ONES TO WATCH: Will Evans deliver another double in Rome?

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ONES TO WATCH: Will Evans deliver another double in Rome?

It's going to be a hot weekend in Rome, and the championship fight is looking the same way as it's close up top. A perfect race could see the crowning of a new champion, but these streets have seen some gladiatorial battles in the past.


Rome is a staple on the Formula E calendar, but the Palazzo della Civilta - more commonly known as the 'Square Colosseum'  - which dominates the backdrop of the EUR district - has already been witness to some memorable gladiatorial racing moments more befitting of its circular cousin across town.

Traditionally, Rome is a hard and fast track that favours the bold - those drivers unafraid to go for that tiniest of gaps or willing to crunch carbon to make that race-winning pass.

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For the win

There's one favourite that will be surely be on most prediction lists for Rome, and that's Mitch Evans, who has looked right at home on these streets since the inaugural race back in 2018.

The Jaguar TCS Racing driver has a 50% win rate around the Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR, taking his and Jaguar's maiden Formula E victory back in 2019 and then conquering with a double victory last season.

Both races saw a commanding performance that was made all the more impressive as he confidently ran different strategies to the rest of the pack - leaving his ATTACK MODE activations very late, and coming through the field to take the chequered flag.

Evans Rome win double Formula E 2022 Season 8

Evans is part of the championship contending group charging for the Season 9 title and the honour of being the first champion of the GEN3 era. The New Zealander needs a good weekend to close the gap and keep the top two in his reach, but those two drivers will be keen to halt him in Rome.

Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) tops the Drivers' table and holds a one point advantage over Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing) in second, and then there's TAG Heuer Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein in third and 16 points from the top.


The British driver has been on an incredible podium run this season, he's already equalled the most rostrum finishes in a season with eight and is currently on a five race podium streak.

It would take a huge turn of events, but Dennis could leave Rome as the World Champion - although it would mean him scoring the maximum points across both legs of the double-header and his rivals not to score, but this is Formula E and stranger things have happened...

Podium potentials

Rome is a popular circuit with the drivers, and both DS PENSKE runners will have fond memories of the streets around the EUR district.

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Reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne scored his first podium here in his rookie season back in 2018/19 and then picked up a redemptive victory in Season 7 after crashing out in the Saturday race. It might not be the season that the reigning champion would have hoped for, but can the Belgian end his year with the number 1 plate on a high?

"Veni, Vidi, Vici" - those were the words popularly attributed to Julius Caesar, and Jean-Eric Vergne proclaimed this as he crossed the line to take an emphatic victory the day before his now teammate Vandoorne in Season 7.

vernge victory season 7

The two-time champion has been thereabouts in the championship fight after his victory in Hyderabad and podiums in Cape Town and Berlin, he's 57 points off the top and really needs a good weekend to keep himself in contention heading into the season-finale in London.

Il Tricolore flies high around the Rome circuit and there will be a manufacturer lining up for their first home E-Prix, as Maserati MSG Racing's Maximilian Guenther and Edoardo Mortara will represent the famous Italian marque.

gunther podium jakarta maserati

After initially struggling in Season 9 - despite cleaning up in testing - Maserati outfit unlocked something in their car and ramped this up in Jakarta with Guenther returning legendary Maserati name to the top step in a single-seater race in over 60 years. We'll have to see if the Trident tifosi will give them an added push this weekend.

One lap pace

It's a long lap, the longest on the calendar and the all-time best lap was a 1m37.997s set by Dennis in the semi-finals last season.

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While pole position hasn't been as important this season, only one driver has successfully converted pole to a victory as Guenther took the top honours in qualifying and the race to cap off a stellar performance in Jakarta. 

Qualifying and getting through to the Duels may still prove to be important, the walls can be unforgiving in Rome as we've seen major pile-ups in the past and the top four in the title race will be eager to stay out of trouble.

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