Nick Cassidy claimed his first Formula E victory in New York despite his Envision car sinking in a massive crash that halted the race.
Cassidy was among a group of cars that aquaplaned heavily into the barriers amid a downpour.
(Crash footage courtesy of Hugo Morales)
The time had changed with 10 minutes of the 45 minutes plus a race lap on the clock, and pole sitter Cassidy in the lead ahead of Lucas di Grassi, Robin Frijns and Stoffel Vandoorne.
Three minutes later the leaders encountered a large puddle on the approach to Turn 6 left at the end of a long straight, with most of them instantly losing control and crashing into the barriers .
In the lead group, only Frijns emerged unscathed, with the cars of Cassidy, di Grassi and Vandoorne all sustaining significant damage as they crashed into the barriers and into each other.
Sebastien Buemi, who had also been in the lead group throughout, also crashed, while pre-race championship leader Edoardo Mortara hit the barriers but managed to return to the pits.
The Porsche of Pascal Wehrlein stopped on the track after its own incident and was recovered at low speed by a line of cars.
Efforts were first made to repair the barriers and restart the race.
But that was dropped just over 20 minutes after the crash as the official order was reset before the crash.
This made Cassidy a Formula E winner despite his badly damaged car being in the barriers.
He had controlled the race throughout, only losing his lead when taking attacking patterns, and withstanding heavy pressure from di Grassi and Vandoorne in particular.
Vandoorne had moved from second to fourth at the start, surged forward in the second half of the race, then fell back to fourth when di Grassi came back on him and Frijns capitalized and got on. interposed between them.
That meant it was a 1-3 Envision in official order, with Frijns completing the podium ahead of Vandoorne.
Mortara maintains his championship lead thanks to Vandoorne’s late loss of places and his own progress from the top 10 below to fifth in the rain.
Buemi and Wehrlein finished sixth and seventh, ahead of Jake Dennis, Sam Bird and Nyck de Vries.
After his poor qualifying, title contender Mitch Evans made little progress and officially finished 11th – although he came out third after the accident before the countdown was applied.
It was even better than fourth championship contender Jean-Eric Vergne, who was thrown to the rear in a first-lap pileup that also involved Evans, Andre Lotterer and Antonio Giovinazzi. He finished 18th.
|Pos||Last name||Crew||Auto||Towers||Driven rounds||Total time||fastest lap||Pit stops||Points|
|1||Nick Cassidy||imagine the race||Audi e-tron FE07||29||0||35m04.095s||1m11.279s||0||28|
|2||Lucas Di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02||29||0||+1.123s||1m11.035s||0||18|
|3||Robin Frijns||imagine the race||Audi e-tron FE07||29||0||+1.671s||1m11.075s||0||15|
|4||Stoffel Vandoorne||Mercedes-Benz EQ||Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02||29||0||+3.693s||1m11.012s||0||12|
|5||Edouardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02||29||0||+4.734s||1m10.843s||0||11|
|6||Sebastien Buemi||Nissan e. Dams||Nissan IM03||29||0||+5.57s||1m11.581s||0||8|
|seven||Pascal Wehrlein||TAG HeuerPorsche||Porsche 99X Electric||29||0||+5.783s||1m11.096s||0||6|
|8||Jacques Denis||Avalanche Andretti||BMW i FE.21||29||0||+6.595s||1m11.41s||0||4|
|9||Sam Bird||Jaguar TCS Racing||Jaguar I-Type 5||29||0||+7.207s||1m11.328s||0||2|
|ten||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes-Benz EQ||Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02||29||0||+7.503s||1m10.86s||0||1|
|11||Mitch Evans||Jaguar TCS Racing||Jaguar I-Type 5||29||0||+8.605s||1m10.984s||0||0|
|12||Maximilian Gunther||Nissan e. Dams||Nissan IM03||29||0||+13.763s||1m11.338s||0||0|
|13||Andre Lotterer||TAG HeuerPorsche||Porsche 99X Electric||29||0||+14.384s||1m11.482s||0||0|
|14||Olivier Rowland||Mahindra race||Mahindra M8 Electro||29||0||+14.924s||1m11.305s||0||0|
|15||alexander sims||Mahindra Race||Mahindra M8 Electro||29||0||+16.648s||1m11.544s||0||0|
|16||Olivier Turvey||NIO 333 Race||NIO 333 001||29||0||+19.707s||1m11.669s||0||0|
|17||Daniel Ticktum||NIO 333 Race||NIO 333 001||29||0||+25.312s||1m11.769s||0||0|
|18||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Techeetah||DS E-Tense FE21||29||0||+53.018s||1m11.006s||0||0|
|19||Olivier Askew||Avalanche Andretti||BMW i FE.21||29||0||+1m01.282s||1m11.507s||0||0|
|Antonio Felix da Costa||DS Techeetah||DS E-Tense FE21||28||0||DNF||1m11.322s||0||0|
|Antonio Giovinazzi||Dragon / Penske Autosport||Penske EV-5||0||0||DNF||0s||0||0|
|Sergio Sette Camara||Dragon / Penske Autosport||Penske EV-5||0||0||DNF||0s||0||0|
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