Rome crash forced Cassidy to be ‘a bit smart’ in Monaco’s Formula E charge

In the second race around the Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR Cassidy had worked his way through the field after starting 18th and was well in the points before Sam Bird’s contact put the Kiwi rider in the wall.

Once again starting 18th in Monaco, Cassidy achieved another characteristic climb in order after being the first rider to activate attack mode, working his way through the peloton before meeting Maximilian Guenther.

Guenther had considerably less energy than Cassidy but held the Envision pilot at bay. So Cassidy instead chose to be patient, knowing that Guenther was significantly low on energy, and explained that Rome was on his mind in this situation.

This strategy paid off and Guenther had crashed at the end of the race to allow Cassidy to take seventh place at the finish.

“Of course I knew he was down and I had a lot more. But I was trying to be patient,” Cassidy explained. “In Rome I went from 18th to sixth place. And it looked like more, but I ended up in the fence.

“And this weekend I couldn’t afford to finish in the fence. I needed to score points. And the gap in front of Max was quite big. So even if I caught him with three laps to do, my results would have always been seventh.

“So, you know, we’re getting more and more stuck.

“In Rome, it was not my fault. The other driver [Bird] received a three-place penalty, but that doesn’t give me back my points.

“And so even in this situation where the driver gets a penalty, it doesn’t help my championship and so I had to be a bit smart today – and that’s how I finished seventh.”

Robin Frijns, Envision Racing, Audi e-tron FE07, Nick Cassidy, Envision Racing, Audi e-tron FE07

Photo by: Andreas Beil

Guenther’s defense of seventh, according to Cassidy, involved moving around under braking, which he was unhappy about and hinted he would talk about during the drivers’ briefing before Berlin.

“It was an interesting part of the race,” Cassidy said. “We talk a lot in the driver briefing about travel to braking and other things, so I guess that will be a topic for the next driver briefing.

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Cassidy added he was “annoyed” to start low in the order, having looked for the pace to progress from his qualifying group before an incident at Sainte Devote ruined his chances of a fast final lap .

“I’m super happy with the race itself. But man, I’m still so frustrated and disgusted to start 18th. It’s getting boring doing that! skills.”

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