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2022 Components E: Mercedes, Venturi win at Diriyah season opener | Autocar India

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Nyck de Vries and Edoardo Mortara scored wins on the Diriyah E-Prix double header, whereas Mahindra confronted some early struggles.

Reigning Components E world champions Mercedes and Nyck de Vries kicked off their title defence with a robust displaying on the 2022 Components E season opener at Diriyah. Venturi joined the occasion, with Edoardo Mortara accumulating a win after a late-race security automobile within the second Diriyah E-Prix.

  • Mercedes and Venturi rating a double podium every
  • Mahindra will get factors on board after tough weekend

De Vries leads Mercedes 1-2

Mercedes picked up the place they left off in Season 7, with Stoffel Vandoorne main the pack away from pole place. His teammate, defending champion de Vries, missed virtually all the first apply session after a crash. However that didn’t appear to have an effect on him a lot, as he rapidly jumped Andretti’s Jake Dennis to maneuver as much as second.

An uncharacteristic slip-up from Vandoorne noticed the Belgian miss his marks as he tried his second assault mode activation. Taking full benefit of the chance, de Vries slipped into the lead. Vandoorne did shut the hole, however finally needed to accept second place.

The Mercedes duo stamped their authority within the race, ending over eight seconds away from third-placed Dennis. “It put myself and the workforce on the backfoot.Tthen you need to rebuild your confidence, and the circumstances have been very slippery, very totally different to final yr,” stated de Vries, referring to his crash earlier through the week.

“I used to be truly very pleased with what we achieved in qualifying, after which I knew we had a robust race automobile to capitalise on our qualifying place. We had nice tempo, the workforce did an excellent job and I used to be a bit lucky with Stoff [Vandoorne] lacking his assault mode, however on the finish of the day, it was faultless from our storage and we managed to win the primary race. I’m more than happy with the way in which we managed to win this race and begin the season sturdy,” he added.

Mortara wins for Venturi

After ending sixth within the opening race, Edoardo Mortara bounced again to win the subsequent Diriyah E-Prix. It was a tense battle between the frontrunners and Mortara swept previous his teammate Lucas di Grassi to take the lead on lap 17.

His subsequent process was to maintain Envision Racing’s Robin Frijns at bay, which he managed to take action efficiently until the Security Automobile was introduced out to gather Alexander Sims’ stricken Mahindra. Sluggish restoration meant the race ended behind the Security Automobile, handing Mortara the win from Frijns and di Grassi.

“It was a really strategic race, very tough for the nerves as a result of I didn’t have loads of vitality, however neither did my colleagues round me. They have been taking part in technique, making an attempt to assault me and make me eat, so I attempted to maintain my head cool and it labored,” Mortara stated.

Early difficulties for Mahindra  

Mahindra Racing confirmed some promising type in apply, however couldn’t materialise that into sturdy outcomes. Alexander Sims completed the primary race in 14th place, however sadly an incident with Frijns resulted in a retirement for Oliver Rowland.

After a three-place grid penalty, Rowland clawed again some misplaced floor to complete eighth within the subsequent race. However this time round, it was Sims who retired after touching the wall whereas working 11th.

Reflecting on the groups’ efficiency, Mahindra Racing CEO and workforce principal Dilbagh Gill stated, “On monitor, we had some highlights on the Diriyah ePrix – we confirmed tempo in apply, progressed to the Duel battles in each qualifying periods and picked up our first factors of the yr. The potential is all there, nevertheless, there’s rather a lot we have to do earlier than spherical two in Mexico Metropolis in lower than two weeks. We are going to maintain our heads down, keep targeted and maintain pushing.”

Subsequent up on the Components E calendar is the Mexico E-Prix on February 12.


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2022 Diriyah E-Prix Spherical 1 outcomes
Pos Driver Group
1 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-EQ
2 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-EQ
3 Jake Dennis Andretti
4 Sam Chicken Jaguar TCS
5 Lucas di Grassi Venturi Racing
6 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Racing
7 Nick Cassidy Envision Racing
8 Jean-Eric Verne DS Techeetah
9 Oliver Askew Andretti
10 Mitch Evans Jaguar TCS
11 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche
12 Maximilian Guenther Nissan e.dams
13 Andre Lotterer Porsche
14 Alexander Sims Mahindra Racing
15 Sergio Sette Camara Dragon/Penske Autosport
16 Robin Frijns Envision Racing
17 Sebastien Buemi Nissan e-dams
18 Dan Ticktum Nio 333
19 Oliver Turvey Nio 333
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Dragon/Penske Autosport
DNF Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing
DNF Antonio Felix da Costa DS Techeetah
2022 Diriyah E-Prix Spherical 2 outcomes
Pos Driver Group
1 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Racing
2 Robin Frijns Envision Racing
3 Lucas di Grassi Venturi Racing
4 Andre Lotterer Porsche
5 Jake Dennis Andretti
6 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Techeetah
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes-EQ
8 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing
9 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche
10 Nyck de Vries Mercedes-EQ
11 Oliver Askew Andretti
12 Antonio Felix da Costa DS Techeetah
13 Sebastien Buemi Nissan e-dams
14 Maximilian Guenther Nissan e.dams
15 Sam Chicken Jaguar TCS
16 Nick Cassidy Envision Racing
17 Sergio Sette Camara Dragon/Penske Autosport
18 Oliver Turvey Nio 333
19 Dan Ticktum Nio 333
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Dragon/Penske Autosport
21 Mitch Evans Jaguar TCS
DNF Alexander Sims Mahindra Racing

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