Formula E: Lucas Di Grassi wins second race at London E-Prix as British star Jake Dennis misses doubles

Lucas Di Grassi secured his first ABB FIA Formula E World Championship win of the season in a dramatic second race of the 2022 SABIC London E-Prix Double-Header.

It looked set to be a dream weekend for Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis in front of a sold-out home crowd as the Nuneaton man started from pole in a quest for back-to-back wins in London, only to spoil ex-champ Di Grassi on the Brits with victory from second place in round 14 at ExCeL London.

The lead switched between Di Grassi and Dennis several times when attacking mode came into play but it was the strategy of the 37-year-old from Sao Paulo who was able to take the lead and then show his experience to hold to the checkered flag.

It was also a great race to cap a great weekend for Mercedes-EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who finished fourth and extended his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship to 36 points, with 58 points to play behind his title mate Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing), Jean-Eric Vergne and Edoardo Mortara were all without points. Evans in particular was heartbroken after a mechanical failure caused his car to shut down just minutes before racing in fourth place.

But the day went to Di Grassi who finished ahead of Dennis and Nyck de Vries who completed the podium and he was quick to thank his team for a perfect race strategy after a wonderful performance.

“It means everything,” said Di Grassi. “Thank you everyone for being here. Congratulations to all my competitors, all the great drivers out there. It was a massive fight with Jake. It was very strategic – use attack mode at the right moment, conserve energy at the right moment. The team gave me the perfect feedback. The car was fantastic today and after what happened yesterday I think we deserve it very much.

“It really depends on how you use energy too – it’s not just attack mode. So today we used Assault Mode to create the right energy buffer and then when the time was right we used the energy and opened the gap and just kept it from there.

“I think Jake had a bit of trouble with the back of his car and I saw that if I could push two or three laps it would be enough because it was very difficult to overtake here. So thanks to the guys who made it the perfect car today.”

Emerging from the last of three mandatory Attack Mode activations, Di Grassi had enough in hand to ensure he would make it against the in-form Jake Dennis as the Brit jumped for his final 30kW boost. Crowd favorite Dennis had started from Julius Baer pole position after yesterday’s win, but the Brazilian extended his lead over the final few laps of the TAG Heuer Added Time to take the checkered flag.

The lead changed hands several times between Di Grassi and Jake Dennis (pictured).

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Nyck de Vries finished third while his Mercedes EQ team-mate – championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne – climbed from 13th on the grid to fourth. His closest title rival Mitch Evans had worked his way up from 14th to fourth at the start of the race, but a late technical issue ended his race early in London and dealt a hammer blow to his title chances, retiring from proceedings and not scoring a result .

Edoardo Mortara did his best to score points from 17th on the grid, but a poor, fighting performance was only enough for 13th place. Jean-Éric Vergne retired early, seemingly in contact, and as good as finished his drivers’ title World Championship.

António Félix da Costa fought his way up to fifth in sister model DS TECHEETAH, Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) was sixth for his second-best result of season eight, Robin Frijns (Envision Racing) was seventh and Sam Bird eighth for Jaguar TCS Racing on home soil.

Sérgio Sette Câmara finally clinched the first points of the season for his DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT team after running out of usable energy yesterday after dying on lap 13 despite harrying the top four the entire time. Pascal Wehrlein completed the top 10 for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.

Aerial view of the London E-Prix circuit in front of the Excel Centre

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FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem competed in his first ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race since taking office in December 2021. He met executives, team principals and drivers from across the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship before being greeted on the podium to present the winner’s trophy to di Grassi.

It now looks set to be a neck-and-neck race between Evans and Vandoorne for the title, with 58 points up for grabs in two weeks of the Hana Bank Seoul E-Prix double-header weekend, the final two races of Season 8 in the 16th Race calendar The Belgian now has a clear lead of 36 points over the Jaguar driver in the points table.

ROKiT Venturi Racing jumped to second place in the World Teams Championship over DS TECHEETAH, although Mercedes-EQ extended their lead to 35 points.

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