Formula E Drivers Championship 2019 Betting and Odds Preview
Everyone knows what Formula One is, but have you heard about Formula E? Formula E is the electric-powered “sister” series of the high-octane racing series that started in 2014. The Formula E car is powered by an electric motor and has a 250 kW engine, which is pretty powerful for an electric car.
Currently in its fifth season, the Formula E championship is quickly gaining a lot of recognition. F1 drivers such as Felipe Massa have already moved to Formula E, adding even more flair to the up-and-coming racing series.
Formula E was found in 2014 by Spanish businessman Alejandro Agag. The championship is sanctioned by the FIA and has attracted quite a lot of attention, especially in the past couple of years. Boasting a driver portfolio that includes several ex-F1 drivers, Formula E is a championship on the rise and one that will become even more popular in the coming years.
The ex-Formula 1 driver line-up in the Formula E series includes Felipe Massa, Stoffel Vandoorne, Sebastian Buemi, and Nelson Piquet Jr. Piquet Jr. won the first series in 2014-15 and was followed by his team colleague at the time Sebastian Buemi. Both won the championship driving for the Renault e.Dams team, with another title for the French auto racing team coming in the 2016-17 season when Lucas di Grassi was crowned champion.
Last year, the title went to the hands of French driver Jean-Eric Vergne. This year, the season started on December 15. Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW Motorsport) opened the season with a win at the Ad Diriyah ePrix, leaving last year’s champion Vergne on the second spot. There are 13 races on the Formula E calendar this year, with a double-header New York weekend race to end the season. The odds are already out at bookies, so if you’re a punter, you shouldn’t miss on the opportunity to bet on the electrifying races.
Can Jean-Eric Vergne Repeat Last Year’s Success?
Jean-Eric Vergne is a 28-year old French driver competing for the TEECHEETAH Formula E Racing team. Although not a household name like Massa, Vergne drove two seasons in Formula One for Torro Rosso (2012-2014) and was even a development test driver for Ferrari in 2015 and 2016. He also has a British Formula 3 Championship in his portfolio (2010) and came close to winning the Formula 3.5 Championship in 2011 (finished second).
Last year, Vergne won the Formula E championship in fashion, dominating the races all year long. He finished with more than 50 points over second-placed Lucas di Grassi and was crowned the champion for the first time in his Formula E career. This year, Vergne is a major favourite for the title once again according to many bookies.
He’s available at 13/8 at Betway Sports and Ladbrokes, 17/10 at Winner, and 19/10 at Fun88. This puts the French driver in a pole position to win another title, although it surely won’t come easy considering how he failed to open up the season with a win.
Can da Costa Cause an Upset?
Everyone was surprised when Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa won the first race back in December. Vergne was the major favourite for the race with some experts even mentioning Felipe Massa as a potential winner, but no one expected da Costa, who finished the previous season at the 15th spot, to even finish on the podium, not to mention win the race.
It was only the second win of da Costa’s career, with the previous one coming 3 years ago. The win bumped the Portuguese driver up the list of potential outright winners, handing him the second spot at the moment, right beneath defending champion Jean-Eric Vergne. Even though da Costa is a virtually unknown driver compared to the others, it also means he’s under less pressure to win, and that could make him a dangerous opponent.
Right now, Antonio Felix da Costa’s chances of winning the championship stand at 7/2 at Betway Sports, 15/4 at Winner, 4/1 at Fun88, and 10/3 at Ladbrokes. The odds are not bad at all for a driver that doesn’t have the resume of Vergne or the ex-F1 drivers. Considering the fact that he already won the first race, punters into Formula E betting should not overlook him.
Andre Lotterer – a Real Contender?
Andre Lotterer is a Belgian-German driver with a lot of driving experience on his back. He was a test driver for the Jaguar Formula Team at one point in his career, and even has an F1 start at the 2014 Belgian GP, replacing Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi. His main career highlights include 3 wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a 2011 title in the Japanese Super Formula championship. He’s only entered the Formula E championship last year, ranking pretty high on the 8th spot at the end of the season.
This year, Andre Lotterer has surprisingly been made a third favourite for the title, with only Vergne and da Costa ahead of him. The Belgian-German driver is available at 9/2 at Ladbrokes, Winner, and Betway Sports, and 4/1 (just like da Costa) at Fun88. That’s pretty unusual for a driver who has yet to win a race in the Formula E, but the rich previous experience is obviously giving punters and experts a reason to believe he can challenge for the title.
With those odds, we’d surely consider placing a small bet on Lotterrer.
Where Does Felipe Massa Stand?
Felipe Massa is probably the biggest name in the Formula E championship. This is his first season in the electric-powered racing series, and he’s one of the 5 drivers to make their debut in the championship this year. Massa is a great driver who can surely compete with everyone. His impressive resume includes a second spot in the F1 Championship in 2008, and he has 11 Formule One wins behind his name, so no one should sleep on him in Formula E.
Although his first Formula E race (Ad Diriyah ePrix) was not stellar (he finished 17th), Massa is a driver who should not be underestimated. Bookies are certainly aware of this, and, although not making him a major favourite, they’ve given him the odds of a darkhorse. Massa is available for 14/1 at Ladbrokes and Betway Sports, 12/1 at Winner, and 11/1 at Fun88. That’s surely pretty far from Vergne, but the potential payout is much better.
Underestimating Massa’s chances may be a mistake you’ll regret later. If you ask us, we’d place a small bet on the Brazilian and wait to see how things turn out. His first rodeo may not have been successful, but there’s a long way to go until the end of the season.