03 Jul 20

New kids on the block: The rookies' 2019/20 season so far

The 2019/20 season saw a bunch of new faces join the grid. Before we go back racing, we bring you up to speed with how the rookies are coping with their debut in the highly competitive world of all-electric city street racing.

Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-Benz EQ) - 13th, 18 points

Leading the rookie charge in 2019/20 is reigning Formula 2 Champion Nyck de Vries with the Dutchman stepping into the newly-formed Mercedes-Benz EQ team

Undeterred by the pressure of Mercedes' historic debut in Formula E and the Silver Arrows' 125 years of racing experience, De Vries has immediately dived into the mix.

In the opening five rounds, the Dutchman has shown his raw speed, setting the quickest time in the first qualifying session of the season in Diriyah, featuring in three Super Pole sessions so far.

FLYING LAP: De Vries has made it into Super Pole three times in the opening five races

The Dutchman's form in race trim has been hampered by a blend of technical teething problems and rookie mistakes, which is understandable from a fresh team and driver pairing. 

Looking back, de Vries has already shown that he is on target for a debut podium in Formula E. He was denied third place and relegated to fifth after exceeding battery temperature in Santiago.

In Mexico City, he was in the running but crashed out after misjudging a defensive move on championship leader Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) and last time out in Marrakesh, whilst third, he was given a drive-through penalty for overpowering under regen.

James Calado (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) - 16th, 10 points

Panasonic Jaguar Racing's James Calado is next up in the championship standings. With Jaguar's I-TYPE 4 looking like one of the strongest packages on the grid, the British driver has been quietly plugging away and building momentum in his rookie season in Formula E.

Calado was the first to put points on the board for Jaguar after an impressive seventh-place finish in Round 2 at Diriyah. He followed this up with more points in the sweltering Santiago heat and, if not for disqualification in Mexico City, he was looking like extending that consistent run of point-scoring finishes on pure speed.

The race pace is there for Calado in the I-TYPE 4 but qualifying has not quite matched up so far this season, with the Le Mans GT-class winner giving himself a lot of work to do come lights-out in the 45 minute plus one lap encounters.

In all of his point-scoring drives his number of overtakes rank in double figures with the most being a scything run from 21st on the grid to seventh in Saudi Arabia.

GAINING SPEED: Calado on his way to a season best finish of seventh in the Round 2 at Diriyah

Brendon Hartley (Geox Dragon) - 20th, 2 points

Brendon Hartley was another high-profile addition to the Formula E grid for 2019/20, with the two-time FIA World Endurance Champion joining Nico Mueller in Geox Dragon's rookie line-up.

The New Zealander's perseverance sees him currently sitting in 20th with two points, picked up in Round 2 after he was placed to profit from a bunch of driver penalties. His best on the road finish has been a commendable 12th in Mexico City.

ACCESS ALL AREAS: Go behind the scenes of the 2019 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix with Hartley

Nico Mueller (Geox Dragon) - 22nd, 0 points

Geox Dragon's other rookie driver, Nico Mueller, is a familiar name in the Formula E community having been primed for all-electric street racing as the test driver for Audi.

With no points to his name for 2019/20, this doesn't fairly portray the flashes of brilliance displayed by the German driver.

Mexico City was a standout for Mueller. Despite registering a DNF, the DTM race-winner put on a show around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.

After a strong qualifying, Mueller was well-placed in eighth on the grid. Off the line, he jumped up the order to sixth and challenging fellow rookie de Vries for fifth.

Unfortunately, his race ended in the opening minutes, after a daring move around the outside of Turn 1 saw him run out of road and plough into the barriers.

IN THE MIX: Mueller running strong before disappearing into the barriers at Turn 1

Follow de Vries, Calado, Hartley and Mueller as their rookie season gets back underway in Berlin. Don't miss a moment, sync the Formula E calendar today.