Formula E

Sam Bird Secures Spectacular Win for NEOM McLaren in São Paulo E-Prix

In a breathtaking display of skill and determination, Sam Bird clinched an unforgettable victory for NEOM McLaren at the São Paulo E-Prix.

The race, which witnessed 212 competitive overtakes, unfolded as one of the most dramatic events in Formula E history, captivating tens of thousands of fans in Brazil’s bustling metropolis.

From the outset, Bird strategically manoeuvred to establish an early lead, employing ATTACK MODE to fend off formidable competitors like Pascal Wehrlein. The intense competition saw the top contenders, including the Porsches of Wehrlein and António Félix da Costa, alongside Jaguar’s Mitch Evans and Jake Dennis of Andretti Formula E, jostling for position throughout the race.

With the Anhembi Sambadrome Circuit’s challenging layout presenting an energy-critical scenario, the race dynamics were further intensified by two Safety Car periods, including a dramatic incident involving standings leader Nick Cassidy’s Jaguar.

As the laps dwindled, Bird and Evans emerged as frontrunners. Despite Dennis’s strategic energy reserve, his pursuit was hindered by overheating issues. In a heart-stopping climax, Bird executed a daring maneuver on Evans in the final moments of the race, clinching victory in a spectacular fashion.

Behind the leaders, Oliver Rowland capitalized on strategic opportunities, securing a podium finish ahead of Wehrlein and Dennis. Meanwhile, Brazilian home hero Lucas di Grassi faced challenges, finishing outside the top positions.

Bird’s triumph not only marked NEOM McLaren’s maiden victory in the ABB FIA World Championship but also showcased the thrilling and unpredictable nature of Formula E racing.

In the aftermath, Bird expressed his elation, acknowledging the intense competition and the critical moment that led to his victory. Evans, gracious in defeat, commended Bird’s performance despite his own power constraints, while Rowland reflected on the challenging race dynamics and his strategic approach.

With significant implications for the championship standings, the São Paulo E-Prix delivered high-octane action and unforgettable moments, reaffirming Formula E’s status as a premier motorsport series.

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