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PREVIEW: Formula E makes China return with Rounds 11 & 12 of Season 10

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is heading back to where it all began and China for Rounds 11 & 12 of Season 10 in Shanghai, a debut host city for the world's foremost electric race series.

CLASSIC RACE: 2014 Beijing E-Prix - the first-ever Formula E race

After four full seasons away, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns to the country where it all began, China, as the all-electric single-seater series gets set for its first visit to Shanghai. 22 drivers prepare to hit the tarmac of the iconic Shanghai International Circuit, 25 & 26 May, for Rounds 11 & 12 of Season 10.

WATCH: How to watch every race of Formula E Season 10

As the finale of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship fast-approaches, the competition returns to China for the first time since Season 5. The fourth double-header weekend of Season 10 will be sure to heighten the battle for this year’s World Championship title.

With the first ever race of Formula E happening a decade ago on the streets of Beijing, all eyes will be on the 22 drivers to match up to the excitement of the last 10 years in China’s largest city, Shanghai. With China being a world leader in EV mobility and driving technological progress, the world city is all set to be a symbolic destination for Formula E in its 10th anniversary season.

Back to where it all began...

Alberto Longo, Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer, Formula E, said: “It is a special honour for Formula E to return to China for the first time since Season 5, especially to an iconic city such as Shanghai. The 2024 Shanghai E-Prix is the perfect way to celebrate 10 years as the first all-electric motorsport, as we continue to push boundaries in electric mobility, just as China does in the development and adoption of electric vehicles.

“While racing in Shanghai is highly symbolic for Formula E, it will also be an incredible race weekend for fans. There is a passionate fanbase in the country, and we cannot wait for the fans in Shanghai to experience a completely new style of motor racing at one of the most premier motorsport venues in the world.”

For Formula E’s first visit to Shanghai, notable contenders include Sebastien Buemi, after his past Formula E success in China, he is currently the only driver on the grid to have won twice already in the country. He will also no doubt be eager to secure his first win of the season after earning a podium in Mexico City, in front of a home crowd for Envision Racing.


Another strong contender is Antonio Felix da Costa, who recently claimed a home win for his TAG Heuer Porsche in Berlin less than two weeks ago. Buoyed by this recent success, da Costa will enter the race with renewed confidence despite facing challenges earlier in the season.

Chinese outfit, ERT Formula E Team, have been a part of the championship since Season 1, and after the 2024 Misano E-Prix gave them their best finish in six years, Dan Ticktum and Sergio Sette Camara will also be looking to impress on their team’s home soil.

The 2024 Shanghai E-Prix starts at 15:00 local time (07:00 UTC) on Saturday 25 May.

GEN3 takes on the Shanghai International Circuit

For Formula E’s latest venture to China, the championship will be touching down at the inimitable Shanghai International Circuit - a premier motorsport facility, known for its unique layout resembling the Chinese character “上” (shang), meaning ‘superior’.

shanghai track map

Designed for top-tier motorsport global events, the circuit features a challenging combination of high-speed straights and tight corners, including the iconic loop of Turns 1 and 2 having passed beneath and through the looming pit, media and grandstand across the start/finish. With state-of-the-art facilities, the circuit offers an exceptional experience for teams, media, and spectators.

The clockwise, 3.051km layout is a shortened version of the traditional Grand Prix circuit, which allows for more laps of racing with the added features that make up a thrilling Formula E E-Prix. For example, the positioning of the ATTACK MODE activation will sit on the outside of the long right-hander of Turn 2.

Since its inauguration in 2004, the circuit has hosted iconic races, significantly boosting local tourism and the economy. This also means that it is a venue familiar to some members of the Formula E grid, with many drivers racing there in the past. With an altered layout for Formula E cars, the track presents a familiar yet demanding atmosphere for the teams, with another expected energy-saving brawl to the finish line.

The fight for the Season 10 title starts to take shape

As Season 10 heads towards its final few laps, the second season of the GEN3 era has been fiercely competitive. The first 10 rounds of the 2023/24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship have seen eight different race winners and 11 drivers on the podium, with seven teams represented in the top ten of the Drivers' standings currently.

As the championship gears up for the final six races, the current standings are as follows: Nick Cassidy of Jaguar TCS Racing leads the pack, closely followed by Pascal Wehrlein of TAG Heuer Porsche. These two are the only drivers with two wins each in Season 10. Oliver Rowland of Nissan, with one win and five additional podiums, is just six points shy of Wehrlein.

2023 World Champion Jake Dennis from Andretti Formula E Team holds fourth place, followed by Mitch Evans of Jaguar TCS Racing and Jean-Eric Vergne of DS PENSKE in fifth and sixth positions, respectively. Maximilian Guenther of Maserati MSG Racing and António Félix da Costa of Porsche are seventh and eighth. Vergne’s teammate, Stoffel Vandoorne, is in ninth after a season-best performance in Monaco and points in Round 9, and Sam Bird of NEOM McLaren rounds out the top 10.


Formula E's origin story in China

China holds the distinction of being the first host of a Formula E race back at the 2014 Beijing E-Prix in Season 1. Since then, the championship has also raced on the streets of Hong Kong and the southern city of Sanya, making Season 10’s visit to Shanghai the fourth location in the country.

HISTORY: A decade of Formula E from idea on a napkin to the world's leading electric race series

With seven races across the past three locations, there have been six different Formula E race winners in China, with Lucas di Grassi winning the first-ever Formula E race in Beijing during Season 1 in 2014. Buemi secured victories in both the second Beijing race in Season 2 and the third Chinese race held in Hong Kong (Season 3). To this day, he’s the only Formula E winner to have won twice in the country.

In Season 4, Sam Bird and Felix Rosenqvist each claimed a win during the first Chinese double-header in Hong Kong. Season 5 saw Edoardo Mortara triumph in Hong Kong, followed by Vergne's victory in Sanya two weeks later.

Season 3, Round 1, Hong Kong (FULL RACE) - gated

SCHEDULE: Where, when and how to watch or stream the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix Rounds 11 & 12

The 2024 Shanghai E-Prix Round 11 gets underway on Friday 24 May with Free Practice 1 at 17:00 local time.

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Track action for the first day of the double-header starts on Saturday 25 May with Free Practice 2 at 08:00 local. Qualifying follows at 10:20 local time with lights out for Round 11 scheduled at 15:00 local.

Following this, Sunday’s action starts with Free Practice 3 at 08:00, followed by Round 12 qualifying and the race at 10:20 and 15:00 local time respectively.

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