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Lucas Di Grassi, ROKiT Venturi Racing, 2nd position, Nick Cassidy, Envision Racing, 1st position, after the race

How FE's Big Apple crunch led to Cassidy joy and heartache

Nick Cassidy hadn't enjoyed too many joyful moments in the 2021-22 Formula E campaign, but the Envision Virgin driver was the class of the field in New York - even after a sudden downpour had caused him and several others to shunt heavily out of the first race. Red flags saved his bacon on that occasion, but a 30-place penalty that cost him pole for race two due to a new battery opened the door for Antonio Felix da Costa

During the pre-weekend Jakarta press conference early last month, Nick Cassidy’s sense of irony was the only thing that remained dry amid the typically humid climate in Indonesia. “It’s actually my first press conference this year, which says something about my season,” he quipped, unaware that his season was going to become even more fraught that weekend and at the following race in Marrakech.

As a team, Envision’s lean period had begun with mixed fortunes the previous time out in Berlin. So the British squad, usually so competitive in New York City, needed to tap into that form for a confidence boost at Formula E’s outing in Brooklyn.

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