As the 2021-22 Formula E season draws to a close and a new season begins, things look a little different. Along with the introduction of all-new Gen3 cars, season nine will see six of the 12 teams sporting new, revamped or slightly changed names. We’re here to help you keep them all straight.
While chatting with my colleague Owen Bellwood this week, we realized that we had a hard time remembering if a team was going through a total overhaul, if they had just taken on a new sponsor or if they were brand new. And if we were challenged, the fans would probably be too. Joking that I needed a flowchart to keep everything straight, an idea popped up:
For season nine, Formula E will grow from 11 teams to 12 with the addition of the ABT team. This isn’t the first time ABT has taken part in the series, but it’s a resumption of the tuning company’s involvement after ending its relationship with Audi. This is our first big change.
Then comes a big deal: Mercedes is leaving the sport and its assets have been bought by McLaren. We all knew McLaren would join, ever since Zak Brown announced the team’s intention to compete in the Gen3 era in December 2021. The fact that they would be buying the championship defender Mercedes, however, was a bit of a surprise.
Maserati became another big team-buying manufacturer when it announced its partnership with Venturi – but the rebranding was pretty massive. Currently, the Venturi name seems to have disappeared, replaced by Maserati. Whether or not that will last remains to be seen as the season approaches, especially as the company has renewed its partnership with ROKiT.
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.
And the final change is actually a kind of swap: manufacturer DS left Techeetah, partnering up with Dragon Racing instead. This leaves Techeetah as Techeetah and the old Dragon/Penske team as DS Dragon Racing.
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.
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