Previewing the Paris ePrix

Paris is currently preparing to host its second Formula E race weekend on Saturday, as Sebastien Buemi looks to extend his lead in the championship over Lucas Di Grassi as we head in the closing rounds of the season. 

Last season the teams struggled in the cold conditions, as the temperatures hit single digits 12 months ago. However, this weekend should be warmer, which means the teams will essentially be blind coming into the race. As the higher temperatures will give the teams new data about the track.

Buemi currently has an advantage of 15 points over Di Grassi in the driver’s championship. However, the competition is hot on the heels of the Swiss driver, and any mistakes could see his championship lead cut dramatically.

Circuit Layout 

The streets that make up the Paris ePrix track are stoned streets, and they have been temporarily covered with a smooth layer a tarmac that will be removed after the event.

The track itself goes around the famous Les Invalides hotel, but overtaking will be hard to find. Turn one and turn eight looks like the only possible overtaking opportunities on the 14 corner track as they are simple 90-degree corners.

The first half of the track is tight and technical with some slow speed corners from turn two to turn five. However, the opposite side of the track will be taken at much higher speeds, as the cars will flash by the turn nine and ten chicanes, and they will be able to hold good cornering speed through turn 12.

Last Time Out

A week ago in Monaco, there was an intense battle between Lucas Di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. Buemi took pole position and built a comfortable three-second gap in the first stint. After the car swaps, Di Grassi came alive and closed in on the Swiss driver and was less than half a second behind in the closing few laps.

However, the Brazilian could not find a way through and had to settle for second, as Buemi made it two wins from two in Monaco.

Jean-Eric Vergne and Nelson Piquet Jr got into an intense battle during the race which saw Vergne end his race in the wall.

The two drivers came together at the Nouvelle chicane, and Vergne was left with nowhere to go but into the wall. The Techeetah driver sustained a hand injury during the collision but is healthy enough to take part in the race on Saturday.

 

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