Formula E's run of different winners this season continued in Rome as Mitch Evans claimed the first win for the Jaguar team
Evans spent the first half of the race glued to the back of Andre Lotterer and although Stoffel Vandoorne stayed reasonably close, it soon became clear it was going to be a one-on-one between the front two. It would also come down to who could manage their two Attack Modes the best.
Evans looked the quicker of the two but couldn’t make a move under normal conditions so became the first to go for his usage. It paid off handsomely but Lotterer didn’t make it easy - after successfully defending the obvious overtaking spots he went slightly deep into Turn 10, allowing Evans a run into the next chicane. That’s not usually an overtaking place but somehow the Jaguar man found a bit of room and snuck ahead, leaving Lotterer just enough room in what turned out to be an awesome move.
Lotterer then used his first Attack Mode, couldn’t pass, and then immediately used his second. Evans tried to use his final one but missed the activation, throwing Lotterer another advantage. He nailed it the second time, just stayed ahead, and then was just about able to manage the gap to the end and claim his - and Jaguar’s - first Formula E win.
Vandoorne claimed his first podium in third, with Robin Frijns fourth, Sebastien Buemi fifth and Oliver Rowland sixth. Jean-Eric Vergne had finished seventh but was given a post-race penalty for overtaking during a full-course yellow, dropping him out of the points.
The start of the race was incredibly frantic as the track was wet, leading to a pile-up which completely blocked the track and forced a lengthy red flag period.
With the likes of Lucas di Grassi, Jerome d’Ambrosio and Antonio Felix da Costa having muted races to the lower points positions and Sam Bird having a tough drive to 11th following a first-lap incident, the championship is… well, ridiculously close - the top nine drivers covered by just 13 points. Here’s how the standings currently look:
1st - Jerome d’Ambrosio, 65 points
2nd - Antonio Felix da Costa, 64 points
3rd - Andre Lotterer, 62 points
4th - Mitch Evans, 61 points
5th - Lucas di Grassi, 58 points
6th - Robin Frijns, 55 points
7th - Jean-Eric Vergne, 54 points
8th - Sam Bird, 54 points
9th - Edoardo Mortara, 52 points
10th - Daniel Abt, 44 points
Season 5 of Formula E has seen seven races, seven different pole-sitters, and seven different race winners from seven different teams. How long can the streak keep going!?