Formula E: REIGNING CHAMPION DE VRIES HEADS MERCEDES-EQ ONE-TWO IN DIRIYAH OPENER
Reigning champion Nyck de Vries led home a Mercedes-EQ one-two in the opening round of the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, with Stoffel Vandoorne second and Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) third.
De Vries sealed his first victory in Formula E here last year and took advantage of an uncharacteristic Vandoorne slip-up to double up, with the Belgian missing his second jump through the ATTACK MODE activation loop. The pair were dominant from there, winding up eight seconds clear of Dennis.
Jaguar TCS Racing’s Sam Bird crossed the line a fighting fourth, with Andre Lotterer (Porsche) looking strong early on – particularly in a fiesty duel with Dennis. The German eventually slipped down the order from a provisional podium position to 14th as his usable energy became ever more marginal as the race drew on.
Lucas di Grassi showcased his renowned racecraft to notch fifth on debut for ROKiT Venturi Racing just ahead of teammate Edoardo Mortara and Nick Cassidy – the Envision Racing man also taking the point for TAG Heuer Fastest Lap.
DS TECHEETAH’s Jean-Eric Vergne followed in eighth, pipping rookie Oliver Askew who’ll be happy with his first effort in the series and points on the board – no mean feat. Jaguar’s Mitch Evans rounded out the points-paying positions.
De Vries heads the way in the Drivers’ World Championship from Vandoorne, with Mercedes-EQ heading the Teams’ running.
The Diriyah E-Prix Round 2 follows at the same time tomorrow.
.@nyckdevries WINS the #DiriyahEPrix for the second year in a row 🏆— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) January 28, 2022
Teammate @svandoorne makes it a @MercedesEQFE 1-2 and @JakeDennis19 rounds off the podium in P3 👏⚡️
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As it happened…
Vandoorne and de Vries picked up where they left off in Season 7 right off the line, with the Belgian leading the pack away and the reigning champion jumping Dennis into second position with Lotterer following in fourth – pulling a second-and-a-half on those behind after the opening couple of laps.
Ten minutes in, and the lead trio of Vandoorne, de Vries and Dennis began to pull clear of Lotterer and the rest. Di Grassi sat as he did at lights out, in fifth, with Bird, Maximilian Guenther in his first race for Nissan e.dams, Cassidy, his Envision Racing teammate Robin Frijns and Mortara rounding out the top 10.
On Lap 6, de Vries, Dennis and Lotterer jumped for their first 30kW ATTACK MODE boost, with Vandoorne covering them off a lap later. A scrap was underway a little further back for ninth, on the cusp of the points, between Mortara, Frijns, Oliver Rowland (Mahindra Racing), Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche), Evans and Vergne. Rowland came off worst in a battle with Frijns, starting with a clash at Turn 14 and ending up with the Brit’s car backwards in the wall and out of the race, while Frijns slipped to 14th and was penalised for his part in the incident.
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The new Porsche Taycan Safety Car made its first appearance while the stranded Mahindra was recovered, with the race going green again on Lap 11 and the lead quartet getting the jump on the rest.
Lotterer leapt for his second 30kW boost before the De Vries, Vandoorne and Dennis and managed the undercut on the Andretti driver. Vandoorne hamstrung his chances – and ultimately cost himself the race win – by missing the activation for his second dose of ATTACK MODE when the rest matched Lotterer up, leaving the Porsche sitting pretty and costing the Belgian the lead to his teammate de Vries.
.@JakeDennis19 goes for the move but doesn't make it stick… Will we see these two battling it out until the end of the race? 👀— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) January 28, 2022
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