Extreme E statistics: The best facts & figures from the 2023 Island X Prix in Sardinia
Last weekend, the electric off-road series Extreme E contested its third X Prix of the year 2023. Rosberg X Racing, with Swedish driver duo Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Johan Kristoffersson, took victory in both races of the double header. We have the Island X Prix 2023 closely examined and prepared all interesting statistics.
Statistical features at the Island X Prix
- Rosberg X Racing won its sixth race on Saturday and its seventh race in the series on Sunday. The team celebrated four victories at the Island X Prix alone. It was the first time a team had won both races of a double header.
- Acciona Sainz has now scored seven podiums, including four this season, following their two second-place finishes at the Island X Prix.
- For Andretti, it was the sixth Extreme E podium, while for Chip Ganassi Racing it was the third podium the team has achieved.
- Chip Ganassi Racing and Rosberg X Racing reached the final for the sixth time in the sixth race of the season on Sunday.
- With JBXE's final appearance on Sunday, every team has now participated in the final at least once.
- On Saturday, Acciona Sainz won the Continental Traction Challenge for the third time this season. Strikingly, the team has managed to do so each time on the first day of the three double headers this season.
- For Chip Ganassi Racing, Sunday's victory in the Continental Traction Challenge was the second time they have won this classification. Previously, the team had only managed to do so when it was introduced at the 2021 Ocean X Prix.
Continental Traction Challenge
The section of the track called the Continental Traction Challenge, where the fastest team can earn two additional championship points per race day, was again measured at the Island X Prix as a separate sector with its own timing in addition to the three usual track sectors. As in the previous season, the team with the fastest individual time in this sector did not win, but the best cumulative team time of both male and female driver counted.
In Sardinia, Acciona Sainz prevailed in this section on Saturday and Chip Ganassi Racing on Sunday. Acciona Sainz driver Mattias Ekström posted the fastest individual time in the special section, ahead of X44 driver Fraser McConnell.
Sector & lap best times
The regular sector best times went to Rosberg X Racing's Johan Kristoffersson, Neom McLaren's Tanner Foust and Carl Cox Motorsport's Lia Block. It was only the third time in the history of the race series that a woman set the fastest time in a sector. However, the overall fastest lap at the Island X Prix was set by Johan Kristoffersson.
The best times in the first section of the track were achieved exclusively in the lap after the driver change: The drivers were able to shorten through the switch zone and set faster times than on the significantly longer way around the circuit.
Lap time comparison within teams
Comparing lap times between drivers from the same team is much easier at the Island X Prix than at most other races, as all drivers completed two laps each due to the rather short track. After the second lap they had to steer into the switch zone, where a speed limit of 30 km/h applied. Therefore, we added up the sector best times of the drivers.
The figures show that once again no woman was faster than her male teammate in Sardinia. Only Lia Block came within half a second of her teammate Timo Scheider, and Catie Munnings and Hedda Hosas were not much more time short. Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky was the fastest female driver by some distance. The positions 1 to 7 were occupied by male pilots. On average, the men clocked a best time of 1:42.652 minutes, while the women clocked 1:45.307 minutes.
The biggest gap was between Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour at Neom McLaren, who was also by far the slowest of all 20 drivers.
Who were the fastest men and the fastest women at the Island X Prix respectively? Based on their personal best sector times, we have calculated an overall lap time. Rosberg X Racing could not be beaten: Johan Kristoffersson and Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky were the fastest representatives of their respective genders.
Ranking male drivers
Ranking female drivers
Driver swap in switch zone
An additional challenge in Extreme E is the driver swap. For safety reasons, the first driver may not release the seat belts until the car has come to a stop and is in neutral. Then at least 45 seconds must pass before shifting back into forward gear. The fastest cockpit swap at the Island X Prix was achieved by the Rosberg X Racing, but all ten teams were within just over a second.