Formula E Round 6: Jaguar samba to a podium lock out in São Paulo

Jaguar took an impressive podium lock out in São Paulo with its factory drivers sandwiched by its customer team in Envision Racing.

2PH2WB0 Sao Paulo, Brazil. 25th Mar, 2023. SAO PAULO, SP – 25.03.2023: FORMULA E CORRIDA ETAPA 9 – Mitch Evans, from Jaguar TCS Racing, wins the first ePrix in Sao Paulo, held at Anhembi, on March 25, 2023. (Photo: Renato Assis/Fotoarena) Credit: Foto Arena LTDA/Alamy Live News


Practice was a subdued affair with teams mostly data gathering for qualifying and understanding the circuit. The headline times in qualifying were Sebastian Buemi in the Envision topping FP1 with a 1:12:341 and Antonio Felix Da Costa in the Porsche topping FP2 1:11:496.


Qualifying threw a few surprises with for example P1&P2 in the title fight in Pascal Wehrlein and Jake Dennis both missing out on the duel stage and starting the race in P18 (penalty) for Wehrlein and P14 for Dennis. Another surprise was only one McLaren getting into the duels and getting knocked out in the quarter-finals.

The biggest headline from the duel stage was Stoffel Vandoorne becoming the ninth different pole sitter in nine races as well as the first for Penske Autosport in 90 races.

The Race

The initial start of the race was chaotic with Norman Nato retiring in one incident and Andre Lotterer, Buemi and Edo Mortara falling down the field in other separate incidents. The main bulk of the race was the podium battle which was like a cycling Peloton with the fact that the São Paulo is so energy intensive. Said battle included Vandoorne, Da Costa, Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy.

This battle was briefly disrupted by Jake Dennis and the NIO of Dan Ticktum coming together and bringing out the safety car. In the latter part of the race Da Costa dropped out of the battle due to a lock-up. The final battle for the podium was between Cassidy, Mitch Evans and now Sam Bird thanks to good energy management and well timed attack modes.

The final laps were very tight with the top three finishing as an all Jaguar powered podium within half a second of each other.

Race Results

19 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing3553’25.53625
237 Nick Cassidy Envision Racing3553’25.8200.2840.28418
310 Sam Bird Jaguar Racing3553’26.0430.5070.22316
413 Antonio Felix da Costa Porsche Team3553’29.0233.4872.98012
525 Jean-Eric Vergne DS Penske3553’29.5784.0420.55510
61 Stoffel Vandoorne DS Penske3553’30.1124.5760.53411
794 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche Team3553’31.1955.6591.0836
85 Jake Hughes McLaren3553’31.6776.1410.4824
958 René Rast McLaren3553’32.9397.4031.2622
1016 Sébastien Buemi Envision Racing3553’33.5127.9760.5731
117 Maximilian Gunther Maserati Racing3553’40.72815.1927.216
1236 Andre Lotterer Andretti Autosport3553’40.88115.3450.153
1311 Lucas di Grassi Mahindra Racing3553’44.78319.2473.902
1433 Dan Ticktum NIO Formula E Team3553’44.93419.3980.151
154 Robin Frijns Team Abt3553’46.28720.7511.353
168 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Racing3553’52.00126.4655.714
173 Sergio Sette Camara NIO Formula E Team3553’57.05031.5145.049
dnf51 Nico Müller Team Abt1933’32.99816 Laps16 LapsRetirement
dnf48 Edoardo Mortara Maserati Racing1933’33.33316 Laps0.335Retirement
dnf27 Jake Dennis Andretti Autosport1322’53.70922 Laps6 LapsRetirement
dnf23 Sacha Fenestraz Nissan e.dams69’12.92429 Laps7 LapsRetirement
dnf17 Norman Nato Nissan e.dams00.000Retirement