Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa wins the Ad-Diriyah Formula E Championship

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This will promote Jose Maria Lopez in the GEOX Dragon Racing machine onto the front row of the grid with Sebastien Buemi and Stoffel Vandoorne set to make up the second row of the grid. However, Da Costa activated his Attack Mode off the back of the safety vehicle to quickly re-open a two-second lead and then just about held off a resurgent Vergne. And he repeated the manoeuvre on Da Costa eight minutes later. Vergne and Da Costa both had one activation of attack mode left to use when the race restarted, which meant Vergne was able to quickly get around Mahindra's Jerome d'Ambrosio. For reigning champions Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, Lucas di Grassi just fell short of the top ten while his teammate Daniel Abt finished near the back of the pack in 18th. (Due to Pascal Wehrlein's contractual obligation with Mercedes in the FIA DTM, he could not run the race for Mahindra Racing because of which the team roped in their ex-driver, Felix Rosenqvist). With no Super Pole, the drivers times will dictate their starting position in the inaugural E-Prix in Saudi Arabia later today.

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But it was Vandoorne who was the most impressive driver from the second session as the HWA Racelab driver qualified an impressive fifth and is expected to line-up fourth due to Dillmann's penalty. The Belgian had been racing with Dragon since Formula E's first season in 2014/15, but moved to Mahindra for the first season of the Gen2 era.

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Global music stars Jason Derulo and headline act Enrique Iglesias have made history by performing to a crowd of excited music fans in Saudi Arabia as the lights turned green for the Formula E festival of fun surrounding the 2018 "Saudia" Ad Diriyah E-Prix. Making his Formula E debut, Felipe Massa (Venturi Formula E team) could only manage a 14th place finish as he too was handed a pit drive-through penalty for the same violation as Vergne.

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To coincide with the historic weekend, historic Saudi Arabian landmark At-Turaif was reopened to the public for the first time since gaining Unesco World Heritage Site status in 2010.

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