The 2019 Formula E season is the fifth season of the FIA Formula E Championship, the premier motor car racing championship for electrically-powered cars.
The current season has a total of 11 teams and 25 drivers. Teams will be battling for the Constructors championship while drivers will be aiming for the Drivers Championship title. There are a total of 14 rounds or 14 ePrix races where drivers and teams will try to earn points. Points are given using the standard FIA system (25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1). An extra three points is awarded to the driver who secures the pole position and an extra point is also given to the driver who runs the fastest lap. Points are accumulated per driver/team in the standings. The driver with the most points at the end of the season is the champion.
Below is the current 2019 Formula E Driver Standings after Round 9:
|1||Jean-Eric Vergne||87 points|
|2||Andre Lotterer||86 points|
|3||Robin Frijns||81 points|
|4||Antonio Felix da Costa||70 points|
|5||Lucas di Grassi||70 points|
|6||Mitch Evans||69 points|
|7||Jerome d’Ambrosio||65 points|
|8||Oliver Rowland||59 points|
|9||Daniel Abt||59 points|
|10||Sam Bird||54 points|
|11||Edoardo Mortara||52 points|
|12||Pascal Wehrlein||51 points|
|13||Sebastian Buemi||40 points|
|14||Felipe Massa||32 points|
|15||Stoffel Vandoorne||20 points|
|16||Alexander Sims||18 points|
|17||Maximilian Gunther||10 points|
|18||Gary Paffett||8 points|
|19||Oliver Turvey||6 points|
|20||Alex Lynn||4 points|
With nine rounds down, we still have 4 more ePrix races left in the 2019 Formula E season schedule and these are the races that are still to come:
- May 25, 2019 Berlin ePrix at Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit in Germany
- June 22, 2019 Bern ePrix at the Bern Street Circuit in Switzerland
- July 13, 2019 New York City ePRix race 1 at the Brooklyn Street Circuit in the United States
- July 14, 2019 New York City ePrix race 2 at the Brooklyn Street Circuit in the United States
With the Top-3 drivers separated by a mere six points in the current Driver Standings, anything is still possible. That said, here are the odds to win the 2019 Formula E Drivers Championship odds taken from bet365 as of 5/14/19:
|Antonio Felix da Costa||+900|
|Lucas di Grassi||+900|
Who Are The Favorites?
Jean-Eric Vergne is the 2018 Formula E Drivers champion and is also the current leader in the Driver Standings. Vergne has won two out of the last four races and also has three other Top 6 finishes this season. The 29-year old Frenchman hasn’t finished lower than 7th in four starts at the upcoming Berlin ePrix and has placed 8th or higher (with 1 win) in four NYC ePrix races which will conclude the season. With a good track record in the remaining races, no question Vergne is the top betting favorite to win his second straight Formula E Drivers title.
Andre Lotterer hasn’t won a race this season but with seven Top-7 finishes including two runner-up finishes, he is one of the most consistent drivers in the 2019 Formula E season. Lotterer finished 8th in his maiden Formula E season last year and was 9th in the Berlin ePRix then 7th and 9th in both NYC ePRix races. With the 37-year old German just one point behind Driver Standings leader Jean-Eric Vergne, he still has a good chance of taking home the crown.
Robin Frijns is currently in third place and just six points behind the leader Jean-Eric Vergne. The 27-year old Dutchman won the 2019 Paris ePrix to move up in the Driver Standings. Aside from that victory, Frijns also has four Top-5 finishes this season. In his last race, Frijns did not finish the 2019 Monaco ePRix but was classified at 17th finisher after having completed 90% of the race. Frijns was 18th in Berlin last year and 9th in both NYC races.
I think that the 2019 Formula E Drivers championship has been narrowed down to a three-way race between Jean-Eric Vergne, Andre Lotterer and Robin Frijns. These three drivers are separated by a mere six points and could easily exchange places with a win or podium finish by any.
However, when I compare these three drivers, it’s Vergne who is the most experienced and accomplished driver. The Frenchman has finished in the Top-10 of the Final Driver Standings in each of his first four Formula E seasons including last season’s victory. Likewise, his track record in the remaining races are solid so unless there’s something drastic that happens, he is going to be in good shape to keep his lead.
If we were still in midseason, I might’ve had considered picking Lotterer because he has been very consistent all-season long. But with only four races to go, I don’t think that Vergne is going to let this one slip away. I mean, anything can still happen but I think Vergne has more than enough experience and skill to hang on and win the 2019 Formula E Driver championships.
Prediction: Jean-Eric Vergne