hong kong e-prix the 50th race in formula e history

12:00    07 Mar 2019

Jerome DAmbrosio
Round 5 of the 2018-19 Formula E season sees the series head back to its birth country of China for the landmark 50th E-Prix.

Four years, five months and 25 days on from the very first FE race in Beijing in September 2014, the Hong Kong E-Prix takes centre stage on Sunday 10 March and you can watch the race live on Fox Sports 2 from 09h00 CAT.

With four different winning drivers and teams from the first four races of the 2018/19 campaign (Antonio Felix da Costa, BMW; Jermome d’Ambrosio, Mahindra; Sam Bird, Envision Virgin; and Lucas di Grassi, Audi) it’s impossible to predict what will happen at the ‘Spice Harbour’ this weekend.

This will be the fourth FE race at the Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit. In 2016 Sebastien Buemi emerged victorious, while the two races in 2017 saw Sam Bird and Felix Rosenqvist stand atop the podium.

Heading into the fifth round of the current season, d’Ambrosio is leading the drivers’ championship on 53 points, though the likes of da Costa (46) and Bird (45) are close behind, while Mahinda (83) top the team standings ahead of Envision Virgin (73) and BMW (64).

One thing all parties will be hoping for is the avoidance of any further calamitous crashes.

The current FE campaign has been beset by high-profile shunts, including the BMW drivers colliding in Marrakesh; reigning drivers’ champion Jean-Eric Vergne, his teammate Andre Lotterer and Antonio Felix da Costa coming together in Santiago; and the huge accident between Vergne and Nelson Piquet last time out at Mexico City.

Although Vergne was able to carry on after the latter accident, he blasted the antics of several drivers under the yellow flags which followed, before he was ultimately tipped into a spin during a clash with Mitch Evans later in the race.

"There is massive frustration," the DS Techeetah driver told Motorsport.com. "I got hit, I spun, the guy [Evans] has no penalty, I got overtaken by three cars under full course yellow and none of them has a penalty.

"A guy that overtook cut the chicane and hit me and doesn't have any penalty. So I want to understand what the rule is - maybe it's a new rule and next race everybody will hit each other. It's already the case.

"I'm not playing that game but to me this is not motorsport. I don't like this kind of racing - you don't see this in Formula 1, like drivers crashing into each other non-stop. I hope it will change because I'm not enjoying this at all."
 

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