By Sarah Peddie
After two thrilling races already in the series, Formula E is taking to the streets of Santiago for the third round of the 2018-19 season.
Two weeks ago, the Marrakesh EPrix gave us an action packed race full of madness where Mahindra driver Jerome D’Ambrosio won the race by 0.143 seconds, the closest ever finish to a Formula E race.
Robin Frijns was narrowly defeated and crossed the line in second place. His teammate Sam Bird, who started on pole position, completed the podium places in third.
A clash happened at the front of the pack between the two BMW Andretti teammates Antonio Felix Da Costa and Alexander Sims who were in first and second place at the time. The incident caused a safety car which then led to the close finish.
Despite crashing into his teammate, Sims finished the race in fourth place whereas Da Costa was out and was not able to complete the back-to-back race wins.
This weekend, the series heads back to Chile for the second year in a row. The race will be held around the streets of the country’s capital Santiago. However, it is not the same track that was raced at last year. The brand new track features the longest corner on the calendar which is a total of 485 metres long.
Checkered Flag journalist, Aaron Gillard, reflected back on past races and gave his thoughts on the upcoming Santigo EPrix and said: “After an action packed two rounds, it’ll be tough to match but I feel they’ll be another surprise in the mix.
“Can BMW show up again without both teammates clashing? That’ll be something that’ll be looked at closely, whether Da Costa and Sims can keep it clean. It’ll be interesting to see whether Mahrindra’s pace was real or they got lucky with the BMW clash. This will be the weekend to show if they are real contenders. Techeetah should be in the mix as well as the likes of Audi Abt and Envision Virgin Racing.”
Alex Clarke, a fan of the series, said: “Well, I hope the drama and excitement from the last meeting will continue as the start of the season has been awesome!
“I love the new cars and the action has been great. I think Jean-Eric Vergne has a strong chance of winning this race, despite things not always going his way at the start of the season.”
Another Formula E fan, Lily Davidson said: “I think the series has improved massively since it was introduced back in 2014. It’s more enjoyable to watch and despite the gimmicks being a bit tricky to follow sometimes, I think they have really spiced things up.
“As for this race, Da Costa and Sims will probably both feel that they have something to prove, so that will be interesting to watch. I would think that Frijns will be very determined in that race losing so narrowly last time.”
Last year at the Santiago EPrix it was a one-two for the Techeetah team with Jean-Eric Vergne winning the race and Andre Lotterer close behind. Sebastien Buemi finished third and completed the podium places.
The third race of the season will start at 18.30 UK time and broadcasted on the BBC with qualifying at 14.45.