Formula E Diriyah E-Prix 2024 race 1 highlights: Dennis wins after dramatic podium battle

Join us for live coverage of the Round 2 of the 2024 Formula E season as the first race of the Diriyah E-Prix begins in Saudi Arabia


Jake Dennis won a dramatic first 2024 Formula E Diriyah E-Prix to hit back after a disappointing performance in Mexico as Jean-Eric Vergne held off a late charge from the Jaguar drivers.

Dennis started in third but tactically used his attack modes to perfection in the early stages of the race to jump front row drivers Vergne and Evans, who couldn’t pull off a late lunge on Lap 14.

Evans also lost out to Vergne but came back towards the end of the race and tried a move on the last lap, only to run wide again and dropped to fifth behind Jaguar teammate Nick Cassidy and McLaren‘s Sam Bird.

Pascal Wehrlein still leads the championship but only by one point from Cassidy, with a second race in Diriyah on Saturday. Here are the full Diriyah City E-Prix 2024 Race 1 Results.

The start of the 2024 Diriyah E-Prix | Formula E

Diriyah E-Prix 2024 – Round 2 as it happened

Join us again tomorrow at the same time before 5pm UK when we do it all again! Find out if Jake Dennis can do what Pascal Wehrlein did 12 months ago and make it two wins from two in Diriyah.

Dennis: The champ is back

“I didn’t expect that going into the race. Absolutely incredible job by the boys and the strategy – getting the overcut and getting the job done,” says Dennis.

“Winning by 13 seconds and double figures [in wins] for me. So so happy after a difficult Mexico. The world champion is back.”

Diriyah E-Prix Top 10

  • 1. Jake Dennis, Andretti
  • 2. Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Penske
  • 3. Nick Cassidy, Jaguar
  • 4. Sam Bird, McLaren
  • 5. Mitch Evans, Jaguar
  • 6. Norman Nato, Andretti
  • 7. Maximilian Gunther, Maserati
  • 8. Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche
  • 9. Sergio Sette Camara, ERT
  • 10. Robin Frijns, Envision

Cassidy finishes third again

For a second consecutive race, Nick Cassidy finds himself on the third step of the podium after his teammate Mitch Evans couldn’t make that last lap overtake on Vergne work.

Evans goes for it but Vergne keeps second!

Evans attacks at Turn 18 but goes deep again and lets Vergne through but Cassidy and Bird also slip past!

Dennis wins the first Diriyah E-Prix!

Jake Dennis crosses the line and wins the first Diriyah E-Prix. It’s a brilliant performance from the defending world champion! But what about the podium fight…

Lap 36: Vergne leads seven-car train

And now Nato, Gunther and Wehrlein join the queue as we go onto the last lap. Vergne is somehow just holding onto second place from Evans and Cassidy.

Lap 35: Dennis sets fastest lap

Dennis is still pushing on in the lead and sets a new fastest lap of the race, which he will get a bonus championship point for if he keeps it.

Meanwhile, Evans is all over the back of Vergne and we have four cars tight together in a fight for the podium positions.

Lap 34: Vergne struggling

Evans catches Vergne so the battle is back on for second place. Cassidy is just leaving a gap of around one second to Evans, with Bird all over the second Jaguar driver.

Lap 33: Cassidy takes second attack mode

Cassidy goes for it and comes out in between Evans and Bird. That’s exactly what he wanted. It’s Dennis, Vergne, Evans, Cassidy and Bird in the top five with five laps to go.

Lap 31: Dennis still leads

Back at the front, Dennis leads by three seconds from Vergne. Cassidy is asking if Evans can hold up Sam Bird in fifth, so he doesn’t stop behind the McLaren driver.

Lap 29: Cassidy into attack mode

Cassidy finally takes his first attack mode of the race and comes out behind Evans. He’s all over his teammate and breezes by on the back straight again. The Jaguar drivers are working together.

Lap 27: Evans lets Cassidy through

Team orders at Jaguar then! Evans lets Cassidy through for third place after a lap of back and forth on the team radio.

It’s Dennis who leads by two seconds from Vergne, with Cassidy just two more seconds back but still yet to use an attack mode.

Lap 25: Cassidy into fourth

Nato and Bird both take attack mode, so Cassidy is up to fourth. He’s not taken any of his attack modes yet but has the most energy of the whole field.

Lap 23: Dennis pulling away

Dennis opens up a two-second lead over Vergne and is 15 laps away from victory. Evans is a further three seconds back from Vergne.

Lap 20: One long queue from back to front

The field is spreading out and Dennis still leads the pack. No overtaking in the midfield yet.

Your top 10 is: Dennis, Vergne, Evans, Nato, Sette Camara, Bird, Cassidy, Gunther, Wehrlein and Hughes.

Lap 17: Vergne takes back second place

Evans is losing pace and is forced to defend into Turn 18. However, he goes deep again and Vergne sneaks through back into second place.

The New Zealander apologises to his team and that gamble to overtake Dennis for the lead a few laps ago may soon start to pay.

Lap 15: Evans goes for it but goes wide!

Oh wow, Evans tries to take the lead two laps after he overtook Vergne and goes for the same move at Turn 18.

He goes too deep though, runs wide and Dennis is back ahead. What a battle this is.

Mitch Evans in action at the 2024 Diriyah City E-Prix | Formula E

Lap 13: Evans overtakes Vergne!

Evans makes a great move down the inside at the end of the long straight going into Turn 18. Vergne tries to cutback, rubbing the back of the Jaguar but can’t do anything about it.

Dennis now leads Evans, who still has 60 seconds of attack mode left…

Lap 12: Top three close together

No change in position at the front but Dennis, Vergne and Evans are all nose to tail. You feel something will happen here.

Lap 10: Evans also into attack mode again

Remarkably, the top three drivers have now all taken their second attack mode as Evans uses the extra boost for a second time.

He comes out around one second behind Vergne, who is all over the back of Dennis. These three drivers are a few seconds ahead of the chasing pack led by Norman Nato.

Lap 9: Dennis into attack mode and retains lead

Dennis follows Vergne with his second attack mode of the race and comes out still in the lead! That’s a big moment and Dennis is now in firm control.

Lap 8: Vergne takes second attack mode

Oh wow, Vergne goes into attack mode for a second time already and comes out behind Evans.

Dennis leads by around 1.5 seconds from Evans and Vergne is on the Jaguar driver’s tail. They are pushing so so hard right now.

Lap 7: Dennis takes attack mode and Vergne leads

Dennis now goes into attack mode but Vergne slips through and is back in the lead. Talk about drama!

Crucially for Dennis, he’s ahead of Evans. So it’s Vergne, Dennis, Evans, Nato and Sette Camara in the top five.

Lap 5: Vergne and Evans collide!

Evans pushes hard and goes into attack mode one lap after Vergne. The pair make contact on the exit of Turn 19 as Evans comes out of the attack mode zone and the Jaguar driver is NOT happy.

Vergne just stays ahead and this is all helping leader Dennis.

Lap 4: Vergne takes attack mode

Straight into attack mode goes Vergne and he crucially comes out ahead of Sette Camara. Evans now leads from Dennis. We saw the drivers wanted to take attack mode early in Mexico City and that looks to be the case here in Diriyah too.

Lap 2: Field spreading out already

Sascha Fenestraz has a broken right front suspension and is out. The field are in one long line and it’s Vergne, Evans, Jake Dennis finds himself in third then come Sergio Sette Camara, Norman Nato and Sam Bird. That’s your top six.

Lap 1: Vergne retains first place as Evans defends

It’s a very even start between Vergne and Evans. But down the inside dives Sette Camara! Evans turns out of the corner and just keeps second place but it’s Vergne who still leads!

Nearly race time

Vergne and Evans pull up to their grid boxes and the other 20 drivers will follows. The start is on a gradual incline, so the drivers in the back half of the field will be launching from an uphill gradient. Here we go…

Cars head to race grid

The drivers are now making their way to the race start grid from the dummy grid. Everyone gets away cleanly, so all 22 drivers will begin this first Diriyah E-Prix.

It’s actually quite a long way to the main grid and the drivers are crawling around the track to save as much energy as possible.

Five minutes to go!

Here we go then, the atmosphere is building in Diriyah and the engineers are moving off the grid. We’re just five minutes away not from lights out for the second time this season.

Evans: It will be tricky to overtake

“It’s going to be a tricky race to overtake like Mexico,” said Evans. “A lot around the attack modes and strategy so whoever gets in the lead, we’ll see how they play it.”

Vergne: I’m relying on my team for attack mode calls

“I need to have a good start and keep first position,” said Vergne. “I’m relying on my team for the calls for attack mode. I’ll just nail lap after lap and see where we are at, at the end.”

Overtaking will be difficult

Time for some analysis as we are just 15 minutes away from lights out for some Friday night racing on the streets of Diriyah.

The energy allowance is 38.5kWh for both races this week but tonight’s race will be two laps shorter, at 37 laps, compared to the first E-Prix here last year.

Crunch some numbers and it all means the race will be largely flat out, so overtaking will be difficult. The dust off line too will only make things even harder for those trying to make a move.

The start of the 2023 Diriyah E-Prix | Formula E

Previous Formula E winners in Diriyah

Formula E has been visiting Saudi Arabia since 2018 and, apart from the first year, it’s always been a double-header. Sam Bird, Nyck de Vries and Pascal Wehrlein both have two wins here.

  • 2018: Antonio Felix da Costa
  • 2019 Race 1: Sam Bird
  • 2019 Race 2: Alexander Sims
  • 2021 Race 1: Nyck de Vries
  • 2021 Race 2: Sam Bird
  • 2022 Race 1: Nyck de Vries
  • 2022 Race 2: Edoardo Mortara
  • 2023 Race 1: Pascal Wehrlein
  • 2023 Race 2: Pascal Wehrlein

Championship leader Wehrlein in sixth

Pascal Wehrlein dominated the first race of the season two weeks ago. Formula E pundit Dario Franchitti disagrees with Chandhok and thinks the German will be in the mix for the win again, despite starting sixth for the race which is 40 minutes away.

Twelve months ago, Wehrlein won both races in Diriyah and he would love do that again over the next 26 hours.

“I think he’s going to be very difficult to beat,” said Franchitti. “The Porsche powertrain is working well and right now he’s the driver to beat.”

Pascal Wehrlein of Porsche celebrates at the 2024 Mexico City E-Prix | Formula E

Chandhok predicts Evans to win

Mitch Evans dropped off the pace as the season-opening Mexico City E-Prix went on but still held into fifth place. Formula E pundit Karun Chandhok thinks the Jaguar driver will win today.

“I think it will be hard for Wehrlein to win again,” said Chandhok. “Last year, the Porsche powertrain started off better than everyone else but I think everyone else has caught up. I think Mitch Evans is my pick for today”

Vergne to start on pole

Jean-Eric Vergne is our pole-sitter for this evening’s race after he edged out Mitch Evans in the pole position shootout by just 0.072 seconds.

Vergne, who hasn’t won a Formula E race since the 2023 Hyderabad E-Prix last February, is one of the best drivers on the grid when it comes to racecraft and he might need all of his wit and skill in Diriyah to get back onto the top step of the podium.

Welcome to Diriyah!

Hello and welcome to Saudi Arabia for the second race of the 2024 Formula E season, it’s time for the Diriyah E-Prix.

We are building-up to the race which gets underway at just after 5pm UK time, which is 6pm CET and 9pm local. Stay with us!

The pit lane at Diriyah E-Prix | Formula E

Where to watch Diriyah E-Prix 2024 in the UK?

Formula E fans in the UK can find the series on a new broadcaster for Season 10. TNT Sports will show the race on TNT Sports 1, with the action also live on discovery+, which is free if you are a Sky or BT customer.

Where to watch Diriyah E-Prix 2024 in the USA?

In the USA, fans of Formula E have several options to tune into the races, catering to both traditional and digital viewing preferences. Roku stands out as a new partner in broadcasting Formula E in the USA. It offers live coverage of all race sessions. Additionally, CBS Network provides delayed coverage.

Formula E is broadcasted across various regions. For instance, fans in Australia can watch live coverage on Stan Sports, while in JapanJ-Sports 3 and BS Fuji offer race sessions and highlights. 

In Southeast Asia, SpoTV provides live coverage, and in China, platforms like HUYA and CCTV5+ broadcast the races. This extensive international coverage reflects Formula E’s growing popularity and the global interest in electric motorsport.

John Smith
John Smith
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