Formula E continued to thrill with a dramatic doubleheader on the streets of Rome. Following on from an intriguing season-opener in Diriyah, rounds 3 and 4 of the 2021 season provided some intriguing statistical occurrences, and one or two eye-catching records.
Let’s kick things off with championship leaders Jaguar Racing…
Saturday’s Race 1 was the first time ever that Jaguar have reached the podium with BOTH drivers. With new signing Sam Bird performing well alongside Jaguar mainstay Mitch Evans, this is the team’s best-ever start to a Formula E season, and they currently occupy the top positions in both championships.
After just four races, the team have scored more points so far this season than in the whole of last season. #Progress
Surprisingly, it’s also the first time Bird has been top of the drivers’ championship four rounds into a Formula E season. He has scored more points at this stage in a season before, but in terms of championship position, it’s his best ever start to a season.
Mercedes’ Stoffel Vandoorne secured his second Formula E victory in Race 2, and his team’s third in the series overall. The German manufacturer are now nine points and one championship position better off than at the same point last year.
Race 1 saw a win for DS Techeetah’s in their first race with a new and updated powertrain. It was also the first win of the season and 10th in total for Jean-Eric Vergne which moves him joint-second in the Formula E’s all-time winners list.
Nick Cassidy secured his first ever Formula E pole position for Saturday’s Race 1, and with it, his first world championship points. It is the second time Envision Virgin have started from pole this season, more than any other team.
Pascal Wehrlein scored his first Formula E podium for Porsche in Race 2, and moved into sixth place in the championship as a result. It is comfortably Wehrlein’s best-ever start to a Formula E season, while his teammate, Andre Lotterer, has experienced his worst ever. He’s one of only two drivers yet to score a world championship point after the first four rounds.
Venturi rookie Norman Nato earned his first world championship points after topping Sunday’s wet group qualifying for Race 2, and the Frenchman battled his way to third and a maiden Formula E podium only to later have it stripped from him for an energy infringement.
Alex Lynn scored his first world championship points for Mahindra with eighth place in Race 1, while the team’s other new signing, Alexander Sims, secured his first podium for the team, and the team’s first since the 2019 Santiago E-Prix more than two years ago, with a run to second in Race 2.
Audi’s Lucas di Grassi led an E-Prix (in Race 1) for the first time since the 2019 Berlin E-Prix, 22 months ago. Frustratingly for the Brazilian and his Audi team, he left Rome without a point to show for Audi’s improved pace having retired from both races.
Despite scoring points in both races in Rome, this remains Sebastien Buemi’s worst-ever start to a Formula E season. The Season 2 (2015-16) champion has just 11 points to show from the opening four rounds – one point less than his previous lowest return of 12, from the opening four rounds of Season 5 (2018-19).
Nico Müller bagged another couple of points for a resurgent Dragon with ninth in Race 2, and with 24 points on the board so far, this continues to be the American team’s best start since Season 2.
NIO 333’s new recruit, Tom Blomqvist, continued his impressive start to life with the Chinese team. He scored points in both races; the first time ever in his Formula E career that he’s scored in two races consecutively. NIO 333 have now scored in every race this season and that’s the first they’ve scored in four consecutive rounds since Season 3 (2016-17).
Finally, BMW Andretti continue to have their worst start to a Formula E season since their partnership was made official at the beginning of Season 5 (2018-19). They are rooted to the bottom of the championship with just 12 points, and rookie Jake Dennis is yet score; one of only two drivers still without a point.