Jean-Eric Vergne has won the Rome E-Prix which finished under safety car ahead of a double Jaguar podium for Sam Bird and Mitch Evans.

Vergne had been fighting all race with Lucas Di Grassi who slowed from the lead with 4 minutes to go in the race when his car failed and relinquished the lead.

Vergne and Di Grassi inherited the fight after a collision between the front row drivers of Stoffel Vandoorne and Andre Lotterer. They nearly caused a roadblock after Lotterer went for a very late move and dropped back as their rivals filtered through.

Third placed Oliver Rowland then took over the lead but not for long with Di Grassi right on his tail. Rowland then received a penalty for overusing power and had to pit for a drive through.

Enter Di Grassi vs Vergne. As the race developed they took Attack Mode at different points and took turns in leading the race.

When all was said and done, Vergne was ahead and had achieved an undercut on their Audi rivals. It then became a duel on track. Di Grassi sent a bold move and cleared Vergne to take the lead with not long to go.

The win wasn’t sealed for Di Grassi with the fast charging Sam Bird, Mitch Evans, Vandoorne and Nyck De Vries all ready to take the spoils. They were making moves on each other and were tight on the back of the lead two before Di Grassi slowed.

Di Grassi’s slowing forced Vandoorne off line and he spun in the middle of the straight before being collected by his teammate which brought out the Safety Car to close the race and lost all the points for the Mercedes team after two strong comeback drives.

Bird and Evans came up from 10th and 12th to score the first ever double podium for Jaguar after some superb overtakes and clever late Attack Modes allowing them to pick off cars when they had used up theirs. They were very happy with the car and are excited for tomorrow.

Robin Frijns was in the fight early on in the race but had to conserve more energy late on and dropped back from the lead fight. He made some very bold moves and a fourth place finish was just reward.

Sebastien Buemi somehow ended up in fifth making the most of the carnage at the end having been flirting with ninth and 10th all race. Rene Rast had a brilliant drive coming through the field to sixth place having started in 21st showing the Audi’s pace on the Rome track.

Pascal Wehrlein was in the lead group but dropped off late on and seemed to always have to defend finishing in seventh place with Alex Lynn finally taking his first points of the year in eighth.

Stoffel Vandoorne facing backwards after being clouted by Andre Lotterer © FIA Formula E

Max Günther benefitted from others misfortune to take his first 2021 points in ninth. He spun at one point in the race but was able to keep going and claw his way quietly back to the points.

Nick Cassidy came from the back to 10th place in a quiet and controlled drive. He has pace in the Envision Virgin car but needs to hook it up in qualifying to be involved in the races.

Tom Blomqvist and Norman Nato just missed out on points with Oliver Rowland recovering to only 13th after his penalty.

He’s ahead of both Dragon Penske cars with Nico Müller leading Sergio Sette Camara.

André Lotterer was last of the finishers taking a 5 second penalty for his collision with Vandoorne.

JEV celebrates the victory from a destroyed car in FP1 to the top step this afternoon © FIA Formula E

Not classified was Lucas Di Grassi, Nyck De Vries, Stoffel Vandoorne, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Jake Dennis, Edo Mortara and Alexander Sims.

Oliver Turvey didn’t start the race after a huge crash in FP1.

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