Formula E Tokyo E-Prix 2024 race highlights: Gunther wins from Rowland in thrilling finish

Join us for live coverage from Round 5 of the 2024 Formula E season as we go to Japan for the Tokyo E-Prix

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Welcome to this Total Motorsport Live Blog for Round 5 of the 2024 Formula E World Championship, where history is set to be made at the Tokyo E-Prix. As we approach the latest chapter in this electrifying season, the anticipation is palpable, with Formula E making its inaugural visit to Japan – a country with a profound and rich motorsport heritage. 

This weekend, the picturesque Tokyo Bay becomes the pulsating heart of electric racing, hosting a sell-out crowd eager to witness the high-octane drama unfold. Following an enthralling Round 4 in Brazil, where the Sao Paulo E-Prix saw over 200 overtakes, and a dramatic last-lap victory by Sam Bird for McLaren

With two back-to-back podiums, Oliver Rowland for home team Nissan put on an impressive showing in Qualifying, and will start from pole position for the 2024 Tokyo E-Prix, beating out Max Gunther of Maserati in the Duels by just 0.021s.

All eyes were on Nick Cassidy, a seasoned veteran of Japanese motorsport, but a deleted lap time in Group Qualifying means the Kiwi and Drivers’ Championship leader starts in 19th position. Pascal Wehrlein of Porsche, currently second in the 2024 Formula E Driver Standings, will be aiming to take advantage of Cassidy’s misfortune.

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As it happened…

In a thrilling showcase of skill and strategy, Maserati MSG Racing’s Maximilian Gunther clinched victory at the inaugural Tokyo E-Prix, marking Formula E’s memorable first foray into Japan. 

This victory not only represents Gunther’s prowess but also signifies the intense competition that defines the electric motorsport series, with five different winners emerging from the season’s first five races.

The race unfolded with Nissan’s Oliver Rowland starting from pole position, demonstrating formidable pace by topping FP2 and securing pole. However, it was Guenther who ultimately outmaneuvered Rowland, seizing the lead on Lap 24. This pivotal moment came as Rowland’s energy management became a critical concern, allowing Guenther to execute a meticulously planned move to the front.

Despite Rowland’s valiant efforts, supported by a passionate Nissan fanbase, Guenther’s defensive skills were unmatched. He successfully repelled three determined attempts by Rowland on the final lap to secure a well-deserved victory. This win not only marks Guenther’s first triumph since Jakarta in Season 9 but also his fifth series win, underscoring his status as a formidable competitor in Formula E.

The race result has profound implications for the championship standings, highlighting the level of competition and talent across the teams. Reigning champion Jake Dennis secured a commendable third-place finish, while Season 6 champion Antonio Felix da Costa and Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein showcased their skills, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Mortara disqualified

The Mahindra driver has been disqualified from the race, losing his sixth position, for energy overuse.

Gunther delighted

“Yes boys! That was so good, thank you so much, what an amazing weekend let’s enjoy this together. It is amazing, such a tight race in terms of management until the end. Really good pace and deserving for the whole team.”

2024 Tokyo E-Prix – Top 10

  1. Gunther – Maserati
  2. Rowland – Nissan
  3. Dennis – Andretti 
  4. Da Costa – Porsche 
  5. Wehrlein – Porsche 
  6. Muller – ABT Cupra
  7. Cassidy – Jaguar
  8. Frijns – Envision 
  9. Sette Camara – ERT
  10. Fenestraz – Nissan

Gunther wins the 2024 Tokyo E-Prix

The Maserati driver holds off the challenge from Rowland and he wins the first ever Tokyo E-Prix. Rowland makes it three podiums in a row with his second place. Jake Dennis came third for Andretti.

Final Lap:  Rowland vs Gunther

Rowland has a go at Turn 3 with the Nissan all over the back of Gunther. Rowland makes another move at Turn 15, but he can’t make it stick. 

Lap 33: Da Costa loses out

Da Costa tries to take Rowland at Turn 15 for second place, but the Porsche driver is squeezed against the wall and has to back out. That gave Dennis the run on Da Costa and the Formula E champion moves into third. 

Lap 32: Frijns and Nato collide 

Further down the pack, Nato and Frijns come together with the Dutchman being squeezed by the Andretti driver. Frijns loses his front wing as a result. 

Two added laps

After the safety car period, race control have added on two more laps to the race. 

Lap 28: Race goes to Gunther

Since gaining the lead, Gunther opened up a large enough gap to take his last attack mode and retain first place ahead of Rowland. Will Rowland rue the decision to let the German past?

Lap 27: Rowland playing tactics

After leading the majority of the race Rowland is now second as he looks to take advantage of the slipstream from Gunther and save some energy. Cassidy is now in 11th, having started 19th. 

Lap 25: Gunther takes the lead

Rowland gives up the lead to Gunther who is quick and is opening a gap to the Nissan driver. 

Lap 23: We’re racing again

Rowland makes a good restart, pulling away from Gunther. Nato backs the pack up so Dennis can take his attack mode without losing any positions. 

Lap 20: Safety Car

After a flurry of activity and some incident, the Safety Car has been deployed so debris on the track can be cleared. 

Lap 18: Evans into the wall 

A massive hit from Evans into the wall at Turn 9 and he heads back to the pits. Disaster for Jaguar on their 100th E-Prix. Wehrlein and Dennis get close and there is damage to the former’s front wing.  

Lap 17: Energy management 

Right now the leaders are around two seconds off their best laps as they manage their energy. On that, Gunther has abut 1% more than leader Rowland. 

Lap 14: Gunther drops to third

Gunther follows suit with his attack mode and comes out being Mortara in third. Reigning champion Jake Dennis is sitting pretty in fourth spot. 

Lap 12: Rowland takes attack mode

Mortara drops to P3 after taking his first attack mode, and Rowland crucially takes his first six minutes of full power as well. Max Gunther takes the lead as a result. 

Lap 9: Porsche teamwork

Werhlein owes his Porsche teammate Da Costa who held up the pack allowing the German to take his first attack mode and start in P5. 

Lap 6: Hughes crashes into the barrier

Jake Hughes brings out the yellow flag after putting his McLaren into the barrier at Turn 15. He manages to get it reversed out and we carry on. 

Lap 4: Rowland keeps the lead

Rowland continues to lead the pack from Mortara. Sette Camara loses fifth place to Wehrlein. Further down the pack, Cassidy makes up another place and is now 17th. 

GO GO GO!!!

It’s lights out and we are off! Rowland gets away cleanly and makes it into Turn 1 ahead of Mortara with Max Gunther in third. Evans lost two places and is 11th, and his Jaguar teammate Cassidy is in 18th from 19th.

Starting Grid for Tokyo E-Prix

Grid penalties 

Buemi, Bird, Evans and Hughes all receive three-place grid drops for impeding during Group Stage of Qualifying. 

RB’s Yuki Tsunoda impressed by Formula E

“I didn’t expect the amount of acceleration and power they have,” he said. “It’s quite massive.”

Cassidy at the back

Drivers’ Championship leader Nick Cassidy will start in 19th position after his fastest lap time in Group A Qualifying was deleted due to a ‘technical infraction’.

Welcome to Tokyo!

Hello everyone and good morning to those of you in the UK, welcome to the 2024 Tokyo E-Prix coming to you live from Japan. 

Round 5 promises to be a corker if Qualifying is anything to go by, as Oliver Rowland made the home crowd smile after he pit his Nissan on pole position. 

What time does 2024 Tokyo E-Prix start?

The 2024 Formula E Tokyo E-Prix starts at 15:00 local time in Japan. That means an early morning start of 6:00 for Formula E fans in the UK

Things are only slightly easier for Formula E fans in the USA with the Tokyo E-Prix starting at 02:00 ET on Saturday, with a 23:00 PT start on Friday night for those on the West Coast. 

Australian Formula E fans can catch the start of the Tokyo E-Prix from 16:00, and those in New Zealand can see the action from 18:00. 

Nyck de Vries of Mahindra during Tokyo E-Prix practice | Formula E
Nyck de Vries of Mahindra during Tokyo E-Prix practice | Formula E

Where to watch Tokyo E-Prix 2024?

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.

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 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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