A brilliant performance from Edoardo Mortara saw the Venturi driver seal victory in the second Formula E race of the Diriyah E-Prix, as he beat out Envision’s Robin Frijns and Venturi teammate Lucas di Grassi.
Mercedes EQ car of Nyck de Vries, who had started on pole, led the initial stage of the E-Prix, and after the first round of attack modes, the race looked to have settled into a nice rhythm.
With Di Grassi behind the Mercedes car going into his second attack mode, he made a move on De Vries on Lap 16, making contact with the Dutchman, with Venturi teammate Mortara also making it past.
Then one lap later Mortara leapfrogged Di Grassi to take the race lead, who was then passed by Frijns in the final stages which prevented a Venturi 1-2, with the race finishing under the safety car after a crash from Alexander Sims.
Lotterer recovers, De Vries disaster
After a disastrous race on Friday which saw him fall down the order finishing 13th after starting fourth, Porsche’s Andre Lotterer made amends in Race 2 as he took fourth spot after some excellent battles with Jake Dennis and Jean-Eric Vergne.
Stoffel Vandoorne recovered from a 12th place start to bring his Mercedes home in seventh. His teammate De Vries fell down the order after he was passed but he Venturi pair, coming into contact with Vergne in the process, and eventually bringing his car home in 10th.
Diriyah E-Prix Results – Round 2
|3||Lucas DI GRASSI||VENTURI||+0.912||15|
|5||Jake DENNIS||AVALANCHE ANDRETTI||+1.646||10|
|6||Jean-Eric VERGNE||DS TECHEETAH||+3.166||8|
|10||Nyck DE VRIES||MERCEDES-EQ||+5.294||4|
|11||Oliver ASKEW||AVALANCHE ANDRETTI||+6.732|
|12||Antonio Felix DA COSTA||DS TECHEETAH||+8.693|
|13||Sebastien BUEMI||NISSAN E.DAMS||+9.015|
|14||Maximilian GUENTHER||NISSAN E.DAMS||+9.464|
|17||Sergio SETTE CAMARA||DRAGON / PENSKE||+14.521|
|20||Antonio GIOVINAZZI||DRAGON / PENSKE||+17.681|