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De Vries wins Round 5 as crazy energy management finish mixes up the grid

ROME, ITALY – APRIL 11: Nyck De Vries driving the (17) Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team during qualifying ahead ABB FIA Formula E Championship – Rome E-Prix Round 4 on April 11, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Emmanuele Ciancaglini/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The conditions changed from what we had on qualifying as the race started behind the safety car due to rainy weather.

The Safety Car just did one lap and the drivers were set free with the green flag. Everyone made it through the first corners relatively cleanly, with Di Grassi dropping behind with a penalty. Sebastien Buemi crashed on Turn 9 with Andre Lotterer, bringing out the Full Course Yellow, which later converted into a Safety Car, as Buemi was stuck on the track.

Green flag racing resumed 35 minutes into the race, with the track being cleared from Buemi’s crash. Da Costa led off the restart with Guenther in second, Lynn dropping to third. De Vries made up places to 4th from 7th. René Rast started dropping down to 21st with 34 minutes to go.

33 minutes to go and Nyck de Vries was on the hunt for Lynn and Guenther, overtaking them both with incredible moves around the turn 9 area, going up to 2nd.

With 29 minutes to go, André Lotterer was awarded a drive-through penalty for crashing into Sebastien Buemi at turn 9, which caused the early Safety Car.

Yellow flag was out with 24 minutes to go; Maximilian Guenther started dropping down the order as he went off the track and into the gravel at turn 1, getting stuck. The Safety Car was then deployed.

Green flag racing was resumed with 20 minutes to go. Da Costa led off the restart once again with De Vries behind in second place. Nato, Wehrlein, Cassidy, Frijns, Turvey and Lotterer all went for attack more with 19 to go.

With 16 minutes to go, Stoffel Vandoorne was running 12th after starting 24th due to his penalty. Alexander Sims had overtaken Alexander Lynn, and he had Oliver Rowland behind.

Safety car was out with 15 minutes to go just as Nyck de Vries had taken his Attack Mode. There was an incident at turn 8 as Mitch Evans collided with the back of Sergio Sette Camara, sending him off the track and into the gravel, where he got stuck. Both drivers retired from the race.

Stoffel Vandoorne also dropped down but unrelated to the incident, as he went off the track and had a trip into the gravel before rejoining, having a close call with Muller.

Green flag racing returned with 10 minutes to go. Da Costa led off the restart once again, taking the attack mode and later using his fan boost too. De Vries was running behind in second place with Sims in third.

Safety Car was out once again with 6 minutes to go due to an incident on turn 1. Andre Lotterer made contact with Edoardo Mortara and they both went into the gravel. Mortara was able to get out of it but it wasn’t the case for Lotterer, who was stuck and out of the race.

The green flag was out once again with 26 seconds and 1 lap to go. Da Costa led once again off the restart with De Vries behind trying to make a pass for first place. Rowland attacked Sims for 3rd place but had to back off due to track limits.

Nyck de Vries won the race which ended in a crazy manner, as basically the entire field ran out of energy towards the finish line. A clarification will be made in regards to the finish at a later article, as the results are not confirmed.

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