De Vries loses London E-Prix Formula E podium for robust defending

Nyck de Vries has been handed a five-second penalty after Formula E's London E-Prix, dropping from third to sixth place after using more than one defensive manoeuvre against Nick Cassidy.

De Vries loses London E-Prix Formula E podium for robust defending

In a heated battle for third place in the latter stages of Saturday's first of two races at the ExCeL, defending series champion de Vries was attempting to keep a hard-charging Cassidy at bay and fought at close quarters until the end.

Despite his Envision rival's best efforts, Mercedes driver de Vries was able to clinch third at the line - and an incident investigated where de Vries was alleged to have moved under braking was given no further action.

But the FIA has reviewed another of de Vries' defensive moves, and felt that in the penultimate lap, the Dutchman moved twice in trying to hold off Cassidy into Turn 1.

The official FIA steward's document reads: "In the pre-ultimate lap the driver of car 17 [de Vries] moved more than one time in front of car 37 [Cassidy] on the Start and Finish straight before T1 to defend his position."

A five-second penalty thus drops de Vries to sixth as Cassidy assumes third place ahead of Oliver Askew and Mitch Evans.

Asked if he felt that de Vries' moves were borderline, Cassidy said: "We got there and got to fight for the podium, but yeah, sounds like you've got the same feeling as me.

"I'm just disappointed myself for qualifying [seventh], because I feel I've been putting laps together a lot recently and and the group was okay.

"I just clipped the wall in the duel and so I feel probably I could have had a good fight with Nyck in that duel and probably should have started top four. That would have made the race a bit different."

Nick Cassidy, Envision Racing

Nick Cassidy, Envision Racing

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Evans' move up the order cuts his championship arrears to Stoffel Vandoorne from 26 to 24 points, while Askew improves on what was already his best finish of the season - his second points finish of the year - in fourth.

Read Also:

Porsche has had a penalty rescinded after being alleged to have used electromagnetic radiation between 5 and 6GHz, having originally received a fine - but a further stewards' report cleared it of doing so.

The FIA stated on the initial document: "It is forbidden to use an electromagnetic radiation between 5 and 6 GHz because it can disturb the data system of FIA.

"In case of continuing this usage the Stewards may impose a more severe penalty up to a disqualification."

shares
comments
Sette Camara explains "catastrophe scenario" that cost London points
Previous article

Sette Camara explains "catastrophe scenario" that cost London points

Next article

London E-Prix: Cassidy nicks top spot ahead of da Costa in FP3

London E-Prix: Cassidy nicks top spot ahead of da Costa in FP3
The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2021-22 Plus

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2021-22

After a wild 2020-21 season, this year's Formula E campaign had a much stronger narrative to it, but ended with the same result as a driver from the Silver Arrows squad triumphed. Here's our guide to those who shone brightest during the campaign

Formula E
Oct 1, 2022
The trait Vandoorne rediscovered to claim Formula E's era-ending title Plus

The trait Vandoorne rediscovered to claim Formula E's era-ending title

After Nyck de Vries was crowned Formula E champion in 2021, his Mercedes team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne stepped forward this season as the Gen2 era and his team bowed out. As he did on the way to the GP2 crown in 2015, the Belgian achieved a peerless level of consistency and was only outside the points once, with his sole win in Monaco sufficient to head off a chasing pack headed by Mitch Evans

Formula E
Sep 19, 2022
Why Bird can bounce back after a tough 2021-22 Formula E season Plus

Why Bird can bounce back after a tough 2021-22 Formula E season

With his winning streak coming to an end this season, the 2021-22 Formula E season was tumultuous for Sam Bird, failing to gather momentum as Jaguar generally struggled. But the long-term favourite looks forward to bouncing back next season as the championship enters its new era

Formula E
Aug 30, 2022
What Formula E needs next after saying goodbye to Gen2 Plus

What Formula E needs next after saying goodbye to Gen2

The 2021-2022 Formula E season finale brought the curtain down on the Gen2 era of the all-electric world championship. It elevated FE to new heights, fulfilling its intended directive. While it is a good launching pad for the impending Gen3 cycle, there are certain aspects the series must tackle for the new era to have the same impact as its predecessor

Formula E
Aug 16, 2022
The traits behind Vandoorne's triumphant Formula E title charge Plus

The traits behind Vandoorne's triumphant Formula E title charge

The odds were heavily stacked in Stoffel Vandoorne’s favour to capture the Formula E crown at the Seoul finale, but chief rival Mitch Evans applied maximum pressure with victory in the first race. It meant Vandoorne had to show his resolve to reproduce the key qualities he held all season to complete his march to the title

Formula E
Aug 15, 2022
Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title? Plus

Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title?

Stoffel Vandoorne is on the brink of the Formula E title with a commanding lead ahead of the Seoul finale, but both rivals and unknowns still stand in his way. Here’s a run through of what Vandoorne must overcome to clinch the championship and how his competition will look to pull off the biggest of shocks

Formula E
Aug 10, 2022
How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon Plus

How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon

It might not look like the most glittering of Formula E campaigns, but Dragon Penske’s youngster has caught the eye of those who count despite his future remaining unclear. Regardless of the distortion, Sergio Sette Camara has a clear vision of what he’s focused on and how to get there

Formula E
Aug 4, 2022
How Formula E's title fight gave way to Dennis and Di Grassi in the dockyards Plus

How Formula E's title fight gave way to Dennis and Di Grassi in the dockyards

The penultimate stop on Formula E's world tour took in London's ExCeL, where the championship contenders were upstaged by two first-time winners in 2022. Andretti’s Jake Dennis kept the home fires burning in the first race as Venturi’s Lucas di Grassi claimed the second, but two consistent finishes mean its advantage Stoffel Vandoorne heading to the Seoul finale

Formula E
Aug 1, 2022