Formula E Misano E-Prix 2024 race 1 highlights and results: Da Costa wins manic race

Join us for live coverage from Round 6 of the 2024 Formula E season as we go to Italy for the Misano E-Prix

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Welcome to this Total Motorsport Live Blog for Round 6 of the 2024 Formula E World Championship, where history is set to be made at the Misano E-Prix. As we approach the latest chapter in this electrifying Formula E season, marking the series’ debut at the Misano World Circuit. 

With Formula E‘s decade-long legacy growing richer, Misano introduces a fresh battleground for the 22 competing drivers. Known for its swift, fluid layout and robust racing heritage, the Misano circuit, spans 3.381km with 14 challenging turns.

In the spotlight is Edoardo Mortara of Mahindra, who returns to his native soil following a strong performance in Tokyo. A blend of Italian, Swiss, and French heritage makes Misano a significant race for Mortara, as he aims to impress in front of a home crowd. Meanwhile, Mitch Evans of Jaguar, a four-time winner in Rome is under the spotlight to replicate their previous success in the country.

Max Gunther, fresh from a victory in Tokyo, seeks to continue his triumphant streak, adding to the excitement at Maseratiโ€™s home race. Oliver Rowland of Nissan enters the weekend with momentum, eyeing a fourth consecutive podium to solidify his championship aspirations. After five rounds, five different drivers from five teams have tasted victory, underscoring the fiercely competitive nature of Season 10.

Formula E โ€“ 2024 Misano E-Prix as it happened


Misano E-Prix 2024 Formula E Round 6 Results

Da Costa: I never doubted it

Antonio Felix da Costa reacts to his first win of the 2024 Formula E season.

“I never doubted it,” Da Costa says. “What a mess! That was crazy. I had a lot of fun. It’s more about being smart and aware where everyone is. I got hit a few times but luckily nothing too big. At the end I was struggling to turn right.

“The strategy with everything was perfect and we went at the right time. That was a proper ‘DAC Attack’.

“There are ups and downs in life and nobody is perfect. We have to be a time when times are bad. Today will be good for that. I’m here for the long haul and hopefully this is the first pf many wins this season.”

Stunning drive from Da Costa

The talk in the paddock has been Porsche have an efficiency advantage and that certainly showed there but Da Costa drove a brilliant race too.

A shout out to Oliver Rowland who scores his fourth consecutive podium and Jake Dennis recovers from a disappointing qualifying to take third after Jean-Eric Vergne’s five second time penalty.

Da Costa wins the Misano E-Prix

Antonio Felix da Costa wins the first Misano E-Prix. What a drive from the Porsche driver!

That’s six different winners from six races. What a win for Da Costa in a week where his team have made the headlines for testing another driver.

Final lap

Da Costa lead Rowland as Vergne fends off Dennis going into Turn 1 for the final time. Evans falls back down to seventh place as Ticktum overtakes him.

Lap 27/28: Dennis on the move

Jake Dennis is also good on energy and has attack mode. He’s trying to get past Jean-Eric Vergne but can’t find a way past yet in the battle for third.

Lap 26/28: Da Costa into first place

And here goes Da Costa. He’s got the most energy and is leading the way with three laps to go. Rowland is trying to go with him though.

Lap 25/28: Rowland pushing the pace

Oliver Rowland is really pushing and holds the lead from Da Costa, who is big favourite with his energy advantage.

Lap 24/28: Da Costa in the pound seat

Da Costa is in third place but has two percent more energy than everyone else. Rowland is leading from Vergne then comes Da Costa, Evans and Gunther.

Lap 23/28: Da Costa lets Rowland through

The field is still together but a bit more string out. Rowland goes around the outside of Da Costa at Turn 1 as Mitch Evans and Maximilian Gunther lean on each other.

Lap 22/28: Da Costa increases pace

Da Costa is into the lead and sets a new fastest lap of the race. He’s very good on energy and it looks like things are now going to seriously heat up.

Lap 20/28: Rowland takes first place

Oliver Rowland has quietly been near the front and finds himself in the lead. Vergne, Da Costa, Dennis and Evans are all right there too.

Lap 19/28: Vergne leads despite front wing damage

Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa trade first place. Vergne has been in the wars this afternoon and the front wing is hanging on.

Lap 18/28: Bird with damage!

Oh now, Sam Bird has damage and is in the pit lane. That’s his chances of victory gone as Vergne now leads Rowland.

Lap 16/28: Evans into the lead

Mitch Evans swoops around the outside of Jean-Eric Vergne to take the lead. The lap times are just getting a little faster now.

Lap 14/28: Vergne receives penalty

Big news. Jean-Eric Vergne has been given a five-second time penalty for his collision with Nick Cassidy. That will surely drop him out of the points, given how compact the field is.

Lap 13/28: Bird hits the front

Sam Bird comes onto the radio and says he wanted to get out of the bunch as he moves into first place.

Apart from Wehrlein and Cassidy, there are just five seconds from the front of the pack to the back.

Lap 11/28: Vergne in first place

Evans, Bird, Da Costa, Vandoorne and now Vergne have all been in the lead over the last lap. This is a matter of survival to not get damage before the drivers eventually push hard and we get a proper motor race.

Lap 9/28: Vandoorne leads Evans

All change at the front as Sam Bird leads then takes attack mode, before Stoffel Vandoorne now hits the front from Mitch Evans.

Lap 7/28: Wehrlein also in the pits

Wow, the two championship leaders suffer damage in consecutive laps and Pascal Wehrlein also pits for a new nose. Wehrlein says the race is a “mess” as he goes over the back of Vergne.

Lap 6/28: Cassidy with damage!

Vergne and Cassidy collide at Turns 8 and 9 and the Jaguar driver comes off worst and is forced to pit for a new front nose.

Lap 5/28: Porsche 1-2

And now it’s the Porsche pair of Wehrlein and Da Costa at the front as we got five wide into Turn 1 for the lead. Blogging this is almost impossible. But we are giving it a good go.

Lap 3/28: Cassidy at head of the bunch

Nick Cassidy decides to string things out a little then goes for his attack mode with Maximilian Gunther. The amount of lift and coast is huge.

Lap 2/28: Wehrlein leads

Sebastien Buemi was in the lead but now it’s Pascal Wehrlein. This is absolute chaos in Misano!

Lap 1/28: Mortara out of the race

Edoardo Morara is out of the race due to a technical issue. No safety cars, just single yellow flags.

Go go go!

Evans gets away cleanly and holds the lead. No incidents further back and we are already going three wide for several positions!

Misano E-Prix 2024 grid

Mitch Evans and Jean-Eric Vergne is your front row, with Pascal Wehrlein and Nico Muller just behind in third and fourth.

Peloton-style race expected

The talk in the paddock is this race will be like Portland last year, where nobody wanted to lead. This means the field will be bunched up and on a big wide circuit like Misano, it could be three or four wide.

A lap of the Misano World Circuit

Formula E are racing at the Misano World Circuit for the first time and David Coulthard takes a lap of the track.

Dennis’ car being repaired

Jake Dennis has a poor qualifying and will start the race from 17th on the grid. His day has got a little worse after a “small incident” when leaving the pit lane has damaged the rear of his car.

His Andretti team are repairing the damage though and there are no issues with the suspension.

Jake Dennis is the defending world champion Formula E

Hughes disqualified from qualifying

We are just half an hour away from the first Misano E-Prix and one very unhappy driver will be Jake Hughes, who has been disqualified from qualifying for not having a fire extinguisher in his car.

As a result, Hughes will start at the back of the grid with Sergio Sette Camara.

Mitch Evans on pole position

Mitch Evans of Jaguar secured his seventh Formula E Pole Position, outperforming DS Penske’s Jean-Eric Vergne in an exhilarating finale.

Evans, who has previously enjoyed success in Italian Formula E races in Rome, remained composed under the challenging Misano conditions to surpass Vergne. Vergneโ€™s appearance in the final, ensuring a front-row start in Round 6 of the Misano E-Prix, equaled Sebastien Buemiโ€™s record of 24 career front row starts

Where to Watch 2024 Misano E-Prix?

UK Formula E fans can catch Qualifying and the race for Round 6 on Saturday on TNT Sports 4 with sessions also available to stream via discovery+. Viewers in the USA can tune into every session from Misano live on Roku, with CBS Sports Network providing highlights post-race.

What time does 2024 Misano E-Prix start?

The 2024 Misano E-Prix will see Qualifying for Round 6 begin at 10:20 local time in Italy, which is 9:20 BST in the UK and 5:20 ET for those on the US East Coast, or 2:20 PT for fans on the US West Coast.

John Smith
John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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