RACE REPORT: Da Costa dictates Round 12 win in Shanghai

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RACE REPORT: Da Costa dictates Round 12 win in Shanghai

Antonio Felix da Costa (TAG Heuer Porsche) secured a second win of Season 10 in the Shanghai E-Prix Round 12, leading NEOM McLaren's podium debutant Jake Hughes over the line, with Andretti's Norman Nato third.

da costa celebrates shanghai victory

Da Costa had energy in-hand on his rivals at the front of the pack at the half-way stage, and after the definitive move for the lead on Lap 16 on Nato, the Porsche had the pace, performance and efficiency to remain untroubled to the end of the 28-lap race, despite Hughes' best efforts over the final few laps.

RESULTS: The 2024 Shanghai E-Prix Round 12

Hughes had sealed Julius Baer Pole Position by just 0.001 seconds in qualifying, and the NEOM McLaren driver had eyes on more than a maiden podium for the first half of the encounter. Robust battles with the likes of standings leader Nick Cassidy (Jaguar TCS Racing) kept him preoccupied, however, and in the end, bringing home that debut podium was the maximum.


Nato wound up third for Andretti having led early on, with Cassidy having to settle for fourth after contact dislodged his front wing late on. It was a strong result in context, given the strife of his closest title rival Pascal Wehrlein (Porsche), who was forced into a costly pit-stop to replace a punctured tyre following contact, leaving Wehrlein pointless.

Jaguar TCS Racing had played things expertly, with Mitch Evans following Cassidy across the line in fifth - a valuable points haul with overall Teams' and Manufacturers' honours in mind. That said, it could have been more for the pair as both crossed the line with energy in-hand on those ahead.

The DS PENSKEs of Stoffel Vandoorne and Jean-Eric Vergne came home sixth and seventh, with Maximilian Guenther (Maserati MSG Racing), Robin Frijns (Envision Racing) and Oliver Rowland (Nissan) rounding out the points-paying positions. Reigning champion Jake Dennis (Andretti) couldn't recover to points and took the chequered flag 11th.

QUALI REPORT: Hughes takes pole in Shanghai by 0.001s

Round 12's result means Cassidy holds a 25-point advantage over Wehrlein in the Drivers' running. Jaguar TCS Racing hit 299 points in the Teams' standings to TAG Heuer Porsche's 228. Porsche retains the lead of the Manufacturers' table 337 points to Jaguar's 328.

Next up, a double-header in Portland on 29 & 30 June, as the 2023/24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship heads into its decisive final four rounds.

As it happened...

A good start from Vandoorne saw the DS driver beat Hughes to Turn 1 with da Costa in tow. The Portuguese took Hughes' second spot at Turn 10 a lap later, aiming to drag himself up to leader Vandoorne in the slipstream on Lap 2.

Hughes, Nato, de Vries and Cassidy - third to seventh - all jumped for ATTACK MODE on Lap 3, though could stick with the lead pair with the race pace as it was early on. Nato made immediate use of the first of his two mandatory 50kW boosts by sweeping right around the outside of da Costa and Hughes for second in Turn 1, before dispatching leader Vandoorne to hit the front on Lap 4 as the DS driver jumped for ATTACK.

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The Jaguars, running sixth and seventh, Evans from Cassidy, once again looked to play the team game, though the latter exclaimed over Team Radio at his unhappiness at the change of tactics for Round 12 - with the drivers' plans differing from their Round 11 effort as Cassidy activated both 50kW ATTACK MODE boosts by Lap 6 versus his teammate's one.


Norman Nato led Vandoorne, da Costa, Hughes, de Vries, Cassidy, Evans, Guenther, Bird and Vergne - with da Costa a percent to the good on energy on those around him. Sure enough, the Portuguese' progress started in earnest as he caught Vandoorne unawares with a dive around the outside into the final chicane complex to set about leader Nato.

On Lap 9, da Costa jumped to the front, beating Nato to Turn 1's apex before ceding P1 again to take his first ATTACK MODE boost - a contrasting strategy for the Porsche driver. A tour later and he'd be back in-front, though, while the whole 22-car field was separated by just six seconds.

The Season 6 champion jumped for ATTACK MODE number two on Lap 11, dropping briefly to second, with Nato moving ahead and Hughes held behind, though Vandoorne would take the latter for a provisional spot on the podium on Lap 13.

Drama on Lap 12 saw title contender Pascal Wehrlein forced into pitting to have his left-rear tyre replaced, punctured following contact with NEOM McLaren's Sam Bird.

Wehrlein in Pit s10 r12

At the halfway stage, Nato led da Costa, Vandoorne, Hughes, Cassidy, Evans, Vergne, Guenther, de Vries and Frijns and the ante was upped along with the pack's pace. Hughes took Vandoorne's third spot back at the hairpin after the pair had exchanged blows through the chicane, on Lap 15.

Da Costa looked to be the man to beat given the energy he had in-hand on the rest - some three percent of usable energy to the good on the leaders, enabling him to jump to the front again on Lap 16 and looked to dictate. The Jaguars were the closest company in terms of energy remaining, and were sitting as pretty as they were for their podium double in Round 11.

Hughes in third got the call to spend energy to move forward and set about Nato in second and da Costa in first on Lap 18. A lap later, Cassidy tried to make a move on Hughes into Turn 1 and clipped his front wing in the process. Then at Turn 6, Hughes then hung it out around the outside of Nato to make it by the Frenchman for P2.

hughes cassidy front wing replay s10 r12

The battling in-behind da Costa was playing into the Porsche driver's hands, despite being the car punching through the air first. 

From Lap 16 to the end, da Costa had the energy, pace and temperature margin to hold fast and dictate to the end, despite severe pressure from podium debutant Hughes, who came home second and Andretti's Nato.