2021 FIA ABB Formula E Rome ePrix Preview

This weekend is set to see Formula E return to action in Rome for the second event of the season, which like the season opener in Diriyah, is also set to feature two races being held across the weekend.

Heading into the Rome ePrix weekend Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries has the early championship lead after claiming victory in ‘Diriyah 1’ and then going on to finish in the points, in ninth place, in ‘Diriyah 2’. The Dutchman also secured further points across the double header in Saudi Arabia after finishing top in the group stage qualifying, and then going onto claim pole position, in ‘Diriyah 1’, while he also secured a point for claiming fastest lap in the second race.

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The Mercedes driver has a seven point advantage over second placed Sam Bird whose only points across the Diriyah ePrix were those he gained for winning the second race. It has meant the Briton keeps up his run of claiming victory in every Formula E season he has contested to date. It also meant that Bird has also got a victory ‘under his belt’ early with new team Jaguar, having switched from Virgin during the off season.

Completing the top three in the championship is that of Robin Frijns who is three points behind Bird, and therefore 10 behind de Vries. Frijns secured all his points in the second race in Diriyah where, like de Vries, he also secured points in group stage qualifying and for taking pole position.

Reigning Drivers’ champion, Antonio Felix da Costa, enters this race weekend fifth in the championship after finishing eleventh and then third across the two races in Saudi Arabia. The Portuguese driver is level on points with Mitch Evans and is three points behind Edoardo Mortara who is fourth in the championship.

Formula E Gen2” by Jaimie Wilson is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In the Teams’ Championship Jaguar have taken the early lead and go into this weekend four points ahead of Mercedes. Behind the two are Virgin and Dragon/Penske Autosport who are tied in third on 22 points each.

Of the 12 teams competing in this season’s Formula E, one is yet to score points. That team is BMW whose only classified finish came in ‘Diriyah 1’ where Jake Dennis managed to finish in twelfth, while BMW’s other driver Maximilian Gunther failed to finish. Both cars failed to finish the second race in Saudi Arabia.

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