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Bird "could've won" second Diriyah FE race if FIA added further extra lap

The Jaguar driver felt that a podium at the very least was in the offing but was denied at the line by Rene Rast, who had defended third place despite running out of energy by the final corner.Although Bird had mounted an earlier overtaking effort on the German, he went straight on at Turn 18 and had to concede the position back to Rast.Following the...

Rast had to "creep" over Diriyah FE line to beat Bird to third

The German scored his first podium since returning to the all-electric championship after a year away, and also collected McLaren's first podium since its transition from the Mercedes brand.Rast managed to pick up the lead having been able to undercut early leader Mitch Evans on their attack mode strategies, but did not put up too much of a fight against...

Vandoorne: Dashboard, steering wheel glitch caused Diriyah FE penalty

The Belgian was set for a points finish before a late tumble into 11th as Dan Ticktum made his way past to secure the final point of the Saturday race.It proved irrelevant as Vandoorne was burdened with 24s added to his race time for failing to use both attack mode activations and dropped to the bottom of the race classification.Explaining the issue,...

Diriyah E-Prix: Wehrlein defeats Dennis to complete double win

The Porsche driver once again produced a tactical masterclass to shake out into the lead by the end of the attack mode phase among the leaders, and then had to withstand pressure from Dennis to pick up a second consecutive victory.Another strong start, this time from fifth on the grid, handed Wehrlein fourth place after the opening array of corners...

How 1:30AM burgers fuelled Maserati MSG's overnight rebuild of Gunther's car

Gunther carried too much speed into Turn 11 and the understeer prevalent in his car caused him to veer into the barriers, causing significant tub damage on the front-right part of the car.This ended the German racer's day as the damage was too heavy to prepare his car for the race, and the work carried into the night as the Maserati MSG mechanics prepared...

Diriyah E-Prix: Hughes sees off Evans for maiden Formula E pole

The British driver had found a tenth over Evans in the opening sector and tacked on a smidgen more to his advantage in the next part of the lap, but a lairy moment through the final part of the downhill sweepers gave Evans a glimmer of hope.With almost nothing between them at this stage, Hughes had to collect himself and focus on the final part of the...

Diriyah E-Prix: Evans snatches top spot from Ticktum in FE FP3

Sam Bird kicked off the more representative times of the session with a 1m12.163s, but the pace quickly escalated as the drivers shook off the morning cobwebs and began their runs in earnest.Friday's polesitter Sebastien Buemi then collected a 1m11.620s, which was quickly knocked off the top by the NIO 333 pairing of Sergio Sette Camara and Ticktum.Antonio...

Buemi: Diriyah FE pole pace just the beginning, "sad" at how Nissan spell ended

The 2015-16 Formula E champion joined the Envision team for this season after leaving Nissan, as the British team began a partnership with Jaguar for the Gen3 era.Buemi had been with Nissan through its various incarnations since the beginning of Formula E in 2014, joining the then-e.dams Renault team for the all-electric championship's inaugural season.After...

Bird's Diriyah FE podium a "reward" for Jaguar team's hard work

The Briton scored his first Formula E podium in over a year after a trying 2021-22 season and had led the majority of the race's first two-thirds, but was powerless to resist Pascal Wehrlein's lap 30 overtake for the lead.Despite a deficit to the Porsche-powered cars of Wehrlein and Andretti's Jake Dennis in the race, Bird scored a comfortable third-place...

Van der Linde pleased by Diriyah FE despite "uphill battle" debut

The South African was named as Robin Frijns' replacement at the Abt team for the foreseeable future while the Dutchman recovers from his hand and wrist fractures sustained in a collision with Norman Nato in Mexico.Although DTM race winner van der Linde spent time in the simulator preparing for his first race in Formula E, he only had two practice sessions...

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