Formula E crowned its seventh winner in seven races from seven teams around the streets of Rome (after a seventh different driver claimed pole). Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans claimed victory from second place on the grid ahead of DS Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer and HWA Racelab’s Stoffel Vandoorne. But who did we choose as our top three drivers from Rome?
The stormy skies let go of rain an hour or so before the race but in true Formula E fashion, it stopped before the five lights went out. The race started on a damp track but a lengthy red flag period meant the track was drying up.
Ever since his first season in the series, Evans showed his skill at the wheel, even when his car was not the best on the grid.
From getting into the Top 10 in Jaguar Racing’s first ever Formula E season, to heartbreakingly missing out on a win in Zurich last season, no one ever doubted his capacities that make him a top driver.
No one could deny either that he deserved this win, having had a brilliant performance both in qualifying and the race, where his fight with pole sitter and then-race leader Andre Lotterer was one of the highlights of the race.
It is part of the German’s racing DNA to never give up, no matter how difficult it could be getting to the front. He showed that the moment Mitch Evans overtook him, fighting to gain the lead of the race back as soon as he could.
But for most of the race, his defending was nothing short of the usual aggressive but fine levels expected, as he showcased his skill and experience in the streets of Rome.
He made no mistakes, which allowed him to remain in P1 for most of the race, and ultimately, his defending was applied once again, when third-placed Stoffel Vandoorne started using attack mode to try and pass him.
The early disappointments of the season seemed long gone for Vandoorne last weekend the moment he stepped on the podium.
It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for Vandoorne with bad luck in races outweighing his speed in qualifying but it was a different story in Rome.
One aspect of the two remained – his speed in qualifying – as he qualified in fourth for the race in tricky conditions. A good start moved him into third and he stayed there for the rest of the race. His luck with reliability improved too, as although his car broke down, it was after the flag had fallen.
A maiden podium secured.