Formula E

Facts & Figures: The best statistics on Formula E in Jakarta

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz

Formula E held its third "double-header" of the season this weekend in Jakarta. The two rounds in the Indonesian capital produced some interesting statistics, milestones and curiosities.

  • Maximilian Günther scored his first pole position in Formula E in the 61st race - never before has it taken a driver so many races to decide a qualifying in his favor. He had to wait almost 4,5 years for his first pole position after making his Formula E debut on December 15, 2018 - but only 24 hours for his second.
  • Günther became the seventh driver in the history of the racing series to stand on pole position in both races of a "double-header". This had been achieved before him by Sebastien Buemi (New York City 2018), Alexander Sims (Diriyah 2019), Antonio Felix da Costa, Jean-Eric Vergne (both Berlin 2020), Edoardo Mortara (New York City 2022) and Jake Dennis (London 2022).
  • He is also the first driver in the Gen3 era to win a race from pole position. The last time this was achieved in Formula E was by Jake Dennis in the Gen2 car at the 2022 London E-Prix. Günther thus ended a series of 13 races. Before that, there had never been more than seven races in a row in Formula E without a victory from pole position.
  • Pascal Wehrlein won a qualifying duel for the first time this season - against Rene Rast on Saturday.
  • Mitch Evans recorded his worst qualifying result of the entire season on Saturday, starting 11th. He was until then the only driver who had always started in the top ten.
  • Günther and Wehrlein each scored their fourth career victory in Jakarta, drawing level with Jake Dennis and Nyck de Vries. This means that German drivers have already scored ten race wins in Formula E, as Daniel Abt also won two E-Prix.
  • The third "double-header" of the season saw the same national anthem played for the winner for the third time: Germany's in Diriyah (twice for Wehrlein) and Jakarta (for Wehrlein and Günther), New Zealand's in Berlin (for Evans and Cassidy). It was the first race since the Diriyah E-Prix in which no New Zealander finished on the podium. This ended a six-race winning streak for the "Kiwis".
  • With his second place on Sunday, Jake Dennis secured the fourth podium in a row. The last time this was achieved was Edoardo Mortara in 2022, when the Swiss driver was able to take part in the podium ceremony in Berlin (twice), in Jakarta and in Marrakech.
  • The first Jakarta race saw the youngest podium of the season with an average age of 10,041 days or the equivalent of 27.49 years. For the second time since the Monaco E-Prix three weeks ago, there was no driver on the podium born before 1994. On Sunday, this was repeated directly, but the average age was 39 days higher.
  • On Saturday, with Günther and Wehrlein, there were only two different drivers completing leading laps in a race for the first time since the season opener in Mexico City. At that time, only di Grassi and Dennis were in the lead.
  • The Gen2 and Gen3 Formula E cars were almost identically fast in Jakarta - despite significantly more power this year. Both fastest laps were a 1:07.5 minutes - with a minimal lead for the new Gen3 car. However, this was also only true for the second day, when the track was much cleaner and faster than on Saturday. In 2022, only one race had been held in Jakarta.

Qualifying comparison of Formula E teammates (season)

Team Driver 1 Score Driver 2
Neom McLaren
Hughes 8 : 3 Rast
Maserati MSG Racing Günther 6 : 5 Mortara
Jaguar TCS Racing
Evans 9 : 2 Bird
Envision Racing Buemi 6 : 5 Cassidy
Avalanche Andretti
Dennis 8 : 1 Lotterer
2 : 0 Beckmann
TAG Heuer Porsche Felix da Costa 1 : 10 Wehrlein
Mahindra Racing Di Grassi 3 : 5 Rowland
2 : 0 Merhi
Nissan Nato 3 : 8 Fenestraz
Nio 333 Racing
Sette Camara 3 : 8 Ticktum
DS Penske Vandoorne 5 : 6 Vergne
ABT Cupra
Frijns 2 : 5 Müller
Van der Linde 2 : 1

Since both Mahindra and ABT Cupra drivers did not participate in qualifying in Cape Town, no point was awarded here.

Average qualifying result (season)

The most consistent driver in qualifying so far is Mitch Evans: the Jaguar driver reached the duel stage eight times in the first eleven races of the season, giving him an average starting position of 5.5. Behind him are Sebastien Buemi (7.3) and Jake Dennis (7.8). But Pascal Wehrlein (8.4), Max Günther (8.9), Nick Cassidy (9.0), Jean-Eric Vergne (9.5) and Jake Hughes (9.6) also have single-digit averages.

The worst regular driver in qualifying is Lucas di Grassi (16.3), but he is just behind Robin Frijns (15.6) and Nico Müller (15.4). Substitute drivers David Beckmann (18.5), Kelvin van der Linde (20.7) and Roberto Merhi (21.5), however, are significantly worse.

Average race result (season)

The most consistent driver in the race this season has been Pascal Wehrlein. He finished in an average position of 5.6, with Nick Cassidy coming in behind him in an average position of 6.1. Jake Dennis and Jean-Eric Vergne (7.4 each) are tied for third place. They are followed by Mitch Evans (8.1), Antonio Felix da Costa (8.9), Sebastien Buemi (9.8) and Max Guenther (10.2).

At the bottom of the field is Nico Müller (15.2) behind Oliver Rowland (14.9) and Robin Frijns (14.6). Again, the reserve drivers fared even worse, with Merhi with an average position of 17.5 ranking ahead of Beckmann (18.0) and van der Linde (18.7).

Position changes (Jakarta E-Prix)

With a total of twelve positions gained, Norman Nato was the one to climb up the most in Jakarta. After winning five positions on Saturday, he improved by seven places on Sunday. Behind him were Antonio Felix da Costa with eleven and Lucas di Grassi with ten places each. These two also managed to gain seven positions in one race. Dan Ticktum (8) and Roberto Merhi (6) also gained significant positions in the races.

At the bottom of the statistics is Mitch Evans, who retired on Saturday, with eleven positions lost. On Sunday, he was able to hold on to his third place on the grid until the finish. But Rene Rast and Jean-Eric Vergne (both -8) also lost significant positions.

Race laps completed (season)

After the eleventh race of the season, only three drivers have completed all 406 race laps: Buemi, Cassidy and Vergne. Sergio Sette Camara, who had completed all laps by Saturday's race in Jakarta, no longer counts after his DNS in Sunday's race.

Leading laps (season)

In Jakarta, significantly fewer drivers collected leading laps than in previous races. Pascal Wehrlein took the top spot from Nick Cassidy thanks to 28 laps led on Saturday. Jake Dennis passed Mitch Evans again, with Max Guenther moving up to fifth.

Summarized under "others" are: Stoffel Vandoorne (13), Lucas di Grassi (11), Antonio Felix da Costa (8), Jake Hughes, Rene Rast, Dan Ticktum (7 each), Robin Frijns, Nico Müller (3 each), Sacha Fenestraz and Edoardo Mortara (2 each)

Performance analysis (Jakarta E-Prix)

The winner of our performance analysis for the Jakarta E-Prix is Max Günther. In the 3rd Free Practice session, the Maserati driver set the fastest time of the weekend (1:07.552 minutes). He is followed by Jake Dennis (1:07.861) and Edoardo Mortara (1:07.885). Behind them are Sacha Fenestraz (1:07.942), Sam Bird (1:07.944) and Pascal Wehrlein (1:07.973). Only these six drivers made a lap under 1:08 minutes. At the end of the field are the two reserve drivers David Beckmann (1:08.715) and Roberto Merhi (1:09.489), who were more than a second off the best time.

All drivers drove their best time on Sunday. Only Merhi and Mitch Evans failed to do so in the 3rd free practice session: the Spaniard in the Mahindra was fastest in the qualifying group stage, although only 300 kW of power was used here. Evans, on the other hand, achieved his best time in the semi-final duel, which he nevertheless lost to Dennis by the smallest measurable difference of 0.001 seconds.

For the teams, that means the fastest car on a lap was Maserati Tipo Folgore ahead of Andretti's customer Porsche and the works Nissan. It is followed by the works Jaguar ahead of the works Porsche, the Nio 333 and the DS. Behind them are ABT Cupra's customer Mahindra and Envision's customer Jaguar ahead of the works Mahindra. The slowest car in Indonesia was McLaren's customer Nissan.

For the manufacturers, that means: DS/Maserati >>> Porsche >> Nissan >> Jaguar >> Nio 333 >> Mahindra

Gaps to the leader (Jakarta E-Prix)

In this section we show how the gaps between the top 5 drivers and the leaders have developed over the course of the race. We have not taken into account penalties imposed afterwards.

Saturday

Sunday

Hovering the mouse cursor over one of the data points on the graphs will show you the exact gap of the driver in the selected lap.

Lap time analysis (Jakarta E-Prix)

In this section you can see how the lap times of each driver have developed in the race. To compensate for individual outliers, we always calculate the average value over three laps.

Saturday

It is noticeable that the race pace of most drivers was fairly constant over the entire race distance. There are a few isolated outliers on the upside, as the time lost due to the activation of the Attack Mode in Indonesia was relatively large: drivers lost around 1.5 seconds while driving over the loops embedded in the ground.

Good to see is the intermediate sprint of Jake Dennis towards the halfway point of the race, when he was clearly the fastest rider in the field for several laps - also thanks to six minutes of Attack Mode. You can also see that the top three finishers (Wehrlein, Dennis and Günther) were the only drivers in the field to set consistent lap times under 1:10.3 minutes in the final ten laps.

Sunday

On Sunday, a greater difference between lap times stands out. In particular, between laps 8 and 15, times were two seconds slower than before. Towards the end of the race, many drivers were then able to give full power thanks to the previously saved energy, so that here the lap times were even faster than on Saturday. And that, although the race distance was a whole two laps (5.4 km) longer.

If you leave out Nick Cassidy and Jean-Eric Vergne, who were far behind the field, you can see the performance advantage that Max Günther and Jake Dennis had over all the other drivers in the points: they picked up the pace significantly towards the halfway point of the race and were subsequently more than 0.5 seconds per lap faster than the rest.

Dennis was unable to match Günther's pace on laps 22 to 29, but then picked up his pace considerably and reduced his gap to the Maserati driver until the latter was driving much faster again himself from lap 34.

With Roberto Merhi, it is particularly noticeable that after a weak pace at the start of the race, he picked up the pace when everyone else was conserving energy and was the fastest car in the field for several laps here. This later proved to be his undoing when he had to slow down significantly in the final third of the race to make it to the finish.

Note: If you hover over one of the data points on the graphs, you will see the name of the driver and the averaged lap time of the driver on the selected lap. In addition, the driver's entire turn will be highlighted. You can also achieve the same by hovering over the driver's name in the legend.

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