Sam Bird wins first race of new Formula E season in Saudi Arabia
However, it was one of the ever-presents of the sport who won their 2019-20 Formula E season on Friday’s opening race.
Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird flew to victory in the Ad Diriyah ePrix at Diriyah, Saudi Arabia to become the first driver to win a race at every Formula E season.
After beginning the race he carefully picked his way through the enlarged 24-driver grid, using the’Strike’ Mode’ technology to maintain the lead.
An accident between Audi motorist Daniel Abt prompted the deployment of the security car with six minutes remaining, however, the British driver managed to claim his inaugural ePrix victory on the fifth anniversary of Bird Formula E win.
At the first of a double header over the 2.495 kilometer, 21-turn Riyadh Street Circuit, Bird completed before Andr?? Lotterer, with Mercedes motorist Stoffel Vandoorne in third.
“The staff did an incredible job at the off-season — it is an wonderful car,” Bird said on the podium following his victory.
“Last year was difficult and that I went through a bit of a transformation. A great deal of thinking and mental stuff — Ihad massive weight reduction and’m healthier than ever before. The group have discovered a lot also.”
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The very first race of the 2019-20 season saw the game debut several teams and new inventions.
Drivers can accumulate an additional 35 kilowatts of power for a couple laps throughout’Attack Mode,” that is switched by driving though an activation zone.
The”Fanboost” bonus also enables fans to vote for the five drivers they want to receive a five-second burst of electricity throughout the second half of the race.
Two teams made their debuts in Formula E in Diriyah, together with Mercedes and producers Porsche linking racing’s all-electric arrangement.
This meant for the first time Germany’s’Big Four’ manufactures — Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and Audi — possess cars racing at exactly the exact same single-seater championship.
Both Mercedes and Porsche had promising begins to life
Porsche motorist Lotterer finished 1.319 minutes behind Bird after starting the race in seventh place, although Mercedes’ Vandoorne was just three hundredths of a second supporting Lotterer.
For winner Jean-Eric Vergne, By comparison, it supplied a moment.
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Needed to retire on following damage to front wheel of his vehicle.
The Alexander Sims of BMW started on pole but ended up finishing eighth.
The drivers will race more on Saturday, to finish a header to kick off the new season.