Formula E 2024 Shanghai E-Prix Round 11 – Highlights and Reaction

Join us for live coverage from Round 12 of the 2024 Formula E season as we go to China for Race 2 at the Shanghai E-Prix


Welcome to this Formula E LIVE BLOG for Round 12 from the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix! This Saturday, we bring you real-time updates, expert analysis, and all the high-speed action directly from the Shanghai International Circuit in China.

Returning to China for the first time since Season 5, the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix promises to be a thrilling spectacle as the fourth double-header weekend of the season. With the World Championship title battle intensifying. The event not only celebrates the sport’s roots in China but also highlights the country’s leadership in electric vehicle (EV) technology and innovation.

The Shanghai International Circuit, known for its unique layout resembling the Chinese character “上” (shang), meaning ‘superior’, sees a 3.051km layout for the Formula E race and is a shortened version of the traditional Grand Prix circuit. The combination of high-speed straights and technical corners, including the famous loop of Turns 1 and 2, will test the skills and strategies of the drivers.

Mitch Evans won a tight race on Saturday leading Pascal Wehrlein and Jaguar teammate Nick Cassidy across the line. So stay tuned as we cover every thrilling moment from Race 2 at the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix, bringing you analysis and expert opinion direct from the Shanghai International Circuit paddock. Refresh this page to see live updates from China.

2024 Shanghai E-Prix LIVE – Latest Round 12 Race Updates

The championship battle continues

Despite missing out on the podium, Nick Cassidy has managed to extend his championship lead, helped by Pascal Wehrlein falling out of the points in today’s race.

Cassidy currently leads by 25 points, with 167 points to Wehrlein’s 142. Mitch Evans has now surpassed Oliver Rowland to take third in the standings, but there’s only a point separating the pair.

Formula E returns in just over a months time, with the series heading to the United States for the Portland E-Prix.

The top 10

  1. Antonio Felix da Costa
  2. Jake Hughes
  3. Norman Nato
  4. Nick Cassidy
  5. Mitch Evans
  6. Stoffel Vandoorne
  7. Jean-Eric Vergne
  8. Maximilian Gunther
  9. Robin Frijns
  10. Oliver Rowland

Hughes’ maiden podium

In his second season racing in Formula E, Jake Hughes finally takes his first podium. After what felt like a few near-misses, it’s a great form of relief for the McLaren driver.

“I’m over the moon,” said Hughes in the post-race interviews. “It feels like it’s been a long time coming. After however many races it’s been, it’s about time.”

A late season comeback

The start of the 2024 season was trying for Da Costa, with a series of points-less finishes. But since Misano, Da Costa has been on terrific form.

“I love to come back swinging after some tough times,” said Da Costa after the race. “When times get tough, the tough get going. Everyone has tough times, but luckily for me my tough times are when my race car isn’t great. You’ve got to out everything in perspective, and I’m still super lucky to call this my job.”

Da Costa WINS!

It was a superb drive from Da Costa, who managed the race without fault. Leading the majority of the race, Da Costa set the pace perfectly. After winning in Misano – which he was later disqualified for, but is currently appealing – and taking victory in the second race of the Berlin E-Prix, Da Costa has been on superb form lately.

Lap 28/28: Final lap

Norman Nato has done a terrific job of managing this race, still running in P3. Hughes continues to tail Da Costa, hoping for a race win, but the Porsche driver looks confident and comfortable as he nears his second race win of the season.

Lap 27/28: Penultimate lap

Jake Hughes still has strong pace, having just set the fastest lap. Meanwhile, Cassidy and Evans don’t look any closer to the podium, still running in fourth and fifth. With just two laps remaining, it’ll be a tough task for the Jaguars to snatch the lead from Da Costa.

Lap 24/28: Hughes nears the podium

Jake Hughes looks in good stead to take his maiden Formula E podium. The McLaren driver continues to run in P2 behind Da Costa, who has a marginal energy advantage over him.

Lap 22/28: Jaguar eyeing up the podium

Da Costa has managed this race to perfection so far, but the Jaguars still have the slightest edge over him. Cassidy and Evans are running in P4 and P5, putting them in a good position to fight for the win.

Lap 21/28: Seven laps remaining

We’re getting to that crucial “GO!” point, where the drivers shed their energy saving measures and make a dash for the chequered flag. As it stands, Da Costa leads, with Hughes, Nato, Cassidy and Evans following.

Lap 19/28: Bird DNFs

Whilst Jake Hughes is fighting in P3, his teammate Sam Bird heads to the pits, having picked up damage after making contact with the Mahindra of Nyck de Vries. The damage is too great for Bird to continue the race.

Lap 17/28: Da Costa leading well

Da Costa has the race lead, but it’s not costing him too much energy. His race engineer lets him know that he’s doing a good job at conserving energy; only the Jaguars have more energy than Da Costa, which bodes well for Da Costa in the fight for the win.

Lap 16/28: Picking up the pace

Past the halfway mark of the race, the drivers are starting to pick up the pace, the action on track starting to grow a little more aggressive. Jaguar are starting to close in on the podium positions, Nick Cassidy getting past Vandoorne for P4.

Lap 14/28: Halfway point

With 14 laps of the race remaining, here’s the current top 10:

  1. Nato
  2. Da Costa
  3. Vandoorne
  4. Hughes
  5. Cassidy
  6. Evans
  7. Vergne
  8. Gunther
  9. De Vries
  10. Frijns

Lap 12/28: Wehrlein pits

Pascal Wehrlein heads into the pits, having picked up a puncture after contact with Sam Bird.

It immediately drops the Porsche driver to the back of the pack, a tough blow to Wehrlein’s championship campaign. Wehrlein gets back out on track, but it’ll be an uphill battle for him to regain his position.

Lap 11/28: Jaguar biding its time?

Yesterday’s race winner, Mitch Evans, is running in P6 with his teammate Nick Cassidy one place ahead of him in P5. Both Jaguar drivers look happy to bide their time, conserving energy ahead of the late-race dash to the finish line.

Lap 10/28: Da Costa leads

Norman Nato relinquishes his race lead as the Andretti driver looks to recover some energy. Da Costa takes the lead from him, whilst Jake Hughes continues to run strong in P3, hunting down his first Formula E podium.

Lap 9/28: Few Attack Modes remaining

Antonio Felix da Costa takes his first Attack Mode of the race, whilst the majority of the grid have used up all of their Attack Mode allotments.

Lap 6/28: A steady start

A few gaps are starting to open up, particular between the top ten and the rest of the pack. Norman Nato continues to lead, followed by Vandoorne, Da Costa and Hughes.

Nyck De Vries is running a strong race up in P5, the Mahindra driver looking to take another haul of points after his P8 finish on Saturday’s race.

Energy maintenance is key to winning this race, and the winner could come from anywhere. No one will want to lead the race for too long, as doing so will see them consume more energy than those running a little further back in the peloton.

Lap 4/28: Close the gap

After losing out on position to Da Costa, Hughes’ race engineer gets on the radio, instructing the McLaren driver to go ahead and close the gap.

It’s easier said than done, with matters complicated by Norman Nato surging ahead to take the race lead.

Lap 2/28: Attack Mode

Da Costa takes on Hughes to move up into P2, going around the outside of the McLaren. Just a couple of laps in, and we see about half the grid opt for the first lot of Attack Mode.

Lap 1/28: Lights out!

A superb start for Vandoorne and Da Costa sees the front of the grid go three-wide into Turn 1. Jake Hughes slips back to second as Vandoorne takes the lead. Hughes doesn’t put up much of a fight for the lead, clearly biding his time in this energy sensitive race.

Recapping Saturday’s race

The first round of the Shanghai E-Prix saw Mitch Evans clinch victory, reviving his championship hopes. His teammate Nick Cassidy took third place, whilst Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein split up the two Jaguars, taking P2.

Heading into today’s race, Nick Cassidy remains the championship leader, 13 points up on Wehrlein.

Weather watch

There’d been some serious concerns that the second race of the Shanghai E-Prix might be a total washout, with forecasts of heavy rain and storms.

However, with the start of the race now just fifteen minutes away, conditions look clear, dry and warm. There had been brief rain showers, but – for the most part – it looks like the rain will hold off for the race.

The track appears dry, but there’s no knowing whether there might be some residual dampness until the race gets underway.

The starting grid

An extremely tight qualifying saw just 0.001s separate pole position from P2. Following on from Jean-Eric Vergne’s pole position on Saturday’s race, DS Penske demonstrated strong quali pace yet again, with Stoffel Vandoorne embroiled in the final duel for pole this time.

Vandoorne was beaten to the front of the grid by McLaren’s Jake Hughes, the Brit taking his second pole of the season.

Where to Watch 2024 Shanghai E-Prix?

UK Formula E fans can catch Qualifying and the race for Round 12 at the Shanghai E-Prix on Saturday on TNT Sports 3 with sessions also available to stream via discovery+. Viewers in the USA can tune into every session from China live on Roku, with CBS Sports Network providing highlights post-race.

What time does 2024 Shanghai E-Prix start?

The 2024 Shanghai E-Prix will see Round 12 begin at 15:00 local time in China, which is 08:00 BST in the UK and 03:00 ET for those on the US East Coast, or 00:00 PT for fans on the US West Coast.

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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