FACTS AND STATS: Who's fastest in Africa? Who's on form? And home race heroes

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FACTS AND STATS: Who's fastest in Africa? Who's on form? And home race heroes

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is set for a first race in sub-Saharan Africa with the Cape Town E-Prix this weekend (25 February). Who's gone best in Africa so far in Formula E history? Who's on form? And is being the home hero a good omen? Here's Cape Town in numbers!

Cape Town E-Prix Table Mountain trophy

- South Africa will be the 23rd country that Formula E has raced in. South Africa is the 10th most populous country that Formula E has visited and the tenth largest country by area that Formula E has visited

- Cape Town hosts race #105 in Formula E history and is the 31st unique venue we've headed to

- Formula E's raced in Africa five times, all in Marrakesh, producing five different winners: Sebastien Buemi, Felix Rosenqvist, Jerome d'Ambrosio, Antonio Felix da Costa and Edo Mortara

READ MORE: The Cape Town preview

- Mahindra Racing are the only team to have claimed multiple wins in Africa, having claimed back-to-back wins at the Season 4 and Season 5 Marrakesh E-Prixs (with Felix Rosenqvist and Jerome d’Ambrosio respectively)

Rosenqvist wins in Marrakesh 2

- Seven drivers have raced in all five Formula E races in Africa (Sam Bird, Sebastien Buemi, Antonio Felix da Costa, Lucas di Grassi, Mitch Evans, Oliver Turvey and Jean-Eric Vergne). However, with Turvey not having a drive in Season 9, the total number of drivers having raced every E-Prix in Africa will soon be down to just six

- Sebastien Buemi, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird have completed all 165 racing laps in Africa

Consistency hard to come by in African E-Prix

The poles, podiums, fastest laps and points records in Africa are all held by different drivers:

- Sam Bird is the only driver to have claimed three podiums on the continent (claiming a second-placed finish in Season 3 and third-placed finishes in both Seasons 4 and 5)

Sam Bird Marrakesh

- Antonio Felix da Costa is the only driver to have started in pole twice in Marrakesh (in each of the last two visits to Africa)

- Lucas di Grassi is the only driver to have taken the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap twice in Africa

- Sebastien Buemi has scored the most points across the five races in Africa (62)

WATCH: Don't miss a minute of the Cape Town E-Prix

- Pole in Hyderabad was the third-fastest pole average speed in Formula E history, and with the open layout of the Cape Town circuit, it may break records for the fastest race and fastest single lap in series history

- The fastest race to-date was Mexico 2021 (won by Pascal Wehrlein at an average speed of 132.116 kmh/82.093mph), while the fastest single lap at a Formula E race meeting was Antonio Felix da Costa’s 140.468kmh/87.283mph pole lap at Valencia in 2021

Streak-breakers and the formbook

- Envision Racing's Buemi is the only driver to make it through to the Duels in qualifying at every race this season 

Buemi pole

- After the 18 points the team scored in Hyderabad as a result of Nick Cassidy’s podium, Envision Racing are now only 23 off of the all-time Formula E team points record, so if they outscore ABT CUPRA by more than 23 points in Cape Town, the team will hold the record

- Jean-Eric Vergne comes into Cape Town on top form, having claimed his first Formula E win in almost two years and also claiming his 70th point scoring E-Prix (only Lucas di Grassi has scored in more E-Prixs)

- With a ninth-placed finish for Andre Lotterer in Hyderabad, Avalanche Andretti have now scored points in all of the last 12 E-Prixs. This equals the team’s personal best stream set during Season 7. If either Lotterer or Dennis pick up points in Cape Town, the team will break their personal best streak. Renault e.dams hold the consecutive scoring streak, having scored all of the first 38 Formula E races from Beijing Season 1 to Mexico City Season 4

New ground

- We head to two new cities back-to-back with Cape Town following Hyderabad. This last happened in Season 3, when Formula E visited New York and Montreal first the first time, which was a series of race weekends which saw Sebastien Buemi’s title battle crumble after having to miss the races in New York City, then scoring zero points across the weekend in Montreal

Kelvin van der Linde South Africa Cape Town debut Formula E home race

- Kelvin van der Linde will race in his home country after subbing in for the injured Robin Frijns for the third race weekend in a row. Sam Bird, Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniel Abt, Max Günther, Jake Dennis and Alex Lynn have all previously won on home soil

- Jean-Eric Vergne and Lucas di Grassi have both claimed a podium in 19 cities that Formula E has visited. If either claim a top three finish in Cape Town, they will be first driver to have a podium finish in 20 different cities