Formula E. Jean-Éric Vergne won the Rome E-Prix Race 1

Formula E. Jean-Éric Vergne ha vinto la gara 1 dell'E-Prix di Roma
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA), DS Techeetah, DS E-Tense FE21, leads Lucas Di Grassi (BRA), Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Audi e-tron FE07

Jean Eric Vergne after won in Formula E Rome E-Prix Race 1, externalized his satisfaction in the team radio with the famous phrase: “vini, vidi, vici”.

DS Techeetah’s driver took the 10th win of his Formula E career around the Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR, followed closely behind by Jaguar Racing duo of Sam Bird and Mitch Evans.

Formula E. Jean-Éric Vergne ha vinto la gara 1 dell'E-Prix di Roma
Sam Bird (GBR), Jaguar Racing, 2nd position, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA), DS Techeetah, 1st position, and Mitch Evans (NZL), Jaguar Racing, 3rd position, on the podium

Jaguar Racing achieved their first double podium in Formula E, with the British squad being led to the chequered flag by Bird, who started the race in 10th and Evans in 12th.

The MINI Electric Pacesetter, in its debuts as a Safety Car, led the cars off the start line due to mixed conditions on track. Once the pack was released it wasn’t long before Julius Baer Pole Position winner Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) and André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) tangled, leaving them both out of contention.

Vergne and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) enjoyed a game of cat and mouse with the pair continuing to swap positions through Attack Mode activations. On Lap 21, the Brazilian slowed with a technical issue, leaving Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) to take evasive action and spin into the barriers.

The Safety Car was deployed and brought the cars across the finish-line, with the podium finishers followed by Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), René Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team), Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing), Maximilian Günther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) and Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing).

Racing actions returns tomorrow, April 11 for Round 4 of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship – the Rome E-Prix Race 2.

Jean Eric Vergne said:

Today was the first race weekend with the new powertrain and it felt really good. The team did a great job to fix the car in time for the race after FP1. My engineer was very good in giving me directions on energy management and Attack Mode. I had very good management during the race and it was a question of making of the most of the energy reduction. When Lucas tried to overtake me I didn’t stop him because I knew we had more energy and there was a long way to go. I knew that I could’ve taken him.

Sam Bird after the race declared:

Formula E. Jean-Éric Vergne ha vinto la gara 1 dell'E-Prix di Roma
Mitch Evans (NZL, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-Type 5

We had a really good start as a team with another podium finish. I won here before, but I can’t compare the two tracks. The circuit was very difficult, but I am really pleased with the performance. It felt really comfortable and we didn’t waste too much time in overtaking. JEV defended very well and I’m happy with the result.

Mitch Evans said:

This is our first double podium as a team – congratulations to everyone involved and Sam, we work really well together. It wasn’t an easy race to manage at all. The conditions weren’t easy and starting in the middle of the pack, you can easily get caught up in crashes. I’m glad we started under the safety car as T1 could’ve been tricky, but our pace was extremely strong.

Final Classification

1 Jean-Éric Vergne 48:47.177s (25)
2 Sam Bird +0.461s (18)
3 Mitch Evans +0.756s (16)
4 Robin Frijns +1.034s (12)
5 Sébastien Buemi +3.142s (10)
6 René Rast +3.534s (8)
7 Pascal Wehrlein +3.918s (6)
8 Alex Lynn +5.720s (4)
9 Maximilian Günther +18.296s (2)
10 Tom Blomqvist +19.089s (1)
11 Norman Nato +20.045s  
12 Oliver Rowland +20.270s (1)
13 Nico Müller +21.155s  
14 André Lotterer +22.987s  
15 Nick Cassidy +23.763s  
16 Sergio Sette Câmara +26.415s  
DNF Lucas di Grassi 21 Laps  
DNF Nyck de Vries 21 Laps  
DNF Stoffel Vandoorne 21 Laps (3)
DNF António Félix da Costa 20 Laps  
DNF Jake Dennis 17 Laps  
DNF Edoardo Mortara 10 Laps  
DNF Alexander Sims 2 Laps  
DNS Oliver Turvey    

Driver standings

Sam Bird Jaguar Racing 43
Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing 34
Nyck de Vries Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team 32
Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 31
Jean-Éric Vergne DS TECHEETAH 25
René Rast Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 21
Edoardo Mortara ROKiT Venturi Racing 18
Pascal Wehrlein TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team 17
António Félix da Costa DS TECHEETAH 15
Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams 15
Sergio Sette Câmara DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT 12
Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.dams 10
Oiver Turvey NIO 333 FE Team 9
Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team 7
Alexander Sims Mahindra Racing 6
Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 6
Alexander Lynn Mahindra Racing 4
Maximilian Günther BMW i Andretti Motorsport 2
Tom Blomqvist NIO 333 FE Team 1
Norman Nato ROKiT Venturi Racing 0
André Lotterer TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team 0
Jake Dennis BMW i Andretti Motorsport 0
Nick Cassidy Envision Virgin Racing 0

Team standings

Jaguar Racing 74
Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team 39
Envision Virgin Racing 34
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 27
Nissan e.dams 25
ROKiT Venturi Racing 18
TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team 17
NIO 333 FE Team 10
Mahindra Racing 10
BMW i Andretti Motorsport 2

Source: Formula E

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