Situation in overall scoring is becoming intense.
Another attractive race of Formula-E is behind us and again we got a new name on the top spot. In fact, Formula-E got seven different winners in the last seven races with the last one now being Mitch Evans, New Zealander Mitch Evans, Jaguar driver for whom – and for the British team – victory in Rome was also the first in his career. And it was not an easy one at all as there was a battle of two drivers basically from start to finish.
It was for most of the race a battle between Evans and DS Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer, who started the race from pole position. He managed to keep the lead before Evans even after he use Attack mode, yet was unable to make a substantial gap. His plan to take it easy to the end however proved not to be successful. Not long after first half of the race Evans with a bold move managed to pass Lotterer and stayed in front of him despite the fact Lotterer used Attack mode two times before the race was finished.
"It’s beautiful to be honest. The first few laps were tricky, and Andre and I looked comfortable out in front - but it wasn’t easy. After the red flag I wanted to stay after him, as normally DS TECHEETAH are really strong in the race. So, I thought let’s see what we’ve got behind them. Once the energy information became visible, I thought it was surprising and I needed to use it to get close and attack. Obviously, it was on the edge but it could be done. I want to thank everyone at Panasonic Jaguar Racing for the hard work. It’s not been easy - we’ve been in the championship since season three - so I’m really delighted to be the first winner for Jaguar," said overwhelmed Evans after the race.
Third place and initially the bottom space on the podium went into the hands of Stoffel Vandoorne. Antonio Felix da Costa managed to score a merit ninth place, just behind Jerome d’Ambrosio who consequently managed to take the lead from da Costa in the overall scoring. Situation there is quite intense as the gap between first and ninth driver is only 13 points.
- Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) 1:33:51.140s
- Andre Lotterer (DS TECHEETAH) +0.979s
- Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA RACELAB) +6.399s
- Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) +9.181s
- Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) +9.778s
- Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) +11.262s
- Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) +24.340s
- Jerome D’Ambrosio (MAHINDRA RACING) +28.633s
- Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) +30.651s
- Pascal Wehrlein (MAHINDRA RACING) +30.735s
- Jerome D’Ambrosio (MAHINDRA RACING) 65
- Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) 64
- Andre Lotterer (DS TECHEETAH) 62
- Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) 61
- Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) 58
- Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) 55
- Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) 54
- Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing) 54
- Edoardo Mortara (VENTURI Formula E Team) 52
- Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) 44