Total success in Cape Town’s debut in the official Formula E calendar, during the premiere of the Gen3 era. After the vibrant day, we take stock of the highlights of the South African E-Prix.
Porsche’s dominance was undoubtedly the highlight of the weekend, with a stellar Antonio Felix da Costa bringing out all his class to win the race.
The German team once again found itself on the top step of the podium, with Porsche powertrains now responsible for four of the five victories so far this season. However, it was not championship leader Pascal Wehrlein who shone.
The Formula E Season 6 Champion, who joined the iconic manufacturer for the new generation of the all-electric championship, was very emotional as he crossed the finish line in first place.
Another win for Porsche this season puts them on 126 championship points in the Team Standings, with second place Envision Racing on 84 points, a whopping 42 points difference just five races into the season.
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Formula E’s Fastest Lap
Heading into the Cape Town E-Prix weekend, it was no secret that this 2.921 km street circuit would be fast. However, Nissan‘s Sacha Fenestraz took things to another level when he broke a championship record and set the fastest lap ever.
With an average speed of 154.987 km/h, the French-Argentinean driver stormed to his first Julius Baer Pole Position, beating Maserati MSG Racing’s Maximilian Guenther in the Duel Final. He also became the second youngest pole sitter in Formula E history and earned Nissan its first pole since season 7 at Puebla.
On the other side, NIO 333 has entered the GEN3 era with its most competitive package in several seasons. With a strong lineup of Dan Ticktum and Sergio Sette Camara, they are targeting eighth place in the standings.
ATTACK MODE Can Still Grab You
Since the introduction of the ATTACK MODE in season 5, it remains a hugely tactical part of racing. The mandatory power-up for all drivers, it is activated by driving over three sensors on the marked surface of the track.
Miss just one of them, and you must exit the racing line on the next lap and try again.
You would think that with five seasons of practice, drivers would be able to master ATTACK MODE every time. However, it is still a turning point within racing.