Nick Cassidy took a lights-to-flag win in wet conditions; India’s Mahindra Racing 10th in teams’ championship.
Nick Cassidy won the rain-hit 2023 Formula E finale in London to hand Envision Racing its maiden teams’ title. Cassidy’s own title hopes were wiped away in the previous race after a clash with teammate Sebastien Buemi. Andretti’s Jake Dennis finished that race in P2 to seal the drivers’ title.
- Cassidy wins finale, 4.934 secs from Evans
- Mahindra P10 in teams’ championship
Cassidy wins rain-hit London E-Prix
Attempts to start the finale were aborted twice as rain lashed down on the unique London track, which features indoor and outdoor sections. But once the race did finally get underway – nearly 90 mins after initially scheduled – Cassidy put on a dominant display.
He started from pole, led from lights-to-flag and even set the fastest lap on course to victory. This also ensured he secured second place in the drivers’ championship. “It’s mixed emotions but ultimately I’m very happy because today was a difficult day for me mostly because I didn’t sleep well last night, I arrived late – but I did the business so I’m proud,” said Cassidy.
“The team have been absolutely incredible. They’re an incredible bunch of people and they work so hard. Of course every team does but these guys have been close on so many occasions and I think that just shows how strong they have been in this championship, and to finally get it done for them I am super super happy.”
Mitch Evans finished 4.934 secs adrift in P2, with newly-crowned champion Jake Dennis rounding out the podium.
Envision beats factory team Jaguar
Jaguar and customer team Envision Racing entered the finale level on 268 points. But Cassidy’s win and Buemi’s P6 result was enough to hand Evision victory in the teams’ championship.
And it’s not the only customer team to beat its factory supplier; Andretti also defeated Porsche to third place in the championship.
Mahindra P10 in Formula E standings
With drivers cautiously making their way around the track in the wet conditions, the race saw minimal overtaking. Mahindra Racing’s two drivers, Lucas di Grassi and Roberto Merhi, finished P18 and P20, respectively.
As a result, the Indian team couldn’t hold on to ninth in the standings and ended a difficult season P10 – 20 points ahead of last-placed Abt Cupra.
“Of course, it would have been good to have held on to our ninth place in the championship, but this was not a position we were happy fighting for in the first place,” Mahindra Racing CEO Frederic Bertrand admitted.
“Next year is now the focus. We are glad this season is over, but we are taking what we have learnt and moving into a new phase of Mahindra Racing, with a new structure and renewed backing to allow us to be where we need, want and deserve to be.”’
2023 London E-Prix; Round 16 results
|2023 London E-Prix; Round 16 results|
|1||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing|
|2||Mitch Evans||Jaguar TCS Racing|
|5||Stoffel Vandoorne||DS Penske|
|6||Sebastien Buemi||Envision Racing|
|7||Sam Bird||Jaguar TCS Racing|
|8||Nico Mueller||ABT Cupra|
|9||Dan Ticktum||Nio 333 Racing|
|13||Sergio Sette Camara||Nio 333 Racing|
|16||Antonio Felix da Costa||Porsche|
|17||Robin Frijns||ABT Cupra|
|18||Lucas di Grassi||Mahindra Racing|
|20||Roberto Merhi||Mahindra Racing|
|22||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Penske|