It’s obvious that driver experience also played a role in the teams’ high finishing positions, but it’s important to note that neither Porsche nor Mercedes struggled with the reliability issues that inflicted some of the other teams. Both Techeetah and Nissan had a car retire with technical problems. GEOX Dragon didn’t even get one car to the starting grid.


It’s tough to predict the future, but the fact that both new teams have proved strong right out of the gate bodes well for the rest of the season.

The second round of the season takes place tomorrow as part of the Diriyah double-header event. If Porsche and Mercedes can make it through yet another race both dominant and unscathed, we might just have two new championship contenders to pay attention to.