Starting from pole position, Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) was second in the London e-Prix, round 13 of the Formula E World Electric Car Championship, when Oliver Rowland went straight to his singles seat and saw his podium hopes soar.
The win went to Britain’s Alexander Lane (Mahindra Racing). He beat Dutchman Nick de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) and New Zealander Mitch Evans (Jaguar).
The Belgian driver dominated qualifying with wins over British Roland (Nissan e-dams) and Lyn (Mahindra Racing). Maintain the lead thanks to a good start before the start of the race. Kortrijk was still first when the safety car set off for the second time.
Brazilian Lucas de Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) did an amazing maneuver as he led the group through the pit lane while the safe car was still on the track. He was sentenced, after investigation, to forcible passage into the pit for an illegal maneuver.
In the process, Vandoorne, second only to this illegal overtaking, couldn’t do anything when Roland fired straight, sending the Belgian into the background. He finally finished 12th, 28.623 behind Lin, who took the first victory of his career in the discipline.
In the general classification, Nick de Vries took advantage of his second place to take the lead with 95 points, 6 points clear of fellow countryman Robin Frijs (Envision Virgin Racing), on Sunday the fourth. Britain’s Sam Bird is third (81), Stoffel Vandoorne 13 (63).
On Saturday, Britain’s Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti) won the first e-Prix of the weekend ahead of De Vries and Alex Lynn. Stoffel Vandoorne ranked eighth.
Rounds 14 and 15, the last two of the season, are scheduled for August 14 and 15 at Berlin Tempelhof, the former airport in the German capital.
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