Maximilian Guenther performs a brilliant race to get his third career Formula E victory in New York City.
Formula E had made its comeback to New York City as the first race of the doubleheader took place on Saturday, which turned out to be a great spectacle.
The race started and Nick Cassidy saved the race lead, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne and Sebastien Buemi as Alexander Lynn had a big lock-up in turn 1. There also were a couple of contacts in the hairpin.
Sam Bird and Oliver Turvey also had a collision in their battle for 17th place. Sergio Sette Camara was given a drive-through penalty for throttle map violation. Turvey had the same penalty for power overuse. Eventually, the drivers started activating the Attack Mode for the first time.
The hairpin delivered some more drama after a big contact between Wehrlein and Lynn. The German damaged his car severely and that ended his race. Mitch Evans stopped in turn, forcing the full course yellow mode.
Lynn’s frustrating day continued with Lotterer’s overtake for 8th position. Jake Dennis ended his day in the garage.
As the time was running out, Vergne wanted to finally get to the race lead. He tried a move at the hairpin at Cassidy, but it ended up in Maximilian Guenther inheriting the race lead. Vergne stayed 2nd, while Cassidy was down to 4th.
In the end, the German built the gap and went on to win the race. Vergne crossed the finish line second, while di Grassi completed the podium
The top 10 of the Formula E New York E-Prix round 1:
|1||Maximilian Guenther||BMW i Andretti||Winner|
|2||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Techeetah||+2.072|
|3||Lucas di Grassi||Audi||+2.832|
|4||Nick Cassidy||Envision Virgin Racing||+4.623|
|5||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||+5.239|
|6||Sebastien Buemi||Nissan e.dams||+6.370|
|7||Oliver Rowlans||Nissan e.dams||+6.581|
|9||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||+8.489|