Sam Bird wins in Diriyah amid touches, an overturned car and ballistic missiles ...

The Briton achieved his first triumph as a Jaguar Racing driver.

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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.

Sam birdBird, 34, who has been in the electric monopost category for seven seasons, beat the Dutchman with 2.194 seconds Robin firjns (Envision Virgin 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.

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.

Alex lynnThe incident ended with Lynn's car turned upside down. and traveling several meters that way. Fortunately, the pilot was not injured, although he had to spend a few hours in the hospital for safety.

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.

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
10 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche 25.395
11 Andre Lotterer Porsche 27.257
12 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah 28.846
13 Stoffel vandoorne Mercedes 29.112
14 Nick cassidy Envision Virgin Racing 33.079
15 Alexander sims Mahindra Racing 43.885
16 Norman Born Venturi racing 48.192
17 Rene Rast Audi 1:06.254
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

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