Mitch Evans takes maiden win in Rome Thriller

Mitch Evans took his and Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s maiden win in ABB FIA Formula E after a titanic duel with pole sitter Andre Lotterer that ran all the way to the flag.

The Kiwi stayed behind Lotterer until he activated his first attack mode and made a move into the tight Turn 11/12 chicane where he forced himself past the German with a little under 20 minutes to go.

The race was red flagged on the opening lap after Jose Maria Lopez made a mistake going through the bus stop chicane causing the track to be blocked.

This was good news for Sam Bird who had gone to initially retire after being punted by the Argentine, but the Brit recovered to the pit lane and his Virgin team were able to fix the rear left corner and the driveshaft and got him back out on track when the race resumed almost 50 minutes after.

When the race got underway the top three escaped whilst the field behind scrapped, and Evans kept with Lotterer while Vandoorne kept himself a second away from the battle. Once Evans made his move Lotterer, Vandoorne tried to capitalise on Lotterer, but couldn’t make the move to take the place off him, and settled for third, his first podium and top ten finish in Formula E.

There were three retirements during the race, Gary Paffett was caught up in the incident that Lopez created, while both Venturi’s of Edoardo Mortara and Felipe Massa both pulled off with mechanical issues.

Despite Evans missing Attack Mode once, the Kiwi held on to take victory ahead of Lotterer, Vandoorne rounding out the podium. Robin Frijns finished fourth ahead of the Nissans of Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland, with Jerome D’Ambrosio, Antonio Felix Da Costa and Pascal Wehrlein completing the top ten.

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