NICK CASSIDY AND SÉBASTIEN BUEMI HEAD TO JAKARTA FOR A CRUCIAL DOUBLE-HEADER AS THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE HEATS UP.
Last time out, on the famous streets of Monte Carlo, Nick Cassidy and Envision Racing showed that they mean business in 2023. After a calculated first victory of the year in Berlin, the New Zealander came out on top, again, making it two wins in a row at the Monaco E-Prix.
This consecutive brace of visits to the top step of the Formula E podium, combined with three podiums, and some solid points finishes, has seen Cassidy establish a 20-point lead as the team head to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
In fact, with nine races completed so far in the 2022–23 Formula E World Championship, only once has Cassidy failed to score points. As the team move deeper into the second half of the season, just seven races remain, and a considerable chunk of points can be won, (or lost), on the streets of Jakarta.
THE CHALLENGE IN JAKARTA
This year’s E-Prix will mark Envision Racing and Formula E’s second visit to the Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit. Last year’s inaugural race consisted of a single event, hosted as the ninth round of 2021–22 Formula E World Championship.
In 2023 two races will be held and, with so many points on offer, the venue could prove a key turning point in who wins both the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championship titles.
One thing is for sure: the Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit is a fast one, and should be a perfect stage for the new faster, more efficient GEN3 Formula E machines. In particular, Envision Racing’s race-winning Jaguar powertrain will relish the long straight, which kicks off the 2.37km lap, before it is heavy on the brakes to negotiate a tight opening sector.
From there, the circuit opens out into a flowing series of swooping turns and slightly banked corners. Speed and precision will be crucial throughout the early phase of the lap, especially in qualifying, as it concludes with a tight and technical complex to round out the lap.
After powering through the circuit’s 18 turns, it’s the long run down the start-finish straight where Envision Racing will be looking to be the first to see the chequered flag once again.
LAST TIME OUT IN MONACO
The famous streets of Monaco have seen the greats of motorsport win and become legends since 1927. Envision Racing and Cassidy joined that illustrious list with a hard-fought and classy win last time out.
Fresh from victory on the punishing concrete of Tempelhof Airport, Cassidy made it two wins in a row at the Berlin E-Prix with a scintillating performance in Monaco. The Kiwi surged from ninth on the grid to establish himself at the front of the pack via a series of stunning overtakes, capped off by some canny defensive driving.
All this meant that when a late race safety car was triggered by someone else’s accident, Cassidy was sitting pretty, exactly where he likes to be. At the head of the pack, and it was pressure off as he crossed the line to win, behind the safety car, but ahead of his Jaguar-driving compatriot Mitch Evans.
A double overtake 😮
Around the outside 😯
At a hairpin! 😵
— Envision Racing (@Envision_Racing) May 12, 2023
With closest rivals Porsche scoring just a single point at the Monaco E-Prix, Cassidy’s mammoth haul means that heading to Jakarta, the Envision Racing driver sits at the head of the Drivers’ Championship standings, 21 points ahead of Pascal Wehrlein.
On top of that, Envision Racing heads the Teams’ Championship. This is not only down to Cassidy’s mix of consistent points-scoring and race wins, but also the grit and tenacity of ex-Formula E champion and team-mate Sébastien Buemi.
The Swiss driver has scored two pole positions this season and shown race-winning speed, but hasn’t enjoyed a great deal of luck come race day. Despite this, Buemi has battled back on several occasions in 2023 to bring home vital points for the team, and will look to get back to the top step of the podium in the remaining races.
Drivers’ standings (after Rd 9):
1. Nick Cassidy, 121pts
2. Pascal Wehrlein, 100pts
3. Jake Dennis, 96pts
4. Mitch Evans, 94pts
5. Jean-Éric Vergne, 87pts
8. Sébastien Buemi, 61pts
Teams’ standings (after Rd 9):
1. Envision Racing, 182pts
2. Porsche Formula E Team, 168pts
3. Jaguar Racing, 157pts
4. Avalanche Andretti, 119pts
5. DS Penske, 105pts
HOW AND WHERE TO WATCH (ALL TIMES BST)
02 June Free Practice 1 – 09:25 – 10:15
03 June Free Practice 2 – 02:05 – 02:55
03 June Qualifying – 04:40 – 05:55
03 May Round 10 – 09:03 – 10:30
04 June Free Practice 3 – 02:05 – 02:55
04 June Qualifying – 04:40 – 05:55
04 June Round 11 – 09:03 – 10:30
Follow Envision Racing here as they look to continue fighting at the front in Formula E in 2023.