Nick Cassidy produced a resolute drive for Envision to win the Berlin E-Prix Round 8 of the 2023 Formula E world championship.
The start of the 2023 Berlin E-Prix was delayed when eco-protestors jumped onto the Tempelhof Circuit, with one attempting to glue themselves to the Safety Car.
Cassidy, who had his lap times deleted in qualifying which meant he started eighth, eventually made his way into first and led the Berlin E-Prix to the end.
Cassidy was followed across the line by Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis, with DS Penske’s Jean-Eric Vergne coming in third place.
“I’m really enjoying this year and the racing that we are having,” Cassidy told the press after the race.
“The pace goes up and down, and you’ve got to be quite switched on. This is probably the first time we’ve been able to make [our plan] happen. You always have an idea of how you want it to go, and not often that happens.
“The first stage [of the race] I was saying on the radio ‘hey, I don’t want to lead, I’m going to struggle here,’ but these guys [Dennis and Vergne] didn’t want to pass me. So kind of stayed there for bit.”
Mitch Evans, who took the win in Saturday’s Round 7 race, came fourth after tangling with the Porsche of Antonio Felix da Costa at the Turn 6 hairpin in the final stages.
Following a slight delay due to the protestors, Robin Frijns and Nico Mueller, who sensationally put their Abt Cupra cars on the front row, got away well off the line and led for a short period, before eight different cars led the race within the first 12 laps.
Berlin E-Prix 2023 – Round 8 Results
|2||Jake Dennis||Avalanche Andretti||+0.442|
|3||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Penske||+1.292|
|5||Antonio Felix da Costa||Porsche||+2.460|
|8||Stoffel Vandoorne||DS Penske||+4.851|
|9||Nico Muller||Abt Cupra||+6.612|
|10||Dan Ticktum||Nio 333||+7.822|
Close title race
Following Cassidy’s victory on Sunday, and Evans’ Saturday win, Wehrlein’s lead atop the drivers’ championship has been cut to just four points.
Wehrlein has 100 points, thanks primarily to his sensational start to the 2023 Formula E season, with Cassidy on 96. Vergne is third in the standings with 81 points just ahead of Dennis on 80. Evans rounds out the top five with 76 points.