FACTS AND STATS: A rookie breakthrough in Formula E's fastest ever race

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FACTS AND STATS: A rookie breakthrough in Formula E's fastest ever race

The first Cape Town E-Prix was a classic, here's what went down in the stats and the key facts from Formula E's fastest race in history.

fenestraz cape town qualifying

- Nissan's Formula E rookie Sacha Fenestraz had a breakthrough weekend in Cape Town claiming his first pole position. Fenestraz, who is the youngest driver on the grid, aged just 23 years and 212 days, is the second youngest driver to start on pole position. The record for the youngest polesitter is held by Daniel Abt, who claimed the Season 1 Long Beach E-Prix pole aged by 22 years and 112 days.

- Fenestraz's debut pole saw him become the 28th driver to top qualifying and the French-Argentine driver did this with registering the fastest ever lap in Formula E's history, with an average speed of 154.987 km/h.

Cape Town Moment - Fenestraz

- Maximilian Guenther (Maserati MSG) claimed his fifth Formula E front row start in Cape Town, but has still not started from pole, giving the German the unwanted record of most front row starts without a pole position. Jose Maria Lopez is the only other driver with multiple front row starts to not have a pole position (three).

- Both Envision Racing and TAG Heuer Porsche have equalled Mercedes-EQ’s record for the most appearances in the Duels (22). However, DS TECHEETAH still hold the record for the most Semi-Final appearances (13) and Maserati MSG/Venturi hold the record for the most Final appearances (eight).

- Championship contenders Jake Dennis and Pascal Wehrlein are on long streaks of having out qualified their teammates. Dennis has out-qualified his teammate (Askew in Season 8 and Lotterer in Season 9) in the last nine races. Wehrlein has out-qualified his teammate (Lotterer in Season 8 and da Costa in Season 9) in the last eight races. Sebastien Buemi and Jean-Eric Vergne currently hold the record for having out-qualified their teammates in 13 consecutive qualifying sessions during their Formula E careers.

- With the unfortunate withdrawals of both Mahindra Racing and ABT Cupra cars from the race, and Sam Bird unable to start the race due to damage, the race in Cape Town had the least starters for a Formula E race since the Season 2 Punta del Este E-Prix, which also saw only 17 cars start.

- Race winner Antonio Felix da Costa came through the field from 11th place to take the victory in Cape Town, only one driver has won from lower on the grid - Lucas di Grassi from 15th on the grid at the 2017 Mexico City E-Prix.

- The winning margin between first and second is the closest in the last 22 Formula E races, with da Costa crossing the line 0.281s over Jean-Eric Vergne.

- Even with the race having a Safety Car period and two Full Course Yellow appearances, the Cape Town E-Prix was the fastest race in Formula E history with an average speed of 132.199 kph. The previous record was 132.116 kph set at the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix. The record for the slowest E-Prix (to not have a red flag) was the rain-soaked Paris E-Prix in Season 5, which had an average speed of only 61.440 kph.

- For the eighth race in a row the polesitter did not win the race (and has not finished in the top ten in the last two races). This is now the longest pole sitter winning drought in Formula E history, beating the previous streak of seven races from the Season 5 Marrakesh E-Prix to the Season 5 Paris E-Prix.

- However, having a polesitter winless streak is not uncommon at the start of Formula E season. Both Season 1 (the opening six races) and Season 3 (the first four races) started with a streak of races where the polesitter did not win. Season 1 saw the pole sitter win only twice in the 11 races.

- With both Jakes Hughes and Dan Ticktum picking up points in Cape Town, there have now been 200 instances where a British driver has scored points. Sam Bird makes up the plurality of those points finishes, having 66 points finishes.

da costa podium jump cape town

- Both the Hyderabad E-Prix and Cape Town E-Prix saw the same three drivers stand on the podium, which is the first time in Formula E there have been back-to-back races with the same drivers on the podium. The most common podium trio in Formula E is di Grassi/Heidfeld/Buemi and Vergne/di Grassi/Bird, each of which have occurred three times. However, none of these combinations have happened since the end of the GEN1 era.

- Three teams each scored 25 points in Cape Town (TAG Heuer Porsche, DS PENSKE and Envision). This is only the fifth Formula E race in which three teams have scored over 25 points in the same race (after Paris Season 2, Montreal Race 2 Season 3, Rome Season 4 and Paris Season 5).

- DS PENSKE have surpassed 500 points in Formula E in their 105th race. It took Renault e.dams exactly one fifth the number of races (21) to reach the same milestone.

- With his second place finish, Jean-Eric Vergne became the first driver to claim a podium in 20 different cities.

- Jaguar TCS Racing ended a 17-race scoring streak that had started in Mexico City last season by not picking up any points in Cape Town.

- Avalanche Andretti has now scored in the last 13 races, which is the longest streak for the team.

- Five different drivers led the Cape Town E-Prix for at least one lap, which is the most since race one of the 2021 Rome E-Prix, which also saw five leaders.

cape town beach race action

- TAG Heuer Porsche became the third team to have picked up three wins across the opening five races in a season (after Renault e.dams in Season 3 and Mercedes in Season 7). Porsche also have scored the most points after five races since Renault e.dams in Season 3.

- Drivers from New Zealand have now led 250 laps in Formula E (178 for Mitch Evans and 72 for Nick Cassidy). Only drivers from five other nations have led over 250 laps.

- Antonio Felix da Costa has gained ten places from his grid position in both of the last two races. He becomes the eighth driver to gain ten or more positions in back-to-back races.

- For the first time in Formula E history, French drivers picked up the Julius Baer Pole Position and TAG Heuer Fastest Lap in the same race. As a result of his bonus point for the fastest lap, Jean-Eric Vergne has now picked up 50 bonus points (42 for pole positions, three for topping the old qualifying groups session and five for fastest laps).