Mitch Evans has taken a crucial win in the penultimate round of the season, to take the championship battle between himself and Stoffel Vandoorne down to the final race tomorrow.
The race initially got away with Evans storming to the lead from third with pole-sitter Rowland dropping behind the Kiwi and Lucas Di Grassi, however the race was red-flagged on the second lap as an eight car pile up involving Norman Nato, Dan Ticktum, Sebastien Buemi, Nyck De Vries, Nick Cassidy, Oliver Turvey, Andre Lotterer and Oliver Askew. Of the eight, only Nato and Cassidy took the restart.
Rowland was able to get back past Di Grassi in a risky move in the stadium section, where he would remain to take his and Mahindra’s first podium of the season.
The race after the re-start was mostly quiet, however a battle between Edoardo Mortara, Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne emerged, Vergne would hit Mortara early on, seemed to lead to his retirement late in the race. Both drivers are now out of championship contention, while Stoffel Vandoorne’s fifth place means he heads into the race tomorrow with a 21 point advantage in the championship over sole contender and race winner Evans.
Jake Dennis had a quiet race to fourth ahead of Vandoorne, with Vergne finishing sixth. Pascal Wehrlein was seveth ahead of Robin Frijns, Antonio Felix da Costa and Nick Cassidy.