The second competition of the Formula E World Cup, which was played on the street circuit of Diriyah, had everything. From a controversial touch between two teammates, an overturned car and even an attack with ballistic missiles detected just in time. The glory was for the British Sam bird, who achieved this excellent result in his second career as a pilot of the Jaguar Racing.
“It was a big step for me to move away from my family at Envision Virgin Racing to join Jaguar Racing, but they have welcomed me with open arms and I am delighted to hand them this victory. The objective of the first two dates was to come here and score decent points "Bird was honest.
The French Jean-Eric Vergne and the Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa, both from DS Techeetah, were also protagonists of the race, but for a controversial maneuver that included a wheel-to-wheel that could leave them both on one side of the track.
- ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) February 27
Vergne emerged victorious from the dispute and took third place, although the position later passed to the champion Da Costa. The reason? A sanction that the for not being able to use attack mode a second time. Thus it was reclassified in 12th place.
The Frenchman was left with the desire to "press the button" for the Red flag that appeared after the spectacular accident of the British Alex lynn (Mahindra Racing) after a touch with the New Zealander Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) when they were both fighting for 14th place.
But that was not all… Shortly after finishing the race, explosions began to be heard, which at first were confused with the fireworks that are usually thrown in celebration of the end of the event. Nevertheless, it was the explosion of ballistic missiles that Houthi insurgents had launched on Riyadh, distant 20 kilometers from Diriyah, and that they were detected just in time by the Saudi militia.
We are thankful that Alex Lynn is well after this accident. Testament to the medical staff, marshals and the @FIA who keep our sport safe. 🙌 to Mitch Evans who abandoned his race to run to Alex's aid. #ABBFormulaE #DiriyahEPrix @alexlynnracing @mitchevans_ pic.twitter.com/hp7FTNYR8w
- ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) February 28
The dutch Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team), which won the first competition and was ninth in the second, leads the tournament with 32 units, seven more than Bird. The contest will resume on April 10 with the Rome e-Prix.
|POS||PILOT||TEAM||time / Dif.|
|1||Sam bird||Jaguar racing||39:50.836|
|2||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||2.194|
|3||Antonio Felix da Costa||DS Techeetah||6.900|
|4||Sergio Sette Camara||Penske Autosport Dragon||12.817|
|5||Nico Muller||Penske Autosport Dragon||13.924|
|6||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333||15.523|
|7||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.dams||16.389|
|8||Lucas di Grassi||Audi||20.612|
|9||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||22.482|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Techeetah||28.846|
|14||Nick cassidy||Envision Virgin Racing||33.079|
|15||Alexander sims||Mahindra Racing||43.885|
|16||Norman Nato||Venturi racing||48.192|
|18||Tom blomqvist||NIO 333||1:09.508|
|-||Sebastien Buemi||Nissan e.dams||Accident|
|-||Maximilian guenther||BMW Andretti||Accident|
|-||Mitch Evans||Jaguar racing||Accident|
|-||Alex lynn||Mahindra Racing||Accident|
|-||Jake dennis||BMW Andretti||Accident|
|-||Edoardo Mortara||Venturi racing||Not long|