We are getting dangerously close to the start of the next Formula E season. The all-electric racing series will kick off with its first race of season nine in Mexico on January 14. When the lights turn green, the series will field 22 new cars which promise tighter runs and speeds of 200 mph. But do you know which teams will line up on the grid in 2023?
Formula E’s silly season has been particularly crazy this year. There were driver changes, retirements and team changes on the grid.
After being confused by the revolving door of Formula E team names, we realized we had trouble remembering if a team was going through a total overhaul, if it had just taken on a new sponsor or if it was brand new .
If we had trouble remembering which teams were running Formula E’s shiny new Gen 3 cars next year, so we thought the fans might be too. And, after joking that a flowchart might be useful for tracking all the changes, an idea popped up:
After initially thinking Formula E would grow to 12 teams thanks to the addition of the ABT team, this turned out to be wrong. It’s because Techeetah leaves the sport for at least a year after he couldn’t find a partner to run with for the upcoming ninth season.
In addition to the Chinese team, we will also lose Mercedes next year. Its assets were acquired by McLaren, which has been eyeing an entry into the all-electric racing series since December last year. The fact that he would buy out championship defender Mercedes was a bit of a surprise, however.
Maserati became another big team-buying manufacturer when it announced its partnership with Venturi – but the rebranding was pretty massive. The Venturi name will be lost from cars next year, just like CEO Susie Wolff. The Maserati team will also be led by new team principle, James Rossiter.
In April 2022, Nissan announced that it would take full control of the e.dams team, which was less of a massive change than more complete control over a product it largely already owned.
The latest change to the grid was confirmed last week as French manufacturer DS will now partner US racing team Penske. The newly named DS Penske team will see current defending champion Stoffel Vandoorne partner with double world champion Jean-Eric Vergne.
Luckily, many teams keep their old names as well. Nio 333, Jaguar, Envision, Andretti, Mahindra and Porsche will remain the same before the ninth season.
This article was updated on 10/19/2022 after Techeetah announced that it will not be racing in 2022.
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