Since the FIA Formula E Championship’s creation in 2014, the teams and drivers have had to contend with a staggering variety of conditions and challenges, and this season promises to be no exception. When ‘Season 5’ kicked off in December in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, the weather turned out to be exceptionally cold for this part of the world (between 15 and 20°C) following a period of heavy rain, while the more recent Marrakech E-Prix in Morocco was marked by distinctly chilly temperatures, with the thermometer standing at just 3°C at the start of Free Practice 1. In contrast, the minimum temperature in Santiago was 20°C overnight, before climbing to 40°C for the start of Saturday’s e-prix. As a result, ground temperatures soared to more than 60°C to establish a new ‘high’ for the all-electric series. The previous record had held since the 2015/2016 championship’s visit to Putrajaya, Malaysia, where the air and track temperatures peaked at 39°C and 56°C respectively, although high levels of humidity added to the difficulty. Another record established in Santiago was the way the latest-generation MICHELIN Pilot Sport took the punishment thrown at it in its stride, despite extreme weather, constantly changing grip levels and a deteriorating track surface, and with no mid-race car swaps as in previous seasons!
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