Defending Formula E Champ Jake Dennis Opens Weekend with E-Prix Win in Saudi Arabia

Jackson Wheeler
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Defending Formula E series champion and Andretti Formula E driver Jake Dennis won the opening race of the ABB FIA Formula E Diriyah E-Prix doubleheader in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The win in season’s second round of the all-electric open-wheel series helped Dennis overcome a disappointing ninth-place finish in the season-opening race last time out in Mexico City. Dennis dominated the second race of the season, winning by a whopping 13.289 seconds ahead two-time champion Jean-Eric Vergne. The margin of victory was the second-largest in Formula E history.

Jaguar TCS Racing’s Nick Cassidy rounded out the podium with his third-place finish.

“I can only honestly thank these guys out here so much, you know, we’ve had a difficult start to the season, but we turned it around and came back,” Dennis said. “I got my biggest win in Formula E tonight. The last eight, nine laps I could really give everything and create that 13 second lead. These days don’t come around very often.

“I have to say the enjoyment of racing here in Saudi under the lights and just enjoying every lap. It was so much fun. The track really started to grip up at the end and we could actually push the cars. It was a pretty phenomenal performance.”

jean eric vergne, ds penske, with his julius baer pole position award

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Jake Dennis celebrates his first win of the 2024 Formula E season.

As for runner-up Vergne, it was a case of what might have been for the pole sitter.

“Usually starting on pole you want to win the race, any other place is a disappointment but I’m very happy today,” Vergne said. “The pace we set—it’s been flying doing the race, it’s the best I could have done today, we made a huge step forward compared to last year, I’m very happy that the work is paying off. We’re catching up, we’re not there, but we’re gonna be there.”

Pascal Wehrlein, winner of the opener in Mexico City, finished eighth to retain a slim lead in the season championship. He walked away from the first race of the weekend with 32 points, followed by Cassidy with 31, Vergne with 29 and Dennis with 28.

The race was the first of a weekend doubleheader in the desert. Race 2 is Saturday.

Diriyah E-Prix Results

Friday’s Race

1, Jake Dennis, Andretti Formula E

2, Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Penske, +13.289 seconds

3, Nick Cassidy, Jaguar TCS Racing, +13.824

4, Sam Bird, Neom McLaren, +14.620

5, Mitch Evans, Jaguar TCS Racing, +15.174

6, Norman Nato, Andretti Formula E, +15.661

7, Maximilian Günther, Maserati MSG Racing, +16.267

8, Pascal Wehrlein, Tag Heuer Porsche, +16.387

9, Sérgio Sette Câmara, ERT Formula E, +26.606

10. Robin Frijns, Envision Racing, +26.969

11, Jake Hughes, Neom McLaren, +27.021

12, Sébastien Buemi, Envision Racing, +27.472

13, Oliver Rowland, Nissan Formula E, +27.973

14, Stoffel VanDoorne, DS Penske, +28.366

15, Edoardo Mortara, Mahindra Racing, +29.397

16, António Félix Da Costa, Tag Heuer Porsche, +29.885

17, Nyck De Vries, Mahindra Racing, +30.419

18, Nico Müller, ABT Cupra Formula E, +30.884

19, Lucas Di Grassi, ABT Cupra Formula E, +31.188

20, Jehan Daruvala, Maserati MSG Racing, +31.541

21, Dan Ticktum, ERT Formula E, +1:04.712

22, Sacha Fenestraz, Nissan Formula E, DNF

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Mike Pryson covered auto racing for the Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot and MLive Media Group from 1991 until joining Autoweek in 2011. He won several Michigan Associated Press and national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for auto racing coverage and was named the 2000 Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club’s Michigan Motorsports Writer of the Year. A Michigan native, Mike spent three years after college working in southwest Florida before realizing that the land of Disney and endless summer was no match for the challenge of freezing rain, potholes and long, cold winters in the Motor City.

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