Formula E: Evans leads Jaguar 1-2 in first Berlin race

–by Mark Cipolloni–

In a race featuring a total of 190 overtakes, Jaguar TCS Racing executed a near-perfect race at the inaugural Julius Baer São Paulo E-Prix as Mitch Evans took the checkered flag and teammate Sam Bird finished third in Round 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

It was an excellent day for the British manufacturer as they locked out the podium – secured as runner-up Nick Cassidy drives with the Jaguar powertrain for Envision Racing – the first time they have done so in the all-electric racing series.

The result makes it five different race winners in the opening six races of Season 9 as each race turns into a total crap shoot given the rules and the technology.

“This has come at the perfect time, we had a tough start but the car has been quick – so to finally get the victory and some points is incredible” race winner Mitch Evans said.

“A Jaguar 1-2-3, Nick pushed me all the way – we pushed each other – both teams executed brilliantly. This is down to a lot of hard work, there is a lot of graft that goes in with simulations, to try and put these races together regarding strategy is not easy. I wouldn’t have wanted it much closer than that!

“We obviously thought about track position and where you want to be at certain phases in the races. I had a good energy advantage from quite early on, but it was just about trying to find the right time to use the energy advantage. I thought I maybe went a bit too early, once Nick got behind me, he was able to accumulate some energy, and he was able to stick to my toe, but we got the victory so we obviously managed to do the right job. Super happy to get some big points on the board.”

Andretti Autosport driver Jake Dennis crashed out of the Berlin E-Prix, with Porsche’s Antonio Felix da Costa eliminated in the incident.

The Briton qualified a strong fifth and was running sixth and attempting to pass Maximilian Gunther’s Maserati MSG machine in front heading into the Turn 6 left-hand hairpin when he lost control, collecting the Porsche of da Costa ahead.

“In Formula E you roll for such a long period and then you brake, so you have the luxury of being able to move so much and I just felt like obviously he moved quite late.

“I was already committed and then I hit the brake and obviously had the situation. We just need to analyse why that happened.”

Berlin Race 1 Results

Pos No. Driver Team Laps Behind Gap
1 9 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 43 0.000 0.000
2 10 Sam Bird Jaguar Racing 43 1.850 1.850
3 7 Maximilian Gunther Maserati Racing 43 2.738 0.888
4 16 Sébastien Buemi Virgin Racing 43 2.849 0.111
5 37 Nick Cassidy Virgin Racing 43 4.787 1.938
6 94 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche Team 43 9.111 4.324
7 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Dragon Racing 43 9.191 0.080
8 36 Andre Lotterer Andretti Autosport 43 9.504 0.313
9 48 Edoardo Mortara Maserati Racing 43 10.159 0.655
10 8 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing 43 10.308 0.149
11 11 Lucas di Grassi Mahindra Racing 43 19.449 9.141
12 23 Sacha Fenestraz Nissan e.Dams 43 21.549 2.100
13 17 Norman Nato Nissan e.Dams 43 24.561 3.012
14 4 Robin Frijns Team Abt 43 25.627 1.066
15 51 Nico Müller Team Abt 43 27.580 1.953
16 3 Sergio Sette Camara NIO Formula E Team 43 34.847 7.267
17 58 René Rast McLaren 42 1 Lap 1 Lap
18 27 Jake Dennis Andretti Autosport 38 5 Laps 4 Laps
DNF 13 Antonio Felix da Costa Porsche Team 30 13 Laps 8 Laps
DNF 5 Jake Hughes McLaren 19 24 Laps 11 Laps
DNF 1 Stoffel Vandoorne Dragon Racing 19 24 Laps 0.359
DNF 33 Dan Ticktum NIO Formula E Team 19 24 Laps 0.567


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