Vergne wins behind the Formula E safety car

Jean-Eric Vergne, Team DS TECHEETAH wins the race Saturday ahead of second # 10 Sam Bird, April 10, 2021. (Photo: Reuters)
DS Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne won the first of a Formula E double-header in Rome on Saturday after a late crash on a slippery track took out both the Mercedes cars and left the field following the safety car to the chequered flag.اضافة اعلان

The Frenchman, a two-times champion in the all-electric series and now winner of 10 Formula E races, finished ahead of Jaguar’s Sam Bird and the Briton’s New Zealander team mate Mitch Evans.

Evans, like Bird a previous winner in Rome, gained a bonus point for fastest lap.

Bird leads the championship with 43 points after three rounds, nine clear of Envision Virgin Racing’s Dutch driver Robin Frijns. Jaguar lead the teams standings with 74 points to Techeetah’s 40.

Both Jaguar drivers wore black armbands following the death on Friday of Britain’s Prince Philip and neither sprayed champagne on the podium on what was the team’s first double podium.

“It was a pretty difficult race with the conditions being as they were with a lot of rain, at the beginning very slippery.

More than once I almost hit the wall,” said Vergne, who had started fifth.

“But I was able to survive in this chaos.”