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While Formula 1 has flirted with bringing the South African Grand Prix back into its developing circuit rotation and the WRC races in Africa, Formula E continues to bring the highest level of motorsports to new markets.
Round four of Formula E’s season nine took place in Hyderabad, India, while Formula E debuts in South Africa this weekend for round five.
From Hyderabad to Cape Town
Jean-Éric Verne of the DS Penske team hadn’t had a great first three rounds, with his best result being seventh in round two at Diriyah. However, Verne was fantastic in Hyderabad, making it to the final qualifying duel with a bye and losing pole position to Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans.
Verne was able to hold on to his lead for most of the race, holding off Nick Cassidy, who had a power advantage on the dying laps, to win the inaugural and highly-eventful Hyderabad E-Prix.
Vergne moved into third place in the Championship standings with the win. Tag Heuer Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein fourth place finish at Hyderabad extended his early season Championship-lead over Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis, who got tangled up in a crowded field and ended up finishing 16th.
Cape Town E-Prix Favorites
We’re actually not favoring Verne in Cape Town, but we will consider him a potential winner going forward with another strong performance at Cape Town.
Pascal Wehrlein has been excellent this season and is the early favorite to win the Formula E Drivers’ Championship and is among the favorites on the Formula E odds for this weekend for the Cape Town E-Prix.
We expect Jake Dennis to bounce back after finishing 16th and last in Hyderabad. Dennis won the season’s first E-Prix and finished second in both Diriyah E-Prixs.
We’ve liked Nick Cassidy’s performances in three of the four events in season 9, while Jake Hughes was impressive in the first three events before retiring from contact in Hyderabad.
We also like Sébastian Buemi as a potential betting online winner of the Cape Town E-Prix, who finished in the top six in the first three rounds and was challenging at the front of the grid before getting caught up in chaos and falling to 15th.
Formula E: Cape Town E-Prix Circuit Info
This first Cape Town E-Prix features a purpose-built street circuit. With this being the first trip to Cape Town, there are no previous results or laps times to review.
Formula E designs circuits to race with unique sightlines and backdrops amongst densely packed cities, and Cape Town will be no exception. The circuit goes through Cape Town’s waterfront district, with Lion’s Rump (or Signal Hill) overlooking the race as the drivers head down the start/finish straight and take turn one to fly past Cape Stadium at turn three, with a long straight through the Waterfront district from turns 7 to the tricky turn 8-10 complex.
One lap around the Cape Town E-Prix circuit is 13 turns over 2.921 KM.
Formula E: Cape Town E-Prix Race Information
- Race: Cape Town e-Prix – 45 minutes (54kWh of energy)
- Location: Cape Town, South Africa
- Day/Time: Saturday, Feb 25, 9:00 a.m. ET
- Cape Town E-Prix Stream: CBS Sports Network
Cape Town E-Prix Betting Odds
|Formula E: Cape Town E-Prix||Moneyline|
|Antonio Felix da Costa||+1600|
|Lucas di Grassi||+4000|
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Formula E: Cape Town E-Prix Picks and Prediction
Formula E’s first four races have been wild and fairly difficult to predict. However, championship leader Pascal Wehrlein, Jake Dennis, and Envision Racing’s Sébastien Buemi are all contenders to win in Cape Town.
Jaguar TCS Racing’s Sam Bird, NEOM McLaren’s Jake Hughes, and René Rast all retired from the Hyderabad E-Prix from collision damage but have been very strong this season and should be considered among your picks for the Cape Town E-Prix.