Seven races, seven different winners. Last weekend, in the streets of Rome, it was the turn of the new zealander Mitch Evans to get on the top step of the podium and allow Jaguar to win his first victory in Formula E. The last victory of the british brand in an international discipline back to 1991. It cannot be stressed enough: no championship international does not offer such a spectacle. While the protagonists are about to switch in the last part, the outcome of the championship is more than ever contested. The evidence that the regulations of the youngest form of motor sport has been able to protect the equity and equality of opportunity between different actors.
A red flag for 50 minutes.
The car of Lopez after his touch against the wall. Sam Bloxham/LAT
Manic, the group of the Formula E does not scoured not the end of the first round without a hitch. Well qualified both cars in the stable Dragon sowed the disorder. Fifth on the grid, behind André Lotterer (DS Cars), Mitch Evans (Jaguar), José-Maria Lopez (Geox Dragon) and Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA Racelab), the German Max-Günther lost control of his car at high speed in turn 8 and hit the wall. Shortly after, his team-mate in argentina in Dragon crashed into Sam Bird and then crashed against the wall of the bend 19.
Locked-in full motion, Lopez created a stopper that forced the race direction to pull out the red flag. Fifty minutes later, the race could resume. Lotterer would take him to new Evans and Vandoorne. 15-minute, Evans, in ambush since the start of the race, cycled the mode (Attack and completed a successful overrun unstoppable on Lotterer. The positions were not going to change until the arrival. Vandoorne completed the podium. Ranked 4th, Robin Frijns (Virgin) went ahead of the two Nissan Buémi and Rowland.
Friction between Frijns and Buémi. Malcolm Griffiths/Malcolm Griffiths / LAT Images
Jean-Eric Vergne, left far on the grid, had managed to climb into the points in seventh place, but overtaking under yellow flag, was punished by a penalty which was demoted to the 14th rank. A sanction with a bitter taste for the French language which has been relegated to the seventh place in the championship with 54 points. At 11 points of the championship leader, Jerome d’ambrosio (Mahindra). The Belgian is ahead of a point Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW) and three-point André Lotterer (DS Cars). Through the provision of roman the German, the stable French arrived in 15 days in Paris at the head of the championship. DS Teechetah ahead of Virgin Racing to seven points. Next round: April 27, for the e-Prix of Paris at the Invalides.
the podium at The e-Prix of Rome in 2019. Alastair Staley/Alastair Staley / LAT Images