Mercedes-EQ’s Nyck de Vries took a first Formula E win in the opening round of Season 7, besting Diriyah at night to head home Edo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) and Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) in the series’ first race as an FIA World Championship.
The Dutchman’s victory was picture perfect in the end, with de Vries handling Safety Car periods and pressure from behind to romp home four seconds clear of the pack.
De Vries launched well to cover the advances of Wehrlein and Rast, with the Audi driver pushing his compatriot for second place into Turn 1. A poor getaway from the Porsche man allowed the polesitter to build an early gap to the pack – some 1.2 seconds by the end of the first lap.
The lead group ran as you were with de Vries leading Wehrlein, Rast, Mortara, Evans and Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing) the top six, whilst Jaguar new-boy Sam Bird made his experience tell as he got the jump on Maximilian Guenther into the chicane (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) for seventh.