With the second season of the all-electric FIA Formula E season due to start in Bejing in 7 days time, RaceDepartment takes a look at some of the protagonists due to line up on the grid in China. When Season 1 ended with a bang around the streets of London's Battersea Park Street Circuit back in June, attention soon turned to what the new all electric series had in store for its follow up effort beginning next week at the Bejing Olympic Green Circuit in China. Its been a busy off season for the championship with a number of announcements regarding updates to series rules and regulations, not least the ability for teams if they wish to develop their own power units opening up a variety of different solutions. Nick Heidfeld, driving for Mahindra gave some idea of the scope of the series regulations during pre season testing at Donington Park “I think we have everything from no gears up to four gears and some people have two engines and some have one,” said Heidfeld. “When the regulations are opened it’s very interesting – unlike other series where the regulations are the same for a long time and everybody arrives at the perfect solution. Here it’s open and it’s new and it’s cool to see so many different approaches.” Formula E also operates as an 'open championship', allowing teams and manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their own electrical energy innovations. Working to the technical specifications set out by the FIA, teams will focus their efforts on improving and developing powertrains and battery technology, with the aim of this filtering into the everyday electric vehicle market. 2014-15 Virgin Racing Driver, and former Toro Rosso Grand Prix entrant Jaime Alguersuari announced his retirement from motorsport aged 25 back at the start of October, joining fellow Grand Prix driver and Formula E racer Jarno Trulli in retirement during the off season. Other notable drivers who failed to make the grid after last season include Karun Chandhok, Loic Duval, Scott Speed and Oriol Servia. A number of exciting additions to the series have already been announced for the upcoming title race, including 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, son of Ferrari legend and multiple Grand Prix winner Giles. Simona de Silvestro makes her full time debut for Andretti Formula E having contested rounds 10 & 11 last year as well as Britain's 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner and Le Mans 24h Class winner Oliver Turvey. Returning favourite Bruno Senna once again lines up for the Indian Mahindra Racing Formula E Team alongside new teammate, and former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld. Other famous offspring include the returning Nicolas Prost, accomplished GT driver and pre season championship favourite once again partners RedBull Racings' Swiss start Sebastian Buemi. Pre season testing at Donington Park suggests that the upcoming season could well turn out to be a classic with as many as 10 drivers in with a realistic shout of taking the Championship honours at the end of the season. The full list of drivers and teams already confirmed for the upcoming season can be found below: ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Lucas di Grassi Daniel Abt Andretti Formula E Team Simona de Silvestro Robin Frijns Dragon Racing Jerome D'Ambrosio Loic Duval DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team Sam Bird Jean-Eric Vergne Renault e.dams Nicolas Prost Sebastien Buemi Mahindra Racing Formula E Team Bruno Senna Nick Heidfeld NEXTEV TCR Formula E Team Nelson Piquet Oliver Turvey Team Aguri Antonio Felix da Costa Nathanael Berthon Trulli Formula E Team Vitantonio Liuzzi Salvador Duran Venturi Formula E Team Stéphane Sarrazin Jacques Villeneuve With several drivers in with a shout of wins and podiums, who do you think will end the 2015-16 FIA Formula E season on the top step of the rostrum?