Formula E: Santiago

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Righty then. Here we go. @aidanleape here for a BTM second. We thought it was a first, but then we'd forgotten to account on 2015. Either way, were here now, and I'm ready to take you through Round 4 of Season 4 of the ABB Formula E Championship. It's like F1. But more electric. And better.

Round 4 then, and we're in Santiago, Chile. A tight and twisty street circuit with plenty of bumps and surface changes. What more could you really want? Qualifying took place earlier in the day, and here is exactly what happened.

So Vergne on pole then. Here's the full grid. Notice that it's a 10 place grid penalty for di Grassi. He'll start down in P13 1 - Jean-Eric Vergne, Techeetah 2 - Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams 3 - Andre Lotterer, Techeetah 4 - Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing 5 - Nelson Piquet Jn. Panasonic Jaguar Racing 6 - Alex Lynn, DS Virgin Racing 7 - Oliver Turvey, NIO Formula E Team

8 - Nico Prost, Renault e.dams 9 - Jose Maria Lopez, Dragon 10 - Daniel Abt, Audi Sport Abt Shaeffler 11 - Maro Engel, Venturi Formula E Team 12 - Jerome D'Ambrosio, Dragon 13 - Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport Abt Shaeffler 14 - Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing 15 - Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing 16 - Antonio Felix da Costa, MS&AD Andretti Formula E

And the back 4 on the grid: 17 - Edoardo Mortara, Venturi Formula E 18 - Tom Blomqvist, MS&AD Andretti Formula E 19 - Luca Filippi, NIO Formula E Team 20 - Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing

Right then. That's the grid. But how is the championship shaping up I hear you say. Well, I've got that covered too. The Top 10 are as follows: Felix Rosenqvist - 54 Sam Bird - 50 Jean-Eric Vergne - 46 Nelson Piquet Jr - 25 Edoardo Mortara - 24 Sebastien Buemi - 22 Nick Heidfeld - 21 Mitch Evans - 15 Daniel Abt - 12 Antonio Felix Da Costa - 8

As for the team standings: Mahindra - 75 DS Virgin - 58 Techeetah - 43 Panasonic Jaguar - 40 Venturi - 30 Renault e dams - 28 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler - 12 MS&AD Andretti - 12 NIO - 9 Dragon Racing - 8

That's a lot of boring information, but hopefully that catches you up with how this season is shaping up, and how the race will start off. One more piece of plenary for you is a Formula E rule change for this weekend. Each driver currently has two cars per race (thank battery life for that) so they change cars at a pit stop. Previously there were minimum pit times. They are in the bin.

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And those minimum pit times in the bin means that there will be all sorts of mayhem come pit-stop time. Which we always like.

The big worry on the grid seems to be battery temperature in this race. It's naturally baking hot in Santiago (no shocks there), and, just like a phone battery, or any other electronic device that you're clinging on to in order to follow this, the battery will also get hot doing it's work. The added atmospheric temperature could therefore cause some havoc too.

Right then. Time for some predictions people. Comment with your top 3s. I'm going Buemi, Bird, Abt.