There have been some incredibly talented drivers to have competed in Formula E across its first five seasons, but which of them have left a strong enough impression on the Inside Electric team to make our ranking of the top 25?
We got together to discuss the merits of all 64 drivers to have competed in at least one E-Prix across Formula E’s first five seasons, and we’re kicking things off with our ranking of positions 25 through to 21.
Of course, we don’t expect you to all agree, so why not leave a comment below to let us know who’d make your top 25…
25. Tom Dillmann
23 races for Venturi & NIO, 24 points
Passed over for a drive at Aguri in season two, the soft-spoken Frenchman later become a super-sub of sorts for Venturi, appearing in 10 races over a two year period with the team. His moment of brilliance came when he finished fourth in New York at the end of season four, narrowly missing out on the podium after fighting with a number of far more seasoned drivers. That performance earned him a full season drive with NIO. However, his points-scoring potential was limited by a car that lacked the pace to show off his full potential. Marred by retirements and under-performing machinery, he became the only driver not to score points in season five.
24. Maro Engel
23 races for Venturi, 47 points
One of Formula E’s quieter talents, Engel makes this list for his almost astonishing consistency during season four. Despite driving a Venturi that teammate Edoardo Mortara swung between early triumph and late-season dropoff, Engel was the reliable pair of hands the team needed to bring the car home. Extremely well-liked in the paddock, Maro’s two seasons in Formula E rarely featured consistent frontrunning equipment but he was more often a consistently solid performer and a fair racer.
23. Alex Lynn
21 races for Virgin & Jaguar, 30 points, 1 pole position
Starting his Formula E career with a pole position at the 2017 New York E-Prix certainly showed that Lynn wasn’t here to mess around. Over the following years, the former GP2 race winner racked up several championship points but a streak of bad luck saw his Formula E career take a hit.
With Nelson Piquet Jr departing Jaguar partway through last year, Lynn returned to Formula E with Jaguar, scoring points in Monaco and Bern. He looked on course to secure a first win in New York before car trouble ended his run.
22. Oliver Rowland
14 races for Mahindra & Nissan, 71 points, 3 poles, 2 podiums
After a brief appearance for Mahindra in season two, Rowland was brought in last minute to replace the F1-bound Alex Albon and proved to be a fantastic choice for Nissan e.dams. He had a very consistent rookie season alongside the vastly more experienced Sebastien Buemi, picking up three pole positions and two podium finishes.
His efforts didn’t go unnoticed either as Rowland was awarded the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award by Formula E last year.
21. Maxi Günther
10 races for Dragon, 20 points
An uncertain future greeted Günther upon his arrival in Formula E as Dragon’s test and reserve driver with the promise of a limited race programme. However, when necessity called, the confident but easy-going German answered in spades. Günther finished fifth in Paris and again in Bern with a damaged car, ultimately scoring more points than his full-time teammate Jose Maria Lopez. His performances were impressive enough to land him a factory BMW seat for season six as team-mate to fellow season five debutant Alexander Sims.
A few wildcard mentions…
Pierre Gasly: During season three’s bizarre, pre-finale New York double-header one driver stepped out of a Milton Keynes simulator and almost absentmindedly, into Sebastien Buemi’s shoes. Gasly had done almost no preparation and although he was obviously keen to race, his mind was focused on a different top-flight series. Even so, his jetlagged 48 hours as a Formula E driver saw him go from 19th to 7th in race one and nearly take a podium in race two.
Loic Duval: Duval replaced Oriol Servià at Dragon Racing part-way through Formula E’s first season and became a solid performer for the Jay Penske-owned team, amassing a haul of 122 points from 28 starts. He scored two podiums during season one – in Berlin and London – but was never quite on team-mate Jerome d’Ambrosio’s pace with so just misses out on a top 25 ranking.
Jose Maria Lopez: Lopez came into the championship with the Virgin Racing team as a triple WTCC Champion and earned himself two podium finishes during his time in Formula E. His move to Dragon Racing ultimately proved to be a disappointment and a series of technical issues meant he was often struggling at the back of the field. His Formula E career ended with a respectable haul of 82 points from 35 starts, but Lopez had the talent to achieve more.
Jaime Alguersuari: The former Toro Rosso F1 driver turned DJ had a few strong races with Virgin Racing team back in 2014/15 in what proved to be his one and only Formula E season. Alguersuari found it a challenge to consistently match team-mate Sam Bird, however, and was eventually replaced by Fabio Leimer before announcing his retirement from motor racing altogether shortly after.
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