Mitch Evans has taken his fourth win on the streets of Rome, his third in a row, to put himself just 20 points shy of the championship lead currently held by second place finisher, Nick Cassidy.

The race was marred by huge accident on Lap 7 that was kick started by Sam Bird, who was running fourth at the time. The Briton hit the bump in Turn 6, the same that Jake Hughes hit in qualifying, spinning Bird round, bit collected by no less than five cars, with a shower of debris causing a lengthy red flag. The accident curtailed the races of Bird, Sebastien Buemi, Antonio Felix da Costa, Edoardo Mortara,  Lucas Di Grassi and Robin Frijns.

The race restarted with 14 cars making the start after Lotterer had crashed prior to the pile up with Fenestraz leading from Evans and Dennis.

The Nissan driver fell through the field ending the race in tenth, while the championship protagontists of Nick Cassidy, Jake Dennis and Evans fought for the lead.

Dennis, who had built a lead, eventually had to reliquish the win, and later a podium after he suffered energy issues meaning he fell to fourth, only just holding off Jean-Eric Vergne and Nico Mueller.

The other title contender – Pascal Wehrlein – suffered damage on Lap 2 of the original race and had to pit, eventually climbing his way back to seventh by the checkered flag. Although the Porsche driver remains under investigation for speeding under the red flag.