Formula E

Rowland & Cassidy impress with consistency: The e-Formula.news driver rating for the Berlin E-Prix 2024

Tim Neuhaus

Tim Neuhaus

The historic Tempelhof airfield in the centre of Berlin once again provided an eventful race weekend in the tenth Forme E season. Between peloton chaos, Wehrlein-Dennis drama and surprisingly strong rookies, three long-established drivers impressed the most: Oliver Rowland, Nick Cassidy and Antonio Felix da Costa finished on the podium on Sunday, and now also in the e-Formul.news driver ratings.

After each round of the 2024 Formula E season, our editors award points on a scale of 1 to 10 for all drivers. They are then sorted according to their average "rating score". The rating is based exclusively on driving performance, not the potential of the car or external circumstances.

1. Oliver Rowland | Nissan | 9.2

Oliver Rowland drove Nissan to third place in both Berlin races - a consistency that also keeps him in third place in the drivers' standings. Although the Japanese team had one major problem in Berlin - qualifying pace. Neither Rowland nor Sacha Fenestraz made it anywhere near the duel phase. Nissan's best grid position was a fifteenth place for Rowland in Saturday's race.

His races were all the more impressive. The Briton made it to the front of the leading group in the shortest time in both the Saturday peloton race and the faster Sunday race. Spectacular overtakes paved the way for him. It looked as if Rowland was more than utilising the potential of the Nissan car!

2. Nick Cassidy | Jaguar TCS Racing | 9.0

The man with the most impressive fightback, however, was Jaguar driver Nick Cassidy. After poor qualifying pace and a mixed start to the race, the New Zealander found himself in 18th place in Saturday's race. From there, however, Jaguar hit the jackpot with their strategy. After many particularly energy-saving laps, Cassidy utilised his surplus energy and worked his way through the field without any problems. In the end, he even managed to win by a few seconds.

On Saturday, Cassidy continued his high from the previous day, qualifying on the front row in second place and racing for his second victory in a row. It was not quite enough for another win. Nevertheless, the "Kiwi" drove a strong race and secured second place. With a total of 45 points in one weekend, he took over the drivers' championship and built up a 16-point cushion over second-placed Pascal Wehrlein. A world championship-winning weekend!

3. Antonio Felix da Costa | TAG Heuer Porsche | 8.6

For Antonio Felix da Costa, Sunday's race in Berlin could have been the most important his season. While his future at Porsche is unclear, the Portuguese driver proved once again that he belongs in Formula E. Faultless and cool-headed, the former champion brought Porsche its first home win. He deserves credit for this after being disqualified through no fault of his own during his Misano success due to an unapproved throttle spring.

Flop of the E-Prix: Jake Hughes | McLaren | 3.0

Jake Hughes has driven alongside 19-year-old Taylor Barnard in three races, but the Brit has not been able to beat the rookie in any of them. The McLaren driver is in a slump at the moment and has mostly drawn attention to himself with mistakes in recent races. In Berlin, two of Hughes' wings did not make it through the race. If team leader Sam Bird also misses out in Shanghai, Hughes will need to hit a high in form, otherwise McLaren will lose further ground on its direct rival for sixth place, Maserati, in the teams' standings.

How the editorial team has voted:
Pos. Driver ⌀-Points Timo Pape Tobias Wirtz Svenja König Tim Neuhaus Luca Storms
1 Oliver Rowland 9.2 9 8 9 10 10
2 Nick Cassidy 9.0 9 9 9 9 9
3 Antonio Felix da Costa 8.6 8 9 8 9 9
4 Taylor Barnard 7.8 8 6 8 8 9
5 Edoardo Mortara 7.6 9 7 7 8 7
6 Pascal Wehrlein 7.4 7 8 7 7 8
7 Jean-Eric Vergne 7.2 7 7 7 7 8
8 Mitch Evans 6.8 6 7 7 6 8
9 Joel Eriksson 6.4 5 6 6 7 8
10 Jehan Daruvala 6.2 7 5 6 7 6
11 Jake Dennis 5.8 5 6 6 5 7
12 Sacha Fenestraz 5.8 6 6 5 5 7
13 Lucas di Grassi 5.6 6 6 5 5 6
14 Stoffel Vandoorne 5.4 6 5 5 5 6
15 Paul Aron 5.0 4 5 4 5 7
16 Maximilian Günther 5.0 5 6 5 3 6
17 Sergio Sette Camara 5.0 5 5 5 5 5
18 Kelvin van der Linde 4.6 3 6 4 3 7
19 Jordan King 4.4 4 5 4 3 6
20 Dan Ticktum 4.0 4 3 4 4 5
21 Norman Nato 3.2 3 3 3 3 4
22 Jake Hughes 3.0 3 4 2 1 5

 
Decisive in the event of a tie: higher individual score in the driver rating. Decisive in case of identical points: better race result

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