Hitting the Apex: Misano E-Prix

Formula E is back in Italy at a new track! ATRL’s Eline Luna previews the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

For the second time this season, Formula E travels to a new circuit. Formula E has raced in Italy since 2018, with all races being held at Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR. However, following a multi-car accident last season at Turn 6, the series decided to host their race in Italy at a different venue for safety reasons. 

 

Misano is a purpose-built circuit and typically hosts motorcycle racing. Formula E will race on a slightly modified layout, instead of turning left at Turn 2, they will turn right effectively cutting the usual first sector. The track is expected to be quick and is also likely to see a big amount of overtakes. The race is likely to play out similarly to last year’s Portland E-Prix, where the peloton style of racing was a protagonist. This is because usable energy will be 38.5kWh for both races. which means energy saving will be big. Making it so no one will want to lead as that is least energy efficient. 

 

Delayed Debuts

The NXT GEN Cup was supposed to be on Formula E’s support bill for the first time this weekend, giving Formula E their first support series since the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy folded in 2020. However, its support races were canceled just days before the race weekend. On Monday, Formula E released a statement regarding the series, “NXT GEN’s participation at the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has been canceled for Season 10 due to unexpected constraints faced by the support series.” 

 

Attack Charge was also supposed to debut this weekend, but it has been delayed again as the series continues to face issues with its implementation. The Berlin E-Prix in May will be the next possibility for Attack Charge to debut.

 

What to look out for?

Maserati’s Maximilian Günther took victory at the Tokyo E-Prix at the end of last month marking his first victory since Jakarta last season. He’ll look to repeat that feat at his team’s home E-Prix this weekend.

Maximilian Gunther, Maserati MSG Racing, 1st position, celebrates in Parc Ferme at the Tokyo E-Prix (©Andrew Ferraro/FIA Formula E)

Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein continues to lead the championship but hasn’t stood on the podium since the first race of the season. Jaguar’s Nick Cassidy trails him by two points, as opposed to Wehrlein, Cassidy has not been as consistent but his three podiums at the start of the season have kept him in the hunt.

 

Nissan’s Oliver Rowland emerges as an unexpected championship contender. Three podiums in a row have slotted him into third in the championship, only nine points behind Wehrlein.

 

This weekend could throw everything around as the races are expected to be chaotic. So it might be vital for drivers to salvage points instead of risking it all for the win. 

 

Something else to look forward to this weekend is Free Practice 0, each team will run a single rookie as an extra rookie test this season alongside the rookie test in Berlin.

 

Track Layout:

Past Winners

Inaugural Race

Race Info:

  • Race Length: 28 Laps (R1), 26 Laps (R2)
  • Turns: 21
  • Attack Mode Place: T12
  • Attack Mode: 8 Minutes
  • Track Length: 3.382 km

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eline follows a variety of motorsports from Formula E to IMSA to Nascar to WEC. They hope to study Mechanical Engineering to work in motorsports one day.

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