Da Costa holds off defending champ Vergne to win Formula E season opener

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Polesitter Antonio Felix da Costa held off defending series champion Jean-Eric Vergne to kick off the 2018-19 Formula E Championship season with a win Saturday in the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia.

Vergne had a chance for the win, but his chances were significantly hurt by a drive-through penalty mid-way through the race for technical infringement.

Jerome D’Ambrosio finished third to round out the podium.

The race marked the debut of Formula E’s new Gen-2 car.

Da Costa, who drives for BMW/Andretti Motorsport, led most of the way through the first 18 laps of the 33-lap event before Vergne took the lead and began to pull away.

Shortly afterward, however, Vergne was penalized for exceeding the maximum amount of power permitted during his first attack mode activation.

Vergne dropped back in the pack, while Da Costa regained the lead on Lap 24, as a result, and held on the rest of the way.

Da Costa won by 0.4 seconds and earned his first Formula E win since the 2014/2015 season.

D’Ambrosio finished third, followed by Mitch Evans in fourth and Andre Lotterer in fifth.

Other notable finishers included Nelson Piquet Jr. (10th) and former Formula One driver Felipe Massa finished 14th in his first-ever Formula E race.

Felix Rosenqvist, who will drive in IndyCar this coming season for Chip Ganassi Racing, was last in the 20-driver field, failing to finish after having mechanical problems early in the race.

Here are the results from today’s race:

More Pos Driver Team Started Best Time Points
1

#28
António Félix
DA COSTA

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarBMW I ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT

1

P

1:13:265

0:46:29:377

28
2

#25
Jean-Éric
VERGNE

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarDS TECHEETAH FORMULA E TEAM

5

1:12:750

+ 462

18
3

#64
Jérôme
D’AMBROSIO

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarMAHINDRA RACING

6

1:13:830

+ 4:033

15
4

#20
Mitch
EVANS

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarPANASONIC JAGUAR RACING

8

1:13:427

+ 5:383

12
5

#36
André
LOTTERER

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarDS TECHEETAH FORMULA E TEAM

7

1:12:591

FL

+ 5:579

11
6

#23
Sébastien
BUEMI

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarNISSAN E.DAMS

3

1:13:397

+ 6:625

8
7

#22
Oliver
ROWLAND

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarNISSAN E.DAMS

14

1:14:026

+ 9:105

6
8

#66
Daniel
ABT

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarAUDI SPORT ABT SCHAEFFLER

11

1:14:301

+ 9:819

4
9

#11
Lucas
DI GRASSI

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarAUDI SPORT ABT SCHAEFFLER

18

1:13:914

+ 10:936

2
10

#3
Nelson
PIQUET JR.

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarPANASONIC JAGUAR RACING

15

1:14:803

+ 11:564

1
11

#2
Sam
BIRD

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarENVISION VIRGIN RACING

19

1:14:307

+ 11:747

0
12

#4
Robin
FRIJNS

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarENVISION VIRGIN RACING

20

1:13:735

+ 12:189

0
13

#16
Oliver
TURVEY

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarNIO FORMULA E TEAM

21

1:14:343

+ 13:104

0
14

#19
Felipe
MASSA

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarVENTURI FORMULA E TEAM

12

1:13:950

+ 13:610

0
15

#8
Tom
DILLMANN

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarNIO FORMULA E TEAM

22

1:13:205

+ 14:273

0
16

#6
Maximilian
GÜNTHER

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarGEOX DRAGON

16

1:14:018

+ 16:161

0
17

#5
Stoffel
VANDOORNE

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarHWA RACELAB

4

1:14:850

+ 20:013

0
18

#27
Alexander
SIMS

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarBMW I ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT

10

1:13:604

+ 47:712

0
19

#48
Edoardo
MORTARA

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarVENTURI FORMULA E TEAM

13

1:14:547

1 lap

0
0

#7
José María
LÓPEZ

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarGEOX DRAGON

2

1:14:306

DNF
0
0

#17
Gary
PAFFETT

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarHWA RACELAB

9

1:16:654

DNF
0
0

#94
Felix
ROSENQVIST

Driver Nationality Flag

Team CarMAHINDRA RACING

17

1:16:113

DNF
0

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