An incredible streak continued – matching Formula 1’s record from 2012 – as Evans became the seventh different nationality to win across the first seven races 2012 after a brilliant overtake on pole-sitter Andre Lotterer with 15 minutes to go.
The New Zealand driver patiently built up to a fantastic overtake on Lotterer using Attack Mode to take the lead and despite missing the activation zone for his second Attack Mode to leave hearts in mouth late on he held off the German.
Lotterer was forced to continue his wait for a first race win in Formula E while HWA Racelab’s Stoffel Vandoorne made his return to the motorsport podium in third – his first champagne moment since 2016.
A season beset with yellow and red flags suffered again from a false start as the first few minutes was plagued with crashes and debris flying which eventually brought out the red flag.
The Envision Virgin Racing mechanics showed their skills at accident repair as they managed to get Sam Bird’s car back during the enforced break out despite the Brit saying ‘it’s over’ on team radio after t-boning into the wall.
Italian fans were disappointed as halfway through the race both Venturi men, Italian-Swiss driver Edoardo Mortara and Felipe Massa, home favourite after his years with Ferrari, had mechanical failures which ended both their days.
But the focus of the race was on the gladiatorial battle between Evans and Lotterer at the front which lifted the Kiwi up to fourth in the Drivers’ Championship with the top nine drivers separated by just 13 points.