Method E: Dennis wins opening race, Cassidy requires victory in 2nd Diriyah E-Prix
The double-header of this weekend’s Diriyah E-Prix observed Andretti’s Jake Dennis took victory in the Friday’s race although Jaguar’s Nick Cassidy clinched a challenging-fought acquire in the Saturday’s spherical. F1Technical’s senior author Balázs Szabó stories on the Method E Diriyah E-Prix double-header.
Race one of the Diriyah E-Prix
Jean-Eric Vergne took pole place for Spherical two of the 2024 FIA Method E Environment Championship, and the two-time FE winner was ready to sustain the guide at the commence. Nonetheless, the Frenchman took his very first energy raise on Lap four which authorized Mitch Evans and Jake Dennis to fly by.
The up coming lap observed the New-Zealander go by means of the activation zone to get a two-moment energy raise, with Dennis mimicking his rivals two laps afterwards. The up coming lap observed Vergne activate his 2nd energy raise which resulted in him shedding two spots.
Amazingly, Evans then appeared to battle for speed which transpired to him in the time-opening Mexico Town E-Prix. On Lap seventeen, Vergne shut in on his rival, and overtook him for P2 with their fight allowing for Dennis to construct up a two-2nd hole at the entrance.
Laps 23 and 24 proved crucial in conditions of tactic, as a lot of motorists in the top rated 10 opted to go by means of the activation zone, with Nick Cassidy the only driver to use both of those his assault modes.
By Lap twenty five, Dennis experienced liked a hole of two.5s in advance of Vergne, who in convert experienced a cozy margin of one.8s in entrance of Evans. Nonetheless, as the race approached its last races, Vergne dropped back again additional, with Evans and his staff-mate Cassidy obtaining closing in on him.
Evans built a previous-ditch go for 2nd at Change eighteen on the last tour but it proved pricey – the Kiwi massively overcooking it, not able to prevent the car or truck and slipping to fifth although Cassidy stole in to get 3rd.
In the meantime, Dennis gained the 2nd E-Prix of the time, with Vergne and Cassidy ending on the two decrease measures of the rostrum. Chicken took a shock P3 because of to Evans, who finished up fifth with Norman Nato, Maximilian Guenther, Pascal Wehrlein, Sergio Sette Camara and Robin Frijns finishing the issue-scoring top rated 10.
“Environment Champions back again!”@JakeDennis19 on his #DiriyahEPrix win🏆 pic.twitter.com/8umxUiV2dN
— Method E (@FIAFormulaE) January 26, 2024
Race two of the Diriyah E-Prix
The 2nd Diriyah E-Prix of the weekend observed Jaguar’s Nick Cassidy seal a very first acquire for the staff of Period ten, and his maiden victory for the British.
Just after securing pole place in qualifying, Oliver Rowland took the very first starting up place, but he was not able to sustain the guide for very long as Robin Frijns obtained the leap on him into the very first corner.
With the leaders, Rowland and Frijns obtaining taken their very first of the two necessary 50kW assault modes, Nick Cassidy managed to strike the entrance. The Kiwi created up more than enough of a hole to go by means of the activation zone without the need of shedding the guide.
Frijns was adamant to near in on the chief, but his engineer warned him not to overconsume his power, which could have harm his late race speed. In the meantime, pole-sitter Rowland missing the link to the primary duo, obtaining dropped back again by 4 seconds to 2nd-positioned Frijns by Lap seventeen.
On Lap 26, Maserati’s newcomer Jehan Daruvala pulled off the keep track of, retiring from the motion because of to complex concerns.
In other places, yesterday’s race winner Jake Dennis experienced a tricky night as he only started out from P14, and he could barely make up positions through the 2nd E-Prix in Diriyah.
Whilst Cassidy appeared dominant in the early aspect of the race, his gain experienced been quietly ebbing absent irrespective of that early force, and by Lap seventeen Frijns was ideal with the Jaguar. The immediate pack at the rear of the primary duo – Rowland, Jakes Hughes, Stoffel Vandoorne, Sacha Fenestraz, Pascal Wehrlein, Jean-Eric Vergne and Maximilian Guenther – also shut in on Cassidy and Frijns as the race approached its last levels.
Inspite of the near gaps at the entrance, no one was ready to make a go in the dying 2nd of the race, leaving Cassidy to clinch his very first victory with Jaguar in his fiftieth Method E race. Frijns and pole-sitter Rowland done the podium with Hughes, Vandoorne, Wehrlein, Vergne, Guenther, Dennis bringing up the rear of the issue-scoring pack.
Cassidy’s victory propels him to an eighteen-issue guide in the Drivers’ Environment Championship, with Jaguar TCS Racing securing a important guide in the Teams’ standings. The ABB FIA Method E Environment Championship moves up coming to Sao Paulo for Spherical four on sixteenth March, where by the electrical enjoyment proceeds.
Commenting on his victory, Cassidy reported: “This is amazing I signify it is these kinds of a desire. I have obtained an astounding car or truck and I am so privileged but this here… I signify – I want it that way.
“Every acquire is specific, it is just been a desire commence. I’m ready for a negative working day, it is gonna appear but for now we journey, we journey. I took gain at the commence – I originally assumed I went also challenging at the commence – but, you know, Jaguar TCS Racing gave me an astounding car or truck and I’m tremendous blessed.”
NICK CASSIDY WINS IN DIRIYAH! 🇸🇦🖤🤍 On his fiftieth Method E race, @NickCassidy_ catapults himself to a sizeable guide in the Drivers’ Championship with a Enormous acquire in the #DiriyahEPrix Spherical three! ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/YQTozvCl9p
— Method E (@FIAFormulaE) January 27, 2024