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Sam Bird started in second place and managed the attack modes perfectly to take his first win with Jaguar, ahead of poleman Robin Frijns and Jean-Eric Vergne.
The power of habit. Since the launch of Formula E, only one driver has won every season, Sam Bird. The Englishman is no exception to the rule this year, winning the second race of the weekend in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The new Jaguar driver, transferred from Virgin Racing, scored his first win with the manufacturer and confirmed his impressive consistency.
To win, he masterfully managed the use of attack modes, which allowed him to get the better of his former teammate and poleman Robin Frijns, who eventually finished second.
The day’s comeback was led by DS Techeetah drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix Da Costa. The Frenchman, who started 7th, and the reigning champion, who started 10th, came back up to 3rd and 4th place. And yet, they could have lost everything. First of all, they fought with each other on the verge of an accident, even though they were in contention for the victory.
Then, the safety car’s exit with ten minutes to go could have prevented Vergne from setting his second mandatory attack mode. But the final red flag saved him.
On the other hand, the big losers were the Mercedes-powered drivers. Untouchable on Friday, Nyck De Vries paid for his ban on qualifying, as did Stoffel Vandoorne, the 2020 runner-up. Edoardo Mortara, who was also in great form on Friday, was not even able to take part in the race after his spectacular exit during practice.
Another favourite, Sébastien Buemi (Nissan DAMS), retired after a mechanical problem while he was in the points. Mitch Evans, third on Friday in his Jaguar, also retired after a collision with Maximilian Günther (BMW).
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