Formula E drifts into Tokyo for first ever race in Japanese capital

The inaugural Formula E Tokyo E-Prix takes place this Saturday where Nick Cassidy leads the championship

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After an exhilarating race in Brazil, Formula E head to Japan – a nation renowned for its rich racing heritage. This marks the World Championship’s inaugural visit to the country, making it a truly historic event.

The stage is set for the next chapter in the battle for the Formula E title against the backdrop of the picturesque Tokyo Bay in front of a sell-out crowd.

At the 2024 Sao Paulo E-Prix, we saw some of the most exciting racing the championship has seen. The Anhembi Sambadrome circuit saw more than 200 overtakes, a last-lap lunge from Sam Bird to secure McLaren’s first ever Formula E win and a nail-biting battle for the final podium spot, culminating in a sprint to the finish with three drivers crossing the line a mere 0.3 seconds apart.

Evans joins the 100 club

As the Formula E grid gears up for the streets of Tokyo, all eyes will be on championship leader Nick Cassidy, a seasoned racer with a remarkable history in Japanese motorsport including the prestigious Japanese ‘triple crown’ from his time racing in Asia.

He will be joined by teammate Mitch Evans who will be wanting to make both his and his team’s 100th race in the Championship one to remember. Only Bird, Sebastien Buemi, Jean-Eric Vergne, Antonio Felix da Costa and Lucas di Grassi have more starts.

Also returning to Japanese racing is Sacha Fenestraz, who, after relocating to Japan and propelling his motorsport career in the country, is back to compete once again.

Sacha Fenestraz in action during pre-season testing in October 2023 | Formula E
Sacha Fenestraz in action during pre-season testing in October 2023 | Formula E

Both Cassidy and Fenestraz’s return to racing in Japan adds an exciting dynamic for their fans in the crowd and promises some thrilling on-track action as they face off other top contenders in the championship.

Oliver Rowland, for his part, will be looking for yet another podium to add to his inventory with Nissan, while Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein remains a force to be reckoned with, currently running second in the championship and maintaining an impressive points streak of 15 races.

Meet Formula E’s newest track

Showcased in the middle of Tokyo Bay, the never-before-seen street circuit playing host to the Tokyo E-Prix promises a new challenge for drivers and a thrilling spectacle for ticketholders.

The 20 turns of the 2.585km track includes a compact and technical layout including four long straights and four chicane sequences.

Particularly noteworthy is a challenging section from Turn 3 to Turn 7, which will be an ideal spot for fans to witness the battle up close.

On the outside of Turn 4, drivers will be able to activate their Attack Mode, adding a strategic element to the race. Further on from this, the circuit’s first two turns alongside Turns 10 and 11 look to be prime locations for overtaking, offering plenty of exciting action for fans.

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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