Formula E’s season-on-season stats compared, heading to Long Beach

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After a three-week break since its most recent round in Mexico City, the FIA Formula E Championship reconvenes this weekend on the streets of Long Beach for its sixth round of the season.

As was the case last year, Long Beach marks the sixth race of the season. Unlike last year, it marks the only trip to the U.S. for the series. Last year, Formula E had a twin-bill at Miami and Long Beach.

Here’s a quick look at where things sat this time last year from a results and points standpoint, versus this year:

  • 2015 through 5 races: 5 winners (di Grassi, Bird, Buemi, da Costa, Prost), 8 different podium finishers (those 5 plus Montagny, Speed, Abt), 4 pole winners (Prost, Servia, Vergne, Buemi), 5 different drivers set fast lap (Sato, Alguersuari, Abt, Bird, Piquet)
  • 2016 through 5 races: 4 winners (Buemi, di Grassi, Bird, d’Ambrosio), 7 different podium finishers (those 4 plus Heidfeld, Frijns, Prost), 3 pole winners (Buemi, d’Ambrosio, Bird), 3 different drivers set fast lap (Buemi, d’Ambrosio, Prost)

As you see, in a year with changes to the powertrains, certain teams have locked in better than others – the e.Dams Renault team has been the pace setter this year.

Here’s a year-on-year points comparison, five races in:

# Driver Nat. Team ’16 Pos. ’15 Pos.
9 Sebastien Buemi SUI e.dams Renault 98 1 43 5
11 Lucas di Grassi BRZ ABT Schaeffler Audi 76 2 60 2
2 Sam Bird GB DS Virgin Racing 60 3 52 3
7 Jerome d’Ambrosio BEL Dragon Racing 58 4 34 7
6 Loic Duval FRA Dragon Racing 44 5 6 18
8 Nicolas Prost FRA e.dams Renault 38 6 67 1
27 Robin Frijns NED Amlin Andretti 31 7
4 Stephane Sarrazin FRA Venturi 30 8 3 20
23 Nick Heidfeld GER Mahindra Racing 27 9 5 19
66 Daniel Abt GER ABT Schaeffler Audi 16 10 19 9
55 Antonio Felix da Costa POR Team Aguri 16 11 37 6
21 Bruno Senna BRZ Mahindra Racing 12 12 18 13
88 Oliver Turvey GB NEXTEV TCR 10 13
25 Jean-Eric Vergne FRA DS Virgin Racing 6 14 14 15
1 Nelson Piquet Jr. BRZ NEXTEV TCR 4 15 49 4
77 Nathaniel Berthon GB Team Aguri 4 16
77 Salvador Duran MEX Team Aguri 0 19 1 22
3 Jaime Alguersuari SPN Virgin 26 8
27 Franck Montagny FRA Andretti Autosport 18 10
28 Scott Speed USA Andretti Autosport 18 11
5 Karun Chandhok IND Mahindra Racing 18 12
6 Oriol Servia SPN Dragon Racing 16 14
10 Jarno Trulli ITA Trulli GP 12 16
28 Charles Pic FRA Andretti Autosport 12 17
55 Takuma Sato JPN Amlin Aguri 2 21

As you can see, the year-on-year pacesetters – Buemi, di Grassi and Bird – have been in top-five positions each of the first five races in both years.

Prost has tailed off a bit this year compared to last, but his decline hasn’t quite been as bad as defending series champion Nelson Piquet Jr.’s, who’s suffered a nightmarish start to his title defense. Piquet won his first race in the series at Long Beach this year.

Team-wise, e.Dams Renault has led the way both years:

Team (Nat.) Car ’16 Pos. ’15 Pos.
ED e.dams Renault (FRA) Renault Z.E 15 136 1 110 1
DR Dragon Racing (USA) Venturi VM200-FE-01 102 2 56 5
AB ABT Schaeffler Audi (GER) ABT Schaeffler FE01 92 3 79 2
VR DS Virgin Racing (GB) Citroen Virgin DSV-01 66 4 78 3
MR Mahindra Racing (IND) Mahindra M2ELECTRO 39 5 36 8
AA Amlin Andretti (USA) Spark SRT01-e 31 6 62 4
VE Venturi (MON) Venturi VM200-FE-01 30 7 8 10
AG Team Aguri (JPN) Spark SRT01-e 20 8 40 7
NT NEXTEV TCR (CHN) NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 001 14 9 49 6
TR Trulli GP (SUI) Motomatica JT-01 0 10 12 9

Both teams that have used the season one chassis and powertrain have seen their points totals drop.

The points were more evenly spread last year. Last year, just 43 points separated second-placed Abt from eighth-placed Mahindra through five races. Now, 70 points separates the top four in the championship and there’s a further 27 points from there back to fifth-placed Mahindra this year.  The Trulli team bowed out of the championship this year before any races.