Formula E Season 11 Portland EPrix: Championship Battle Horrors for Cassidy as Da Costa Bounces Back in America

Round 13 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship introduced some hope for Nick Cassidy and Jaguar at Portland until a  penultimate lap error caused Cassidy to fall down the grid, leading to his teammate Mitch Evans taking the win on the road but falling down to P8 due to a 5 second time penalty.

As for round 14,  chaos ensued as there was more contact, more penalties but another Da Costa win!

Roundup of Round 13:

  • Hughes led into turn 1 after starting P2.
  • Sebasitan Buemi pitted very early on due to a penalty for taking extra components.
  • The start of the race saw something common to Formula E in the gen 3 era: no one wanting to lead!
  • Many drivers took attack mode on lap 5.
  • Hughes and Evans collided which led Evans to receive a 5 second time penalty and Hughes dropped down the grid.
  • Cassidy went up to the lead on lap 12.
  • Collet missed the chicane on lap 17 and dropped down the grid.
  • Da Costa went for the lead but Cassidy retook it!
  • Daruvala spun later on in the race but got going again.
  • 3 laps to go and Evans made it a Jaguar 1-2.
  • Guenther retired from the race later on.
  • Nick Cassidy then lost his car on the penultimate lap and lost the race win!
  • Evans took the win but his 5 second time penalty dropped him down to P8!
  • Da Costa took the win!


Roundup of Round 14:

  • Vergne started on pole ahead of Da Costa.
  • Da Costa took the lead from Vergne with both McLarens going up to the top 5.
  • Hughes made his way from P5 to P1 on 1 lap!
  • Both Vergne and Vandoorne had issues which led them to falling down the field.
  • Early on in the race, the 2 Andretti cars, Collet and Guenther had issues as they were all at the back of the field.
  • Later on, Wehrlein got his front wing stuck under his car! It eventually became dislodged but it when it did, Sam Bird was caught it and that ruined the Brit’s race.
  • Mueller led on lap 9 with the 10th lap having Wehrlein with no front wing.
  • Cassidy was still P16 by lap 11 with Wehrlein making up places.
  • MULTIPLE drivers made pitstops including Cassidy, Dennis, De Vries, Collet and Hughes.
  • Mortara ended up onto the grass on lap 15 and had to pit while Hughes and Fenestraz were under investigation.
  • Fenestraz received a 5 second penalty for pushing a driver off the track.
  • The Safety car was then deployed for debris on the track and brought many drivers back into the race.
  • The safety car came in on lap 21.
  • We received 1 added lap due to the safety car.
  • It was all quiet despite Cassidy not making up enough ground, Frijns managing to get P2 from Evans and multiple notes inclduing Da Costa on Mortara and Dennis on Mortara.
  • On the last lap, Di Grassi received a 5 second time penalty for pushing a driver off the track.
  • Da Costa make it 3 wins in a row ahead of Frijns and Evans!


    Antonio Felix da Costa, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, Porsche 99X Electric Gen3
    Image Credit: Formula E Media Bank

    Formula E Season 10 Championship Standings after Round 14

    Driver of the Weekend:

    The driver of the weekend has to be Da Costa. After so many rumours of him leaving Porsche after a hard start to the season and losing that win in Misano to win 3 races in a row and have an outside chance of the championship is very impressive.

    Driver who needs to improve the most:

    I think this has to go to Nick Cassidy. While he still has a 12 point lead over Evans and Wehrlein, he could have tied up the entire championship in Portland but a few mistakes could cost him and Jaguar BIG TIME! 

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