|2021 New York City E-Prix I|
The extended Brooklyn Street Circuit returned in 2021.
|Date||10 July 2021|
|Official Name||2021 ABB New York City E-Prix I|
|Location|| Brooklyn Street Circuit|
New York City, New York State, USA
|Format||45 min + 1 lap|
|Lap length||2.320 km (1.442 mi)|
|Distance||38 laps / 88.160 km (54.780 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Nick Cassidy|
|Team||Envision Virgin Racing|
|Fastest Lap||1:11.082 on lap 21|
|Maximilian Günther||Jean-Éric Vergne||Lucas di Grassi|
|Winner Team||BMW i Andretti Motorsport|
|2021 Puebla E-Prix II||2021 New York City E-Prix II|
The 2021 New York City E-Prix I, formally known as the 2021 ABB New York City E-Prix I, was the tenth race of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, staged at the Brooklyn Street Circuit in New York City, New York State, USA, on 10 July 2021. The race would form the third of four rounds staged in North America during the 2020/21 season, and mark the Series' first visit to the American city since 2019.
The battle for pole position had seen Nick Cassidy claim the honours, the New Zealander defeating Jean-Éric Vergne in Super Pole by 0.161s. Alex Lynn was next up ahead of Maximilian Günther with Sébastien Buemi, the fastest driver in the group stage of qualifying in fifth ahead of Pascal Wehrlein.
The start of the race saw Cassidy immediately dart across to block a lunge from Vergne down the inside of turn one, allowing Lynn to entertain thoughts of a lunge to the outside of the left-hander. That ambitious attempt would back-fire however as Lynn slid wide on the dust, sending him back down to fifth behind Buemi and Günther.
The early laps saw Cassidy, Vergne, Buemi and Günther break away from Lynn, who duly tried to use Attack Mode to try and get back on terms with them. However, the Brit would be delayed by having to jump on the brakes when rejoining from the activation zone to avoid Lucas di Grassi and Wehrlein, resulting in him losing a lot of time and a significant gap opening between di Grassi in fifth and Wehrlein in sixth.
The following laps saw the leaders make their way through AM without falling behind Wehrlein, who would fall to Lynn as the Brit tried to overcome his early deficit. Cassidy was the last of the leaders to arm his first AM boost on lap seven, three laps before Lynn's race was further hampered when Wehrlein misjudged the closing speeds at turn ten and smashed the back of the #94 Mahindra.
Before half-distance all of the lead drivers had used both of their AM boosts, meaning it would be a straight fight between Cassidy, Vergne, Günther and di Grassi for victory, the latter having essentially replaced Buemi as a contender for victory. Further back, Robin Frijns was closing in on the top five with a series of impressive moves and AM boost, while Sam Bird was challenging for points after his car had been rebuilt between FP1 and qualifying.
With five minutes to go Vergne made his bid for the lead, using FanBoost to close the remaining distance before lunging at Cassidy into turn ten. However, a small lock-up carried the #25 DS Techeetah into the side of the #37 Envision Virgin and caused both to run wide, allowing Günther to dart past the pair of them for the lead, while di Grassi scrambled ahead of Cassidy for third.
That exchange would ultimately settle the race, with Günther keeping Vergne at arms length over the final few minutes to secure his first victory of the campaign, while Vergne himself remained out of reach of di Grassi. Cassidy would end the day just ahead of teammate Frijns in fourth, while Buemi passed teammate Oliver Rowland at the line to claim sixth. André Lotterer, Bird and René Rast secured the remaining points, with Bird also securing the bonus point for fastest lap.
Three weeks after the double headed round in Puebla the FIA Formula E World Championship of 2020/21 arrived at the Brooklyn Street Circuit in New York City for the tenth round of the campaign. The circuit itself was unchanged after the Series' last visit in 2019, which had previously been extended to accommodate the faster Generation 2 ruleset before the 2019 visit.
A Porsche Protest
Between the trips to New York City and Puebla news would emerge that Porsche were to appeal against the disqualification of Pascal Wehrlein in the 2021 Puebla E-Prix I, after the German racer had been struck from the results having claimed a seemingly dominant victory. The disqualification was the result of an administrative error by the Stuttgart squad, as they had failed to declare the pressures of the Michelin tyres their drivers Wehrlein and André Lotterer were to use before the opening Puebla race. Michelin and the FIA hence ruled that they could not conduct proper pressure tests post-race, although Porsche maintained that they had not gained a performance advantage due to the error, with the pressure figures having been incorrectly submitted in the system for qualifying rather than the race.
On 28 June Porsche revealed that they had dropped their appeal against the results of the 2021 Puebla E-Prix I, although did reaffirm that they felt that the disqualification was disproportionate to the offence.
Nico No More
Elsewhere, Dragon/Penske Autosport announced that Joel Eriksson would continue running the #6 car for the trip to New York after the Swede made his debut in Puebla with the team. Indeed, Nico Müller, whom Eriksson had replaced in Mexico due to the Swiss racer's DTM commitments, had been expected to return to the Dragon squad in New York, before missing the final two rounds once again as a result of his battle in the German series. Yet, Dragon and Müller would instead reveal that they had parted ways ahead of the trip further into North America, both citing the fact that Müller's DTM drive took precedent and meant he would miss too many of the remaining races.
Ahead of the trip to New York the FIA and Formula E unveiled the first version of the provisional calendar for the 2021/22 Formula E World Championship, which would feature sixteen races and a minimum of three new venues. The new rounds to the FE roster of races would be the inaugural Cape Town, Vancouver and Seoul E-Prix, with the former forming the fourth round of the season, while the latter would form the season finale in August. The other key notes would be that the Diriyah E-Prix would open the season with a double header on 28 - 29 January 2022, Monaco would return after a deal was struck to host the race annually, while two TBA rounds were included, one of which was set to be held in China.
Victory in the second Puebla race had propelled Edoardo Mortara from eighth to the Championship lead, with the Swiss ace having moved onto 72 points for the campaign. Former leader Robin Frijns had slipped to second after a second non-score, falling ten off the lead, while António Félix da Costa had dropped to third. The Portuguese ace was level with René Rast and Mitch Evans, but deemed ahead courtesy of his win earlier in Monte Carlo, while Pascal Wehrlein had a weekend to forget having dropped 32 points due to post-race penalties.
In the Teams' Championship a non-score for Mercedes had not been enough for them to lose their lead, although the German squad had seen their advantage whittled away to just four points as the trip to Puebla concluded. Defending Champions DS Techeetah had moved up to challenge the German squad, and would sit three off the lead, while Jaguar Racing were only a point further back in third having slipped behind the Sino-French alliance. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler were next up in fourth, level on points with customers Envision Virgin Racing, while ROKiT Venturi were up to sixth.
The full entry list for the 2021 New York City E-Prix I is displayed below:
Qualifying for the 2021 New York City E-Prix I would be conducted in FE's standard format, with the field split into four groups of six cars, based on Championship position. The first group would feature those in the top six in the Championship and so on, with each group getting six minutes on track to set a full 250 kW lap. The top six overall would then progress to the Super Pole shootout, getting one final lap at full power to try and claim pole position.
After the session a point would be handed to the fastest driver in the Group Stage, while three were to be awarded to the winner of Super Pole.
The opening sextet of the session would feature the top six drivers in the Championship, with Championship leader Edoardo Mortara leading the group for ROKiT Venturi. The Swiss ace would be joined by fellow Mercedes powered pilot Nyck de Vries, as well as Mitch Evans in the #20 Jaguar. Two Audi powered cars would also be in action, René Rast in the factory ABT Schaeffler car and Robin Frijns in the #4 Envision Virgin entry, while António Félix da Costa completed the group in the #13 DS Techeetah.
The expected track evolution ensured that almost everyone in the opening group of the day would leave the pits to complete a warm-up lap, with Evans leading the charge out of the pitlane. The #20 Jaguar was followed out of the pits by de Vries and Mortara, with Rast and Frijns soon following the two Mercedes out too. That left da Costa as the only driver of the sextet to gamble on a straight to full power run, although the Portuguese ace would inadvertently join the circuit between Evans and de Vries at the head of the queue.
Evans would start the flying laps in the opening group, and having gapped the rest of the group would deliver a clean effort, setting a benchmark time of 1:10.526 after surviving a small twitch in turn fourteen. da Costa followed him up and immediately go quicker on his SFP run, while de Vries made a mistake and would slip in behind Evans despite setting a faster opening sector. Mortara followed but a stuck switch meant he was not in full power mode and cost him a lot of time, and severely hampered Rast's run to the point where the Swiss racer was placed under investigation for impeding the #33 Audi. Behind them, meanwhile, Frijns quietly leapt to the top of the timesheet with an impressive run.
Stoffel Vandoorne headlined the second group of the afternoon for Mercedes-EQ, with the Belgian one of six drivers positioned in seventh through twelfth in the Championship after the first nine races. Vandoorne would be joined on track by Jake Dennis in the first of the BMW-Andrettis, as well as Jean-Éric Vergne in the #25 DS Techeetah. Joining them would be Sam Bird in the #10 Jaguar, the #99 Porsche of Pascal Wehrlein, and Oliver Rowland's #22 Nissan e.Dams.
Much like group two the entirety of the second group bar the #25 DS Techeetah would take to the circuit early, with Vergne hanging back in a bid to try and complete just one lap in the group stage. Dennis would lead the field out onto the circuit, followed swiftly by Wehrlein, Bird, Vandoorne, and Rowland, while Vergne held back until they had completed the warm-up laps. Bird, meanwhile, would state that his car was in a bad place upon leaving the pits, although Jaguar instructed him to stay out and try and set a time in his hastily rebuilt car.
That decision would not work in Bird's favour, for a poor opening sector left the Brit with Rowland right on his tail, before the pair collided at turn six/seven. Both ended up facing the barriers after Rowland rear-ended the #10 Jaguar, causing a red flag as both were left briefly stranded on the circuit. Yet, both of the British pilots would manage to get their cars turned around and into the pitlane, with all six drivers cleared to rejoin the fray when the circuit re-opened to allow the group two drivers to set flying laps.
Dennis then again the group out onto the circuit, with all of the drivers forced to complete their flying laps without completing a warm-up lap, although their earlier runs had helped to clean the circuit. Dennis was the first to run and a clean run put him into third, followed by Vandoorne who made a mistake in sector three and lost 1.4 seconds to go just ahead of Mortara. Vergne went fastest having been too far back to be hampered by Vandoorne, Rowland claimed second but was displaced by Wehrlein almost instantly, while Bird dragged his far from perfect car to ninth overall.
Group three saw those positioned in thirteenth through eighteenth take to the circuit, although Nico Müller's absence meant André Lotterer joined the group instead. The #36 Porsche would be joined on circuit by the #11 Audi of Lucas di Grassi, which would be supported by the sister #37 Virgin run Audi of Nick Cassidy. The two Mahindras of Alexander Sims and Alex Lynn would also be in action, as well as the #28 BMW of Maximilian Günther.
Unlike the earlier groups all six members of group three would decide to complete warm-up laps, with track evolution still being valued as a major factor in the outcome of qualifying. Günther would head out right at the start of the group's four minute window, while Sims would lead the rest of the drivers out half a minute later with Cassidy in tow. Lotterer would be next out ahead of di Grassi, while Lynn rounded out the sextet who remained in position until their flying laps.
Günther's decision to go early ensured that he got a clean run, with the German racer going on to set the third fastest time, founded by a very strong opening sector. Sims went next and set a new sector one benchmark but could only muster fifth overall, before Cassidy also set a new benchmark first sector to claim third for himself. Lotterer went next but had to battle against a poor opening sector to go seventh, di Grassi slotted into fifth, before he was displaced by the second of the Mahindras in the form of Lynn.
Group four saw the bottom six in the Championship head out onto the circuit, aided by the fact that the previous three groups had potentially cleaned the circuit for them. Sébastien Buemi was the stand-out name in the group for Nissan e.Dams, with Norman Nato the only other driver in the sextet with pole position challenging equipment. They would be joined by the two NIOs of Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Turvey, as well as the two Dragon/Penskes of Joel Eriksson and Sérgio Sette Câmara.
Once again all six members of the fourth group would opt to complete warm-up laps rather than go straight into flyers, with Blomqvist the first of the group to leave the pits ahead of Nato. Eriksson was next up ahead of Turvey and Sette Câmara, while Buemi left the pitlane a little way behind the Brazilian to ensure he had a lot of space ahead. Fortunately, all six drivers left the pitlane with ample time to complete their warm-up laps, with Buemi crossing the line to start his flying lap with a handful of seconds to spare.
Blomqvist was the first to go, although a lock-up at turn one and slides at turns nine and fourteen saw his lap leave him down in fourteenth, while Nato was similarly disappointed and slotted into sixteenth. Eriksson went next but his pace collapsed late in his run to leave him in nineteenth, while Turvey and Sette Câmara managed to claim twelfth and eleventh respectively at the end of their runs. Buemi, meanwhile, was on a real flyer, and after setting the fastest second sector of the day the Swiss ace would go fastest overall, earning him a spot in Super Pole and knocking arch FE rival di Grassi out of the shootout to boot.
Lynn was the first of the six Super Pole drivers to make his run, with the #94 Mahindra opening its lap with a twitch on the brakes for turn one, albeit one that did not ruin his run instantly. A clean opening sector was followed by a small lock-up at turn ten, although Lynn's otherwise clean run through the second sector, and a tidy third, left him having set the benchmark time of 1:09.538. Günther followed the Mahindra out onto the circuit, and would duly go second fastest behind Lynn in-spite of setting faster second and third sectors having locked up at turn one.
Cassidy was the next driver out in the shootout, and would open his run with a better opening sector than Lynn, finding two hundredths of a second, before a strong second sector put him two tenths clear with a 1:09.338. Wehrlein would follow the #37 Virgin out a few moments later, and despite an impressive looking run through the first set of corners, the German racer would immediately open his lap three tenths down on the New Zealander. Indeed, the #99 Porsche would lose more time in the second sector to fall half a second off the lead, before surviving a brush with the wall exiting at turn fourteen to set a new fastest third sector, although he still ended up in fourth.
The penultimate run in Super Pole saw Vergne take to the circuit, with the Frenchman surviving minor twitches through turns two and three, as well as heavy kerb strikes at turns six and ten, to go second fastest, a tenth behind Cassidy. Buemi then took to the circuit, although he would instantly undermine his bid for pole with a lock-up at turn one that meant he ran wide of the apex and lost time. From then on the Swiss racer was battling a three tenth deficit which he could not overcome, the #23 Nissan settling into fifth at the end of his run to leave Cassidy on pole position for the second time in his rookie season.
The final qualifying result for the 2021 New York City E-Prix I are outlined below:
|2021 New York City E-Prix I Qualifying Result|
|1st||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Virgin Racing||1:09.338||—||1||G3|
|2nd||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:09.499||+0.161s||2||G2|
|3rd||94||Alex Lynn||Mahindra Racing||1:09.538||+0.200s||3||G3|
|4th||28||Maximilian Günther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:09.614||+0.276s||4||G3|
|5th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:09.713||+0.375s||5||G4|
|6th||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:09.752||+0.414s||6||G2|
|1st||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:09.531||—||SP||G4|
|2nd||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:09.599||+0.068s||SP||G2|
|3rd||99||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:09.667||+0.136s||SP||G2|
|4th||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Virgin Racing||1:09.672||+0.141s||SP||G3|
|5th||28||Maximilian Günther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:09.718||+0.187s||SP||G3|
|6th||94||Alex Lynn||Mahindra Racing||1:09.746||+0.215s||SP||G3|
|7th||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:09.759||+0.228s||7||G3|
|8th||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.Dams||1:09.891||+0.360s||8||G2|
|9th||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||1:09.892||+0.361s||9||G3|
|10th||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:10.028||+0.497s||10||G3|
|11th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||1:10.063||+0.532s||11||G1|
|12th||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:10.147||+0.616s||12||G4|
|13th||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:10.156||+0.625s||13||G1|
|14th||8||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||1:10.181||+0.650s||14||G4|
|15th||27||Jake Dennis||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:10.239||+0.708s||15||G2|
|16th||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:10.526||+0.995s||16||G1|
|17th||88||Tom Blomqvist||NIO 333 FE Team||1:10.530||+0.999s||17||G4|
|18th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:10.581||+1.050s||18||G1|
|19th||71||Norman Nato||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:10.658||+1.127s||19||G4|
|20th||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||1:10.934||+1.403s||20||G2|
|22nd||6||Joel Eriksson||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:11.036||+1.505s||22||G4|
|23rd||33||René Rast||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:11.271||+1.740s||23||G1|
|24th||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:11.690||+2.159s||24||G1|
|110% Time: 1:16.484|
It was overcast as the field gathered on the dummy grid for the 2021 New York City E-Prix I on Saturday afternoon, although temperatures were reasonably high ahead of the race. Indeed, the air temperature was hovering at 25°C, while the track was a warm 36°C ahead of the race, with the dust off track set to remain a fair issue combined with marbles of rubber thrown from the tyres. Regardless, there were no changes to the order as the field moved forward from the dummy grid to take the start, with Nick Cassidy aggressively lining up with his car pointing towards the inside of the first corner.
The start of the race saw Cassidy use the cleaner side of the grid and pole position to ease into an early lead, the #37 Envision Virgin instantly darting across to block Jean-Éric Vergne. That ploy was an unnecessary one, however, as the dirtier side of the grid meant that Vergne would be unable to match Cassidy's launch, and instead meant that the #25 DS Techeetah had to defend from Alex Lynn into the first corner. Yet, even though he was on the correct line for the first corner Lynn could not make the move around the outside of Vergne stick, a lock-up carrying the #94 Mahindra wide and ultimately dumping him back behind Sébastien Buemi and Maximilian Günther.
The rest of the opening tour saw Mitch Evans move up the order with a lunge at Sérgio Sette Câmara at turn six, before tagging the back of António Félix da Costa at turn ten, although neither driver picked up damage. Out front, meanwhile, Cassidy would establish a lead over Vergne, while Buemi already looked to be dropping back from the lead duo in third. Instead, the #23 Nissan e.Dams would have Günther and Lynn crawling all over his tail, while behind Lucas di Grassi eased past Pascal Wehrlein at the start of the second tour to secure sixth.
The early laps would see the fight for the lead settle down, with Cassidy continuing to ease away from Vergne, while Vergne himself was able to gap Buemi to leave the Swiss ace looking in his mirrors. Elsewhere, Sam Bird found himself fighting with Nyck de Vries over eighteenth position, forcing the move through turn two, before making contact with Oliver Turvey a few moments later with a lunge down the inside of turn six. Other early action saw Sette Câmara pick up a penalty for using an illegal throttle map, while René Rast seemed to be having issues as he bounced between last and eighteenth.
Lynn, in a bid to make up for his first lap mistake, would become the first driver to arm Attack Mode on lap five, although as he rejoined the Brit would find himself losing even more time. Indeed, as the #94 Mahindra came back onto the racing line Lynn was forced to jump on the brakes to avoid Wehrlein, who also had to brake heavily in order to prevent the #99 Porsche from hitting the side of the Mahindra. Lynn ultimately ended up behind both Wehrlein and teammate Alexander Sims, who duly let the sister car back past at the start of the following tour, although more importantly the near-miss would open out a sizeable gap between di Grassi in sixth and Wehrlein in seventh.
The importance of that gap was shown on the following tour, for as Wehrlein moved to block the boosted Lynn, Günther and di Grassi would arm their first AM boosts and hold their positions in behind Buemi. Lynn, meanwhile, would have to wait until the start of the following tour to finally pass Wehrlein, easing down the inside of the #99 Porsche into turn one, before darting off to try and catch the lead group again. Vergne, meanwhile, would lead Buemi into the AM zone on lap seven as they held second and third, while Cassidy held out until lap eight before arming his AM boost, retaining the lead from Vergne.
Lynn would subsequently go on to be the first driver in the field to arm his second AM boost, again falling behind Wehrlein, before having to again lunge past the Porsche re-secure sixth. However, moments after scything down the inside of Wehrlein at turn six, Lynn would find himself being whacked in the rear by the Porsche at turn ten, after Wehrlein misjudged the closing speeds between those taking the corner normally, and himself trying to arm AM. Lynn was spun around and would lose time and energy rejoining behind Oliver Rowland, while Wehrlein was left with heavy front end damage and had to retire.
With Lynn down and Wehrlein out another crucial gap had opened between the lead group and the chasing pack, allowing di Grassi to arm AM for the second time and only drop behind the now lone Rowland in sixth. Elsewhere, Robin Frijns was up in eighth having quietly risen through the field, although he dropped back down the points after arming his first AM boost as he had gained a lot of ground as others armed theirs. Out front, meanwhile, Cassidy was still keeping Vergne at arm's length, while Günther managed to scythe down the inside of Buemi into turn one at the start of lap thirteen to claim third.
Buemi's response was to arm AM for the second time, although that would see him slip down behind di Grassi after the #11 Audi had lunged back ahead of Rowland for fifth. Indeed, that delay ensured that Günther was able to retain third when he armed AM for the final time a lap later, while di Grassi was able to resist Buemi's attacks to hold fourth. Behind, Rowland and Lynn were scrapping for sixth, the #22 Nissan forcing its way through at turn one, moments before Evans pulled to a stop at the same corner with an issue.
That yellow flag eventually evolved into a Full Course Yellow as Evans could not get his car back up and running, albeit not before Rowland had eased past teammate Buemi for fifth. However, after less than a minute the Jaguar had been pulled clear and the race resumed without an energy reduction, with Vergne catching Cassidy somewhat sleeping to close right onto the #37 Virgin's tail. Cassidy would spend the rest of the restart lap trying to rebuild his gap, which he would achieve successfully despite having a 2% energy deficit, while behind Frijns moved up to sixth with a turn six lunge at Buemi.
As the race entered its second half Frijns seemed to be inspired, quickly hunting down and passing Buemi's teammate Rowland at turn one to claim fifth with the aid of AM. André Lotterer, meanwhile, would also move up the field with a lunge at Sims for ninth into turn six, while Norman Nato was defending twelfth from António Félix da Costa, allowing Bird to move up to the Portuguese racer's tail. da Costa eventually managed to force his way past the #71 ROKiT Venturi at turn six on lap twenty, a move that compromised Nato enough that Bird was also able to elbow past the rookie at turn ten.
The two Mahindras were slowly falling out of contention as the race wore on, with Sims falling to Dennis , da Costa and Bird in short order to fall out of the points, while Lynn would be unable to resist Lotterer and later Dennis. However, moments after Dennis passed the #94 Mahindra the #27 BMW-Andretti hit trouble out of turn six and lost power, a lap after Sims' race had come to an end with damage after getting into the wall at turn three. Out front, meanwhile, Günther would be granted permission to attack both Cassidy and Vergne up front, with di Grassi unable to force a move on the #28 BMW-Andretti.
On lap 28 the fight for the lead would begin to intense, with Vergne moving back into striking distance by using FanBoost on the run to turn six, albeit dragging Günther and di Grassi with him. That allowed Vergne to size-up a move on Cassidy into turn ten, the Virgin pilot still holding a small energy deficit to the Techeetah behind, with Vergne duly lunging down the inside of Cassidy at the hairpin. However, when he made the lunge Vergne would lock-up and tap the side of Cassidy, sending both wide of the apex.
That nudge hence gifted the lead to Günther, who simply pulled inside the pair of them to claim the lead as Vergne and Cassidy scrambled back onto the circuit having washed into the AM Zone. Vergne duly secured second on the exit, while Cassidy was unable to keep di Grassi at bay, although the New Zealander did fight all the way until the entry for turn eleven, when he finally had to relent with the outside line into the right-hand flick. Günther, meanwhile, did his best to escape with his 1% energy advantage over Vergne, although all four had been caught by Frijns, Rowland, Buemi and Lotterer as a result of the turn ten exchange.
The final minutes saw Günther maintain a small lead over Vergne, while behind Cassidy and Frijns ran nose-tail, prompting calls for Virgin to swap their drivers around given Frijns' title ambitions. Yet, no changes would come among the top five before the chequered flag, with Günther duly sweeping across the line to claim a somewhat shock victory ahead of Vergne and di Grassi, while Cassidy remained ahead of Frijns to claim fourth. Behind, Rowland would run out of energy before Buemi and hence slipped behind the Swiss ace at the line, with Lotterer right behind, while Bird and Rast both made late moves on Lynn to complete the top ten.
The final classification of the 2021 New York City E-Prix I is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold:
|2021 New York City E-Prix I Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||28||Maximilian Günther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||38||46:24.747||1:11.425||25|
|2nd||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||38||+2.072s||1:11.613||18|
|3rd||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||38||+2.832s||1:11.670||15|
|4th||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Virgin Racing||38||+4.623s||1:11.834||15|
|5th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||38||+5.239s||1:11.900||10|
|6th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||38||+6.370s||1:11.827||9G|
|7th||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.Dams||38||+6.581s||1:11.673||6|
|8th||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||38||+7.826s||1:11.690||4|
|9th||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||38||+8.489s||1:11.082||3|
|10th||33||René Rast||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||38||+11.917s||1:11.702||1|
|11th||94||Alex Lynn||Mahindra Racing||38||+14.912s||1:11.783|
|12th||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||38||+15.289s||1:11.520|
|13th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||38||+27.523s||1:11.724|
|14th||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||38||+27.698s||1:11.502|
|15th||71||Norman Nato||ROKiT Venturi Racing||38||+28.472s||1:10.823|
|16th||88||Tom Blomqvist||NIO 333 FE Team||38||+28.746s||1:11.930|
|17th||6||Joel Eriksson||Dragon/Penske Autosport||38||+41.106s||1:12.318|
|18th||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||38||+49.849s||1:12.007|
|Ret||27||Jake Dennis||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||30||Puncture||1:11.031|
|Ret||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||29||Damage||1:12.021|
|Ret||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||14||MGU||1:11.987|
|Ret||8||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||11||Damage||1:13.455|
|Ret||99||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||10||Collision||1:11.870|
- Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
- G Indicates a driver claimed a bonus point for setting the fastest lap in the group stage of qualifying.
- Tenth start for Nick Cassidy, Jake Dennis and Norman Nato.
- Third career victory for Maximilian Günther.
- Sixth victory for Andretti Formula E as an entrant.
- BMW claimed their sixth win as a powertrain supplier.
- Jean-Éric Vergne claimed his 25th podium finish.
- Tenth fastest lap recorded by Sam Bird.
- Bird moved level with Daniel Abt at the top of the all time fastest lap list (10).
- Bird earned his tenth FanBoost victory.
Edoardo Mortara retained the lead of the Championship as the weekend in New York City came to its halfway point, although his ten point lead had been completely eroded. Indeed, Robin Frijns had moved level with Mortara on 72 points at the head of the field, but remained behind the Swiss ace on count-back as Mortara had one race win. Behind, Jean-Éric Vergne had moved to within four of the lead in third ahead of René Rast, while António Félix da Costa completed the top five level on points with Mitch Evans.
In the Teams' Championship DS Techeetah had leapt up to the top of the standings after ten races in 2020/21, the Franco-Chinese squad having moved onto 128 points for the campaign. That left them four ahead of Envision Virgin Racing in second, the British squad having moved up the order from fifth, while their suppliers Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler had moved up into third on 115 points. Mercedes, meanwhile, had slipped to fourth ahead of Jaguar Racing, while BMW-Andretti had moved into sixth on 107 points.
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|2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship|
|Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler • BMW i Andretti Motorsport • Dragon/Penske Autosport • DS Techeetah • Envision Virgin Racing • Jaguar Racing • Mahindra Racing • Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team • NIO 333 FE Team • Nissan e.Dams • ROKiT Venturi Racing • TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team|
|Audi • BMW • DS • Jaguar • Mahindra & Mahindra • Mercedes-Benz • NIO • Nissan • Penske • Porsche|
|Audi e-tron FE07 • BMW iFE.21 • DS E-Tense FE20 • DS E-Tense FE 21 • Jaguar I-Type V • Mahindra M7Electro • Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 • NIO 333 FE 001 • Nissan IM02 • Nissan IM03 • Penske EV-4 • Penske EV-5 • Porsche 99X Electric|
|4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Nico Müller/Joel Eriksson • 7 Sérgio Sette Câmara • 8 Oliver Turvey • 10 Sam Bird • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 13 António Félix da Costa • 17 Nyck de Vries • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Jake Dennis • 28 Maximilian Günther • 29 Alexander Sims • 33 René Rast • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 71 Norman Nato • 88 Tom Blomqvist • 94 Alex Lynn • 99 Pascal Wehrlein|
|Diriyah I • Diriyah II • Rome I • Rome II • Valencia I • Valencia II • Monaco • Puebla I • Puebla II • New York City I • New York City II • London I • London II • Berlin I • Berlin II|
|Marrakesh E-Prix • Mexico City E-Prix • Paris E-Prix • Santiago E-Prix • Sanya E-Prix • Seoul E-Prix|
|2019/20 • 2021/22|