Da Costa wins Misano 1 E-Prix, Vergne loses podium

At the end of a long undecided economic race, Antonio Félix da Costa was the smartest and won the Misano 1 E-Prix ahead of Oliver Rowland. Jean-Éric Vergne, penalized, lost his place on the podium.

Published on 13/04/2024 à 15:46

Dorian Grangier

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Da Costa wins Misano 1 E-Prix, Vergne loses podium


  • As expected by some, as feared by others, this first Misano E-Prix was more like cycling than motorsport! This first meeting in Misano came down to a long race of economy, where no one wanted to take the lead... until the acceleration of Antonio Félix da Costa (Porsche) in the last laps! The Portuguese, certainly the smartest on the grid this Saturday, won ahead of Oliver Rowland (Nissan) and Jake Dennis (Andretti).
  • Thirteenth on the starting grid, the Porsche driver – under pressure within his team after a difficult start to the season – gradually moved up the rankings, while conserving his energy, before increasing his acceleration to four laps behind the 'arrival. Antonio Félix da Costa then held off Oliver Rowland to hold on to his first victory of the season, the first since the Cape Town E-Prix (South Africa) in 2023.
  • Starting on the front line, Jean-Éric Vergne had an eventful race. Still at the front of the peloton, the Frenchman suffered two collisions with the two championship leaders: a first with Nick Cassidy at the chicane – for which he will be penalized five seconds – then a second with Pascal Wehrlein, on a lack of inattention on the part of the German. With a badly damaged DS Penske, Jean-Éric Vergne crossed the finish line in 3rd place... before being downgraded to 8th place after his penalty was applied.

  • This penalty benefits Jake Dennis (Andretti) who climbs onto the podium even though he was 18th on the starting grid! The Briton also climbs to second place in the championship with 68 points, taking advantage of the setbacks of Pascal Wehrlein and Nick Cassidy. Thanks to his fourth consecutive podium, Oliver Rowland (Nissan) takes the lead in the world championship with 73 points. Jaguar (111 points) remains at the top of the team standings, ahead of Porsche (108 points).
  • The two other French people also experienced a completely crazy Misano E-Prix: Norman Nato (Andretti), who had managed to climb back into the Top 5, finally finished in 9th place, while Sacha Fenestraz (Nissan) was not unable to keep up with his teammate's pace and failed to score points, in 11th place.

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

14/04/2024 at 10:48 a.m.

Ah Economy Run... so we didn't seem to miss much!!

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