He pushed until the end, but could not. Nick Cassidy had a great race in the debut of Formula E in India, however, his outstanding performance was insufficient to overtake Jean-Eric Vergne, who pulled out his world champion class to take the top spot on the podium.
Despite not reaching the top, Cassidy made a positive balance of his performance in Hyderabad, after starting from 10th place in the E-Pole and maneuvering his way to the top of the race.
“I had a very good car,” declared the Envision Racing driver after the competition. “Thank you very much to all my guys. I think the races this year have been pretty good.”
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The result on home turf catapulted the racer up to fifth place in the overall standings. After missing his first duel stages by just 0.001 s, Cassidy seemed happy with his car’s pace despite ultimately missing the quarterfinal stages of the standings.
“We’re doing well in the race and, honestly, I think we’re doing well in qualifying as well. In Diriyah and Mexico, and here, the difference between me and P1 in the duel being P5 has been two tenths. So it’s not a big margin to be fifth and start from tenth or start from pole, our day will come,” he explained.
On the incident between Mitch Evans and Sam Bird, Cassidy regretted what happened and sent sympathy to Evans. “I really feel for Mitch and Jaguar today because they are a great partner. I’m really sorry to see them go out of the race like that.”
With his second place in Hyderabad, Cassidy is positioned as one of the favorite drivers for the title, although it is still early to talk about clear candidates to lift the brand-new first scepter of the Gen3 Formula E era.
The Envision star is currently in fifth place in an overall standings that is led by Porsche driver Pascal Wherlein with 80 points.
Formula E returns next February 25 with the Cape Town E-Prix, the third stop of the ABB World Championship endorsed by the International Automobile Federation.