Diriyah E-prix I (2019)
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The 2019-20 Formula E season began in typically dramatic fashion, with Saudi Arabia playing host as the season opened in Diriyah.
Ahead of the new Formula E season, much of the focus was on the new Mercedes and Porsche teams. These two squads did shine in Diriyah, but it was two returning teams that scooped the top silverware, and another had captivating tribulations
Porsche Formula E driver Neel Jani says he couldn’t see the starting lights from where he was positioned on the grid, causing him to lose a place on the opening lap of the Diriyah E-Prix.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley said his Formula E debut “wasn't a very successful first day on the job” after finishing 19th in the Diriyah E-Prix with two separate penalties.
Mercedes Formula E driver Stoffel Vandoorne insists that his move to pass BMW Andretti’s Alexander Sims for the lead of the Diriyah E-Prix which resulted in contact was “nothing too major for FE standards”.
Envision Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird won the 2019-20 Formula E season-opening Diriyah E-Prix ahead of Porsche’s Andre Lotterer and Mercedes’ Stoffel Vandoorne as FE’s new teams took debut podiums.
BMW Andretti’s Alexander Sims claimed pole for the 2019-20 Formula E season-opening Diriyah E-Prix ahead of ex-Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne, as the 2018-19 championship leaders qualified down the order.
The track surface at Formula E’s Diriyah E-Prix circuit has been largely re-laid ahead of the 2019 event following the drainage issues that blighted the inaugural event last year.
Neel Jani thinks the season-opening Formula E round in Riyadh could be a “tough one” for Porsche as it makes its category debut at a track familiar to its rivals.