The first two rounds of Season 4 have just passed by, and we can all agree that the season opener had everything we wanted to see: brilliant drives, joy, laughs, drama; but above all, Formula E! Just Electric sums up how the protagonists saw this weekend through social media.
Following last season’s success, the Hong Kong ePrix was featured again in the calendar as the season opener. The focus during the weekend was merely what was going on in Asian soil during the weekend; and as the Class of Season 4 was introduced, we could not wait until race day came around.
Tune into the opening race of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship – find out where you can watch the race where you live ? >> https://t.co/zm4M8wIRFr #HKEPrix pic.twitter.com/6R2qyedfoC
— FIA Formula E (@FIAFormulaE) December 2, 2017
Nighttime descends on the pitlane here in Hong Kong, not long until we get going! ?? ? #HKEPrix pic.twitter.com/puKLimvjpz
— FIA Formula E (@FIAFormulaE) November 30, 2017
The two Free Practice Sessions saw different winners at the top of the standings. FP1 leader was Sébastien Buemi, aiming to start another Formula E season with the right foot. After coming first, both him and his team were proud of the job done.
Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans topped FP2, with an incredible pace. The Kiwi was starting to display his abilities behind the wheel on a Jaguar car that looks to be one of the most potential ones on the grid.
FP2 finishes with Mitch fastest and Nelson in P7. ? #JaguarElectrifies #FormulaE pic.twitter.com/eMJxUJYAHd
— Jaguar Racing (@JaguarRacing) December 2, 2017
Qualifying was filled with exciting and nerve-wracking moments. From Nico Prost kissing the wall and causing red flags, to Jean-Éric Vergne qualifying in a never seen before way; any fan of the series will agree that the qualifying session for Race 1 is already one of the most iconic moments of the season.
NOOOOOO! Nico hit the wall, dragging a damaged banner with him. Sadly @thereal_JDA had nowhere to go to avoid the banner… red flags! #HKEPrix
— RENAULT e.dams (@RENAULTedams) December 2, 2017
This is how to do to pole position in the @fiaformulae Season 4 Opener… Crossing the line backward with style 😉 #HKePrix #PolePosition #FIAFormulaE #JEV25 #Techeetah @techeetahfe pic.twitter.com/ycfgRP7WE1
— Jean-Eric Vergne (@JeanEricVergne) December 2, 2017
As red lights went out, we witnessed the start of another exciting season. The race was red flagged after a couple of laps, but as soon as action was restarted, we saw some incredible moves that landed in an astonishing win by DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird.
Yeesssssss. P1 today. Well done team. @DSVirginRacing pic.twitter.com/6u7RrlbeHv
— sam bird (@sambirdracing) December 2, 2017
Big thanks to @GHMUMM for supporting our series and supply the best bubbles in the business #champagne pic.twitter.com/JroEWq6hIP
— sam bird (@sambirdracing) December 3, 2017
The following day, Race 2 took place in the streets of Hong Kong. Sébastien Buemi topped the only Free Practice Session, and Qualifying saw Felix Rosenqvist achieve his fourth Formula E career pole.
Come on #passioneers; watch the race today and cheer on @MahindraRacing and #fastfelix. THE MAN IS ON POLE! https://t.co/0A8tYBSZwH
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 3, 2017
The race was one of the most hard-fought and dramatic Formula E races we have seen to date. It had to be started with the cars behind the safety cars, as the lights did not work. Once green flags were waved, Felix Rosenqvist spun in Turn 1, and Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara took advantage to lead the race with a brilliant pace. The Swiss-born Italian was two laps from his first victory in the series, when he spun and dropped to P3, with Daniel Abt finishing in P1, and conquering his first ever victory in Formula E.
However, things did not end there. Shortly after the race finished, it was announced that Abt had been disqualified, and Rosenqvist inherited the win. Mortara, who could not hide his disappointment when the race finished, moved up to P2, and Jaguar Racing got its first podium finish, as Mitch Evans was promoted to third.
If there is anything that should be highlighted about this first race, is the immense level of sportsmanship the Formula E stars have, which not only makes them heroes on track, but also when they are no longer competing.
.@edomortara team totally focused ⚡️Edo still P1️⃣ #HKePrix #VENTURI #FIAFormulaE pic.twitter.com/bBeG6f3j4B
— Venturi Formula E (@VenturiGP) December 3, 2017
It was a roller coaster ride in Hong Kong. Check out our VLOG to see what happened during the @FIAFormulaE season opener.
Click right here -> https://t.co/7sb8Rtt3Ac#FormulaE #HKEPrix #etron #ProgressFeelsElectric #LeagueofPerformance pic.twitter.com/xm3SmGBjgf
— Audi Sport (@audisport) December 4, 2017
Thanks @MahindraRacing for a very tough weekend on my heart! ?#HKePrix #29points pic.twitter.com/02AlHKSV6x
— Felix Rosenqvist (@FRosenqvist) December 3, 2017
Who would have thought that the trophy exchange between teams would take place in the airport? Venturi captured the moment on a hilarious picture, and Jaguar Racing Team Director James Barclay told he received the trophy while on his way home.