Formula E arrives in Misano for first European race of 2024

This weekend sees two Formula E races in Misano on Saturday and Sunday as the championship approaches its halfway point

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After visiting the streets of Tokyo, Formula E is back in Italy – this time, at the Misano World Circuit – for the next chapter in the battle for the 2024 season in front of a passionate motorsport fanbase.

With six years of racing history in Italy, all eyes will be on the adapted Misano World Circuit to deliver even more exciting racing to Formula E fans in the grandstands and around the world.

For Mahindra’s Edoardo Mortara, this race holds special significance. The Italian-Swiss-French driver will be eager to perform well in front of a home crowd, especially after his promising performance in Tokyo.

Mitch Evans, arguably the most successful Formula E driver in Italy, with an impressive four wins in Rome previously. Alongside his current teammate Nick Cassidy, Evans secured a 1-2 finish for the Jaguar powertrain last year in Italy at the Rome E-Prix, and so will no doubt be feeling the pressure of maintaining their “ones to beat” track record.

Maximilian Gunther will arrive at Misano fresh off his most recent victory in Tokyo, aiming to capitalise on his momentum and thrill fans with another stellar performance for Maserati on home Italian soil.

Meanwhile, Oliver Rowland enters the race weekend looking to extend his impressive streak of podium finishes, seeking a fourth consecutive top-three finish. With his consistent form, Rowland is a force to be reckoned with heading into the Misano World Circuit.

With the title race wide open, Pascal Wehrlein will also be pushing the limits to sustain his momentum and secure a more comfortable lead in the standings.

The 2024 Misano E-Prix starts at 15:00 local time on both Saturday and Sunday, which is 14:00 in the UK.

Jaguar's Nick Cassidy and Mitch Evans walk into the paddock for the first 2024 Diriyah E-Prix | Formula E
Jaguar’s Nick Cassidy and Mitch Evans walk into the paddock | Formula E

Misano World Circuit: Formula E’s latest new venue

For this weekend’s exhilarating double-header, the Formula E paddock will descend onto the renowned Misano World Circuit for the first time.

For its debut on the Formula E calendar, the track will boast a thrilling layout spanning 3.381km with 14 turns, promising non-stop action for fans worldwide.

Nestled in the picturesque Rimini province of Italy, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, also known as Misano World Circuit, has been a staple on the motorsport scene since its inception in 1972.

Renowned for its rapid, flowing track and plethora of overtaking opportunities, Misano has been a favourite among MotoGP and WorldSBK enthusiasts for decades. Its rich history and reputation as a hotspot for motorsport events also includes the likes of endurance racing, Ferrari Challenge, DTM, and FIA Formula 3, meaning the venue will be more familiar to some drivers more than others.

Story of Formula E 2024

Wehrlein dominated in Mexico City, securing Porsche’s sixth Formula E victory. Reigning world champion, Jake Dennis, seized a masterful win in Diriyah for Andretti, while Jaguar’s Cassidy made a stunning Saudi Arabian debut for his new team with a victory in the second outing of the double-header.

Sam Bird broke his winless streak in Sao Paulo by clinching McLaren’s first-ever Formula E race win, and Gunther triumphed on the streets of Tokyo. With five different winners from five teams in five races, the title fight is still up in the air.

Wehrlein leads the pack with an impressive streak of 16 consecutive races with points. Close behind is Cassidy then Rowland of Nissan following his three podiums on the spin. Dennis follows closely in fourth place with Gunther rounding out the top five.

Behind the front-runners, eight different teams are currently featured in the Drivers’ Championship top 10.

John Smith
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Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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