Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein secured consecutive ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge victories to match BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Maximilian Guenther’s two wins and leapfrog him at the top of the standings.
After the first two races everything appeared to be going Guenther’s way with two comfortable victories to open the season for the German but the pendulum has swung dramatically back in his countryman’s direction highlighted by a nightmare day.
A jump-start from Guenther saw him given a drive through penalty which pushed him down to 12th position and after he collided with the wall moments later he was eliminated pointless through the race royale format.
Despite Edoardo Mortara springing a surprise by taking pole position on a circuit he won a real-life E-Prix last season, his first and only victory in the Championship, Wehrlein cruised to victory ahead of fellow title-chaser Stoffel Vandoorne and Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s James Calado.
For the third race in a row the very first corner caused utter chaos as the fancied trio of Pascal Wehrlein, Stoffel Vandoorne and Max Guenther – starting second, third and fourth behind pole-sitter Edoardo Mortara – were engulfed.
But while Wehrlein and Vandoorne were able to recover and climb back up the grid – the Mahindra driver taking the race lead when Mortara made a mistake trying to thread through the chicane - the Swiss finished in fifth.
The result sees Wehrlein take a six-point lead at the top ahead of Guenther and Vandoorne just seven points further back.
Earlier in the day Lucas Mueller took his first victory of the season in the Challenger Grid having finished second and third in the past two races – the German reeling in race leader Kevin Siggy to just 15 points as the Slovenian finished third to limit the damage.
The pair will also have one eye on round one winner Joshua Rogers, returning after a two-race absence, who looked to be picking up where he left off until Mueller made the overtake on the penultimate lap.