The long-awaited Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship gets underway on Friday, with the double-header Diriyah E-Prix. The race will, once again, take place under the floodlights of the city circuit, which 2.495km in length and comprised of 21 corners, running alongside the historic walls of the UNESCO World Heritage site in Diriyah. In Season 7, the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team managed to secure a win here from Nyck de Vries, and they are hopeful that this location will continue to provide them with valuable points going into Round 3 next month.

Ahead of the season opener, Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team driver Stoffel Vandoorne commented on the preparation that has gone into the winter break: “I feel like we’ve done our homework and prepared as much as we can. Now let’s get down to business and see how it goes.” Stoffel’s teammate, driver Nyck de Vries, also shared his thoughts on the new season of electric racing and the challenges it would bring: “This is a new year, new season and that means that it will be all to play for again – for everyone, not just us. Above all, I’m motivated to start racing again and I’m ready for this season’s challenges.”

 

Ian James, Team Principal of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team, talked of his mindset going into a new season as current World Champions: “Although last year’s pace and results show how strong this team is and it has helped us build this team into what it is today, it doesn’t mean this season is going to be an easy one. This season will bring its own challenges. However, we’re ready to bring the fight to the track this season, making Season 8 our best and most memorable yet.”

With the all-new race locations of Jakarta, Seoul and Vancouver, the electric racing series is getting set for its busiest and most exciting calendar yet, across sixteen rounds of racing. This season will see the introduction of a whole new qualifying format, giving drivers the opportunity to compete in head-to-head duels after a group stage. Additionally, new regulations stipulate that Formula E’s all-electric Gen2 cars able to tap into 220kW of power during races, increasing from 200kW in Season 7. This means the stage is set for anything to happen and cars are at the quickest they have ever been, with Attack Mode power boost is also increasing to 250kW from 235kW.

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Season 8 gets electric in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on 28th – 29th January 2022.