Berlin 1: Nick Cassidy wins a stock-car-style race

Nick Cassidy (Jaguar) won the first round of the Berlin E-Prix this Saturday, a race which was contested almost entirely in a pack, and marked by several contacts and collisions.

Published on 11/05/2024 à 16:23

Michael Duforest

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Berlin 1: Nick Cassidy wins a stock-car-style race

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The New Zealander jumped to the front at the very end of the race, after an event that was neutralized twice. Six laps were added to the 40 initially planned, and Cassidy finally won ahead of Jean-Éric Vergne (DS Penske) and Oliver Rowland (Nissan).

As has often been the case since the start of the GEN3 era, the event came down to a management race for the most part. Overtaking continued throughout the laps raced on the Tempelhof airport circuit. DS Penske took over the leadership during the first half of the event, before seeing Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche) join in the fight. The German driver finally finished fifth, behind the Jaguar of Mitch Evans.

Cassidy, who fell back in the standings in the early laps, moved up with Oliver Rowland, who started from 15th place. The two drivers managed to avoid numerous contacts, which were particularly costly for Jake Dennis (Andretti). The reigning World Champion, who started from the back row, moved up to fourth position, before having to retire following a front-right puncture.

Joel Eriksson (Envision) was the first driver forced to retire, after 10 laps of the race. Stopped on the track, with damage to the front wing and the right rear wheel, the Swede caused the first neutralization of the event. A second occurred on the 29th lap, for the exit of Maximilian Günther, who hit the wall with his Maserati. Lucas di Grassi (ABT Cupra) was also forced to retire, after being hit and sent into a spin.

Cassidy thus regains the lead of the championship, with 11 points ahead of Wehrlein, and 19 over Rowland. A second round will take place on the Berlin track this Sunday.

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