Formula E: Vergne and Vandoorne win race in Rome

Formula E: Vergne and Vandoorne win race in Rome

The two ePrix on the second weekend of Formula E racing have produced two new winners this season. Saturday's race was won by former champion Jean-Eric Vergne in the DS Techeetah, while on Sunday Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne crossed the finish line in first place.

However, both races were affected by the changeable weather in Rome, because of the wet track both races were started behind the safety car, but during the races themselves it was dry, so the heats took place on a drying track.

The third race of the season on Saturday was won by Vergne, as mentioned, ahead of Jaguar drivers Sam Bird and Mitch Evans. Vergne battled with Audi driver Lucas di Grassi for victory until shortly before the end, when di Grassi dropped back with a technical problem five minutes from the end.

The fact that Vergne was able to start the race at all is thanks to the work of his mechanics: on Saturday morning, Nio driver Oliver Turvey had hit Vergne's car when the latter had stopped for a starting drill. Vergne missed the second free practice session completely due to the repair work.

The race had already started with an upset: On the first lap, Porsche driver André Lotterer tried to overtake front-runner Stoffel Vandoorne, but misjudged - both had to go into the run-off zone and lost a lot of places. During his chase, the Mercedes driver was again unlucky: When he tried to avoid the defective car of Lucas di Grassi, he crashed into the wall and retired.

Things went better for the Belgian in Mercedes service on Sunday, with the former Formula 1 driver winning the race ahead of Alexander Sims in the Mahindra. Although Venturi driver Norman Nato had crossed the finish line in third place, he was disqualified because he had used more than the permitted amount of energy in his customer Mercedes - which meant that Porsche driver Pascal Wehrlein was classified third.

As with the first weekend in Saudi Arabia, two races were held in Rome.After four races, Jaguar driver Bird (43 points) leads ahead of teammate Evans (39 points) and Virgin driver Robin Frijns.Bird's championship lead is remarkable as he has failed to finish in two of the four races, but when he has, he has been on the podium.Mercedes drivers Vandoorne (33) and Nick de Vries (32) follow in 4th and 5th.Porsche driver Wehrlein is tied on points with de Vries, but in 5th due to better race results (winning race 1).Champion Antonio Felix da Costa is in 10th with 21 points.fiaformulae.com (Saturday's race), fiaformulae.com (Sunday's race)