Jaguar took an impressive podium lock out in São Paulo with its factory drivers sandwiched by its customer team in Envision Racing.
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 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.
|1||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||35||53’25.536||25|
|2||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||35||53’25.820||0.284||0.284||18|
|3||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||35||53’26.043||0.507||0.223||16|
|4||13||Antonio Felix da Costa||Porsche Team||35||53’29.023||3.487||2.980||12|
|5||25||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Penske||35||53’29.578||4.042||0.555||10|
|6||1||Stoffel Vandoorne||DS Penske||35||53’30.112||4.576||0.534||11|
|7||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Team||35||53’31.195||5.659||1.083||6|
|10||16||Sébastien Buemi||Envision Racing||35||53’33.512||7.976||0.573||1|
|11||7||Maximilian Gunther||Maserati Racing||35||53’40.728||15.192||7.216|
|12||36||Andre Lotterer||Andretti Autosport||35||53’40.881||15.345||0.153|
|13||11||Lucas di Grassi||Mahindra Racing||35||53’44.783||19.247||3.902|
|14||33||Dan Ticktum||NIO Formula E Team||35||53’44.934||19.398||0.151|
|15||4||Robin Frijns||Team Abt||35||53’46.287||20.751||1.353|
|16||8||Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||35||53’52.001||26.465||5.714|
|17||3||Sergio Sette Camara||NIO Formula E Team||35||53’57.050||31.514||5.049|
|dnf||51||Nico Müller||Team Abt||19||33’32.998||16 Laps||16 Laps||Retirement|
|dnf||48||Edoardo Mortara||Maserati Racing||19||33’33.333||16 Laps||0.335||Retirement|
|dnf||27||Jake Dennis||Andretti Autosport||13||22’53.709||22 Laps||6 Laps||Retirement|
|dnf||23||Sacha Fenestraz||Nissan e.dams||6||9’12.924||29 Laps||7 Laps||Retirement|
|dnf||17||Norman Nato||Nissan e.dams||0||0.000||Retirement|