Briton Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti Formula E) and Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (RoKit Venturi Racing) took advantage of the performance and longevity of Michelin’s Pilot Sport EV Formula E tire to win the two London E-Prix, while Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes EQ FE Team) took a step closer to the 2022 title.
The drivers had an allocation of just three sets of tires for the weekend’s three practice sessions, two qualifying runs and brace of races at the 2.141-kilometer ExCeL Circuit but still benefited from the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV’s fast warm-up performance during the shoot-outs for pole position, as well as from its consistency and longevity during both e-prix. Indeed, lap times were consistent on Saturday and Sunday, on fresh and part-worn tires alike.
“The drivers needed complete confidence in their tires around this unique, bumpy track which was also extremely abrasive surface through its indoor portion. Flawless grip and traction were essential both inside and outside the ExCeL London complex,” reports Mirko Pirracchio, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E program.
Home star Dennis came close to winning both London E-Prix, the first of which saw the Avalanche Andretti/Michelin driver claim pole position, the fastest race-lap and victory. He went on to qualify on pole for Sunday’s race, too, but was beaten over the line by di Grassi whose smart Attack Mode strategy helped him to notch up his 13
Second and fourth place for Vandoorne on Saturday and Sunday respectively enabled the Belgian to close in on the 2022 Drivers’ title ahead of the season’s last two rounds in Seoul, South Korea, on August 13-14.
London E-Prix 1 – Final Positions:
Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti FE), 37 laps
Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes EQ FE Team), +2.223s
Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing), +12.663s
Oliver Askew (Avalanche Andretti FE), +14.904s
Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing), +17.128s
London E-Prix 2 – Final Positions:
Lucas di Grassi (RoKit Venturi Racing), 38 laps
Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti FE), +3.191s
Nyck de Vries (Mercedes EQ FE Team), +4.508s
Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes EQ FE Team), +10.358s
Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah), +13.946s