25 Apr 20

Top drivers to look out for: Race at Home Challenge Round 1

Ready for more virtual carnage on the city streets? Here's the top drivers to look out for in the first point-scoring round of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF. 

Maximilian Guenther, BMW i Andretti Motorsport

After dominating last week's Qualifying and virtual race, BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Maximilian Guenther looks set to storm ahead in the first point-scoring round of the Race at Home Challenge on Saturday April 25 (tune in from 15:30). After the German driver became the youngest race winner in the history of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship earlier in the season, the former young challenger has proved to be a threat both on the track and simulator. "I'm sure, as always in Formula E it will be a super tight competition," said Guenther in the pre-race press conference. "I think everybody is practising at home a lot at the moment and I hope I can be one of the guys who is fighting for the title in this competition." 

Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing

Looking over Guenther's shoulder is Panasonic Jaguar Racing's frontman Mitch Evans who, despite not owning his own sim until just over a week ago, finished a respectable seventh in the test round on the virtual streets of Monaco. Like Guenther, the Kiwi driver has shown tremendous potential on track with a win and two podium finishes putting him second in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship standings. But can Evans replicate the same success in the sim world? "To be honest, my sim experience is quite limited but with a sim provided by Formula E, I've been able to get some more experience and get my laps up," said the Jaguar driver in the pre-race press conference. "It’s a little bit different to the real world and it takes a while to get familiar with the game, but I was happy with my result - I wouldn’t be normally, but with this being a whole new world I was pleased with it. Hopefully, I can improve on that.” 

what you need to know for round 1

Andre Lotterer, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E 

Heading back to a virtual recreation of the infamous Hong Kong Harbourfront circuit, TAG Heuer Porsche's Andre Lotterer will be keen to get retribution for what when down here last season. Under pressure from Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird in second, race leader Lotterer suffered a puncture after a nudge from Bird, which ended his hopes of securing his first ever win in Formula E. Now back again for the third time in his Formula E career (albeit virtually), Lotterer will be keen to demonstrate his ability on the challenging street circuit. After a solid third place finish in the test race last week, the German revealed his just as capable of claiming a podium finish in the sim world as he is in reality. Not bad considering he's one of the oldest drivers on the grid.   

 

  

Pascal Wehrlein, Mahindra Racing 

Since Pascal Wehrlein joined Mahindra Racing ahead of the 2018/19 season, the German-Mauritian driver has quickly got to grips with close-combat city street racing. But now comes an entirely new challenge, as the Mahindra driver takes on the virtual world, entering into the Race from Home Challenge now, despite missing out on the test race last week. As a keen online racer, all eyes will be on Wehrlein as he looks to make his mark in the round 1 of the Race from Home Challenge

 

  

Nick Cassidy, Envision Virgin Racing 

As one of the few non-regular Formula E drivers, Envision Virgin Racing's Nick Cassidy has already made an impact in the virtual world with a strong performance in the test race while filling in for Envision frontman Sam Bird. Finishing fourth, the former Envision rookie driver left many of the regular Formula E faces behind on the virtual streets of Monaco but will he manage to stay ahead in the first point-scoring round at 15:30? Tune in to find out.     

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