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Formulation E – Hen flies to victory as Jaguar ace lights up Diriyah

2021-02-27 22:00:00

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British star stays true to his custom by triumphing in a dramatic second race in Saudi Arabia

Sam Hen has made a behavior of successful a minimum of one race in each ABB FIA Formulation E World Championship season to-date, and in Saudi Arabia in the present day (27 February), the Briton upheld that custom in solely his second begin for Jaguar Racing, preventing his technique to victory on the scene of his most up-to-date triumph within the collection 15 months earlier.

Hen started the second floodlit Diriyah E-Prix across the Riyadh Road Circuit from third place on the grid, immediately behind first-time pole-sitter Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing). For the opening two-thirds of the race, the pair engaged in a tense cat-and-mouse duel, with the Jaguar driver shadowing his former team-mate earlier than lastly making a transfer persist with the good thing about Assault Mode.

Thereafter, Hen made probably the most of his superior vitality administration to tug away and was comfortably in management when the motion was red-flagged with just below three minutes remaining.

The end result marked the 34-year-old’s tenth Formulation E success and elevates him to second each on the all-time leaderboard and within the present championship standings – a welcome tonic after failing to attain yesterday.

In a race that was dramatic and entertaining in equal measure, Frijns held on to assert the runner-up spoils, though the Dutchman was possible relieved to see the pink flag emerge after discovering his mirrors stuffed with the marauding DS TECHEETAHs within the closing phases.

Certainly, Jean-Éric Vergne and defending champion António Félix da Costa might arguably have hoped for higher than third and fourth, had they not indulged in a wheel-banging internecine scrap that price each drivers essential time.

From seventh on the grid, Vergne was the primary man on the transfer, battling his well beyond Blomqvist (NIO 333), Nico Müller (Dragon/Penske Autosport), Oliver Turvey (NIO 333) and the second Dragon/Penske Autosport automobile of Sérgio Sette Câmara – with da Costa typically losing little time in following his team-mate’s instance.

There can be, nevertheless, a subsequent sting within the tail for Vergne, as failure to deploy his second Assault Mode – in firm with three different drivers – resulted in a retrospective drive-through penalty that dropped him to 12th and promoted da Costa to the rostrum.

Entrance row sitter Sette Câmara conceded a place at first and ran a lonely third till he was overhauled by the charging DS Techeetahs and – afterward – spectacular rookie Nick Cassidy. The New Zealander claimed quite a lot of notable scalps on his method up the order from 11th on the grid to fourth within the last reckoning for Envision Virgin Racing, earlier than getting a 24 seconds time penalty for exceeding the velocity below Full Course Yellow.

Behind fourth-placed Sette Câmara, team-mate Müller got here dwelling fifth on a day that – though not fairly dwelling as much as the promise of qualifying – nonetheless gave Dragon/Penske Autosport loads of trigger for encouragement.

Turvey made it a celebratory double points-scoring weekend for NIO 333 in sixth. The Briton confidently maintained his grid place of fourth early on forward of stablemate Blomqvist, and while he pale barely because the race wore on, for a crew that failed to attain in any respect in 2019/20, to depart Diriyah with 9 factors already within the bag represented an amazing achievement.

Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland wound up seventh, with Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Friday’s winner and championship chief Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) and Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche) finishing the highest ten, that means 15 of the 24 drivers obtained their season off the mark over the course of the weekend – an indication that the seventh season of Formulation E might properly be probably the most fiercely-contested but.

Yesterday’s second-place finisher Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) was unable to even begin following his hefty free apply crash. Proof, if it had been wanted, that nothing can ever be taken with no consideration in Formulation E – and {that a} thrillingly unpredictable marketing campaign lies in-store…

The motion will resume with spherical three – the Rome E-Prix in Italy – on Saturday, 10 April.

Sam Hen, Jaguar Racing

“I used to be a bit emotional within the automobile. It was an enormous transfer and an enormous step for me transferring away from what was my household in Envision Virgin Racing to affix Jaguar Racing, however they’ve welcomed me with open arms and I am happy to ship this win. The entire level of the opening two rounds was to come back right here and rating respectable factors and for those who’d mentioned I would come away with 25 factors, I would have taken that. Robin was so respectful and a pleasure to race in opposition to which is strictly what you’d anticipate of his calibre. It was actually, actually good.”

Robin Frijns, Envision Virgin Racing 

« I’m actually joyful in the present day, particularly after having such a tough day yesterday. The crew did an incredible job to show it throughout. Hopefully we are able to hold this manner for the remainder of the season. We would must hold engaged on the race tempo as Jean-Eric and Antonio had been closing on me in the direction of the top. If we hold having good qualifying periods, we’re going to have a superb season. It’s at all times tough to handle the vitality. Sam had a really good race, it was a disgrace that my second Assault Mode didn’t work out as I had deliberate and Sam took it later and overtook me in T18 and at that time I couldn’t defend. Vitality performed an enormous position as I felt I used to be always on the restrict of overconsuming. Nick did a terrific job for his first race in Formulation E, he is a good team-mate to have and I believe he can be excellent for the remainder of the season. »

Antonio Felix da Costa, DS TECHEETAH

“It was a superb efficiency and a superb end result in the present day, we confirmed that we’ve got the tempo once more and I’m tremendous happy with that. It really was a enjoyable race, with superb overtakes and a terrific restoration. This was our final time with the outdated automobile, for the subsequent race we may have the brand new one, which is now prepared, and I can’t wait to drive it!”

 

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