Evans clinches victory at inaugural Shanghai E-Prix

Mitch Evans took his twelfth victory in Formula E after taking the win in the final stages of the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix

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A well-managed race from Mitch Evans saw the Jaguar driver take victory at the first 2024 Shanghai E-Prix, narrowly beating Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein.

The inaugural Shanghai E-Prix saw another peloton-style race, with energy management crucial across the 29 laps of racing. Wehrlein, who had started the race from fourth on the grid, went on to lead the majority of the race, often swapping positions with his teammate Antonio Felix da Costa in a bid to manage the pace of the race.

Ultimately, it was Jaguar that took victory. The British team was a little more conservative in its energy usage, which played into its favour in the final stages of the race, giving Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy more to work with as they fought for the win.

Tough luck for Cassidy

Despite the 1-3 finish for Jaguar, there was a lingering sense of what could have been for Nick Cassidy. Having fought from the middle of the grid to reach the front of the pack, Cassidy had a significant energy advantage over the other frontrunners in the closing stages of the race.

It was an advantage that Cassidy was ultimately unable to capitalise on. The Jaguar driver was instructed by his team to hold position until the penultimate lap, in an effort to maximise his attack on Wehrlein. However, it proved to be an attack launched too late, as Cassidy found himself unable to get past the Porsche driver.

The Jaguar driver was evidently frustrated after the race, denouncing the decision to attack late. “Nice race today to get a one-three,” said Cassidy. “I had the energy to win, for sure. Wasn’t my decision, it’s okay.”

Despite losing out on the second step of the podium to his championship rival Pascal Wehrlein, Nick Cassidy remains at the top of the Drivers’ Standings with 155 points to Wehrlein’s 142.

Too much, too soon for Porsche

Although he lead the majority of the race, Pascal Wehrlein was only able to finish as high as P2. With energy saving so key around the Shanghai circuit, Evans was able to benefit from his more conservative approach to energy management.

Speaking after the race, Wehrlein shared his view that Porsche attacked too soon into the race.

“P2 in the end. We were in the lead for quite a long time in that race, probably a little too early because then I could just not save enough energy in the end for staying in the lead,” said Wehrlein.

“It was a hard fight. We take that podium. Obviously we wanted more, especially after tasting that win for a long time. Tomorrow we have another chance, and we’ll try hard again.”

Post-race investigations abound

Some strong defending from Pascal Wehrlein in the final laps of the Shanghai E-Prix saw the Porsche driver fall foul of the stewards. Wehrlein remains under investigation for an incident with Cassidy, having been noted for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.

Wehrlein wasn’t the only driver subjected to a note from the stewards. Maserati’s Maximilian Gunther received a ten-second penalty for causing a collision with Edoardo Mortara, who sustained race-ending damage to his front wing.

Jasmine Hughes
Experienced in digital content creation, Jasmine Hughes has written for a number of online publications, joining Total Motorsport in 2024. She previously served as FormulaNerds' Formula E Editor, leading coverage of the 2023 Formula E season. She has been watching Formula 1 since the age of 4, after falling in love with Fernando Alonso's blue-yellow Renault R25.
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