Later this week, the streets of the Ariake district of the Japanese capital will play host to the first ever Tokyo E-Prix. Asian Motorsport previews the weekend and details all you to know before the on-track action gets underway.

By Seb Tirado

Japan’s first ever street circuit 

Located around the Tokyo Big Sight convention center, the drivers will start with two 90-degree corners before descending down a short but steep ramp purpose-built for the E-Prix. The most tight and technical section of the circuit follows, all in front of the fans in the grandstands. Attack Mode will be located on the outside of Turn 4.

The long sweeping right-hander of Turn 9 and the approach to the fast right-left chicane of 10 and 11 might make a good overtaking opportunity in the race. Indeed, the right-left sweeping section of 13 and 14 might also make the 90-degree left of Turn 15 a possible ambitious overtaking opportunity.

The following straight leads to the last-minute addition of the Turn 16-17-18 complex, which was added to reduce possible dangerous speeds into the following downhill ramp. At the bottom, an acute right/left switchback at Turns 19 and 20 leads the driver back onto the pit straight, completing a lap of the Tokyo Street Circuit.

Could Nissan stand on the podium in their home race?

Rowland finished in P3 in Diriyah and São Paulo | Credit: Formula E + Nissan Formula E Team

With two consecutive podium finishes thanks to Oliver Rowland, Nissan Formula E Team Principal Tommaso Volpe has high hopes for a third consecutive one in Tokyo. “The last two race weekends have been really positive for the team,” he commented. “Scoring podiums in both Diriyah and Sao Paulo has given us confidence and we know we have the pace to be competitive. To head into our debut home race off the back of these performances is great for team morale, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to compete in Tokyo for the first time.”

Fenestraz last competed in Super Formula in 2022, where he finished as vice-champion | Credit: Masahide Kamio

Sacha Fenestraz, who competed in Japanese Formula 3, Super GT and Super Formula before joining Formula E, also expressed his excitement for the weekend. “I’m extremely excited of course, I did a big part of my career in Japan so going back there will be awesome. I know how amazing and crazy the Japanese fans are, so that will make it even more special. We are looking forward to seeing all the amazing support in the grandstands. It will be almost like a home race for me, the track looks really interesting so I’m excited to go racing!”

The championship outlook

Nick Cassidy currently leads the Drivers’ World Championship for Jaguar TCS Racing with 57 points. For Nissan, Oliver Rowland stands in 7th with 33 points and Sacha Fenestraz stands 14th with 8 points. Sérgio Sette Câmara stands in 16th for ERT with 2 points and Dan Ticktum stands in 22nd with 0 points. Both Mahindra drivers have failed to score points so far, with Edoardo Mortara in 17th and Nyck de Vries in 20th. Jehan Daruvala for Maserati MSG Racing has also failed to score points so far in his debut season, currently standing 21st.

Jaguar TCS Racing currently has a strong lead in the Teams’ World Championship with 96 points. Nissan is the lead Asian team in 6th with 41 points with ERT being the only other point-scoring Asian team in 9th with 2 points. Mahindra is 10th in the standings after a difficult start to their season.

In the Manufacturers’ Trophy, Jaguar also has a clear lead with 123 points. Nissan stands in 3rd with 88 points, Electric Racing Technologies is in 5th with 2 points and Mahindra is 6th and last in the standings with 0 points.

Weekend schedule

Free Practice 1 – 07:25 UTC / 16:25 JST March 29th

Free Practice 2 – 22:55 UTC / 07:55 JST March 29th/30th

Qualifying – 01:20 UTC / 10:20 JST March 30th

Tokyo E-Prix – 06:00 UTC / 15:00 JST March 30th

Header image credit: Formula E

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