After Saturday’s chaotic peloton race, which saw Oliver Rowland take the win for Nissan amid some controversy, the ABB Formula E World Championship’s debut weekend in Misano continued with Round 7 on Sunday. ERT would have another positive race whilst Jehan Daruvala would finally get points on the board. Asian Motorsport reviews all the action from the second round of the double-header.

By Seb Tirado

Free Practice 3

Nyck de Vries leading Saturday’s disqualified race winner António Félix Da Costa out of the pits for FP3 | Credit: Formula E

The final Free Practice session of the weekend would see Saturday’s race winner Rowland classify 8th with a 1:17.375, just ahead of Mahindra’s Nyck de Vries in 9th with a 1:17.394. His teammate Sacha Fenestraz would finish 17th with a 1:17.664, behind Maserati’s Jehan Daruvala in 15th with 1:17.597. The two ERTs of Dan Ticktum and Sérgio Sette Câmara would finish 19th and 20th with a 1:17.729 and 1:17.774 respectively, ahead of de Vries’ teammate Edoardo Mortara who finished 21st with a 1:17.816.

Oliver Rowland heading out for Qualifying | Credit: Formula E

Qualifying 

Reshuffled groups would see Rowland, Ticktum and de Vries in Group A and Sette Câmara, Fenestraz, Mortara and Daruvala in Group B.

Group A would see all its drivers eliminated with Rowland in 5th, Ticktum in 9th and de Vries 10th in group with a 1:18.064, 1:18.216 and 1:18.410 respectively. They would ultimately qualify 10th, 18th and 20th.

Group B would also see its drivers all eliminated, with Sette Câmara finishing 6th, Fenestraz 7th, Mortara 10th and Daruvala 11th in group with a 1:18.091, 1:18.126, 1:18.461 and 1:18.720 respectively. They would ultimately qualify 11th, 13th, 19th and 21st.

Misano E-Prix

As is the case with peloton-style races, the first laps of Sunday’s race saw great shifts in positions yet again, with the two Mahindras gaining positions whilst Ticktum and Daruvala would drop back to the rear of the pack. The three would take their first Attack Modes on Lap 3, electing for a 6-2min strategy. Daruvala would also take his first Attack Mode on this lap, electing for a 4-4min strategy. A lap later, the two Nissans would take their own first Attack Modes, with Fenestraz also electing for a 4-4min strategy whilst his teammate would go for a 2-6min strategy.

From his 10th place start, Rowland would manage to climb up as high as 4th ahead of Daruvala’s teammate Maximilian Günther before the Safety Car would quickly come out at the end of Lap 7 for Frijns’ retirement. At the end of the restart lap of Lap 9, Rowland and Ticktum would take their second Attack Modes whilst Sette Câmara would take his first and elect for a 2-6min strategy. Daruvala would take his second activation a lap later and Sette Câmara would subsequently take his second activation on Lap 11.

Rowland taking the lead of the Misano E-Prix | Credit: Formula E

As the race reached the halfway mark, Rowland would cycle up to the lead, having made up a total of 8 positions, whilst Sette Câmara would cycle into the points for the first time in the race. By Lap 14, Mortara would make up a total of 6 positions to reach 13th as he and Fenestraz both took their second Attack Modes. Lap 18 would see Rowland lose 1st place to Pascal Wehrlein, but he would soon regain the lead heading into T5 three laps later. His teammate would also make up ground in the final laps, overtaking Lucas di Grassi and Sette Câmara to get himself into the points.

On the final lap of the race, disaster would strike for Rowland as he suddenly slowed from the lead of the race coming out of Turn 5, having run out of usable energy. This was later attributed to a software glitch at the start of the race, which ultimately put an end to his quadruple-podium run. Nevertheless, Fenestraz would finish in 5th ahead of Sette Câmara in 6th, both drivers gaining valuable points for their teams. However, Nissan would slip back to 4th in the Teams’ Championship thanks to Wehrlein’s victory.

Daruvala would also be awarded the ABB Driver of Progress title for gaining a total of 12 positions in the E-Prix | Credit: Maserati MSG Racing

Points would also come the way of Jehan Daruvala for the first time this season by finishing 10th behind his teammate Günther. This would later become 9th after Günther was given a 5-second penalty. Elsewhere, the two Mahindras of de Vries and Mortara would ultimately finish in 15th and 13th, with Ticktum in-between them in 14th. Whilst it was indeed another disappointing weekend for Mahindra, Nico Müller would achieve a strong 4th place finish for their customer team of ABT Cupra, bringing them close to Electric Racing Technologies for 5th in the Manufacturers’ Trophy.

Formula E Drivers’ Championship Top 10

  1. Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) – 89
  2. Jake Dennis (Andretti) – 89
  3. Oliver Rowland (Nissan) – 80
  4. Nick Cassidy (Jaguar) – 76
  5. Maximilian Günther (Maserati) – 63
  6. Jean-Éric Vergne (DS Penske) – 53
  7. Mitch Evans (Jaguar) – 52
  8. Sam Bird (McLaren) – 37
  9. Jake Hughes (McLaren) – 25
  10. Norman Nato (Andretti) – 23

Formula E Teams’ Championship Top 5

  1. Jaguar TCS Racing – 128
  2. Andretti – 112
  3. TAG Heuer Porsche – 109
  4. Nissan – 100
  5. DS Penske – 75

Formula E Manufacturers’ Trophy

  1. Porsche (Porsche/Andretti) – 190
  2. Jaguar (Jaguar/Envision) – 157
  3. Nissan (Nissan/NEOM McLaren) – 154
  4. Stellantis (DS Penske/Maserati) – 128
  5. Electric Racing Technologies (ERT) – 23
  6. Mahindra (Mahindra/ABT Cupra) – 19

For Round 8, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns to the iconic streets of Monaco on April 27th.

Header image credit: Formula E

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