Formula E is back with a brand new logo, a brand new car and a whole host of driver and team changes with what might just be the most competitive season to date.
DS Penske is the new home to the current World Champion Stoffel Vandoore and he will partner the only double Champion in the series, Jean Eric-Vergne, creating one of the strongest driver pairings on the grid.
The team are taking on the DS works partnership this year and this will give them a huge boost ahead of the new season.
They also have Oliver Turvey in the reverse driver ranks and he will be able to play a key role in the development of the team as he brings multiple seasons of experience with him.
The Silverstone-based NIO 333 team are hoping to get closer to the pack once again this season and has recruited the services of Sergio Sette Camera to help them do that.
Dan Ticktum remains with the team, with everyone involved hoping that they can get the rules shakeup right and score more than the seven points they did last season.
Robin Frijns makes the switch from Envision to ABT, who return to the sport this season.
Alongside him is Nico muller, who last raced in the sport for Dragon Penske in 2021.
Frijns is a driver who has already got race wins and podiums to his name and is a good driver to have at the team to help ease them back into the Championship as a works team.
McLaren has taken over from two-time double World Champions Mercedes-EQ.
Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck De Vries have both been crowned Champions with the team over the past two seasons, but now it’s the turn of Jake Hughes and Rene Rast to continue that on under the McLaren name.
Pre-Season testing was strong for the team, with Hughes winning the testing race that they had, with Rast leading part of the race. However, that was testing can we can’t really read too much more into that.
With Ian James remaining with the team, a level of continuity in the management side of the team will help them hit the ground running in what could be a very good season for the Woking-based side.
Maserati are the other new team to join the grid for Season 9, replacing last season’s runners-up Venturi.
They were linked to Nyck de Vries, however, his departure to Formula One give Maximillian Gunther the seat and he impressed in testing, topping the timesheets on all but one day.
Edoarata Mortata has been one of the underrated drivers on the grid in recent seasons and will be looking to mount a title challenge this year.
However, they are without Suzie Wolff and Jerome D’Ambrision who have been departed from the teams management, with Wolff a key figure behind turning the team’s fortunes around.
Oliver Rowland and Lucas Di Grassi make up the Mahindra pairing for Season 9 and both bring a lot of experience to the team.
Rowland will be in his second season with the side and can count on the Championship winning experience of Di Grassi alongside him as the team look to impress, despite a change of team principal.
Jaguar are the only team to keep their driver line-up the same this season and this might just pay dividends for them as they look to make their way back to the front of the standings after a tricky season.
Mitch Evans and Sam Bird both have race-winning ability and can really get the most out of a car that isn’t the most competitive, but with the brand-new generation of cars this season, they might just be able to start the season on the front foot.
Porsche has gained Championship winning experience for this season as Antonio Felix da Costa joins the team.
Pascal Wehrlein remains with the team for another season, looking to move further up the standings this season.
This is a strong driver pairing that can definitely claim race wins and podiums if everything works out for them.
Sebastian Buemi has made the switch to Envision for season 9 and will partner Nick Cassidy who is entering his third season with the team.
It was 2016 the last time Buemi laid his hands on the title, but with a fresh start with the Silverstone-based team, he might just strike lucky again this year.
Cassidy entered the series with a lot of hype and potential to live up to on the back of some very impressive rookie tests and dominating performances in Super Formula.
While his performances so far haven’t been to the level some were expecting, having an established race winner alongside him should Cassidy in his development.
Nissan has two new drivers this season as Norman Nato and Sasha Fenetraz join the team, who have underperformed in recent times.
The loss of Sebastian Buemi and Maximillian Guenther will be huge for the team but they have two drivers who will be going out looking to impress and prove their place on the grid.
After leaving Porsche, many thought Andre Lotterer would leave the series altogether, but instead, he will partner Jake Dennis at Avalanche Andretti.
The German driver is one of the most experienced on the grid and is paired with one of the most underrated drivers in recent seasons.
Helping to create an exciting duo that could really fight for race wins and podiums as the season progresses.
But where is Formula E racing this season?
It all begins in Mexico, before a doubleheader in Saudi Arabia. A first trip to India makes up round 4 before an e-prix in South Africa. Brazil and Germany make up rounds 6, 7 and 8 before the iconic Monaco race.
Then the series travels to Indonesia for a doubleheader, followed by a race in the USA and two races in Italy and the UK doubleheader rounds of the season at the end of July.
This is going to be one of the biggest seasons the sport has ever seen and we will be covering it all here on The Apex Motorsport.