Rome ePrix – an adventure to remember

Pre-race grid, as seen from the grandstands

Rome ePrix, well this year’s ABB FIA Formula E race in the ‘eternal city’, as it is called was a first for two things.

It was the first ever Formula E race in Italy “a target race from day one” as series founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said during the event.

Season One champion Nelson Piquet Jr doing his track walk during Friday preparation

But for me the more important part of that race was the fact that it was the first time ever that I had obtained a media accreditation for a world championship motorsport event, fulfilling a lifelong dream – being able to freely walk around the pit lane and the paddock during event of such a high prestige.

Dragon Racing’s cars waiting pre-race inspection

The race had its twist and turn, from pole sitter Felix Rosenqvist retiring with a suspension failure in the second half of the race whilst leading by a margin of five seconds, to Mitch Evans running out of usable energy halfway through the last lap while fighting for a podium finish.

Rundown to the first corner, as seen from pole-position during Friday preparation

At the end it was Britain’s Sam Bird who took the honors of being the winner of the inaugural Rome ePrix, ahead of the defending champion Lucas di Grassi and three time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer.

You can watch what Bird had to say for the race during the official post-race press conference:

And this is Andretti Autosport’s Tom Blomqvist speaking exclusively for the Overtimeonline about his own race and the success that was the Rome ePrix, the fans, the track and the atmosphere during the two days in Rome.

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