BMW i Andretti Motorsports Maximillian Guenther made sure that it ABB FIA Formula E world championship had nine different race winners in the opening day races of season seven as the German took victory just ahead of Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne having come from fourth place on the grid.
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas Di Grassi came home in third place to complete the podium just ahead of polesitter Nick Cassidy of Envision Virgin Racing while his teammate Robin Frijns came from eleventh place to finish the race in fifth place.
Nissan e Dams Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland came home in sixth and seventh place respectively just ahead of TAG HEUER PORSCHE FORMULA E TEAM’s Andre Lotterer and Jaguar Racing’s Sam Bird. Audi Sports ABT Schaeffler’s Rene Rast came through the field from 22nd on the grid to finish the race inside the top ten in tenth place.
Mahindra Racing’s Alex Lynn started the race from third place and came home in eleventh place just ahead of Techeetah’s Antonio Felix Da Costa.
Mercedes EQ Formula E Team’s Nyck de Vries ended the race in 13th place just ahead of championship leader Edoardo Mortara who is not equal of points with Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns and speaking following the race the Swiss driver said:
“We were able to show some really good pace in FP2 but an issue in qualifying compromised my race today. When I started my push lap, I wasn’t able to go into the 250kW mode so I did my group run with a 50kW power disadvantage to my competitors. Starting from P23, the only way was forward but we were able to do an intelligent race and I gained nine positions to finish P14. We know that the car is working well here and I think points are achievable tomorrow.”
Norman Nato finished the race in 15th in the second ROKiT Venturi Racing and speaking following the race he commented saying:
“It’s a shame that we weren’t able to carry over our pace from FP2 into qualifying. I should have done better and we had the performance to score points. Starting at the back is tricky but there is always a possibility to fight forward. In the second-half of the race, I was in quite a good position but I was crashed into twice which lost me four positions. Fortunately, we get to go again tomorrow and I know that if we can start inside the top eight, we can compete for big points.”
ROKiT Venturi Racing Team Principal Susie Wolff commented saying:
“Today just goes to show once again how fast things can change in Formula E. A problem during Edo’s qualifying prevented him from using the full 250kW available while Norman didn’t manage to pull a clean lap together. Starting from the back is always challenging but we showed some promising pace and we know we have a fast package – there are positives we can take. Thankfully, this weekend is a double-header so we reset, and we go again tomorrow.”
NIO 333 Racing’s Tom Blomqvist ended the race in 16th place just ahead of Dragon / Penske Autosport’s Joel Erikkson and his teammate Sergio Sette Camara.
BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Jake Dennis retired from the race as did Mahindra Racing’s Alex Sims. Mercedes EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans also retired from the race as did NIO 333’s Oliver Turvey and TAG HEUER PORSCHE FORMULA E TEAM’s Pascal Wehrlein. Next up is New York City race 2 on Sunday.