Formula E: No one-hit wonder f

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Formula E: No one-hit wonder for Mercedes and Porsche

Newcomers Mercedes and Porsche are out to prove their Saudi Arabian debuts were not beginners luck as the FE circus heads to Chile.

Formula E: No one-hit wonder f

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After a thrilling double-header in Saudi Arabia, Formula E heads to South America this Saturday with the Chilean capital of Santiago hosting round three of season six.

Newcomers Mercedes and Porsche, who were both on the podium at the Diriyah E-Prix, are determined to show that it wasn’t just beginners luck.

Santiago plays host to round three

The streets of Parque O’Higgins will again be transformed into a race track for the Formula E cars for a third consecutive season.

The 2.348km track comprises 11 corners and is one of the faster Formula E tracks on the calendar.

While it is all about rhythm in the first part of the circuit, the fastest part, the middle – Turns 6 and 7 – marks the slow speed section while the removal of the Turn 8 chicane is likely to increase overtaking opportunities.

Three slow speed corners bring the drivers back onto the main straight.

The race takes place over 45 minutes plus one lap, which last year equated to 36 laps.

Santiago E-Prix form book

Formula E’s first foray into Chile saw Jean-Eric Vergne take pole position and maintain P1 through to the finish line.

He was joined on the podium by André Lotterer and Buemi.

A year later it was Buemi who was on pole, inheriting P1 following Lucas Di Grassi’s penalty for a brake infringement.

The Swiss driver was unable to translate it into a race win as he crashed while leading, getting it very wrong as he locked up at the chicane.

Sam Bird took the win ahead of Pascal Wehrlein and Daniel Abt.

No one hit wonders for Mercedes and Porsche

World renowned manufacturers Mercedes and Porsche entered Formula E’s sixth season as full works teams and shone on debut.

Mercedes’ Stoffel Vandoorne was third in both Saudi Arabian races while Lotterer put his Porsche up into second place in the opening race.

It was an impressive debut from the newbies but they face stiff competition from Formula E’s stalwarts.

Sam Bird claimed the opening win of the campaign in his Envision Virgin racer with Alex Sims in the BMW Andretti victorious in race two.

As such Sims, who was the pole man, leads the standings ahead of Vandoorne and Bird.

It is, however, Mercedes who are the surprise leaders at the top of the teams’ standings.

Vandoorne is looking to build on his Saudi Arabian showing in Chile.

“It’s going to be a big challenge, but I’m looking forward to it with confidence,” he said.

“The potential is huge, and I simply can’t wait to get started.”