Envision Racing driver Nick Cassidy had another outstanding performance at the Cape Town E-Prix to get back on the podium after he did so in Hyderabad, India. The driver is certainly motivated by the good results, but not satisfied since the goal is to be at the top.
Cassidy was third on the grid for the inaugural E-Prix in South Africa, and with a good start, he held on to the front of the pack. Once the top two, Nissan’s Sacha Fenestraz and Maserati MSG Racing’s Maximilian Guenther in second, took the ATTACK MODE, Cassidy led a race for the first time in the exciting new Gen3 era.
“I have to leave with a smile,” Cassidy said after the E-Prix, won by TAG Heuer Porsche’s Antonio Felix da Costa in a spectacular last-lap overtake. “Any time you get third place in Formula E, it’s a good day.”
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The Goal is the Top
Despite his statements Cassidy acknowledged that there was a chance of a first place finish. When leading the race, with more than half the distance completed, Guenther made contact with the wall and was forced to stop with damage to his Maserati’s suspension.
Cassidy took his final ATTACK MODE just before, but a full yellow flag was displayed for Guenther’s broken Maserati and limited the use of power.
“Ultimately, part of me feels like we should have won that race,” continued the Envision driver. “We had some issues that we were struggling with, and the yellow field really hurt us as well. That’s the luck of the draw and how that changes the energy of the race, but that’s motorsport, and I have to be happy.”
Without going into detail about the problems that plagued his race, Cassidy also got into a last-lap tangle with Julius Baer Pole Position holder Fenestraz. The two drivers, fighting for the final podium spot, collided just minutes before the checkered flag, with Fenestraz touching the wall and, as a result, qualifying last.
Cassidy took third place and secured his sixth Formula E podium since his debut at the 2021 Diriyah E-Prix.