Nyck de Vries makes history in Saudi Arabia

The Mercedes driver won the first Formula E race as a world championship.

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The dutch Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team) achieved victory this Friday in the opening round of the World Championship Formula E, contested at night on the Saudi street circuit of Diriyah.

De Vries, 26, entering his second season in the EV category, had a brilliant performance that included first place in both practice rounds, qualifying and super pole.

Nyck de VriesThe Mercedes driver prevailed with 4.119 seconds of margin over the second, the Swiss Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Racing), and 4.619 on the third, the New Zealander Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing).

“My first victory in Formula E! What a fantastic result and a perfect start to our second season. I don't know why, but I was pretty calm after the race despite the pleasure of winning. It has been a great weekend for me, so by far, setting the fastest time in each session and then winning the E-Prix ”, the winner explained.

Nyck de Vries“It was not an easy race. There were a lot of safety cars and it was difficult to always select the correct power management. It took a lot of communication with the team, but it's great that I was able to come home with victory at the end. "added

The current champion, the Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) qualified eleventh, after starting eighteenth, 16.225 seconds behind the winner in the first night race of the contest.

The Formula E activity on Saudi soil will continue on Saturday with the second race of the event, the first of a worldwide character in the specialty.


1 Nyck de Vries Mercedes 32 46m44.765s
2 Edoardo Mortara Venturi racing 32 4.119s
3 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 32 4.619s
4 Rene Rast Audi 32 4.852s
5 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche 32 7.962s
6 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams 32 9.318s
7 Alexander sims Mahindra Racing 32 9.686s
8 Stoffel vandoorne Mercedes 32 9.973s
9 Lucas di Grassi Audi 32 11.089s
10 Oliver Turvey NIO 333 32 15.518s
11 Antonio Felix da Costa DS Techeetah 32 16.225s
12 Jake dennis BMW Andretti 32 17.025s
13 Sebastien Buemi Nissan e.dams 32 17.273s
14 Norman Nato Venturi racing 32 17.312s
15 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah 32 18.402s
16 Andre Lotterer Porsche 32 18.417s
17 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing 32 18.822s
18 Tom blomqvist NIO 333 32 19.072s
19 Nick cassidy Envision Virgin Racing 32 19.951s
20 Sergio Sette Camara Dragon Penske Autosport 32 20.174s
21 Nico Muller Dragon Penske Autosport 32 20.586s
- Maximilian guenther BMW Andretti 23 Accident
- Sam bird Jaguar Racing 22 Accident
- Alex lynn Mahindra Racing 16 Accident



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