Cassidy takes first Formula E victory in New York
Nick Cassidy (photo Sam Bloxham/LAT Images)
NEW YORK CITY — Nick Cassidy claimed a maiden Formula E victory at the New York E-Prix, heading home ahead of Lucas di Grassi and teammate Robin Frijns as torrential rain flooded the track late in the race, creating the most dramatic end to the season so far.
In the final 10 minutes of the scheduled 45-plus-lap race, a storm swept through with heavy rain buffeting the Brooklyn Street circuit, leaving puddles of standing water in the braking zone at Turn 6.
AfFull course yellow was called but Cassidy, di Grassi and Vandoorne, as well as Edoardo Mortara, couldn’t help but hydroplane straight into the wall. More drivers fell through in impossible conditions as the race ended early with a red flag.
Before the rain arrived, Nick Cassidy had started from pol for the first time and was leading forward through both attack mode activations. Di Grassi and Frijns pressured from behind as the race headed towards its conclusion, with the pair dropping Vandoorne from second place on lap 27 as the points race twisted and turned.
Drivers’ World Championship leader Mortara had also worked his way up to fifth with a late second mode of attack, with the Venturi rider missing Duels in qualifying, starting ninth.
The red flag meant that the outcome of the race was decided backwards with finishing positions set according to the lap preceding that in which the stoppage was announced, in accordance with Article 41.9 of the FIA sporting regulations. The decision meant victory in the race went a delighted Cassidy’s way, with di Grassi and Frijns completing the podium.
Vandoorne was unable to capitalize on his starting grid advantage over Mortara, with the Mercedes-EQ driver coming in fifth but extending his World Championship lead to 13 points over Vandoorne. Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) only managed 11e and Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) finished 18th, both outside the points.
This leaves ROKiT Venturi Racing at the top of the World Team Championship standings, 23 points ahead of Mercedes-EQ who climb above DS TECHEETAH.
It’s a busy night ahead for engineers in most of the team’s garages to prepare for round 12 and race two of the New York E-Prix double-header tomorrow.
The iconic Empire State Building has been illuminated in the distinctive Formula E electric blue to mark the fifth year of the New York E-Prix as part of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.