Russian ePrix Preview

This Saturday sees Formula E resume in Russia around the streets of Moscow and although the series isn’t everybody’s favourite, it is providing an interesting battle for the championship.

Having being excluded from the race result in Berlin, Lucas di Grassi is now third, ten points behind championship leader Nelson Piquet Jr. who is only two points ahead of Sebastien Buemi who is second. Although on the surface it looks like that it is now a three way fight for the title, if neither of the top three drivers finish and Nicolas Prost and Jerome d’Ambrosio finish first and second then the title suddenly becomes a five way fight going into the final two races which will be held in London.

It may seem like a long shot but the fact that such a scenario is possible makes the Russian ePrix an important race for the five drivers. It is also worth noting that mathematically anyone from ninth upwards in the championship could still become champion. Although this calculation excludes the points awarded for pole and fastest lap, it also excludes the fact that drivers have to drop one of their results at the end of the season, that being their lowest scoring round.

It is clear that the mathematics and potential outcomes can get complicated with the extra points for pole and fastest lap, as well as the drivers needing to drop one of their results from the season, but all of this can be looked at when the final round in London is nearer. For now, there are three drivers still battling for the championship, with a further two able to join them if they get decent results in Moscow.

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