Evans wins after an exciting final sprint

Mitch Evans won the Formula E race premiere in Jakarta. On the new circuit in the Indonesian metropolis, the Jaguar driver triumphed in the near finish, ahead of the two-time pole and champion Jean Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) and world runner-up Edoardo Mortara (Venturi). At the finish line, after 40 laps, the trio was less than a second away.

Evans, who started the race from third place behind the duo of Techeetah Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa, celebrated his third victory of the season after a double triumph in Rome and fourth in Formula E.

On the 2,370km track with 18 turns, Evans finished second to Felix da Costa in a reboot after the only phase of the race with the safety car and started chasing Vergne. After completing the attack modes, the New Zealander managed to break the former Formula 1 driver eight laps ahead. In a thrilling three-way duel with Vergne and Mortara, Evans finally held the lead.

“It was tough,” Evans panted after the hot race. “The climate here was on a different level.” “We’ve put a lot of work into the setting. The team made the right changes with me. By the end, Vergne was very close. The tires dried up and overtaking him made me really sweat.

Felix da Costa had to settle for fourth place after starting P2. Stoffel Vandoorne made two improvements to the Mercedes, the Belgian crossed the finish line in fifth place in a largely clean race. Jake Dennis (Andretti), Lucas di Grassi (Venturi) and Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) completed the top eight.

Wehrlein started the race from eleventh place after a five-place penalty. Porsche teammate Andre Lotterer, starting from 8th, lost points after a 5 second time penalty in a collision with Nyck de Vries and ended up empty in 11th place behind Sam Bird (Jaguar) and Sebastien Buemi (Nissan) – by hand . Maximilian Günther (Nissan) crossed the finish line in 14th place.

The world champion de Vries failed

Oliver Rowland lost a wheel on contact during the first lap and had to back off early. The incident triggered a Safety Car Phase to remove Mahindra’s motorbike from the track.

The reigning world champion Nyck de Vries had to park his Mercedes in the pitches in the final stage and end the race prematurely. Andre Lotterer received a 5-second time penalty for the collision. The third rider missed the finish line after his late retirement with Antonio Giovinazzi (Dragon).

The tenth of the 16 races of the season will be held in Marrakesh on July 2, 2022. A semi-permanent circuit in Morocco bridges the gap as a replacement for a race in Vancouver, Canada, which was soon canceled.

General classification after 9/16 races: After the start of the second half of the season, the World Cup remains fierce. Stoffel Vandoorne remains the leader with 121 points. Jean-Eric Vergne has caught up with only five points behind 116 points. Third in the general classification is the world vice-champion Edo Mortara, who has collected 114 points so far. Race winner Mitch Evans (114 points) and Robin Frijns (81 points) are placed fourth and fifth. The best-placed German is Andre Lotterer with 59 points in seventh place, ahead of Porsche team-mate Pascal Wehrlein (55 points). Maximilian Günther takes the P17 with two points.

Formula E in Jakarta: this is how the race premiere in 2022 went

Starting line-up: Jean-Eric Vergne secured the 15th pole position in his qualifying career and thus took the lead in the stats of pole position in Formula E history, ahead of Sebastien Buemi (14th pole). The two-time champion won the final qualifying match with his teammate Techeetah, Antonio Felix da Costa – never before have there been two drivers from one team in the final in the new qualifying format. Mitch Evans, Edo Mortara, Jake Dennis and surprisingly Sebastien Buemi finished third to sixth. Stoffel Vandoorne and Andre Lotterer shared the fourth row in the table. Lotterer’s teammate Pascal Wehrlein made his way to the knockout stage but will start from 11th due to a 5-place penalty (work on the driveline). Maximilian Günther started the race from P15.

Weather: Hot Battle in Jakarta! At the start of the race, drivers and fans expected a sharp 30 degrees outside (track: 42 degrees). The extremely high humidity of 70 percent was particularly a nuisance, also for the battery performance of Formula E cars. “This is the hottest race of the season,” said Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne. The chance of rain was just over 30 percent before the start of the race, but remained dry during the 45-minute race. Probably lucky for the drivers – when it rains in Jakarta, it really rains! There were occasional heavy rains in the days leading up to the race.

Beginning: A polite start from the front, pole position Jean-Eric Vergne overtook team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa, who successfully defended himself against Mitch Evans. Behind them Edo Mortara and Jake Dennis in fourth and fifth places. Stoffel Vandoorne briefly fought his way past Sebastien Buemi in the P6 before the Nissan driver replied. Pascal Wehrlein started from eleventh to eighth while Porsche team mate Andre Lotterer teamed up with Nyck de Vries and completed his first lap in P9. Antonio Giovinazzi turned in the back field.

After the first lap, race control sent the safety car one lap after Oliver Rowland lost a wheel in a duel that had to be removed first. After restarting on lap four, Evans fell in second to Felix da Costa after a braking error. Meanwhile, Lucas di Grassi was ahead of Lotterer by P10. After the first laps, Maximilian Günther was in 13th place.

First half of the race: Sergio Sette Camara, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alex Sims, Robin Frijns and Nick Cassidy launched the first of two mandatory attack modes (2x 4 minutes) in Round 5. Leader Jean-Eric Vergne activated the extra boost on lap 7, while teammate Antonio Felix da Costa, Jake Dennis, Nyck de Vries and Lucas di Grassi also decided to use an extra 250kW of power. Mitch Evans followed the lap later, allowing Mortara to initially take second place behind Vergne.

Stoffel Vandoorne didn’t activate his attack mode until lap 13, and after he “came back” from the activation zone, he stayed away from the perfect line just ahead of the Wehrlein. On Lap 14, Felix da Costa implemented his second attack mode from P5 while Vergne was driving Mortara, Evans and Dennis. Mortara held second even without attack mode until Venturi’s pilot activated the boost on lap 15. When Vergne used his second attack mode at the same time, Evans took the lead.

Wehrlein and Porsche teammate Lotterer used a boost on laps 17 of eight and ten before the three-time Le Mans winner took a place above Nyck de Vries. Vergne soon took the lead from Evans with his output of 250 kW.

Fan boost: Stoffel Vandoorne, Nyck de Vries, Jean-Eric Vergne, Antonio Felix da Costa and Mitch Evans

Rest of the race: At the start of the second half of the race, after a good 20 minutes, Vergne was ahead by almost a second over Evans, Mortara and Felix da Costa. In his second attack mode, Vandoorne overtook fifth-placed Wehrlein, who also had no chance against Dennis with 250kW and was overtaken at P7. Di Grassi, Lotterer and de Vries finished eighth through tenth.

On lap 24, Mortara from P4 and Evans from P2 activated their attack modes as the last drivers ahead. Mortara had no problems with Felix da Costa while Evans chased, 1.6 seconds ahead of Vergne. The Jaguar driver cut the loss to half a second, but with ten minutes left he was no match for Vergne.

Lucas di Grassi took seventh place after a light touch with Pascal Wehrlein. On lap 30, world champion Nyck de Vries had to park his Mercedes in the pitches. This was preceded by a contact with Andre Lotterer (5 second time penalty) on turn 8. Evans took the lead with Vergne on lap 32 (6 minutes left) with an overtaking maneuver! Antonio Giovinazzi had to park his Dragon car on the penultimate lap. The front remained tight, but Evans passed Vergne and Mortara.

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