Dennis takes lights-to-flag Method E victory

Having taken pole place over Vandoorne earlier on Saturday, Dennis was capable of maintain the lead initially and hold Vandoorne at bay all through the totally of the race – managing his tempo and vitality to make sure he crossed the road with a 2.2s benefit on the chequered flag.

Dennis minimize throughout Vandoorne initially of the race and held the lead into the primary nook. He thus started to attempt to set the tempo in a bid to manage proceedings and match his race victory from final season.

The 2 took their opening assault modes collectively on the ninth lap, with the 2 activations of 250kW lasting a minute every, and thus remained glued collectively – matched for energy.

However by the shut of their assault modes, Dennis had two % extra vitality than the chasing Vandoorne, having additionally used much less vitality than de Vries and Sette Camara in pursuit.

The Mercedes duo had focused staying forward of Sergio Sette Camara off the road, with the group anticipating the Dragon Penske driver would begin holding them up, and did so off the road.

However Sette Camara launched a transfer down the within of Nyck de Vries the primary nook on lap 5, choosing up third place from the reigning champion. The Brazilian was capable of hold tempo with Vandoorne forward, however was as soon as extra displaced by de Vries because the Dutchman undercut him along with his first assault mode on lap eight.

With Vandoorne arguably requiring a strategic benefit to get one over Dennis, he was requested to take assault mode on lap 17, which Dennis additionally lined off to protect his lead into the second half of the race.

It was at this level the place Dennis started to break-build, discovering a 1.5s lead over Vandoorne – and nonetheless with extra vitality – to increase his benefit.

Vandoorne was capable of minimize the hole to Dennis within the ultimate quarter-hour of the race to inside a second, however remained a % down on vitality because the Avalanche Andretti driver continued to handle his tempo out entrance – protecting the Belgian at arm’s size as Vandoorne was informed to not take any dangers.

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It proved sufficient for Dennis to, on the finish of the race, lengthen his benefit over Vandoorne and declare his second ever London E-Prix win – having received the Saturday race on the ExCeL final 12 months from second on the grid.

The Brit additionally bagged quickest lap, finishing his Grand Slam.

Having largely settled for second, Vandoorne prolonged his factors lead within the drivers’ championship, as de Vries saved third regardless of a dramatic late-race battle with a charging Nick Cassidy.

Cassidy had timed his assault modes later than his rivals, permitting him to make up floor within the second half and catch as much as de Vries after clearing the likes of Sette Camara, Maximilian Guenther and Oliver Askew.

With Cassidy throughout de Vries, the Dutchman put in a stern defence to maintain the Kiwi behind – seeing a passing try at Flip 21 coming after which slamming the door into Turns 1 and a couple of.

The Envision driver tried to outdrag de Vries to the road, however the Mercedes driver saved his head in entrance by 0.3s – and an investigation into de Vries’ defending was waved away by the stewards.

Askew picked up fifth after Guenther started to expire of energy, forcing the Nissan driver to drop again into eighth – behind Mitch Evans and Antonio Felix da Costa – late on into the race.

Sette Camara’s distress was worse, having run out of useable vitality after working in fourth for almost all of the race, and thus began to drop down the order via vitality saving – earlier than dropping out of the factors on the finish to disclaim him his first rating of the 12 months.

Lucas di Grassi doubled his factors haul when Sette Camara fell out of the highest 10, and Pascal Wehrlein recovered some extent in a tough race for the Porsche squad.

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