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Sam Bird took home the victory in a thriller in the streets of Diriyah, which ended a few minutes premature due to debris on the track. Starting in P3, he fought off pole-sitter Robin Frijns in a race which saw the lead change multiple times, but Bird’s strategic use of his attack modes helped him to take his first victory for his new team, Panasonic Jaguar Racing.
Jean-Éric Vergne took the final step on the podium, with both him and his team-mate António Félix da Costa charging through the field to finish P3 and P4 from P7 and P9 on the grid. Even with their old powertrain, the DS Techeetah’s showed excellent race pace and locked horns for a little while.
In Nick Cassidy’s second race in Formula E, he put on a mature display which saw him move from P10 on the grid to P5 at the chequered flag. The former Super Formula champion had a tough race yesterday, but came back today full of confidence and put yesterday’s experience to use.
After the second round of the season, the championship is all to play for. Only one driver, René Rast, from yesterday’s top five finished in the top ten today, with Rast taking the last place in P10. Due to problems with the Mercedes powertrain which saw Edoardo Mortara take a heavy shunt in free practice, the Mercedes EQ drivers didn’t manage to set a lap in qualifying.
Mercedes EQ issued the following statement on social media regarding the incident:
Nyck de Vries still holds the top spot of the championship standings, after taking home 29 points from his grand slam yesterday. Sam Bird takes second place with his 25 points and Robin Frijns takes third with 22. Neither Bird or Frijns took any points after yesterdays race.
Formula E returns on April 10th for round three of the World Championship in the Italian capital of Rome. Sam Bird will be high in confidence after today’s race, backed up by the fact he won there previously in 2018. However, with a six week gap between then and now, the race will be anyone’s to take.