The final two laps of Saturday’s Valencia E-Prix race were one of the most chaotic in the championship’s history, so let’s take a closer look at what happened there.
The rain-affected Valencia E-Prix had numerous Safety Car periods and the latest took place in the very end of the race after an incident involving Andre Lotterer and Edoardo Mortara. The Safety Car left the track for the final two-lap dash to the finish line and at that moment something went wrong.
Suddenly, the majority of the field realized that they would not have enough energy to get to the finish line. As soon as the final lap started, we saw a lot of drivers stopping at the race track with 0.0% energy left. The list also included the race leader Antonio Felix da Costa, who had dominated the race. However, not everyone had such issues. Nyck de Vries, for example, had enough energy to inherit the race lead to take the chequered flag as well as Nico Mueller and Stoffel Vandoorne, who completed the podium.
In fact, Oliver Rowland and Alexander Sims originally crossed the finish line 2nd and 3rd respectively, but they eventually were disqualified for the energy overuse, which also affected the other drivers. That is why only half of the field was classified in the official race results.
The true reasons for such calamity are yet to be named, but one of them can be miscalculation. The teams expected that there will be 1 green flag lap left after Safety Car, which is why everyone slowed down right before the final lap.
The article will be updated.