Season 7 of ABB Formula E continued in Italy this weekend with the Rome E-Prix double-header. After a difficult Saturday, the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team bounced back with a frantic climax to Sunday’s race, propelling the Team back up to second in the championship standings. Catch up on all the highlights from the electric weekend below!
S7_Rome, Saturday, 10th April 2021 - Sebastian Kawka
Round 3, Saturday:
The variability of the weather conditions on Saturday made the track conditions hard to predict. It meant a safety car was deemed necessary to start the action due to drizzle in the air and considerably water-logged sections of the track.
Despite starting the race in pole position, Stoffel Vandoorne collided early on with Andre Lotterer, sending the Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 tumbling down the order into 13th. Despite a solid effort to regain track positions, on Lap 21 of the action-packed race, the two Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02’s came together to avoid damage from a retiring Lucas di Grassi, and Stoffel Vandoorne was spun into the barriers at speed.
The race was all over for both Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne. The race ended with the field slowed under the safety car which had been deployed for the earlier incident. A disappointing return to the action, despite a promising start in Italy for both Mercedes-EQ Team Drivers.
Round 4, Sunday:
Stoffel Vandoorne returned to the track rejuvenated and in fantastic form the following day, performing impressively during a dramatic Round 4 at Rome’s Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR.
For the second day in a row, scattered wet patches at Turns 5 and 7 meant the race began under the safety car. Stoffel Vandoorne took advantage of a full-course yellow which eliminated the looming attack mode of Pascal Wehrlein and allowed him to take control of the race.
From there, Stoffel Vandoorne exercised impressive command over the safety car restart for a one-lap shootout to the end, which the Belgian driver managed to convert into a 0.666 second victory over the Alexander Sims. Having started the race in fourth, Stoffel Vandoorne’s drive was skilful and ruthless, with his third ever victory in Formula E placing him in fourth in the overall driver’s standings, just ahead of teammate Nyck de Vries in fifth.
Unfortunately, it was another difficult race of the weekend for Nyck de Vries, who despite beginning the race as third in the overall standings, was wiped out from contention in a collision with Sam Bird. He had climbed into the top 10 and was looking good to secure further points for Mercedes-EQ, but as a result of the collision, the Dutch driver failed to finish the race – along with Sam Bird.
Vestas Forecaster results:
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