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Stoffel Vandoorne escapes zero score after cloudburst causes crashes during Formula E race in New York

During the start Nick Cassidy got away from pole well, Stoffel Vandoorne had a less good start and dropped from second to fourth place. Vandoorne clearly chose eggs for his money because he didn’t really defend with the knife between his teeth.

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The start went even less well for title contender Jean-Eric Vergne who was tapped and therefore fell very far behind at the very back. Edoardo Mortara, the championship leader, was meanwhile in eighth place.

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When activating his first attack mode, Vandoorne lost fourth place to Robin Frijns, the Dutchman did a successful undercut against Vandoorne. Moments later, however, Vandoorne was able to make up for his place again because his ‘attack mode’ was of course still active while Frijns had finished his ‘attack mode’.

With about 23 minutes left on the clock, race leader Nick Cassidy activated his second and final attack mode. Lucas di grassi narrowly took the lead ahead of Cassidy but a lap later he also followed with an ‘attack mode’. Another lap later also Stoffel Vandoorne followed with his ‘attack mode’.

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Cassidy was in the lead, ahead of Lucas di Grassi and Stoffel Vandoorne, who finished third after his ‘attack mode’. Strategically a very good timing for Vandoorne, who at the very least seemed on his way to a podium place.

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After the leading trio had used the latest attack modes, Casidy, di Grassi and Vandoorne rode on a handkerchief. Vandoorne immediately passed Lucas di Grassi and so Vandoorne took second place and our compatriot was able to immediately put pressure on Nick Cassidy.

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Vandoorne looked to virtually take the championship lead with Mortara driving in midfield but a lot changed in two or three laps. Lucas di Grassi again forced himself past Vandoorne and Robin Frijns also passed Vandoorne. Mortara underused his ‘attack mode’ to make up for a few places and to be fifth immediately behind Vandoorne.

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In the meantime it started to drip and that turned into a heavy rain shower on some parts of the circuit. The race management pulled out a ‘full course yellow’ but did so just a little too late as race director Nick Cassady, Lucas di Grassi and Stoffel Vandoorne flew off the track and crashed into the wall. Further down the field, incidents and crashes also occur.

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Chaos at the end of the race and a logical red flag that was raised. The big question is what the race management would decide now. After all, there were seven minutes left on the clock.

In the end, after a considerable delay, the race management decided not to resume the race. Nick Cassidy therefore won the race, ahead of Lucas di Grassi and Robin Frijns. As a result, Stoffel Vandoorne still finished fourth, crucial for his chances for the title because if he had a restart, he would have been left with zero points.

Vandoorne is now approaching Mortara in the World Cup standings instead of possibly increasing his deficit. Tomorrow there will be a second Formula E race in New York.

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(F1journaal.be)

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