Is it possible that a canceled race in an 11-round championship tour could actually be beneficial?
In Formula E’s case, the answer may just be yes.
As previously announced, the scheduled Moscow ePrix on June 4 has been canceled, leaving just three races in the FIA Formula E Championship’s second season.
Only the May 21 Berlin ePrix and July 2-3 London doubleheader remain before the crowning of the second champion of the all-electric single-seater series.
In most cases, a lost race with a season as short as Formula E’s would be tragic, but thanks to the continued battles of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sports’ Lucas di Grassi and Renault e.Dams’ Sébastien Buemi, less may truly be more.
Going into the eighth round of the Formula E season, Di Grassi holds a lead of just 11 points over Buemi in the championship battle. The Constructor’s Championship is even closer, with Renault e.Dams holding a slim seven-point advantage over ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport.
With just one race separating the series from a doubleheader finale in London’s Battersea Park, nothing short of disaster is going to keep the championship battle from being tight entering the final weekend.
That same level of tight competition and intrigue is what made the inaugural championship tour so thrilling down to the final lap, as Nelson Piquet, Jr. drove through the field to claim the title by a single point.
Given how competitive Buemi and di Grassi have been throughout the second season of Formula E, the second- and third-place finishers in the inaugural tour, respectively, are primed to offer the same dramatic conclusion seen last season when the field heads to London.
Losing Moscow will never be a moment looked back on favorably by the paddock, and the month-plus wait between Berlin and London may cost the series some momentum. But with luck, having one less race for disaster to ruin one of the best championship battles in all of motorsports may just prove to be worth the lost time.