Nyck De Vries dominates the Diriyah E-Prix

Nyck De Vries back ups his first pole position in Formula E with his first win in the series after a commanding drive from lights to flag in Diriyah. 

The Dutchmen was able to to survive two safety car periods by creating a second gap on the restart to ensure that he could take his second attack mode without dropping to second place.

Edoardo Mortara finished second for Venturi which is powered by Mercedes which could show an early indication that Mercedes powertrain could be one of the more competitive packages this season. Mitch Evans came home third for Jaguar.

Attack Mode provided the turning points in the race as in the early stages of the race Wehrlein was chasing De Vries, but the Porsche driver was overtaken by Rene Rast going into Turn 18 and Wehrlein decided to move straight into the Attack Mode to try and pass Rast back.

But Wehrlein ended up going backwards as he was unable to take advantage of the extra power and dropped behind Mitch Evans and Edoardo Mortara. Mortara could have potentially pulled the overtake of the season after  he passed Wehrlein and Evans into Turn 18. Evans was also able to pass Wehrlein in the process to move up to fourth place.

Rene Rast was holding a solid second place, but the Audi driver took his attack mode right as the second safety car came out for Maximillian Gunther’s crash. With Rast taking Attack Mode, Mortara was able to leapfrog him into second.

At the restart, Evans was able to use his Attack Mode to pass Rast once his had ran out, which enable Evans to finish in third and Rast having to settled for fourth.

Wehrlein came home in fifth for Porsche after starting the race in second. Oliver Rowland finished in 6th after starting in tenth. The Brit was able to achieve this result despite qualifying in the notoriously slower first group of qualifying.

Alexander Sims came home in seventh with Stoffel Vandoorne finishing in eighth. Vandoorne also picked up the fastest lap point.

Lucas Di Grassi finished in ninth in the second Audi and Oliver Turvey scored NIO 333’s first point in 10th after going the entire of season six without scoring.

Reigning Champion Antonio Felix Da Costa finished in 11th with Jean-Eric Vergne in 15th.

Sam Bird and Alex Lynn got into a crash at Turn 1. Bird was attempting a move at Turn 1, but he tried to send the dummy on Lynn but was closed in the apex which sent both cars into the wall. Both drivers eventually retried from the race.

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