Formula E in Indonesia: Jaguar victory at Jakarta premiere

Photo finish at the Formula E premiere in Jakarta: Less than a second apart, the top 3 race across the finish line at the first ePrix on the new, 2.3-kilometer circuit in the north of the Indonesian capital – with the victorious end for Jaguar driver Mitch Evans, who wins ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) and Edoardo Mortara (Venturi).
For the 27-year-old New Zealander it is the fifth career win and the third this season after his double success in Rome. “The race was tough, I ran out of tires at the end. But this result was exactly what we needed. Now we’re back in the fight for the championship,” says Evans, who also bagged the extra point for the fastest race lap.
Around seven minutes before the clock expired, the Jaguar star was able to make the decisive overtaking maneuver against pole man Vergne and grab the lead. The Frenchman stays close, but he doesn’t succeed in countering: “It was a good race. Hats off to Mitch and Jaguar, they were just a tad faster today,” commented the two-time champion Vergne.

Wehrlein: Despite grid penalty as the only German with points

For the Germans, Saturday in the metropolis of ten million does not go according to plan: Pascal Wehrlein already starts the race with a mortgage of five starting places and a penalty transfer because his Porsche team has to break the seal on a part after the last stop in Monaco. In eighth place, he ended up at least in the points.

Team-mate André Lotterer narrowly misses this because he collides with Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries in the closing stages. The defending champion is then eliminated, Lotterer receives a five-second penalty for the crash and is therefore only classified eleventh. Also clearly missing the points: Maxi Günther (Nissan e.dams), who can only improve from 15th starting position by one place to 14th place.
The race is even worse for ex-Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi, who continues to find it extremely difficult in Formula E: right from the start, Dragon team-mate Sergio Sette Camara collides, later in the race the Italian has to , who continues to await his first point in the series, then retire as one of three pilots alongside Oliver Rowland (Mahindra) and De Vries.

Three across the line: Evans, Vergne and Mortara at the finish

While defending champion De Vries (65 points) has little chance after finishing sixth in the World Championship, team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne (121 points) is still able to stay at the top of the overall standings thanks to his fifth place on Saturday: Vergne is second after his place but only five points behind the Belgian, Mortara and stage winner Evans are also closing in on Vandoorne with a deficit of seven and twelve points respectively.

The next round of Formula E will take place in Marrakech on July 2, followed by three more race weekends.

Jakarta ePrix – Result:

1. Mitch Evans (Jaguar) 40 laps
2. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) +0.733 seconds
3. Edoardo Mortara (Venturi) +0.967
4.Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) +3,350
5. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes) +4.038
6. Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) +4,635
7. Lucas di Grassi (Venturi) +5.253
8. Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) +8.191
9. Sam Bird (Jaguar) +13,348
10. Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) +14.766
… 11. André Lotterer (Porsche) +16.089
… 14. Maxi Gunther (Nissan e.dams) +25.184

Overall rating – driver:

1. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes) 121 points
2. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) 116
3. Edoardo Mortara (Venturi) 114
4. Mitch Evans (Jaguar) 109
5.Robin Frijns (Envision) 81
… 7. André Lotterer (Porsche) 59
… 8. Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) 55
… 17. Maxi Gunther (Nissan e.dams) 2

Overall standings – teams:

1.Mercedes 186
2nd DS Techeetah 170
3. Venturi 169
4. Jaguar 139
5.Porsche 114

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