In an incident-packed race at the Diriyah Circuit, Friday's first-round victor Sam Bird crashed out midway through proceedings and the safety auto was deployed twice.
The 2019-20 season has started in much the same way, after BMW driver Alexander Sims claimed his first ever Formula E win in Diriyah in Saudi Arabia. A crash involving Audi driver Daniel Abt prompted his safety vehicle to deploy with six minutes left but Bird held on to win his ninth ePrix victory on the fifth anniversary of his maiden Formula E victory. "Envision Virgin Racing gave me an incredible auto", said Bird afterward.
"Last year was hard and I went through a bit of a transformation. The team have learned a lot as well", he added.
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Oliver Turvey was also disqualified from the race for using more than the allotted allowable energy from the battery.
Alex Sims emerged with his first Formula E victory during Saturday's second round of the season at the Riyadh Street Circuit. On Lap 20, Bird used his second attack mode to stay ahead of Lotterer who had risen to P4 from P7 and used his his extra power to overtake Vries on Lap 22.
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France's Jean-Eric Vergne has won the previous two versions of the title yet faces a new challenge with German assembling monsters Mercedes and Porsche joining an arrangement that a year ago created nine unique victors from 13 races.
It was another disappointing day for reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne in the Techeetah vehicle, who finished outside the points in 8th place, following a miserable first round on Friday.
Both Porsche and Mercedes had promising starts to life in Formula E.
While the regulations do not permit overtaking until track's control line, including when drivers take attack mode, Guenther passed di Grassi regardless and also dived down the inside of Vandoorne at Turn 18 to move up to third.
The Frenchman, who has won the last two Formula E titles, had to retire early on following damage to the front wheel of his auto. Once that was sorted out and the race resumed for real, Sims made a fast start and quickly pulled away to safety to claim his maiden all-electric series victory, and his first single seater victory in six years.
The drivers will race once again on Saturday, to complete a double header to kick off the new season.