Rome E-Prix: Evans earns Jaguar its first Formula E race victory

Mitch Evans helped create historical past for Jaguar Racing after defeating DS Techeetah driver Andre Lotterer to clinch the workforce’s first-ever System E race win on the Rome E-Prix. This makes Evans the seventh completely different driver to win a race this season in simply as many races – with all of the race winners belonging to completely different groups.

It was a chaotic begin to the race with damp situations making it difficult for the drivers. Lotterer, who began the race from pole place, managed to make a clear getaway with Evans and Jose Maria Lopez behind him. However, additional down the pack, Max Gunther clipped the wall after sliding sideways via Flip eight, his automobile struggling bodywork harm within the course of. Simply moments later, Lopez made contact with Sam Fowl, seemingly bringing the latter’s race to an finish. However miraculously, Fowl discovered the prospect to proceed on for the reason that race was quickly red- flagged after an enormous pile up blocked the monitor.

Lopez crashed into the wall on the Flip 17/18 chicane, catching out Gary Paffett, Jean-Eric Vergne and another drivers behind. The prolonged pink flag interval gave groups the prospect to work on their vehicles, nevertheless the incident did carry an finish to Paffett’s race.

As soon as the race restarted, Evans spent a number of laps proper on Lotterer’s tail. He lastly managed to overhaul Lotterer with 16 minutes left on the clock, utilizing the Assault Mode to overhaul him at Flip 11. Lotterer tried to maneuver again into the lead by partaking his second Assault Mode, and for a second, it appeared just like the race may play into his fingers as Evans did not activate his for a second time. Nonetheless, the Jaguar Racing driver managed to maintain Lotterer at bay, however along with his automobile operating out of power, he needed to again off within the closing few laps – bringing again reminiscences of his disappointing Rome E-Prix final 12 months, the place poor power administration technique pressured him all the way down to the again of the pack from the lead. Nonetheless, it was a unique story this time round, and he finally held on to win the race, crossing the end line with simply two % of usable power left.

Vandoorne completed the race in third place for HWA, claiming each his and the workforce’s first System E podium after what has been a difficult begin to the season. Robin Frijns took 4th place after utilizing Assault Mode to tug off a late transfer on Sebastien Buemi. Buemi’s Nissan teammate Oliver Rowland completed simply behind him in sixth place, adopted by Lucas di Grassi.

Vergne was handed a drive-through penalty for overtaking Antonio Felix da Costa underneath a full-course yellow, dropping him all the way down to 14th place, however he did earn some extent for setting the quickest lap. This promoted Jerome d’Ambrosio to eighth place, the Mahindra Racing driver managing to climb up the sector after beginning the race all the best way down from 19. This handed him sufficient factors to take the lead within the drivers’ standings as soon as once more, albeit by only one level from da Costa, who completed the race in ninth place. Mahindra Racing’s different driver, Pascal Wehrlein rounded up the highest 10.  Fowl managed to finish the race in 11th place after Virgin Racing was in a position to restore his automobile underneath the pink flag.

Each Venturi drivers – Edoardo Mortara and Felipe Massa – needed to retire from the race after struggling transmission issues.

Race outcomes

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

CAR

GAP

1

Mitch Evans

Jaguar

Jaguar

1h33m51.140s

2

Andre Lotterer

DS Techeetah

DS

zero.979s

three

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA

Venturi

6.399s

four

Robin Frijns

Virgin

Audi

9.181s

5

Sebastien Buemi

e.dams

Nissan

9.778s

6

Oliver Rowland

e.dams

Nissan

11.262s

7

Lucas di Grassi

Audi

Audi

24.340s

eight

Jerome d'Ambrosio

Mahindra

Mahindra

28.633s

9

Antonio Felix da Costa

BMW

BMW

30.651s

10

Pascal Wehrlein

Mahindra

Mahindra

30.735s

11

Sam Fowl

Virgin

Audi

32.272s

12

Alex Lynn

Jaguar

Jaguar

42.238s

13

Oliver Turvey

NIO

NIO

48.616s

14

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS Techeetah

DS

49.732s

15

Tom Dillmann

NIO

NIO

52.253s

16

Jose Maria Lopez

Dragon

Penske

1m10.373s

17

Alexander Sims

BMW

BMW

1m11.373s

18

Daniel Abt

Audi

Audi

1 Lap

19

Maximilian Gunther

Dragon

Penske

Not operating

Felipe Massa

Venturi

Venturi

Retirement

Edoardo Mortara

Venturi

Venturi

Retirement

Gary Paffett

HWA

Venturi

Retirement

 

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