Formula E Betting Tips: New York E-Prix 2019

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Updated Thursday 11th July 2019, 03:37 PM


Formula E returns to New York on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July for the final two rounds of what has been an exhilarating season of racing. Defending champion Jean-Éric Vergne sits at the top of the standings with a 32-point lead to protect; if he manages to do that he will become the first driver to ever retain the Formula E title.

Take a look at Sports.net’s preview and Formula E betting tips ahead of the 2019 New York E-Prix.

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The Season So Far

Jean-Éric Vergne got his season off to strong start, racing to a second place finish in the opening round in Saudi Arabia. Despite a potentially disastrous spin early in round 2 in Morocco, he clawed his way back to fifth place and 10 points. From there, however, his season looked like it was about to derail spectacularly.

A collision with BMW I Andretti Motorsport’s António Félix da Costa early in round 3 forced Vergne and da Costa to retire; this was a big blow for the latter, who did not finish for the second race in a row, after taking pole position and the win in round 1.

Vergne’s difficulties didn’t end there. Another collision in round 4 undid any hope he might have had of getting his season back on track, and while he avoided any disasters in round 5, he could only manage a 13th-place finish. After three consecutive races without a point, Vergne slipped to 11th in the standings, 26 points behind the leader, Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird.

Formula E is an unpredictable sport, though, especially after the introduction of ATTACK MODE and FANBOOST. These innovations provide drivers with boosts of power during a race and have enabled some exciting racing so far. The BMW team might not have felt so positive, however, when their drivers battled for first place at the end of round 2 and ended up taking each other out; da Costa was forced to retire and Alexander Sims dropped back into third place.

After six races, there had been six different pole setters, and six different race winners from six different teams. This back-and-forth between the drivers played a big part in allowing Vergne to make a comeback that has seen him rise to the top of the standings heading into the final two rounds. He has won two of the last three races and scored a massive 76 points since round 8 to open up a gap at the top.

By round 10 there was just a six point gap between Vergne in first place and Lucas di Grassi in second. Di Grassi also suffered from an inconsistent season, and might have been disappointed not to have taken more of an advantage of Vergne’s slip-ups in the earlier rounds. Di Grassi was furious when a collision with Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns ended his round 6 race early. It is easy to see why; after making consecutive podiums in the previous two races, di Grassi was looking for a chance to pull ahead in a tightly-fought contest at the top of the standings.

A win and fastest lap bonus point in round 10 kept di Grassi in touch with Vergne, before disaster struck in round 11 in Switzerland. A dismal qualifying lap meant that he started the race in the 19th spot on the grid, and despite a valiant attempt to work his way up the pack, he could only manage a ninth-place finish and two points. Vergne extended his lead in the standings from six points to 32, meaning the championship could well be decided after the first race in New York.

New York Double Header

The New York City E-Prix is a fast dash through the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn, and will take place alongside some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. It is a demanding circuit, with some big straights and a mix of fast corners, chicanes and hairpins. The ATTACK MODE activation zone will be placed on a straight, so there is little risk in deviating from the line to hit it. That in itself should make for some exciting, attacking racing.

The first race of the double header takes place on Saturday 13th July. The key timings for the event are as follows:

  • Practise 1 – 07:30 ET (12:30 BST)
  • Practise 2 – 10:00 ET (15:00 BST)
  • Qualifying and Super Pole – 11:45 ET (16:45 BST)
  • E-Prix – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

The second race takes place on Sunday 14th July, and timings are roughly the same. The biggest difference is that there will only be one practise session:

  • Practise 3 – 09:00 ET (14:00 BST)
  • Qualifying and Super Pole – 11:45 ET (16:45 BST)
  • E-Prix – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

The format of the E-Prix remains the same as always: drivers will race for 45 minutes and after that time will complete one final lap to the chequered flag.

Race Preview and Betting Odds

Lucas di Grassi may say that all the pressure is on defending champion Jean-Éric Vergne, but he will go into this weekend knowing that he too has to put up a good performance if he wants to have any chance of making a late title grab. Di Grassi is 32 points behind his rival in the standings, but there are 58 points to be had in New York.Vergne was in almost exactly this position when the Formula E parade hit New York for the final two rounds of last season. He carried a 23-point lead into the final double header and only had to keep Brit driver Sam Bird at bay to clinch the title. The pressure did not get to Vergne on that occasion, and he raced to a first-place finish in the final round to claim the championship in style. That experience could prove to be of huge benefit to him this time round.

It has been a close season, and as a result there are eight drivers who still have a mathematical chance of winning the title. Mitch Evans and André Lotterer have scored consistently in the preceding rounds, but they are 43 and 44 points adrift of Vergne respectively, so both will need at least one first-place finish this weekend to have any chance of causing an upset.

This is reflected in the odds. Vergne is odds-on at 1/10 to win the championship and become the first Formula E driver to ever retain the title. Di Grassi is the best outside chance at 11/2, while the odds on those other drivers that still have a mathematical chance are as long as 500/1.

Driver Odds of Winning Drivers Championship
Jean-Éric Vergne 1/10
Lucas di Grassi 11/2
Mitch Evans 66/1
André Lotterer 50/1
António Félix da Costa 500/1

This means that a bettor looking to make a decent (yet realistic) return only has di Grassi to look to. If this season has taught us anything, it’s that it’s impossible to know what is going to happen from one race to the next. For that reason and in the context of the last few months, 11/2 looks good enough to back di Grassi. Qualifying will be pivotal to the races, and the odds shouldn’t change too much in their wake. If di Grassi takes pole in qualifying for round 12, optimistic bettors should take a chance on him.


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