Formula E

Photo gallery: These Formula E drivers contested the most races as team-mates

Svenja König

Svenja König

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In almost ten years of Formula E history, there have been many different driver line-ups. Some that we will probably remember forever, some that we have quickly forgotten and some that were conspicuously unremarkable. In short, there has been everything from 'JeAndre' to Oliver Turvey and Ma Qing Hua. We take a look at the five pairings who contested the most races together - and who no longer compete together.

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5th place: Jean-Eric Vergne & Antonio Felix da Costa / DS Techeetah

Races together: 42

Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa are a duo known for their fierce battles on the track and genuine friendship off it. The two still know each other from junior series and junior programmes of the Formula 1 teams. After Andre Lotterer left DS Techeetah before the sixth Formula E season to join Porsche, Marc Preston signed Antonio Felix da Costa. After two consecutive championships for his team-mate, the Portuguese driver was able to become world champion with DS in his debut season. His strong form at the Formula E six-pack in Berlin was the decisive factor. The two then drove two more seasons together for DS before Felix da Costa also became Lotterer's successor at Porsche.

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4th place: Nyck de Vries & Stoffel Vandoorne / Mercedes-EQ

Races togehter: 42

Exactly two drivers competed for Mercedes in Formula E - Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne in seasons 6 to 8. De Vries had not previously competed with any other team, while Vandoorne had previously completed a "preperation season" with HWA. The three years at Mercedes are likely to be among the most successful ever for a team in the electric series. After a year of familiarisation, the team won the world title and the teams' championship with both drivers. A unique era, a unique team and two unique drivers.

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3rd place: Sebastien Buemi & Nico Prost / Renault e.dams

Races togehter: 43

With Sebastien Buemi and Nico Prost, we travel a little further back in Formula E history. The pair contested the first four Formula E seasons - an entire generation of vehicles - together for Renault e.dams. We particularly remember them for winning three out of four team championships together during this time. Prost also made a significant contribution to these with three victories and almost 300 points scored. For the Gen2 era, Nissan took over the team and number 1 driver Buemi. Prost had to leave e.dams after a poor season and the sale of team shares by his father.

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2nd place: Mitch Evans & Sam Bird / Jaguar

Races togehter: 43

Just like Buemi and Prost, Mitch Evans and Sam Bird also contested 43 races as team-mates - albeit for Jaguar and in a different era. Evans was part of the Jaguar inventory from the start, while Bird joined the team in season 7 and nipped further discussions about the second Jaguar cockpit in the bud for three seasons. In his debut season with Jaguar in particular, he achieved this primarily through performance, as he was the only driver in the team's history to keep pace with Evans in the championship - only three points separated the two drivers at the end of the 2020/21 season. A calm and cooperative image of the driver line-up was always painted. However, this image began to crack last season after several accidents within the team, which, in addition to a weak season, ultimately led to Bird having to leave the team.

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1st place: Daniel Abt & Lucas di Grassi / ABT, Audi

Races togehter: 63

That leaves first place - and it was almost too obvious. Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi contested 63 races together for ABT and later Audi - almost 20 more than Evans and Bird for Jaguar. A duo that couldn't be more different at first glance: on the one hand Abt, who was also an influencer thanks to his media commitment alongside his career as an active driver, and on the other hand visionary, dissident and possibly one day FIA presidential candidate Lucas di Grassi. But in just under six years, the two have found a common ground that is still unique in Formula E today. The support and respect between the two is still palpable in the paddock and now in the commentary booth.

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