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Facts & Figures: The best statistics on the Formula E races in Rome

Tobias Wirtz

Tobias Wirtz

Formula E held races 13 and 14 of the 2023 season in Rome this weekend. The two rounds at the Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR named circuit in the Italian capital produced some interesting statistics, milestones and curiosities.

Statistical peculiarities at the Rome E-Prix

  • The race stoppage after the mass crash on Saturday ensured that we saw the longest race in Formula E history so far. At 1:37 hours, the Rome run was even a good three minutes longer than the 2019 Rome E-Prix, when there was also a race interruption due to a mass collision. Speaking of interruptions, every single run in Rome so far has been interrupted by either a safety car or full-course yellow.
  • Mitch Evans scored his ninth Formula E victory on Saturday. It moved him up to fifth in the all time points list. It was also the third one-two for drivers from New Zealand - all this season (Sao Paulo, Monaco, Rome). Previously, there had only ever been two one-two wins by a nation in Formula E: in 2015, Nelson Piquet jr. won ahead of Lucas di Grassi in Moscow, and in 2022, Pascal Wehrlein and Andre Lotterer finished in the top two places in Mexico. New Zealand also became the sixth nation to crack the 1,000-point mark.
  • Jake Dennis won his fifth Formula E race overall on Sunday, but only his second in 2023, though it was his ninth podium of the season. Never before has a driver participated in an award ceremony so many times during a season! His Andretti team celebrated its 10th Formula E victory, 30th podium and 1,000 point.
  • Jaguar also scored its 30th Formula E podium with Sam Bird. It was also the 19th victory for a British driver in the series. As a result, the United Kingdom drew level with Switzerland in the nations' standings. In total, British drivers have now scored more than 2,000 points - more than any other nation.
  • After never before having a driver win from grid position 1 in Rome, pole-sitters were victorious on both Saturday and Sunday. Jake Dennis scored the first start-to-finish win since Mitch Evans at the 2022 Seoul E-Prix, and also the first of the Gen3 era. He also scored pole position, led every lap and earned the bonus point for the fastest race lap among the top 10. Still, it wasn't a "grand slam," as Jean-Eric Vergne was even faster outside the top 10.
  • Norman Nato made it to the duel stage of qualifying for the 3th time on Sunday. Remarkably, he reached the semifinals each time, where he was always eliminated. In the race, he scored his second Formula E podium - the first since his Berlin win in 2021 - and became the 29th driver to crack the 100-point mark. For Nissan (formerly e.dams), it was already the 40th trophy. The last time Oliver Rowland had stood on the podium for the team was in Puebla in 2021.
  • Sebastien Buemi's retirement as a result of Saturday's mass collision marked the first time since the second London race in 2022 that an Envision driver failed to see the checkered flag. In 14 consecutive races, both of the team's drivers finished - a record! Mahindra Racing, on the other hand, suffered its first double retirement since the 2022 Rome E-Prix on Sunday.
  • Both McLaren drivers finished on their grid positions on Sunday. It was the first time since the Monaco E-Prix 2021 that this occurred with a team. At that time, DS Techeetah drivers Antonio Felix da Costa and Jean-Eric Vergne also held their grid positions at the finish.

Qualifying comparison of Formula E teammates (season)

Team Driver 1 Stand Driver 2
Neom McLaren
Hughes 9 : 5 Rast
Maserati MSG Racing Günther 8 : 6 Mortara
Jaguar TCS Racing
Evans 11 : 3 Bird
Envision Racing Buemi 7 : 7 Cassidy
Avalanche Andretti
Dennis 11 : 1 Lotterer
2 : 0 Beckmann
TAG Heuer Porsche Felix da Costa 3 : 11 Wehrlein
Mahindra Racing Rowland 5 : 3 di Grassi
Merhi 0 : 5
Nissan Nato 4 : 10 Fenestraz
Nio 333 Racing
Sette Camara 3 : 11 Ticktum
DS Penske Vandoorne 6 : 8 Vergne
ABT Cupra
Frijns 3 : 7 Müller
Van der Linde 2 : 1

Since both Mahindra and ABT Cupra drivers did not participate in qualifying in Cape Town, no point was awarded here.

Average qualifying result (season)

The most consistent driver in qualifying so far is still Mitch Evans: the Jaguar driver reached the duels ten times in the first 14 races of the season, giving him an average starting position of 6.2. Behind him are Jake Dennis (6.7) and Sebastien Buemi (7.9). But Max Günther (8.4), Nick Cassidy (8.7), Sam Bird, Pascal Wehrlein (9.8 each) and Jean-Eric Vergne (9.9) also have a single-digit average. The worst regular driver in qualifying is Lucas di Grassi (15.9).

Average race result (season)

The most consistent driver in the races so far this season has been Nick Cassidy. He finished in an average position of 6.0, with Pascal Wehrlein coming in behind him in an average position of 6.1. Jake Dennis (6.3) and Jean-Eric Vergne (8.0) are behind them. They are followed by Mitch Evans (8.4), Max Günther (9.0), Antonio Felix da Costa (9.3) and Sebastien Buemi (9.6). At the back is Robin Frijns (15.1), but still ahead of reserve drivers Roberto Merhi (17.8), David Beckmann (18.0) and Kelvin van der Linde (18.7).

Position changes (Rome E-Prix)

With a total of 17 positions gained, Nico Müller was the one to move up the most in Rome: After eight places on Saturday, the Swiss made up a further nine positions on Sunday. Behind him were Sergio Sette Camara with twelve and Stoffel Vandoorne with eleven places. Roberto Merhi, Jean-Eric Vergne and Pascal Wehrlein also made significant gains with eight places each in the race. At the bottom of the statistics is Mitch Evans: he had started from position four on Sunday after pole position and victory the previous day and was the first driver to drop out, losing a whole 18 positions.

Race laps completed (season)

After the 14th race of the season, only two drivers have completed all 489 race laps: Nick Cassidy and Jean-Eric Vergne. Sebastien Buemi no longer counts after his involvement in Saturday's mass crash.

Leading laps (season)

With a start-to-finish win on Sunday and another five lead laps on Saturday, Jake Dennis has caught Nick Cassidy and both are now tied with 77 lead laps each. Pascal Wehrlein follows close behind with 69 laps. 19 of a total of 25 drivers have led an E-Prix 2023.

Summarized under "others" are: Antonio Felix da Costa, Stoffel Vandoorne (13 each), Lucas di Grassi (11), Sacha Fenestraz (10), Norman Nato (8), Jake Hughes, Rene Rast, Dan Ticktum (7 each), Robin Frijns, Nico Müller (3 each) and Edoardo Mortara (2 each).

Driver & Team Performance Analysis (Rome E-Prix)

The winner of our performance analysis for the Rome E-Prix is Nick Cassidy. In Sunday's quarter-final duel, the Envision driver set the fastest time of the weekend (1:37.536 minutes). He is followed by Mitch Evans, just 0.025 seconds behind, ahead of Sebastien Buemi and Max Günther, who set the same time. They are followed by Antonio Felix da Costa and Jake Dennis. These six were the only drivers to stay below 1:38 minutes. At the back of the field are Robin Frijns (1:39.123), Lucas di Grassi (1:39.318) and Roberto Merhi (1:40.251), who were more than 2.5 seconds off the fastest time, but this was also due to the fact that they did not complete 350-kW laps in practice.

The fastest team on a lap was thus Envision's customer Jaguar ahead of the factory car. It was followed by Maserati, the factory Porsche and Andretti's customer Porsche. The slowest team in Italy was again Mahindra. For the manufacturer ranking, this means adjusted: Jaguar >>> DS/Maserati >> Porsche >>> Nio 333 >>> Nissan >> Mahindra.

Lap time analysis (Rome E-Prix)

Saturday

In the lap time analysis (we only show the laps after the race suspension due to distortion), it is noticeable that the race pace was initially very slow: the drivers were tactical and conserving energy, with lap times around 1:48 minutes. From lap 15 onward, the pace was increased significantly. Individual drivers even drove six seconds per lap faster.

Catching the eye is the turn of Jake Dennis: The Briton pulled the pace from the lap 14 already. However, due to a miscalculation by his team, which had misjudged the safety car period due to the accident of his teammate Andre Lotterer, there was one lap more to go than Andretti had taken into account when calculating the energy target per lap. As a result, Dennis had to reduce the pace significantly from lap 21.

You can also see that Cassidy, Evans and Günther clearly had the best pace in the closing stages. Vergne and Müller were almost completely identically fast in the final laps, but lost a lot of ground because they couldn't get past Dennis, so Wehrlein and Nato almost caught up at the end.

Sunday

A slightly different picture on Sunday: here you can see that the drivers Fenestraz, Rast and Vergne, who were trailing the field by a wide margin after pit stops, had the fastest pace. Vergne even drove the fastest lap of the race, but did not receive the bonus point because he did not finish in the top ten.

You can also see that Nick Cassidy, who had fallen far behind due to the accident with Mitch Evans, took out speed in between to attack again towards the end of the race. However, this was prevented by traffic, where the Envision rider was held up more than he had hoped. In addition, he still collided with Andre Lotterer on the last lap.

The technical problems of Sergio Sette Camara are also well in evidence, as is the good pace of Edo Mortara, who achieved his best result of the season with 4th place.

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