Dennis takes Formula E title lead with Rome E-Prix win

    With just two races to go, Dennis now holds a 24-point lead in the championship.

    Published On Jul 17, 2023 02:00:00 PM


    Formula E Rome E-Prix winner Jake Dennis

    Dennis scored his first win since the Mexico season-opener in January.

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    Jake Dennis scored a crucial win at Rome – benefitting from rivals Nick Cassidy and Mitch Evans’ collision – to move into the championship lead. The Andretti driver now holds a 24-point lead in the championship heading into the London finale (which will be a double-header) later this month.

    1. Evans wins Race 1 ahead of Cassidy, Guenther
    2. Dennis wins Race 2 ahead of Nato, Bird

    Rome E-Prix brings highs and lows for Evans

    Evans started off the weekend on a strong note, winning the first of two races in Rome. He initially lost the lead to his Jaguar teammate Sam Bird, but reclaimed the position on Lap 5.

    A multi-car shunt triggered by Bird caused a lengthy stop a few laps later and only 14 cars made it to the re-start. This time around, Dennis aced the re-start and moved from P4 to the lead. Just when it looked like Dennis had it in the bag, Evans set back-to-back fastest laps and passed the Andretti driver (who appeared to be struggling with energy) to take the victory.

    The win gave a big boost to Evans’ title bid, but it was short-lived. A costly clash with title rival Nick Cassidy took both drivers out of the points in Race 2. While Evans eventually had to retire, Cassidy continued, but could only manage to finish 14th.

    “I wasn’t trying to do anything silly, but I got caught by surprise and I wasn’t expecting it to be that slow at the apex. As a result, I ruined my race and I ruined Nick’s race. I haven’t made many mistakes this season, but this small error has huge consequences,” Evans explained.

    While the Jaguar driver is still mathematically in the title hunt, his chances have taken a big hit. He’s now 44 points adrift in the standings, with just two races to go.  

    Dennis, Andretti take victory

    Dennis just about escaped the Evans-Cassidy clash. While he remained in the lead throughout the rest of the race, he did have his work cut out with Norman Nato and Sam Bird on his tail. Dennis successfully fended off both drivers to take victory by 3.105 secs – his first since the Mexico season-opener, all the way back in January.

    “I am honestly lost for words how we have just won that race. It was so tactical inside the cockpit, trying to keep Bird within a certain distance because obviously he is going to try and help Mitch,” said Dennis, who now leads the championship by 24 points from Cassidy.

    Nato was second, scoring Nissan’s first podium this year, while Bird rounded out the podium in third place.

    No points for Mahindra

    While Mahindra Racing showed some promise in the opening stages of both races, the team was unable to score any points in Rome. Lucas Di Grassi’s car sustained front-end damage after being involved in the multi-car shunt in Race 1. He was involved in another incident with Porsche’s Antonio Felix da Costa in Race 2, and once again had to retire.

    Roberto Merhi avoided all the chaos of Race 1 and crossed the chequered flag in P12. But he was forced to retire the next day due to a technical issue.

    Reflecting on the team’s performance, Mahindra Racing CEO Frederic Bertrand said, “Although we feel unrewarded, we do feel pleased that everyone goes back home safe after such a challenging weekend, and we keep our development plan unchanged with Season 10 as our target and push forward to the final round in London in a few weeks.”

    Rome E-Prix results

    Rome E-Prix, Round 13 results
    1Mitch EvansJaguar TCS Racing
    2Nick CassidyEnvision Racing
    3Max GuentherMaserati
    4Jake DennisAndretti
    5Jean-Eric VergneDS Penske
    6Nico MuellerABT Cupra
    7Norman NatoNissan
    8Sergio Sette CamaraNio 333
    9Pascal WehrleinPorsche
    10Sacha FenestrazNissan
    11Stoffel VandoorneDS Penske
    12Roberto MerhiMahindra Racing
    13Dan TicktumNio 333
    NCJake HughesMcLaren
    NCLucas di GrassiMahindra Racing
    NCEdoardo MortaraMaserati
    NCRobin FrijnsABT Cupra
    NCSebastien BuemiEnvision Racing
    NCSam BirdJaguar TCS Racing
    NCAndre LottererAndretti
    NCRene RastMcLaren
    NCAntonio Felix da CostaPorsche

    Rome E-Prix, Round 14 results
    1Jake DennisAndretti
    2Norman NatoNissan
    3Sam BirdJaguar TCS
    4Edoardo MortaraMaserati
    5Sebastien BuemiEnvision Racing
    6Max GuentherMaserati
    7Pascal WehrleinPorsche
    8Stoffel VandoorneDS Penske
    9Dan TicktumNio 333
    10Nico MuellerABT Cupra
    11Jake HughesMcLaren
    12Antonio Felix da CostaPorsche
    13Rene RastMcLaren
    14Nick CassidyEnvision Racing
    15Jean-Eric VergneDS Penske
    16Sacha FenestrazNissan
    NCMitch EvansJaguar TCS
    NCRoberto MerhiMahindra Racing
    NCLucas di GrassiMahindra Racing
    NCSergio Sette CamaraNio 333
    NCRobin FrijnsABT Cupra
    NCAndre LottererAndretti

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