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Formula E the May update

05 May 2021

Formula E Rounds 3-6

Following the arrival of the electric-powered Mercedes EQ Formula E car to the Museum, we have been following the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team and BMTV contributor Sam Bird of the Jaguar Racing Team as they compete in the 2021 Formula E world championship.

The revised Covid format meant that there have been four more rounds in the last month. Round three and four were held on the Rome street circuit, whilst rounds five and six were held on a conventional circuit at Valencia. The races were filled with the usual thrills and spills of the all-electric format resulting in Nyck Devries and Stoffel Vandoorne of Mercedes EQ , being first and second in the championship with Sam Bird in third.

These standings fall well short of telling the full story. Vandoorne and Devries were involved in a big crash in round three scoring no points. Vandoorne came back to win round four whilst round five saw Devries win in the rain and Vandoorne move up the field from 15th to third in the final lap, after most of the cars in front including Bird failed to manage their power consumption. It was utter mayhem.

Round six was a more conventional race. Vandoorne was a DNF whilst Bird and Devries also failed to score. Mercedes EQ continue to lead the championship ahead of Jaguar in second.

Go to www.formulae.com to watch the highlights of Rounds 1-6. The next race is Monaco on 8 May and can be watched live on BBC iplayer.