Formula E likes Rome, but Rome still doesn’t like Formula E. At least not enough to crowd the Eur stands, where the organizers have created the longest track in the world reserved for electric single-seaters, almost 3.4 kilometers. After the “ghostly” ePrix of last year, when the containment measures of Covid had made access difficult, in this edition twenty thousand tickets were marketed, but the climate, not only meteorological, seemed to be typical.
Mitch Evans, the “protégé” of Mark Webber, one who has won 9 times in Formula 1, has triumphed in both races: in Rome it had never happened and in the politically correct circuit it had not happened since 2020 that someone obtained an affirmation in row to the other. Since the Portuguese of DS Techeetah Antonio Felix da Costa had even won three consecutive ePrix: one in Marrakesh and two in Berlin. It was no coincidence that he had then won the title. The New Zealander of the Jaguar has thus given himself the third affirmation in the capital, which has a contract with Formula E until 2025. Italy is missing above all on the track, because the Pugliese of Antonio Giovinazzi, under contract with the Americans of Dragon Penske , scored an 18th place on Saturday (best placement in 5 races: there are 22 starters) and had to retire today, however, with times far from the first in the race. With his car, Evans got it all right and won starting from ninth and fourth place. And the “wall” with him, who opted for a delayed Attack Mode, that is the additional power that the drivers have to draw twice during the race, deviating from the ideal trajectory to activate it, helping to move the race.
Which is generally 45 minutes plus one lap, but which, due to the entry of the Safety Car, has been extended by 5 minutes on both Saturday and Sunday. The new qualifying system in which the best four of the two groups of 11 compete in single elimination laps has confirmed its spectacularity. But also confirmed that the Pole is important (worth 3 points), but it is not essential to win: on Saturday Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes EQ) started from the front row and today Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), already twice winner of the championship . The Belgian closed the weekend with a third and a fifth place, the French with a fourth and a second. But, above all, he leaves Rome in command of the provisional individual classification. Before the double appointment in the Eternal City, Edoardo Mortara, the Swiss of Italian nationality who runs for the Monegasque Rokit Venturi, who from next season will be alongside Maserati, which returns to the electric world championship competition, was in the lead.
Fans long for the roar of the engines, but since Formula E was born to bring motorsport to the people, to city centers, and not to force people to leave to follow motorsport, it is an almost natural solution. Also because the electrification of mobility, promoted by the championship itself, consists precisely in its zero emissions, even acoustic.
There is no shortage of champions and the driver’s ability affects more than in other series, in which the car you drive counts a lot: this season, after 5 races, there are 4 different winners, in the last one they were 11 out of 15. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the steering wheel axles are available to pose for photos and autographs, sometimes even to chat. The next ePrix will take place on 30 April in Monte Carlo, where the Mercedes team, in its last season in Formula E, takes the lead in the list reserved for manufacturers, ahead of Porsche and DS.