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Teamwork to rebuild after Rome shunt is your winning moment

From a huge crash to community spirit up and down the Formula E grid, you chose the teams' incredible work to rebuild after the huge shunt in Rome as your Moment of the Weekend. Watch below as Saunders CB details the mammoth effort undertaken to get the cars back on the grid for Sunday's race.

The votes have been tallied and the winner is in for the Moment of the Weekend from the 2023 Hankook Rome E-Prix.

43% of you selected the incredible effort by the teams to get the cars rebuilt for racing on Sunday after the multi-car pile-up the previous day.

In second with 20% of the vote was Jake Dennis' (Avalanche Andretti) commanding lights-to-flag victory to secure his second career Grand Slam in Formula E, followed by Jaguar TCS Racing's Mitch Evans claiming a fourth race win in Rome and Norman Nato bringing Nissan to the podium for the first time as a manufacturer team - securing 19% and 18% respectively.

Working through the night to rebuild for Rome

They say that Rome wasn't built in a day, but the teams put in an incredible effort to rebuild the cars overnight to be ready for the race on Sunday.

After a scary collision in Saturday's race with Sam Bird's Jaguar TCS Racing machine losing the rear end at the fast and tricky left-hander at Turn 6, a multi-car shunt took out a huge number of drivers.

Most spectacularly involved in the shunt were Sebastien Buemi (Envision Racing) hitting the rear of Bird's stricken Jaguar, Antonio Felix da Costa (TAG Heuer Porsche) going underneath Buemi and Edoardo Mortara (Maserati MSG) having nowhere to go but right into the side of Bird in the ensuing carnage. 

“Normally, you'd want to take a week and a half to do that back at the factory."

James Barclay, Jaguar TCS Racing


There was carbon fibre everywhere, with damage across the field and only 13 cars rejoining the race after the red flag period. The most important fact was that no driver was seriously injured, a testament to the work done by the FIA with the survival cell and halo on the single-seater Formula E machines.

What followed was a mammoth effort by all the teams to get the cars back into working order, and incredibly it was a full grid of 22 cars lining up just 24 hours later.

Formula E is built on the principle of sustainability, and this factors into the amount of spare parts brought to each of the races. But what happened in Rome was the true community effort with camaraderie up and down the pit lane.

The teams and drivers are fierce rivals when it comes to fighting for every single point, but parts were shared across the grid. The main element required was the survival cell, with the monocoque tubs being divvied out between teams to ensure that all the cars were able to be rebuilt for Round 14.

Working together and through the night in hot temperatures is no mean feat, and Jaguar TCS Racing team principal James Barclay summed up the effort required perfectly: “Normally, you'd want to take a week and a half to do that back at the factory. And the fact that as many of the teams did that overnight is testament to the amazing mechanics and tech teams."