Jake Dennis reveals factor he thinks will help defend Formula E title

Jake Dennis discusses the factor that could see him become Formula E's second ever double world champion

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Defending Formula E world champion Jake Dennis believes he has a strong chance of winning back-to-back titles. It’s a feat that’s only been achieved once in the sport’s history, with Jean-Eric Vergne winning the championship in both 2018 and 2019. 

Dennis appeared confident in his and Andretti’s ability to replicate Vergne’s achievement, as he drew upon the tracks on the 2024 calendar that will favour the Porsche-powered Andretti.

“I back myself and Porsche, Andretti to try and replicate it,” Dennis told Formula E’s The Added Lap.

“Losing Rome, even though I did really well there, actually just helped us because that track is designed for the Jaguar powertrain, and London is designed for the Jaguar powertrain, whereas the faster circuits generally suit us a little bit more. 

“So having Misano and Portland should lean a little bit more into our strengths and less of the Jaguar’s traction benefits. So, I’d say the calendar’s a little bit more level this year.”

A tight battle awaits

Dennis, who currently sits fourth in the championship standings, also acknowledged the strength of his competitors — namely Jaguar and Nick Cassidy.

Cassidy joined Jaguar at the end of the 2023 season and has enjoyed an incredible start to the year, with two podiums and a win. The New Zealander has so far outperformed his teammate and compatriot Mitch Evans.

“Obviously, Nick has had an incredible start to the season. He’s looking really strong, even at Saudi, which is still fast and flowing,” continued Dennis. “There’s only two or three traction zones. It seems like [Jaguar has] obviously improved their weaknesses. We’ve improved ours a little bit, too.”

But, the challenge doesn’t just rest with Jaguar. Dennis stated that the performance of McLaren in Diriyah, which saw Jake Hughes narrowly miss out on a podium in fourth, came as a surprise.

“I think the biggest shock for us is really McLaren and Nissan,” he said. “Jake Hughes’ efficiency in Race 2 was seriously impressive, and that’s where they struggled last year. 

“There was no question about how quick that car was over qualifying. The Nissan and the McLaren, it was one of the quickest, but to see the McLaren efficiency in Race 2 was really, really impressive and I would say worrying, but they are seriously contenders for races where it’s going to be a little bit more energy limited like Brazil.”

After as seven-week break, Formula E heads to Brazil for the Sao Paulo E-Prix on March 16. Dennis will be seeking a better result than that of the 2023 race, which saw the Andretti driver retire. Meanwhile, Evans and Cassidy will hope to replicate their previous successes, having finished in first and second.

Jasmine Hughes
Jasmine Hughes
Experienced in digital content creation, Jasmine Hughes has written for a number of online publications, joining Total Motorsport in 2024. She previously served as FormulaNerds' Formula E Editor, leading coverage of the 2023 Formula E season. She has been watching Formula 1 since the age of 4, after falling in love with Fernando Alonso's blue-yellow Renault R25.
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