M itch Evans ensured the British works team's first victory in the electric series at the Formula E race in Rome. The New Zealander, who started in second place, squeezed past the leading lotter after a tough maneuver. The commissioners classified the overtaking maneuver that was decisive for the race as borderline legal, but left it with the warning.
Lotterer, however, saw the maneuver as sporty and did not want to complain. 'Mitch had the faster car today,' said Lotterer. “I had a bit of trouble with the tires. I started swimming in the middle of the race. Maybe the air pressure was a bit too high. ”
Mass crash in the start phase
With a gross duration of one hour and 34 minutes, the Roman E-Prix was the longest electric race in history. The net duration of the spectacle was only 50 minutes. The rest was due to the extremely long break after a mass crash.
What happened in the first three minutes, was great action cinema. Almost more happened in the first two laps than in other racing series in the whole year: On damp turf, Max Günther flew the Dragon's nose during a high-speed spin with a kiss on the wall, then Sam Bird demolished his Virgin and finally his teammate Pechito Lopez took care of one The race was stopped when he crossed the track after coming into contact with the wall.
First podium for HWA
This triggered a chain reaction. Among those who suffered: Gary Paffett at the HWA, whom Jean-Éric Vergne (DS) took by the horns. Paffett's teammate Stoffel Vandoorne made third place for the first HWA highlight. 'Everything is possible here,' the Belgian summed up. “At the beginning of the season we suffered from incidents, bad luck and a lack of speed. Formula E is difficult to understand. ”
One of the curiosities of Rome is the change at theTop of the table: Although he was only eighth (after starting position 20), Jerome d‘Ambrosio (Mahindra) regained first place in the championship, but only one point ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa in the BMW and three of them in front of André Lotterer. It doesn't get any closer