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Rome E-Prix Race Review (Round 14)

Grand Slam Dennis takes control of the Championship with victory in Rome

Jake Dennis had a perfect day in Rome as he scored maximum points to put one hand on the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship trophy. Nissan scored their first Podium in 2 years as Norman Nato came home in P2 whilst Jaguar’s Sam Bird rounded out the Podium.

The Most Notable Moments

Jake Dennis got off the line well to lead into Turn 4 (the start and finish line were in different places in Rome) whilst Norman Nato managed to find his way past Nick Cassidy a little bit later round the lap. However, Cassidy was quickly able to re-overtake Nato before Mitch Evans followed through meaning the top 3 in the Drivers’ Championship were all running in the Podium places early on. However, that didn’t last as at Turn 7, Mitch Evans broke too late into the corner, clipped the back of Dennis’ car before he went flying over Cassidy’s Envision resulting in big damage for the pair of them whilst Dennis managed to get away unscathed in what could be the pivotal moment in this year’s Championship. The Safety Car was called out and when it came back into the pits, Jake Dennis led from Norman Nato, Sam Bird, Dan Ticktum, and Edoardo Mortara whilst Nick Cassidy was running right at the back of the field whilst Mitch Evans quickly came in to retire after it became clear that the damage was too much. On Lap 6, Nato went for an audacious move on Dennis which wasn’t the smartest decision and it resulted in the Nissan driver damaging his front wing. Elsewhere, Antonio Felix da Costa missed his breaking zone completely at Turn 7, resulting in the Portuguese driver going down the escape road and out of the points. Sam Bird was then trying to put pressure on Jake Dennis, but he just couldn’t get past him and after everyone had taken their second Attack Mode, Dennis led from Nato, Bird, and Mortara. It then became clear that everyone had just about enough energy to push flat out which meant Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis was able to build a gap and set the Fastest Lap whilst Jaguar’s Sam Bird just couldn’t find a way past the Nissan of Norman Nato who was doing a fantastic job to stay in P2 despite having a damaged wing. On the final lap of the race, Nick Cassidy and Andre Lotterer collided which resulted in Lotterer being put into the wall. It’s pretty clear that Cassidy’s frustrations had gotten the better of him because this was completely unnecessary.

Drivers who Impressed

After losing his Championship lead yesterday, Jake Dennis pulled out the day of his career as he took Pole position, set the Fastest Lap of the race, and led every lap of the race to take a crucial victory in his pursuit of becoming a World Champion. Norman Nato drove superbly well to take his second-ever Formula E podium whilst Sam Bird should be happy with third. Maserati MSG should certainly be delighted with P4 and P6 for Edoardo Mortara and Maximilian Gunther respectively whilst Stoffel Vandoorne recovered from a tough Qualifying to finish 8th (he started 18th). Dan Ticktum also scored a couple of points for NIO whilst Nico Muller got himself another point in Rome with ABT CUPRA.

Drivers who Struggled

Whilst Pascal Wehrlein did a decently good job to recover from 15th to finish 7th, his poor Qualifying performance has pretty much put an end to his title challenge which looked so promising coming out of Diriyah. Porsche’s Antonio Felix da Costa was on for good points before he made a mistake whilst Nick Cassidy, who wasn’t at all at fault for his Championship-changing collision, let himself down by taking out Lotterer at the end of the race. Jean-Eric Vergne also had a tough day for DS Penske and as for Mitch Evans, his mistake today has potentially ruined two drivers' chances at winning the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship which is not a good thing at all.

Overall Race Results

  1. Jake Dennis: 45:04.323

  2. Norman Nato: +3.105

  3. Sam Bird: +3.633

  4. Edoardo Mortara: +4.357

  5. Sebastian Buemi: +5.004

  6. Maximilian Gunther: +5.403

  7. Pascal Wehrlein: +11.586

  8. Stoffel Vandoorne: +11.951

  9. Dan Ticktum: +12.563

  10. Nico Muller: +13.313

  11. Jake Hughes: +14.507

  12. Antonio Felix da Costa: +18.034

  13. Rene Rast: +21.029

  14. Nick Cassidy: +23.475

  15. Jean-Eric Vergne: +1:26.623

  16. Sacha Fenestraz: +1 Lap

  17. Sergio Sette Camara: DNF

  18. Andre Lotterer: DNF

  19. Robin Frijns: DNF

  20. Lucas di Grassi: DNF

  21. Roberto Merhi: DNF

  22. Mitch Evans: DNF

Drivers’ Standings:

  1. Jake Dennis: 195pts

  2. Nick Cassidy: 171pts

  3. Mitch Evans: 151pts

  4. Pascal Wehrlein: 146pts

  5. Jean-Eric Vergne: 107pts

Teams’ Standings:

  1. Envision Racing: 253pts

  2. Tag Heuer Porsche: 239pts

  3. Jaguar TCS Racing: 228pts

  4. Avalanche Andretti: 218pts

  5. DS Penske: 153pts


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