Formula E World Championship Race in Rome Virginia Raggi, Mayor of Rome, Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings Ltd. and Roberto Diacetti, EUR Spa President, poses for a photo during a press conference in Rome, Italy on October 19, 2017. Rome will be hosting a Formula E world championship race next April 2018.(Photo by Giuseppe Ciccia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The inaugural Formula E 2018 Rome E-Prix kicks off the European portion of the calendar this weekend (April 14,2018). Round seven will be held at the Circuito Cittadino Dell’EUR in the EUR district of Rome, Italy. The Formula E Rome E-Prix will bring the electric racing series to the Italian capital for the first time.

Preview of the Rome E-Prix

The Circuit

The Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR is the second longest track in the calendar at 2.84 km (1.76 miles) in length. The circuit consists of 21 turns, with the start finish line located on Via Cristoforo Colombo. The cars will be racing around the Obelisco di Marconi, a beautiful marble-concrete structure. Furthermore, they will be racing against the backdrop of the iconic Colosseo Quadrato.

Drivers to Watch

Although Jean-Eric Vergne holds a big lead in the Driver’s Championship, he will be looking for another win. Techeetah hold onto a narrow lead over Mahindra Racing and DS Virgin Racing. So, they will be looking for a good result from both their drivers Vergne and Andre Lotterer. Lotterer will be looking for a better result this time around. After plummeting down to twelfth in the Punta del Este E-Prixhe will need to avoid doing that.

Furthermore, Lucas Di Grassi of Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler will try to maintain his good form. After a second place finish in Punta del Este, he will try to replicate that result. Although Daniel Abt looked strong in Punta del Este, his race unraveled quickly.   An unfortunate seat belt malfunction led Abt to pit again and his race was ruined.

Also, Felix Rosenqvist of Mahindra Racing will be looking for a race win to move him up the standings. The Swede sits only thirty points behind Vergne and could cut into that gap in Rome. After a fifth-place finish at the Punta del Este E-Prix, he will need some luck. Additionally, his teammate Nick Heidfeld will be looking for some luck in Rome. After a DNF in Punta del Este, he will be looking to finish this race and gain some points for Mahindra Racing.

In addition, Sam Bird of DS Virgin Racing sits third in the championship and is only three points behind Rosenqvist. The Briton placed third at Punta del Este after starting tenth from the grid. His teammate Alex Lynn, placed sixth in Punta del Este and will be looking for a better result this time in Rome.

Driver Standings

1. Jean-Eric Vergne 109
2. Felix Rosenqvist 79
3. Sam Bird 76
4. Sebastien Buemi 52
5. Nelson Piquet Jr. 45
6. Mitch Evans 41
7. Daniel Abt 37
8. Oliver Turvey 32
9. Edoardo Mortara 28
10. Lucas di Grassi 21
11. Nick Heidfeld 21
12. Andre Lotterer 18
13. Alex Lynn 17
14. Antonio Felix da Costa 16
15. Jose Maria Lopez 13
16. Maro Engel 7
17. Nico Prost 7
18. Jerome D’Ambrosio 6
19. Tom Blomqvist 4
20. Luca Filippi 1

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Constructor Standings

1. Techeetah 127
2. Mahindra Racing 100
3. DS Virgin Racing 93
4. Panasonic Jaguar Racing 86
5. Renault E. Dams. 59
6. Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 58
7. Venturi Formula E Team 35
8. NIO Formula E Team 33
9. MS&AD Andretti Formula E 20
10. Dragon Racing 19

http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/results/standings/team/2022017

How to Watch

For details of where to watch the Rome E-Prix in your country visit here: http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/championship/tv-schedule/

Live streaming is available in selected markets on www.fiaformulae.com, the official Formula E app, YouTube and Facebook

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