Predictor is live: Who to watch out for in the Diriyah Season 8 opener

Formula E Predictor is back. Join in on the action as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship kicks off with two races in Diriyah, setting off a season-long battle for you to win exclusive prizes including a full VIP race experience - and not forgetting the honour of being crowned Predictor Champion.

Put your prediction skills to the test and prove you can master the beautiful chaos that is all-electric street racing. It's free to play, and points are awarded for each correct prediction. 

Make your picks for five race outcomes - selecting from the 22 Formula E drivers that you think will win the E-Prix, clinch Julius Baer Pole Position, set the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap, be the first to use ATTACK MODE and be the driver to make up the most places in the race.

Don't forget you can set up leagues and put the challenge to your Formula E peers, and prove your prediction prowess in the process.

Feeling confident already? Then jump right in and make your picks now, or keep scrolling for some pointers for the opening two rounds in Diriyah.

Who to watch out for in Diriyah

From Formula E's five races in Diriyah, three of the wins came from straight from the Julius Baer Pole Position. With the new knockout qualifying format, this will be another hotly contested bit of real estate on the starting grid.

READ MORE: Formula E's new knockout qualifying format explained

Jaguar TCS Racing's Sam Bird has the most success around the Saudi Arabian streets with two wins here. He kicked off his relationship with the legendary British marque in fine form last season, scoring a debut win for the big cat in only the second time of asking - and keeping his claim on being the only driver to score a victory in every Formula E season to date.

Sam Bird Diriyah
Sam Bird had a victorious start to his relationship with Jaguar last season in Diriyah, taking the top spot in round 2

Reigning Teams' champions, Mercedes-EQ have had some good showings in Diriyah, Stoffel Vandoorne is the next best around the UNESCO historic site that makes up the circuit. The Belgian has two podium finishes from the German marque's debut season proper in 2019/20 with a second and third.

His FIA World Champion teammate, Nyck de Vries set off on a speedy march for his championship winning campaign last season with a stunning drive in Formula E's first night race. The Dutchman got a clean sweep, topping every session and scoring pole before flying to the top step of the podium in the opening race.

The aforementioned Bird and Sebastien Buemi are currently the only drivers to win the season opener on more than one occasion, could the reigning Drivers' champion add his name to this list on Friday?

Nyck de Vries, Mercedes-EQ, Practice 1, ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Will reigning champion Nyck de Vries get off to another flying start under the starry skies in Saudi?

While De Vries demonstrated the power of pole position last season with that storming victory, it is Alexander Sims who has started at the front of the pack the most in Diriyah. He may be a bit of a wildcard choice, but the Mahindra Racing driver did claim two on the bounce in Season 6.

Another wildcard shot for the predictor line-ups this weekend is Edoardo Mortara. The Swiss-Italian was on shining form under the spotlights and drove an emphatic race to finish second in the ROKiT Venturi Racing's customer Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02.

If you need a reminder of what Mortara is capable of on the streets of Diriyah, click play below and just remind yourself of that daring pass.