The wait is almost over: in less than three months, Formula E will be back. While we wait for the Mexico City E-Prix, next January 13th, we’ll have the chance to see what Season 10 could look like in just a few days. During the pre – season test day in Valencia, the eleven teams on the grid will show us their new cars and driver line-ups, after a silly season that was definitely worthy of its name.
The 2022/23 Championship was probably one of the most exciting to watch, with a close fight for the title and new records set, making it possible for Formula E to become the fourth-largest motorsport in terms of fanbase numbers. And if you were afraid the off season was going to be boring, this was not the case, with almost all teams changing their line-up for the upcoming season.
But let’s have a look at what the grid will look like next year.
Let’s start easy. The French team decided to extend their deal with Stoffel Vandoorne and Jean – Enric Vergne, keeping the same line up. The choice is understandable: the drivers have three titles to their name, proving to be among the best in the category.
This year JEV had a rather successful season. His victory in Hyderabad and two other podiums let him finish P5 in the Drivers’ standings. Things weren’t as good for his teammate. Having headed to the season as reigning champion, big things were expected from Vandoorne, but they didn’t go as planned. Even if he did obtain a Pole in Sao Paulo, the Belgian never got to step to the podium, ending the season P11.
The team finished fifth in the championship, a result that didn’t satisfy anyone, but things can improve significantly and the drivers are one of the team’s strongest assets.
Jaguar TS Racing
Nick Cassidy joining Mitch Evans at Jaguar definitely was the biggest move of the 2024 driver market. The Kiwi drivers were contenders to the title and ended the season second and third respectively, making them the strongest pair on the grid.
With this move, it’s important to remember that Cassidy spent the last three years with Envision, Jaguar’s customer team. His results were fundamental for them to gain the Constructors’ title at the expenses of the factory team. On the other hand, Evans is part of the Jaguar family since his arrival in Formula E in 2016. This let them build a relationship that definitely was the key for the podiums and victories scored last season.
Big things are expected from them.
Sometimes they come back: after a disappointing Formula 1 experience, Nyck de Vries will join Mahindra Racing, alongside Edoardo Mortara. This means a completely new line-up for the Indian team. Despite a disappointing Season, there were some signs of improvement and future plans must look promising enough to convince these two drivers to join them.
In fact, Mortara is a race winner and he’s changing team for the first time since arriving in Formula E, while the return of the Season 7 champion was one of the biggest announcements. De Vries’ time with AlphaTauri was rather short and didn’t end the way the Dutchman would have wanted so he’s particularly excited to come back and join Mahindra.
We’ll have to see if Mahindra will be able to maximise their talent.
The reigning Teams’ World Champions have welcomed back Robin Frijns alongside Sebastien Buemi, choosing familiarity over taking risks. In fact, the Swiss driver is at his second season with Envision, while Frijns is coming back after spending one year away.
The Dutchman is making his return hoping to be fighting again for wins and podiums, if not the title. Surely, the team’s results are reassuring, but this last season Buemi didn’t shine, especially compared to his now ex teammate.
Let’s see if familiarity will be key to deliver results.
Neom McLaren Formula E Team
While Jake Hughes extended his stay with the McLaren family, Sam Bird will have his chance to prove himself here.
Hughes debuted on the grid in 2023, after spending two years as Reserve and Development Driver. Despite not stepping up to the podium yet, he got on pole twice, in Diriyah and Monaco, with a number of highlights that seem to be promising for the upcoming season.
Next to him, one of the veterans: after 11 wins and 26 podiums, Bird is one of the most successful drivers on the grid. This didn’t save him from a couple of difficult seasons: this year he got a P8 finish in the Drivers’ Standings and a couple of crashes with his former teammate Mitch Evans. A fresh start can be everything he needs.
Andretti Formula E
After Andre Lotterer said goodbye to single seaters, reigning World Champion Jake Dennis will be joined by Norman Nato at Andretti.
There’s no need to describe Dennis’ season, as he clenched the title in London after two victories and eleven podiums in total. On the other hand, Nato had a tougher year but finished it on a high, with a second position in Rome and six straight points – scoring finishes. These, together with some strong performances, let him secure P10 in the Drivers’ standings.
Moving to Andretti is a huge chance for Nato. While Dennis will have to fight to defend the title, he will have to prove he’s able to fight for points and podiums, so that the team can get the Constructors’ Championship they’re aiming for.
NIO 333 Racing
No changes at NIO 333, as Dan Ticktum and Sergio Sette Camara will keep their seats. The team didn’t have a brilliant Season 9, ending up P9 in the Championship, ahead of Mahindra by just one point, so there’s a lot of work to be done.
Both drivers have stated that last year was a time of growth and learning for them and the team. Ticktum, in his third year with NIO, says a lot of progress has been done compared to Season 8 and that alternative strategies and optimising their package is key to have better results. Sette Camara is excited too, looking forward to show the team’s potential.
ABT Cupra Formula E Team
The German team has confirmed Nico Mueller, who will be joined by veteran driver Lucas di Grassi, coming back to team he won the title with back in 2016/17.
The Swiss driver put in several impressive performances but still has a lot to prove, while the Brazilian is among the most successful drivers in Formula E. Even if he didn’t have a brilliant Season 9, he was able to get a podium with Mahidra, meaning he can still do big things.
Both drivers can definitely help ABT Cupra to improve and evolve, in the hope to move up to the midfield.
Maserati MSG Racing
Together with confirmed Maximilian Guenther, Maserati will welcome the only rookie of the upcoming season, Jehan Daruvala.
The German finished P7 in the Championship, with an historic win in Jakarta, the first one for Maserati in single – seater motorsport since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1957. Despite being only 26, he already has plenty of experience in Formula E and his new teammate can learn a lot from him.
Currently, Daruvala is racing with MP Motorsport in Formula 2 and after spending a few years in the category he’s ready for a change. He had the chance to be Mahindra Racing Reserve Driver last season, participating in the Berlin Rookie Test with good results. As any rookie, he’ll have to prove himself to maximise the positive performance trajectory the team had last year.
Nissan Formula E Team
After an amazing rookie season, Sacha Fenestraz will be joined by Oliver Rowland at Nissan.
The Frenchman debuted in the category just last year and he already got incredible results, with a pole position and the fastest Formula E lap of all time at the Cape Town E-Prix, during his fifth race. He was in the front of the field during all season and everyone expects great results from him for next season.
On the other hand, Rowland is a more experiences driver, entering his seventh season in the category. He’s coming back after leaving Mahindra mid season last year and he’s excited to be a part of Nissan again. In fact, we raced for the Japanese team from Season 5 to 7, obtaining five podiums, five pole positions and a win in 2020.
Fenestraz and Rowland definitely make a solid line – up that has a lot of potential to be on podiums next year.
Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
Curiously enough, Porsche still hasn’t confirmed its line – up for next year, but everyone expects Pascal Wehrlein and Antonio Felix da Costa to keep their seats. The pair had a really strong season, ending P4 and P9 respectively, while the team got P4 in the Constructors’ Championship. The two drivers represent a great combination. They can definitely fight for wins and podiums and great results could be achieved if consistency will be there.
Last but not least
We’re at the end of our guide, but one last word has to be said about Felipe Drugovich. Everyone was expecting the Brazilian to join the Formula E grid, for Andretti or Maserati, as he participated in rookie tests with the Monegasque team. Clearly, this didn’t happened, as it is rumored that Drugovich is waiting for a Formula 1 seat at Aston Martin.