|2022 Diriyah E-Prix II|
The Diriyah E-Prix Circuit returned in 2022.
|Date||29 January 2022|
|E-Prix No.||86 (2 of 2021/22)|
|Official Name||2022 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix II|
|Location|| Ad Diriyah Street Circuit|
Diriyah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
|Format||45 min + 1 Lap|
|Lap length||2.495 km (1.550 mi)|
|Distance||35 laps / 87.325 km (54.261 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Nyck de Vries|
|Team||Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team|
|Team||Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team|
|Fastest Lap||1:08.917 on lap 24|
|Edoardo Mortara||Robin Frijns||Lucas di Grassi|
|Winner Team||ROKiT Venturi Racing|
|2022 Diriyah E-Prix I||2022 Mexico City E-Prix|
The 2022 Diriyah E-Prix II, formally known as the 2022 SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix II, was the second round of the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, staged at the Ad Diriyah Street Circuit in Diriyah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 29 January 2022. The race would see Edoardo Mortara sweep to victory, as a late and controversial Safety Car effectively ended the race with seven minutes to go.
Qualifying had seen defending Champion and opening day victor Nyck de Vries maintain his excellent form, with the Dutchman defeating Mortara in the duel for pole position by 0.005s. de Vries himself had already toppled Mortara's teammate Lucas di Grassi in the Semi-Final, while Mortara had to best Robin Frijns to get into the duel for pole, with Frijns ending up in third as the first non-Mercedes powered car on the grid.
The start of the race saw de Vries instantly convert pole position into an early lead, the #17 Mercedes darting away unopposed as Mortara fended off the advances of Frijns. Behind, a storming start from Oliver Rowland carried the #30 Mahindra into seventh from tenth on the grid, while Stoffel Vandoorne, a surprise struggler in qualifying, remained towards the back of the midfield.
The early laps saw de Vries, Mortara, Frijns and di Grassi make an early break, although they were stalked by André Lotterer and Jean-Éric Vergne as the lead group settled down. Behind, there were some interesting machinations as Jake Dennis, António Félix da Costa and Pascal Wehrlein fought behind Rowland, with Dennis duly overhauling his compatriot by arming Attack Mode earlier than anyone else.
Frijns was the first of the lead group to arm AM, dropping behind di Grassi, with Lotterer and Vergne also arming the boost at the same moment. de Vries, Mortara and di Grassi duly darted for the boost on the following tour, with the undercut not quite enough for Frijns to overhaul Mortara, although he did regain his hold on third from di Grassi.
The race then settled as the first AM boost ticked away, before di Grassi caused a stir by almost instantly arming his second AM boost. Mortara and Frijns instantly responded and armed their boosts but fell behind the #11 ROKiT Venturi, while de Vries bravely delayed taking the boost leaving him under attack from the former Champion.
Indeed, after several attempts di Grassi was finally able to elbow his way ahead of de Vries, a move that also setup teammate Mortara to pass the factory Mercedes with ease a few moments later. Mortara then darted past teammate di Grassi on the following tour to snatch the lead, while de Vries would fall to Frijns before he armed his second AM boost, leaving him under attack from Vergne.
As the race neared its conclusion Mortara and di Grassi began exchanging blows, drawing them back into the sights of Frijns who had initially been unable to match their pace once AM wore off. Behind, de Vries' pace was wavering even with AM, before contact with Vergne when the #25 DS Techeetah lunged inside the #17 Mercedes at turn eighteen/nineteen dumped de Vries down to ninth with damaged steering.
With seven minutes to go Frijns managed to squeeze the #4 Envision Audi into second, darting past di Grassi after the #11 Venturi pilot opted to focus on energy maintenance. However, a heavy accident for Alexander Sims all on his own at turn seven/eight a few moments later effectively ended the race, with the #30 Mahindra requiring outside assistance via a crane to be cleared.
With that, and a small pile-up behind the Safety Car due to the on-track crane, the race was run, with Mortara sweeping across the line to secure victory after a "restart" at the end of the final tour. Frijns was next up ahead of di Grassi, while Lotterer and Dennis managed to get ahead of Vergne to finish fourth and fifth during the Frenchman's exchange with de Vries. Vandoorne was next up having set the fastest lap ahead of Rowland and Wehrlein, while de Vries himself ended the day down in tenth.
There were no changes made to either the entry list nor the Ad Diriyah Street Circuit ahead of the second race of the weekend, although there were plans to adjust the Attack Mode usage for the second battle of Diriyah. Indeed, announced shortly before the race, the Attack Mode activation would be extended to 240 seconds for the second second race, and require two activations during the 45 minute E-Prix.
de Vries Repeat?
Victory on the opening day of the campaign had seen Nyck de Vries open his title defence in near-perfect fashion, mirroring the start to his title winning run in 2020/21. His teammate and pole sitter Stoffel Vandoorne occupied second, four off the lead, while Jake Dennis opened the campaign in third, three ahead of Sam Bird. Lucas di Grassi was next up ahead of Edoardo Mortara, Nick Cassidy and Jean-Éric Vergne, Oliver Askew secured his first FE points on his debut, while Mitch Evans rounded out the opening day top ten with the final point.
In the Teams' Championship it had been a near-perfect evening for Mercedes, the German squad having fallen just one-point shy of a perfect score having secured pole position and a one-two finish. Furthermore, their customer team ROKiT Venturi Racing occupied second with eighteen points, leaving them one ahead of Avalanche Andretti, while Jaguar Racing sat in third. Envision Racing and DS Techeetah then rounded out the scorers as six teams claimed points on the opening day.
The full entry list for the 2022 Diriyah E-Prix II is displayed below:
Qualifying for the 2022 Diriyah E-Prix II would be conducted according to the knockout format, introduced ahead of season eight. The field would be split into two groups of eleven drivers, based on Championship position, with each group then getting ten minutes on track to complete as many laps as they wished at 220 kW. The fastest eight overall would then proceed to the knockout phase, now running at the maximum 250 kW qualifying mode, with the fastest from group A against the fourth fastest from group B and so on, until four drivers were left.
Those four would move on to the Semi-Final, with the winner of A1/B4 taking on the victor of A2/B3, while the triumphant driver of A3/B2 would take on A4/B1's winner. The winners from those duels would then go into the final, with the winner of that duel taking pole, while the runner-up would start from second, before any grid penalties were applied.
The final qualifying result for the 2022 Diriyah E-Prix II are outlined below:
|2022 Diriyah E-Prix II Qualifying Results|
|I||Win||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:07.154||—||1|
|Lose||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:07.159||+0.005s||2|
|I||Win||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:06.835||—||F|
|Lose||11||Lucas di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:07.216||+0.381s||4|
|II||Win||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:06.987||—||F|
|Lose||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||1:07.184||+0.197s||3|
|QF 1||Win||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:06.871||—||SF|
|Lose||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:07.539||+0.668s||6|
|QF 2||Win||11||Lucas di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:07.580||—||SF|
|Lose||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:08.681||+1.101s||7|
|QF 3||Win||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||1:07.207||—||SF|
|Lose||30||Oliver Rowland*||Mahindra Racing||1:07.780||+0.573s||10*|
|QF 4||Win||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:07.014||—||SF|
|Lose||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:07.285||+0.271s||5|
|1st||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:07.724||—||QF 4||GB|
|2nd||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||1:07.757||+0.033s||QF 3||GB|
|3rd||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:07.806||+0.082s||QF 2||GB|
|4th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:07.939||+0.215s||QF 1||GA|
|5th||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:07.968||+0.244s||QF 1||GB|
|6th||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||1:08.011||+0.287s||9||GB|
|7th||11||Lucas di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:08.083||+0.359s||QF 2||GA|
|8th||30||Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||1:08.101||+0.377s||QF 3||GA|
|9th||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:08.224||+0.500s||QF 4||GA|
|11th||22||Maximilian Günther||Nissan e.Dams||1:08.339||+0.615s||14||GB|
|12th||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:08.368||+0.644s||16||GB|
|13th||27||Jake Dennis||Avalanche Andretti||1:08.419||+0.695s||8||GA|
|14th||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:08.454||+0.730s||11||GA|
|15th†||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:08.482||+0.758s||19†||GA|
|16th||28||Oliver Askew||Avalanche Andretti||1:08.626||+0.902s||13||GA|
|17th||33||Dan Ticktum||NIO 333 FE Team||1:08.753||+1.029s||18||GB|
|18th||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:08.811||+1.087s||20||GB|
|19th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:08.829||+1.105s||15||GA|
|20th||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||1:08.943||+1.219s||17||GA|
|21st||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||1:13.910||+6.186s||21||GB|
|NC‡||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||—||22‡||GA|
|Group A 110% Time: 1:14.732|
|Group B 110% Time: 1:14.496|
- * Rowland served a three place grid penalty for causing a collision in the 2022 Diriyah E-Prix I.
- † Sette Câmara had all of his times deleted for impeding Buemi during Group A's session.
- ‡ Cassidy was given permission to start the race from the back of the grid after failing to set a time in qualifying after crashing in FP3.
The final classification of the 2022 Diriyah E-Prix II is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.
|2022 Diriyah E-Prix II Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||35||47:02.131||1:09.203||25|
|2nd||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||35||+0.451s||1:09.172||18|
|3rd||11||Lucas di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||35||+0.912s||1:09.187||15|
|4th||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||35||+1.125s||1:09.504||12|
|5th||27||Jake Dennis||Avalanche Andretti||35||+1.646s||1:09.206||10|
|6th||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||35||+3.166s||1:09.060||8|
|8th||30||Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||35||+4.235s||1:09.249||4|
|9th||2||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||35||+4.962s||1:09.355||2|
|10th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||35||+5.294s||1:09.216||4|
|11th||28||Oliver Askew||Avalanche Andretti||35||+6.732s||1:09.186|
|12th||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||35||+8.693s||1:09.457|
|13th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||35||+9.015s||1:09.388|
|14th||22||Maximilian Günther||Nissan e.Dams||35||+9.464s||1:09.318|
|15th||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||35||+11.690s||1:08.723|
|16th||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||35||+13.973s||1:09.054|
|17th||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||35||+14.521s||1:09.754|
|18th||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||35||+15.005s||1:09.688|
|19th||33||Dan Ticktum||NIO 333 FE Team||35||+16.744s||1:09.879|
|20th||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Dragon/Penske Autosport||35||+17.681s||1:09.842|
|21st*||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||35||+29.872s||1:09.665|
|Ret||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||29||Accident||1:09.010|
- Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
- * Evans was handed a drive through penalty, converted to a 24 second time penalty, for failing to deploy his second use of Attack Mode.
- 50th entry for Edoardo Mortara.
- Third career victory for Mortara.
- Third win for Venturi Formula E Team as an entrant.
- Mercedes secured their eighth win as a powertrain supplier.
- 10th podium finish for Robin Frijns.
Victory catapulted Edoardo Mortara into the lead of the Championship as the opening weekend of the season came to a conclusion, the Swiss ace having established a four point lead. Defending Champion Nyck de Vries had made way for Mortara and slipped to second, while Stoffel Vandoorne had dropped to third, a further point behind. Jake Dennis and Lucas di Grassi then rounded out the top five, level on 25 points, with fourteen of the twenty-two permanent drivers having scored in the opening two races.
ROKiT Venturi Racing had moved into the lead of the Teams' Championship after their double podium in the second battle of Diriyah, although their new lead was just a single point. Indeed, defending Champions Mercedes, and Venturi's suppliers, had dropped behind their customer squad, while both had moved 30 points clear of Avalanche Andretti in third. Envision Racing were next up ahead of Porsche Formula E Team, while Jaguar Racing, DS Techeetah and Mahindra Racing were the other scorers.
Only point scoring drivers are shown.
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