-Eric Vergne
  • Race 4: Marco Andretti 0-9 Jean-Eric Vergne
  • Race 5: Scott Speed 6-3 Jean-Eric Vergne

Andretti: Speed 6-3 Vergne

Audi Sport Abt:

Lucas di Grassi’s grip on the championship lead had started to slip at the previous race, and the Brazilian was pushed off the top of the table after being there since race one. Team-mate Daniel Abt certainly didn’t help matters by making it a clean sweep in Miami.

After a mix of poor luck and racing incidents, things started going Abt’s way in America. He out-qualified di Grassi and was ahead of him throughout the race, emerging in the lead after a quick pit stop from the Audi Sport team. His slightly earlier stop put him on the back-foot on the energy conservation front, he was passed late on by Nico Prost and Scott Speed, but held off Jerome D’Ambrosio to take his first Formula E podium, much to his relief.

When it gets down to the wire later on in the summer, if Abt isn’t in the title race himself, will he be instructed to help di Grassi’s championship charge?

  • Fastest Lap: Daniel Abt (3-2 to Abt)
  • Qualifying: Daniel Abt (9-6 to di Grassi)
  • Race: Daniel Abt (20-5 to di Grassi)

Audi Sport Abt: Lucas di Grassi 31-14 Daniel Abt

FIA Formula E
FIA Formula E

China Racing:

Ho-Pin Tung was once again unavailable, but in Charles Pic China Racing had the help of a driver with a little bit of prior Formula E experience. The Frenchman had previously driven for the Andretti team in Beijing for round one.

Unfortunately for any intra-team battle, it was once again a non-contest at China Racing. Pic was unable to challenge in qualifying and his race was pretty much over on lap one. A tough task for Pic on his return, but with rumours of him being confirmed for the rest of the season, he may get more chances to prove himself against one of the sport’s star performers.

Piquet secured a decent fifth place – as well as the fastest lap points – to keep himself in championship contention. An outside candidate for race winner number six of this inaugural season?

 

  • Fastest Lap: Nelson Piquet Jr (1-0 to Piquet Jr)
  • Qualifying: Nelson Piquet Jr (3-0 to Piquet Jr)
  • Race: Nelson Piquet Jr (5-0 to Piquet Jr)

Totals:

  • Race 1-4: Nelson Piquet Jr 36-0 Tung/Garcia
  • Race 5: Nelson Piquet Jr 9-0 Charles Pic

China Racing: Piquet Jr 9-0 Pic

 

Dragon Racing:

Oriol Servia was given a mid-season managerial promotion before Miami, leaving an available seat at the Dragon racing team. They found quite the replacement as Loic Duval was lured into the series.

More than likely undone by the lack of practice time, Duval couldn’t get his qualifying lap together, but made excellent progress over the race. Like Andretti’s Speed, he seemed to become faster as the race went on, securing seventh place after starting towards the back.

Jerome D’Ambrosio just missed out on a podium finish, but secured his best result nonetheless of fourth place and the double-points finish for Dragon has promoted them to fifth in the Team’s Championship. Race points go to D’Ambrosio this time, but if Duval’s pace continues to improve then Dragon Racing could be in for a very competitive finish to the year. A first podium on the horizon?

  • Fastest Lap: Loic Duval (1-0 to Duval)
  • Qualifying: Jerome D’Ambrosio (3-0 to D’Ambrosio)
  • Race: Jerome D’Ambrosio (5-0 to D’Ambrosio)

Totals:

  • Race 1-4: Jerome D’Ambrosio 25-11 Oriol Servia
  • Race 5: Jerome D’Ambrosio 8-1 Loic Duval

Dragon Racing: D’Ambrosio 8-1 Duval

FIA Formula E
FIA Formula E

e.dams-Renault:

Race number five and winner number five. E.dams-Renault may be the first team to win twice, but Nico Prost became the fifth different driver to win a Formula E race this season. It was a very well controlled race for Prost, too.

Despite a little tap on the rear of Jean-Eric Vergne’s car at the start, Prost’s race was very patient. He made gradual progress at the pit stops, stored his energy, and then mugged Daniel Abt for the race lead with only a couple of laps to go. Prost now sits atop the driver’s championship and takes a commanding lead in the battle at e.dams-Renault.

Sebastien Buemi struggled to put together a decent lap time in qualifying, and then failed to make significant progress during the race. A very lacklustre day for the Swiss pilot who many tipped to be beating Prost this year. Very nearly a clean sweep for Prost.

  • Fastest Lap: Sebastien Buemi (4-1 to Buemi)
  • Qualifying: Nicolas Prost (12-3 to Prost)
  • Race: Nicolas Prost (15-10 to Prost)

e.dams-Renault: Prost 28-17 Buemi

 

Mahindra Racing:

A very disappointing weekend for the Mahindra Racing squad. Qualifying was a disaster; Chandhok was disqualified for exceeding the maximum power output and errors from Senna put him down the order.

Senna – with the aid of FanBoost – was able to move up towards the final point positions before being forced to retire with suspensions troubles whilst Chandhok was handed a drive-through penalty mid-race which further punished the Mahindra team. Race points to Senna as he was ahead at the time of his race retirement, but it’s Mahindra’s first pointless Formula E weekend.

  • Fastest Lap: Karun Chandhok (3-2 to Chandhok)
  • Qualifying: Karun Chandhok (12-3 to Chandhok)
  • Race: Bruno Senna (15-10 to Senna)

Mahindra Racing: Chandhok 25-20 Senna

TrulliGP:

The fact that Vitantonio Liuzzi was a late call-up to Miami suggests that Michela Cerruti originally had every intention of racing. Whether it’s a recent change of heart about the series, or for personal reasons, it seems she won’t be competing again this season.

Much like Loic Duval, Tonio Liuzzi’s first taste of Formula E machinery was in the condensed sole practice session. He managed to out-qualify team-mate Trulli, but became something of a mobile chicane during the race.

Both drivers struggled with overheating, so it may well have been a team battle of who could extract the most performance out of an ailing car. In any sense, Trulli finished ahead of Liuzzi, but both were a lap down in 15th and 16th respectively.

  • Fastest Lap: Jarno Trulli (1-0 to Trulli)
  • Qualifying: Vitantonio Liuzzi (3-0 to Liuzzi)
  • Race: Jarno Trulli (5-0 to Trulli)

Totals:

  • Race 1-4: Jarno Trulli 24-12 Michela Cerruti
  • Race 5: Jarno Trulli 6-3 Vitantonio Liuzzi

TrulliGP: Trulli 6-3 Liuzzi

FIA Formula E
FIA Formula E

 

Venturi:

Stephane Sarrazin finally seemed to be demonstrating his pace in the Formula E championship. He out-qualified Heidfeld for the first time this year and was on course for a decent haul of points before he had to retire his Venturi. Hopefully the Frenchman can restart his season with a strong second half of the season.

If you can almost guarantee one thing from a Formula E weekend, it’s that poor old Nick Heidfeld will receive some form of penalty. This time, an overuse of power in qualifying resulted in an exclusion from the results, putting him to the back of the grid. He was only able to recover to 12th. Sarrazin receives the race points in a surprise clean sweep this time.

  • Fastest Lap: Stephane Sarrazin (3-2 to Sarrazin)
  • Qualifying: Stephane Sarrazin (12-3 to Heidfeld)
  • Race: Stephane Sarrazin (20-5 to Heidfeld)

Venturi: Heidfeld 34-11 Sarrazin

Virgin Racing:

The Miami ePrix saw Sam Bird with another golden opportunity to take the championship lead from Lucas di Grassi. Unfortunately for him (and the onlooking boss man, Sir Richard Branson), it was another pit stop mishap that prevented Bird converting his race efforts into serious points. Just after his very smart overtake on Jean-Eric Vergne, Bird was supposed to pit in. However, he continued for another lap, either due to missing the call or due to technical issues with the radio.

Despite the pit confusion, he was still able to beat team-mate Jaime Alguersuari, who had a fairly anonymous race without managing to score any points. Alguersuari certainly needs to start pulling out some performances if he’s to avoid being Virgin Racing’s unofficial number two driver.

It’s full marks for Bird who will be hoping his best chances this season haven’t passed him by.

  • Fastest Lap: Sam Bird (3-2 to Bird)
  • Qualifying: Sam Bird (9-6 to Alguersuari)
  • Race: Sam Bird (20-5 to Bird)

Virgin Racing: 29-16 to Bird

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Luke Murphy

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