May 14, 2021

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Jean-Eric Vergne, first winner in Rome

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FORMULA E- At the end of a lively race, the Frenchman won on Roman soil, ahead of very lively Jaguars.

The first of two rounds of the Formula E World Championship, which took place in the streets of Rome, kept all its promises. The victory went to the DS E-Tense FE21 of Jean-Eric Vergne. The DS Automobiles team and the Techeetah team could not have dreamed of a better introduction to the new car, of which it was the first race. Parisian Jean-Eric Vergne who has come back from afar. At the end of free practice where his car was rebuilt after being hit at the rear, we were not giving much of his chances. However, the mechanics of the French team performed miracles and the Frenchman even managed to participate in the Superpole. Given the weather conditions – drizzle and a fine film of water in certain parts of the circuit – the start took place under the escort of the safety car. When the championship protagonists were finally released, André Lotterer (Porsche) and poleman Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes EQ) clung, leaving Oliver Rowland’s Nissan to take the lead. Receiving a penalty for exceeding the authorized power of 200 kW, the English driver let Luca di Grassi take command (Audi).

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Passed through all the pitfalls of a circuit made tricky by the presence of numerous puddles of water, Vergne climbed back to second place. A solid leader, di Grassi finally gave up first place to the Frenchman’s DS due to a mechanical problem. In wanting to avoid the Brazilian’s car idling, Vandoorne made a mistake, causing the safety car to exit. Vergne thus won his 10th victory in Formula E, the first of his 2021 single-seater, ahead of the two very lively Jaguars of Sam Bird and Mitch Evans.

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