Da Costa Dominates to Win 2024 Shanghai E-Prix

António Felix da Costa secured victory ahead of Jake Hughes, who claimed his first podium, while Norman Nato finished third

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Antonio Felix da Costa claimed victory in Round 12 at the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix, showcasing superior energy management and racecraft to dominate the latter half of the 28-lap Formula E event. 

After seizing the lead from Norman Nato on Lap 16, the Porsche driver maintained a consistent pace, securing his win despite Jake Hughes’ late challenge.

Hughes, who secured pole position by a mere 0.001 seconds, initially aimed for more than a maiden podium. However, fierce battles with Nick Cassidy and other contenders saw him settle for second. Nato, who led early on, finished third after a robust defence against the advancing pack.

Cassidy’s race was marred by late contact that damaged his front wing, relegating him to fourth. Despite this setback, his closest rival, Pascal Wehrlein, suffered more, being forced into a pit stop to replace a punctured tyre. This left Wehrlein without points, allowing Cassidy to extend his lead in the championship standings.

Mitch Evans finished fifth, bolstering Jaguar’s position in the team standings. The DS Penske duo of Stoffel Vandoorne and Jean-Eric Vergne took sixth and seventh respectively, while Maximilian Gunther, Robin Frijns, and Oliver Rowland rounded out the Top 10. Defending champion Jake Dennis missed out on points, finishing 11th.

Strategic racing from Da Costa

The race started with Vandoorne overtaking Hughes at Turn 1. b quickly moved to second, and by Lap 3, Hughes, Nato, and others activated Attack Mode. Nato surged ahead, overtaking both Da Costa and Vandoorne.

Da Costa‘s strategic use of Attack Mode and efficient energy management saw him reclaim the lead by Lap 9. The race saw close competition, with the top 22 cars separated by just six seconds at one point.

Pascal Wehrlein of Porsche at the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix | Formula E
Pascal Wehrlein of Porsche at the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix | Formula E

Wehrlein’s title hopes took a hit on Lap 12 when contact with Sam Bird forced him into a pit stop for a tyre change after receiving a puncture. At the halfway mark, Nato led Da Costa and Vandoorne, with the pace intensifying as Hughes regained third place.

Da Costa‘s energy advantage became decisive on Lap 16, allowing him to dictate the race pace. Despite Hughes‘ efforts to challenge Nato and then Da Costa, the Portuguese driver remained untroubled, leveraging his strategic edge to secure a well-deserved victory.

Cassidy now leads the Drivers’ Championship by 25 points over Wehrlein. In the Teams’ Championship, Jaguar hold a substantial lead with 299 points, ahead of Porsche’s 226. 

John Smith
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