Günther and Bird win Formula E double-header in New York

Günther and Bird win Formula E double-header in New York

BMW driver Maximilian Günther and Jaguar driver Sam Bird won rounds 10 and 11 of the Formula E season, while Porsche and Audi also scored points and the Mercedes EQ factory team came away empty-handed in New York.

In the tenth round of the season on Saturday, Günther in his BMW i Andretti was only able to take the lead shortly before the end: when the two-time champion Jean-Eric Vergne in his DS Techeetah overtook the leader Nick Cassidy in the Envision Virgin, both were carried wide in the tight hairpin - leaving the inside lane free for Günther. Subsequently, Audi factory driver Lucas di Grassi overtook Cassidy in the customer Audi and finished third.

Di Grassi's team-mate René Rast was tenth and thus scored another WRC point, André Lotterer in the Porsche was eighth, Pascal Wehrlein in the second Porsche retired. Last year's champion Antonio Felix da Costa missed out on the points in twelfth place, as did championship leader Edoardo Mortara in the Mercedes-powered Rokit Venturi,

In Sunday's race in New York, Jaguar driver Sam Bird prevailed in commanding fashion. The Briton and his team-mate Mitch Evans (New Zealand) controlled the race, with only Cassidy able to keep pace with Bird and his compatriot. However, after a minor driving error, Evans touched the wall, and due to the damage to a Jaguar, he still dropped out of the points. After narrowly missing out on the podium on Saturday, Cassidy finished second, with DS Techeetah driver Antonio Felix da Costa in third.

The two Porsches of Wehrlein and Lotterer finished fourth and fifth, followed by Mahindra driver Alexander Sims and Norman Nato in the Venturi. Saturday's winner Günther finished tenth. Audi drivers Rast and di Grassi came away empty-handed on Sunday, finishing 20th and 14th respectively. Championship leader Mortara also failed to score any points after a collision and leaves New York in only fourth place in the championship standings.

With his victory in Sunday's race and the three extra points for pole position, Bird now leads the Formula E season, which is being staged as a world championship for the first time, with 81 points with three races to go. Last year's champion da Costa is second, tied on points with Robin Frijns in the customer Audi from Envision Virgin. The best German in the championship is Audi driver René Rast in seventh place with 61 points, although Porsche driver Pascal Wehrlein is only one point behind.

It was a weekend to forget for Mercedes: not only did Mortara lose the championship lead in the customer team, but the factory team with Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne also failed to score any points in either race.After a very strong start to the season with 105 points from the first five races, there were no points in five of the last six races.This means Mercedes EQ has dropped to fifth in the team standings, but is still ahead of BMW i Andretti and the Tag Heuer Porsche team.The team championship is led by Audi customer team Envision Virgin (146 points) ahead of DS Techeetah (144), Jaguar (141) and Audi (115).fiaformulae.com (Saturday's race), fiaformulae.com (Sunday's race)