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The extended Brooklyn Street Circuit returned in 2021.
Race Information
Date 11 July 2021
E-Prix No. 80
Official Name 2021 ABB New York City E-Prix II
Location Flag of New York.png Brooklyn Street Circuit
New York City, New York State, USA
Format 45 min + 1 lap
Lap length 2.320 km (1.442 mi)
Distance 37 laps / 85.840 km (53.339 mi)
Support Race
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird
Team Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing
Time 1:08.572
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa
Team Flag of China.png DS Techeetah
Fastest Lap 1:10.180 on lap 18
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa
Winner Team Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing
Time 46:15.909
ePrix Guide
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Post-Race Test

The 2021 New York City E-Prix II, otherwise known as the 2021 ABB New York City E-Prix II, was the eleventh 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 11 July 2021.[1][2] The race would be the second of the weekend staged at the Brooklyn circuit, as well as the last race of the season to be staged outside of Europe.[1]

Qualifying would see Jaguar Racing lock-out the front row, with Sam Bird edging out teammate Mitch Evans by 0.090s in Super Pole.[3] Evans himself would narrowly edge out Nick Cassidy, beating the #37 Envision Virgin by 0.001s, as intermittent rain shuffled the pack.[3]

The start of the race saw Bird instantly convert pole position into the lead, while Evans had to fend off a lunge from Cassidy around the outside of the first corner to hold second.[4] Behind the rest of the field seemed to have made it off the line without issue, until the cameras showed that Jean-Éric Vergne was stranded at the very back of the grid.[4]

The Safety Car was required to allow Vergne's car to be dragged clear, with only one lap passing before the race resumed.[4] Once again, Bird would sprint clear to establish control of the race, while Evans had to briefly fend off the attentions of Cassidy before settling into second.[4]

The early laps saw the order at the front stabilise, with André Lotterer bruising his way past Alexander Sims for seventh, prompting the Brit to become the first of the lead group to arm Attack Mode.[4] Behind, Jake Dennis had made stunning progress to move towards the top ten, before contact with Edoardo Mortara at turn six sent both tumbling down the order.[4]

Bird and Evans would take AM together on lap eight, with Cassidy slipping between the two Jaguars before Evans got his own back on his compatriot at the start of the following tour.[4] The two New Zealanders would remain nose-to-tail for a few laps before Evans got back into a secure position ahead of Cassidy.[4]

Bird would go early for his second AM boost, resulting in him dropping behind Evans although the #20 Jaguar quickly moved aside to let the sister #10 car through.[4] Bird hence would retain the lead ahead of Evans, while Evans would slip behind Cassidy when he took his second AM boost, and would have to wait to make a lunge at the #37 Virgin at turn ten.[4]

Yet, Evans would not escape from Cassidy, resulting in the #20 Jaguar being stalked by the #37 Virgin, as well as António Félix da Costa who had darted past both Porsches.[4] Those two would slowly tag onto the back of the fight for second, while behind Lucas di Grassi muscled his way past Sébastien Buemi at turn six, earning himself a ten second time penalty for tipping his rival down the order.[4]

Into the closing stages and Evans was just hanging on to second, having managed to fend off the best Cassidy could throw at him with and without AM.[4] That was, until Evans got out of shape at turn three and slapped the wall as he had in qualifying, bending his suspension and allowing Cassidy and da Costa through.[4]

Out front, and unaware of his teammate's late drama, Bird would control the race beautifully to claim an impressive victory ahead of Cassidy and da Costa.[4] Evans, meanwhile, would slip behind both Pascal Wehrlein and Lotterer before his left-rear suspension snapped completely on the final tour, resulting in him plummeting to thirteenth.[4] Sims hence moved up sixth ahead of Norman Nato, Robin Frijns sneaked up the order to eighth, while Lynn beat Race 1 winner Maximilian Günther to ninth.[4]

Background

There would be no changes made to the entry list ahead of the second race of the weekend in New York, with the circuit remaining likewise unchanged.[1] The weather was also set to remain stable for the Sunday race, with cloud but no rain predicted for either the race or qualifying.[1]

Günther Graces

Edoardo Mortara had 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.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2021 New York City E-Prix II is displayed below:

2021 New York City E-Prix II Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07
5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany.png Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
6 Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport Penske EV-5
7 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport Penske EV-5
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team NIO 333 FE 001
10 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type V
11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07
13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa Flag of China.png DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 21
17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany.png Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type V
22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03
23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03
25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 21
27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21
28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21
29 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing Mahindra M7Electro
33 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07
36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
37 Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07
48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
71 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
88 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team NIO 333 FE 001
94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing Mahindra M7Electro
99 Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein Flag of Germany.png TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
Source:[5]

Practice

FP1

FP2

Qualifying

Qualifying for the 2021 New York City E-Prix II would be conducted in FE's standard format, with the field split into four groups of six cars, based on Championship position.[3] 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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[3]

Group 1

The opening group of the session saw the top six in the Championship head out onto the circuit, with Edoardo Mortara keen to make up for his mistake that left him at the back of the grid for Race 1.[6] The Swiss ace would be joined by almost-joint Championship leader Robin Frijns of Envision Virgin, with a second factory run Audi of René Rast also in action.[6] The two DS Techeetahs of Jean-Éric Vergne and António Félix da Costa would also feature, while Mitch Evans would complete the sextet for Jaguar Racing.[6]

Rain was hovering around the Brooklyn Street Circuit as Mortara led the first group out of the pitlane with 3 minutes to go, with all six drivers opting to complete warm-up laps.[7] The Swiss ace was followed onto the circuit by Vergne and da Costa, while Evans trailed the #13 DS Techeetah, and would look to pass him on their warm-up laps.[7] Rast was next out ahead of Frijns, with the Dutchman just managing to start his flying lap before the clock hit zero.[7]

Unfortunately for Frijns he would instantly mess up his lap, locking up at turn one to miss the apex and ruin his run through the first sector, rain having began to fall across the circuit.[7] He would at least manage to complete his lap however, unlike Vergne who would lose power out of turn two and had to limp around the circuit to the pits without setting a flying lap.[7] On track, meanwhile, Mortara set the initial pace with a 1:09.393 only to be beaten instantly by da Costa and then Evans, while Rast managed to claim third with Frijns slotting in behind Mortara.[7]

Group 2

Group two saw those positioned seventh through twelfth in the Championship ahead of the second race in New York take the course, with both of the factory Mercedes in action.[6] Indeed, Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne would both feature in the second sextet, joined by the BMW-Andretti duo of Maximilian Günther and Jake Dennis.[6] Oliver Rowland, meanwhile, would represent Nissan e.Dams' interests in the sextet, as would Lucas di Grassi in the #11 Audi.[6]

The rain continued as group two ventured out onto the circuit, with all six drivers once again opting to complete warm-up laps despite the conditions potentially worsening during their session.[7] de Vries was the first to go with Vandoorne and Günther in tow, while Rowland, di Grassi and Dennis would wait a few more moments before they left the pits together.[7] Indeed, the two mini-groups would be separated by around half a minute as they ran around completing their warm-up laps, with the rain proving to be stop-start as they opened their laps.[7]

The impact of the rain, intermittent as it appeared, was instantly shown by de Vries, with the #17 Mercedes sliding in turn one to ruin de Vries' run, before a brush with the wall at turn nine consigned his run to the scrap heap, although he did go sixth fastest.[7] Vandoorne and Günther would lose time in less dramatic fashion, slotting into fifth and eighth after their runs, before a brief pause for the Rowland group.[7] Those three would appear to have better runs than the previous trio, with Rowland claiming fifth, di Grassi fourth, and Dennis seventh to prompt belief that those in group one may breach the top ten, if not Super Pole.[7]

Group 3

For the second race in succession André Lotterer found himself pushed into group three due to the absence of Nico Müller, the Swiss ace having retained his theoretical spot in the third sextet after the first race.[6] The #36 Porsche would hence join teammate Pascal Wehrlein in the group, as well as the Mahindra pairing of Alexander Sims and Alex Lynn.[6] Also in the fray would be Sam Bird, hoping he could reignite his title bid in the #10 Jaguar, as well as Nick Cassidy in the fourth and final Audi powered entry.[6]

The rain had stopped by the time group three rolled out of the pitlane, although the track temperature had dropped by 7°C since the start of the session due to the falling water.[7] Wehrlein duly bolted straight out of the pitlane in a bid to avoid further drops in the track temps, while teammate Lotterer waited a few more seconds before he joined the fray with Sims in tow.[7] Cassidy, Bird and Lynn then headed out in the #29 Mahindra's wake, with Bird passing Cassidy on their warm-up laps to move up the queue before the flying laps began.[7]

Wehrlein's lap showed that the track conditions seemed to be improving, with the #99 Porsche managing to almost match the best effort for the first sector, before acing the third sector to fastest with a 1:08.898.[7] Lotterer backed that up with a run just a tenth slower to go third, with Sims going fifth, before Bird jumped to top spot by edging out Wehrlein's efforts in each of the three sectors.[7] Cassidy went next but lost time in the final sector and had to slot into fourth, while Lynn would battle against a poor second sector to go seventh.[7]

Group 4

For the final sextet the bottom six drivers of the Championship were sent out onto the circuit, headlined once again by Sébastien Buemi as the former Champion tried to kick-start his 2020/21 season.[6] The #23 Nissan would be joined on track by the #71 ROKiT Venturi of Norman Nato, as well as the Dragon/Penske pairing of Sérgio Sette Câmara and Joel Eriksson.[6] Completing the group would then be the two NIOs of Oliver Turvey and Tom Blomqvist, with all six drivers hoping to benefit from a cleaned up circuit after the previous groups' runs.[6]

The improvement during the third group gave rise to hopes among the fourth group that they could challenge for Super Pole, although the track temperature was still falling without the summer sun upon it.[7] Nato was the first of the group to venture out onto the circuit with Sette Câmara, Eriksson, Turvey, Blomqvist and then Buemi following the Frenchman out onto the circuit.[7] There would be no jostling for position during their warm-up laps, with the final six equally spaced as they launched their flying laps, with Nato the first to go.[7]

Nato put in what appeared to be an impressive opening sector, just 0.03s down, only for that and a strong second sector to be undermined by a miserable third sector, which saw Nato end up in ninth.[7] Sette Câmara, meanwhile, set a new benchmark in the first sector before having to combat a poor third sector to go sixth, while Eriksson glanced the wall exiting turn thirteen as he went fourteenth.[7] Turvey and Blomqvist were next and could only manage sixteenth and seventeenth respectively, both hampered by poor third sectors, with Buemi a disappointing thirteenth after he too saw a promising lap undermined by a lack of grip in the third sector.[7]

Super Pole

Having just booked his spot in Super Pole, Sette Câmara would be the first driver to run in the shootout, with the rain having dispersed and only the small puddles off-line that had survived the overnight rain remaining on track.[7] The Brazilian would open his lap with twitch through turns three/four, before surviving a brush with the wall through turn thirteen to set the initial benchmark at a 1:08.988 after acing the second sector.[7] Lotterer went next and would lose half a minute in the first sector alone, largely due to a lock-up into the first corner, and despite setting a new fastest third sector would fall two tenths behind Sette Câmara come the end of his run.[7]

Next out was Race 1 pole sitter Cassidy, who used a notably wider line into the first corner to set a slightly faster first sector than Sette Câmara, albeit just 0.02s up on the Brazilian.[7] A late apex through turn nine then seemed to have cost Cassidy time in the second sector, although by the end of his run, including a precise third sector, saw the #37 Virgin go fastest with a 1:08.663.[7] Evans was next out onto the circuit and would brush the wall at turn three having tried to maximise his speed onto the back-straight, only to beat his compatriot by 0.001s to claim provision pole having aced the final corner.[7]

The penultimate run of the shootout saw Wehrlein take to the track, although minor issues including a twitch on the brakes for turn one, a slide at turn nine and a glancing blow against the wall at the final corner saw the #99 Porsche fall into third, his pace having deteriorated from a strong opening sector.[7] Bird then fired into his run with a small wiggle from the front of his car into turn one, before a wide-line into turn five saw the Brit go 0.004s faster in the first sector.[7] Bird then matched teammate Evans in the second sector, before a new benchmark in the final sector carried the #10 Jaguar to pole ahead of the sister #20 car with a 1:08.572 by 0.090s.[7]

Post Qualifying

The final qualifying result for the 2021 New York City E-Prix II are outlined below:

2021 New York City E-Prix II Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid Group
1st 10 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 1:08.572 1 G3
2nd 20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 1:08.662 +0.090s 2 G1
3rd 37 Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 1:08.663 +0.091s 3 G3
4th 99 Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 1:08.818 +0.246s 4 G3
5th 7 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 1:08.988 +0.416s 5 G4
6th 36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 1:09.201 +0.629s 6 G3
Super Pole
1st 10 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 1:08.855 SP G3
2nd 99 Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 1:08.898 +0.043s SP G3
3rd 20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 1:08.914 +0.059s SP G1
4th 37 Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 1:08.947 +0.092s SP G3
5th 36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 1:09.012 +0.157s SP G3
6th 7 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 1:09.038 +0.183s SP G4
7th 13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 1:09.052 +0.197s 7 G1
8th 94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 1:09.166 +0.311s 8 G3
9th 29 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 1:09.229 +0.374s 9 G3
10th 71 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:09.236 +0.381s 10 G4
11th 33 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:09.256 +0.401s 11 G1
12th 11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:09.328 +0.473s 12 G2
13th 23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 1:09.339 +0.484s 13 G4
14th 48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:09.393 +0.538s 14 G1
15th 6 Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 1:09.495 +0.640s 15 G4
16th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 1:09.499 +0.644s 16 G2
17th 8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 1:09.620 +0.765s 17 G4
18th 88 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 1:09.649 +0.794s 18 G4
19th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis Flag of Germany.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:09.969 +1.114s 19 G2
20th 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 1:10.089 +1.234s 20 G2
21st 4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 1:10.341 +1.486s 21 G1
22nd 17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 1:10.599 +1.744s 22 G2
23rd 28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of Germany.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:10.637 +1.782s 23 G2
110% Time: 1:15.740[8]
NC 25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 1:21.673 +12.818s 24 G1
Source:[8]

Race

The rain had left New York City as the field gathered on the dummy grid for the start, although the day was still overcast and temperatures were still lower than they had been before the start of qualifying.[9] Ahead of the start there would be no changes to the grid or the circuit ahead of the race, meaning Sam Bird would lead teammate Mitch Evans onto the grid proper, with the even numbered side of the grid again expected to have to battle against the dust to make their getaways.[9]

Report

The start of the race saw Bird charge off the grid to secure the lead from pole position, leaving teammate Evans to fend off the attentions of Nick Cassidy into the first corner as the #20 Jaguar duly battled against the dirtier inside line.[9] Yet, Evans did enough to keep his car alongside the faster starting #37 Envision Virgin, before surviving a lock-up on the brakes for the first corner to hold second.[9] Behind it was largely status-quo, although António Félix da Costa jumped André Lotterer into the 90° left, while at the back Jean-Éric Vergne failed to move at all.[9]

Indeed, as Norman Nato got a piece of someone else's car wedged in the nose of his #71 ROKiT Venturi in a scrum entering turn six, Vergne was trying in vain to get his car moving.[9] However, with the #25 DS Techeetah stranded the officials would opt to throw the Safety Car, allowing Vergne to be pushed off the grid and into an access road off the start/finish straight to safety.[9] After two minutes and a single lap the race would resume, with Bird timing his getaway midway through the turn twelve/thirteen chicane to catapult himself back into the lead.[9]

As Bird and Evans broke away at the start of the third tour Cassidy found himself having to watch his mirrors, with Sérgio Sette Câmara having a half-look at passing for third into the first corner.[9] That allowed Pascal Wehrlein to in-turn assess a lunge at the Brazilian, although both would back out of those moves, with Wehrlein instead finding himself spending the rest of the lap fending off da Costa.[9] Behind, Lotterer and Alexander Sims scrapped behind the #13 Techeetah, while René Rast was suddenly seen limping around the circuit with damage and a puncture from contact at some point during the restart lap.[9]

The early laps would see Bird ease away from Evans, while the #20 Jaguar would run just ahead of Cassidy, Sette Câmara and Wehrlein, with da Costa and Lotterer stalking them with Sims in tow.[9] Sims subsequently became the first driver to arm Attack Mode, remaining eighth, although that did open a gap behind the top seven that would allow them to arm AM without losing time.[9] Indeed, Lotterer would arm AM and remain ahead of the #29 Mahindra when he rejoined, before jumping da Costa when the Portuguese armed his first AM boost on the following tour.[9]

As the top seven began to shuffle with AM there was fighting elsewhere, with Jake Dennis working hard to keep Edoardo Mortara at bay as they fought for position just outside of the top ten.[9] It came to a head on lap seven when Mortara tried to lunge down the inside of the #27 BMW-Andretti, with Dennis turning in and tipping the #48 Venturi into a spin at the apex of turn seven.[9] Mortara was left facing the outside wall and had to reverse to escape, having dropped to the back of the order, while Dennis continued on having lost several positions as a result of the contact.[9]

Back with the leaders and Sette Câmara lost out to Wehrlein and Lotterer when he armed AM, while Bird and Evans went for the boost together on lap eight, resulting in the New Zealander slipping behind compatriot Cassidy.[9] The #20 Jaguar duly powered back past the #37 Virgin at the start of the following tour into turn one, Cassidy not defending the inside line at all, while Bird established a slightly larger lead due to that exchange.[9] Behind, Sette Câmara would attack Lotterer for fifth having lost out in their AM exchange, before Wehrlein fell into his sights having armed AM, while Sims armed his second AM boost straight away to slip behind da Costa.[9]

The two Porsches duly began fighting amongst themselves for fourth after Wehrlein's AM move, the younger German forcing teammate Lotterer to defend into turn six, allowing a small gap to open between themselves and the lead trio.[9] On lap thirteen Bird activated his second boost and dropped in behind teammate Evans, with Cassidy following the #10 Jaguar into the activation zone for his first.[9] Cassidy's decision would hence enable Evans to instantly hand Bird the lead back before the end of the very same lap, allowing Bird to pursue a maiden Grand Slam while Evans remained as his rear-gunner in second.[9]

Evans duly found himself having to defend from Cassidy before the Virgin's AM boost ran out, Cassidy having escaped from the two Porsches after Wehrlein finally lunged past at turn one.[9] Cassidy eventually forced his way through around the outside of turn six on lap sixteen, having previously forced Evans to defend into the first corner to start the lap, compromising his run to the 90° left.[9] Evans duly took that as his que to take his second AM boost, retaining third, while behind da Costa armed his second AM boost and remained ahead of Sette Câmara, who had to take avoiding action when the #13 DS Techeetah rejoined.[9]

Evans steadily closed on Cassidy to reclaim second as the race reached half-time, with the #10 Jaguar duly firing back ahead down the inside of turn ten to secure second, Bird having pulled out a two second lead in the intervening period.[9] Behind, Wehrlein and Lotterer would go through AM for the second time together, allowing da Costa to pass the pair of them, before again finding themselves fighting each other as they were unable to get on terms with the Portuguese racer.[9] da Costa duly cruised onto the back of Cassidy, who dropped right into his sights when he armed his second AM boost, while behind Sims was fighting with Sette Câmara as the Brazilian began to struggle with energy consumption compared to those around him.[9]

Elsewhere two old rivals would meet each other once again, with Lucas di Grassi and Sébastien Buemi finding themselves fighting once again, this time over ninth place several seconds behind the lead group.[9] That fight would, as ever, end in contact at turn six, when di Grassi tried to lunge inside the #23 Nissan e.Dams but only succeeded in tipping his old rival into a spin.[9] di Grassi continued but was slapped by a ten second time penalty, while Buemi would recover towards the back of the midfield.[9]

The following laps saw Evans come under pressure from Cassidy, with the #20 Jaguar having to make some defensive moves into turn one as the race entered its final fifteen minutes to prevent a lunge.[9] On lap 25 Evans would take a very defensive line down to protect the inside of turn six, a move which allowed da Costa to close right onto their tail, and allow the two Porsches to also close in.[9] Indeed, da Costa was so close that he nudged the back of Cassidy's car as they rounded turn ten a few moments later, with no lasting damage or impact, before using FanBoost to attack the Virgin a lap later into turn six, although Cassidy fended him off with a late dart to the inside of the 90° left.[9]

With two laps to go the fight for second seemed to have been settled, for Evans was able to keep Cassidy at arm's length, while da Costa, Wehrlein and Lotterer were unable to really challenge either the New Zealander or themselves with very little energy difference between them.[9] However, in a repeat of his pole costing mistake in Super Pole, Evans would clip the outside wall at turn three with his left-rear wheel, resulting in him sliding further wide through turns four and five and Cassidy and da Costa shooting past.[9] Furthermore, the #20 Jaguar appeared to have been wounded in the incident, with the car slightly crabbing as Evans came down the straight towards turn six.[9]

Over the rest of the lap Evans would drop back from Cassidy and da Costa, and instead found himself having to defend from the two Porsches, with Wehrlein and Lotterer losing their chance to challenge for the podium on the final tour due to the delay.[9] The both eventually forced their way past Evans into turn one at the start of the final lap, with Evans' rear suspension still struggling and even deteriorating.[9] Indeed, Sims would go on to catch the wounded Jaguar over the final tour, while behind late fights saw Maximilian Günther dart past Stoffel Vandoorne, while di Grassi was leading a hoard of drivers towards Evans.[9]

Out front, meanwhile, a supreme drive from Bird saw him sweep across the line unopposed to secure victory, four seconds clear of Cassidy and da Costa, the latter having been unable to force a move on the New Zealander.[9] Wehrlein and Lotterer chased them across the line, with Sims a few seconds behind, while Evans' suspension completely failed as he came through the final corner.[9] As a result he fell to thirteenth as di Grassi led Nato, de Vries, Lynn, Günther, Sette Câmara and Vandoorne through, before the Brazilian's penalty dumped the #11 Audi down to fourteenth behind the wounded Jaguar.[9]

Result

The final classification of the 2021 New York City E-Prix II is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold:

2021 New York City E-Prix II Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 10 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird FanBoost Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 37 46:15.909 1:10.530 29G
2nd 37 Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 37 +4.167s 1:10.539 18
3rd 13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa FanBoost Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 37 +4.840s 1:10.180 16
4th 99 Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 37 +7.154s 1:10.982 12
5th 36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 37 +7.762s 1:10.835 10
6th 29 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 37 +16.286s 1:10.693 8
7th 71 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 37 +24.983s 1:10.918 6
8th 4 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 37 +25.084s 1:10.389 4
9th 94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 37 +25.405s 1:11.154 2
10th 28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 37 +26.009s 1:10.411 1
11th 7 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 37 +26.341s 1:10.668
12th 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 37 +30.781s 1:11.174
13th* 20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 37 +30.957s 1:10.050
14th 11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 37 +31.970s 1:10.931
15th 23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 37 +32.985s 1:10.719
16th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 37 +35.692s 1:11.077
17th 48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 37 +35.924s 1:10.485
18th 17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 37 +36.339s 1:10.667
19th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 37 +51.384s 1:11.027
20th 33 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 37 +59.694s 1:10.305
21st 88 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 37 +1:05.327 1:11.058
22nd 6 Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 37 +1:07.701 1:11.590
Ret 8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 29 Retired 1:11.201
Ret 25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 0 Retired
Source:[8]
  • FanBoost Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.[10]
  • G Indicates a driver claimed a bonus point for setting the fastest lap in the group stage of qualifying.
  • * Evans set the fastest lap of the race (1:10.050) but was ineligible to claim the bonus points as he failed to finish in the top ten.[8]
  • di Grassi was handed a ten second time penalty for causing a collision with Buemi.[11]
  • Rowland was awarded a five second time penalty for causing a collision with Eriksson.[12]

Milestones

  • Sam Bird claimed his sixth pole position.
  • Eleventh win for Bird.
    • Also Bird's twentieth podium finish.
  • Jaguar Racing claimed their fourth victory as an entrant.
    • Jaguar secured their fourth win as a powertrain supplier.

Standings

Victory for the second time in 2020/21 had propelled Sam Bird from thirteenth in the Championship to first after the 2021 New York City E-Prix II, the Brit having moved onto 81 points for the campaign. That left him five clear of António Félix da Costa in second, with the defending Champion level on 76 points with Robin Frijns. Edoardo Mortara, meanwhile, would slip nine off the lead having also lost top spot in the Championship, with Nick Cassidy completing the top five.

Envision Virgin Racing had moved back to the top of the Championship after a podium for Cassidy, with the British squad having moved onto 146 points for the campaign. Yet, that would only put them two ahead of former leaders DS Techeetah, while Jaguar Racing were only five off the lead in third after Bird's second win. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler were next up in fourth on 115 ahead of Mercedes in fifth, while Porsche Formula E Team had moved towards the 100 point mark in seventh.

2020/21 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird 81 ▲12
2nd Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa 76 ▲3
3rd Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns 76 ▼1
4th Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara 72 ▼3
5th Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy 70 ▲9
6th Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne 68 ▼3
7th Flag of Germany.png René Rast 61 ▼3
8th Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans 60 ▼2
9th Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein 60 ▲6
10th Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries 59 ▼3
11th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland 59 ▼3
12th Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi 54 ▼3
13th Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne 54 ▼3
14th Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther 54 ▼2
15th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis 54 ▼4
16th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims 44 ◄0
17th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn 34 ◄0
18th Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer 32 ▲1
19th Flag of Switzerland.png Nico Müller 30 ▼1
20th Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi 20 ◄0
21st Flag of France.png Norman Nato 17 ▲2
22nd Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey 13 ▼1
23rd Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara 12 ▼1
24th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist 5 ◄0
25th Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson 0 ◄0
2020/21 Teams Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 146 ▲1
2nd Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 144 ▼1
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 141 ▲2
4th Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 115 ▼1
5th Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 113 ▼1
6th Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 108 ◄0
7th Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 92 ▲2
8th Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 89 ▼1
9th Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 79 ▼1
10th Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 78 ◄0
11th Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 42 ◄0
12th Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 18 ◄0

References

Videos and Images:

References:

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  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 'Bird brings it home for Jaguar with comeback victory in New York City', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/07/2021), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2021/july/new-york-city-e-prix-round-11-report, (Accessed 11/07/2021)
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2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDragon/Penske AutosportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingJaguar RacingMahindra RacingMercedes-EQ Formula E TeamNIO 333 FE TeamNissan e.DamsROKiT Venturi RacingTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraMercedes-BenzNIONissanPenskePorsche
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE07BMW iFE.21DS E-Tense FE20DS E-Tense FE 21Jaguar I-Type VMahindra M7ElectroMercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02NIO 333 FE 001Nissan IM02Nissan IM03Penske EV-4Penske EV-5Porsche 99X Electric
Drivers
4 Robin Frijns5 Stoffel Vandoorne6 Nico Müller/Joel Eriksson7 Sérgio Sette Câmara8 Oliver Turvey10 Sam Bird11 Lucas di Grassi13 António Félix da Costa17 Nyck de Vries20 Mitch Evans22 Oliver Rowland23 Sébastien Buemi25 Jean-Éric Vergne27 Jake Dennis28 Maximilian Günther29 Alexander Sims33 René Rast36 André Lotterer48 Edoardo Mortara71 Norman Nato88 Tom Blomqvist94 Alex Lynn99 Pascal Wehrlein
E-Prix
Diriyah IDiriyah IIRome IRome IIValencia IValencia IIMonacoPuebla IPuebla IINew York City INew York City IILondon ILondon IIBerlin IBerlin II
Cancelled E-Prix
Marrakesh E-PrixMexico City E-PrixParis E-PrixSantiago E-PrixSanya E-PrixSeoul E-Prix
Tests
Valencia
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