Analysis of the start of 2024: how the Formula E teams performed in the first 3 races of the season
After the three opening races of the 2024 Formula E World Championship, the electric series has taken a longer break. Due to the cancellation of the race in Hyderabad, the next event will not take place until 16 March with the Sao Paulo E-Prix. We therefore take a look at the teams' statistics for the start of the 2024 season.
World Championship points
With three podium finishes in the first three races, Nick Cassidy and Jaguar are certainly the ones to beat in 2024. Jaguar customer team Envision, the reigning world champions after all, DS Penske, Porsche and Andretti have also made a relatively good start to the season. Nissan, its customer team McLaren and Andretti also impressed in Diriyah after a disappointing Mexico City E-Prix. ERT scored its first points in Saudi Arabia, meaning that only Mahindra and its customer team ABT are still without championship points.
Compared to the points total after three races last year, Andretti and Porsche scored significantly fewer points than in the previous year. However, McLaren and Mahindra were also in a much better position after three races in 2023. Jaguar, DS Penske, Nissan and Maserati MSG, on the other hand, had a much better start to the season.
Jaguar has dominated qualifying so far, but Penske and Envision have also made it into the first four rows of the grid on average. As in the previous year, Porsche and its customer team Andretti are only in the midfield. Very noticeable for the works team: both drivers perform extremely differently (Wehrlein: 5.7 / Felix da Costa: 18.3), which also applies to Maserati MSG Racing (Günther: 8.3 / Daruvala: 14.3). Mahindra is by far the weakest team in qualifying.
This can be clearly illustrated by the duel entries in the first three qualifying sessions: the teams with Jaguar and Stellantis drives made up almost two thirds of the duel participants. Mahindra and ABT, on the other hand, are still waiting to make their first appearance in the quarter-finals.
In the race, the picture is somewhat different: Andretti, Porsche and especially Mahindra are always well ahead in the E-Prix. The race pace of these teams is significantly better than the pace in qualifying. In addition, Mahindra in particular benefits from the fact that faster cars retire or don't even take part in the race, meaning that it gains the most positions in the E-Prix.
Significant position losses in the race, however, for McLaren and ERT.