How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome
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How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome

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Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow

The spares department of Spark Racing Technology, builder of the Formula E chassis, did a roaring trade in Rome. A constant queue of mechanics took turns placing orders at the kiosk, located behind the pop-up garages, to receive a variety of replacement carbon fibre trinketry over the counter as their original parts lay strewn across the 2.1-mile circuit.

Among those taking turns to wait in line were the crews of DS Techeetah and Mercedes, forced to repair wrecks caused by an ill-positioned start line and a loose manhole cover. But their efforts would be rewarded. Jean-Eric Vergne recovered from a contentious pile-up to more resemble his double title-winning self, who had gone missing for the better part of a year, to score an unlikely victory on Saturday. The day after, Stoffel Vandoorne bagged a second championship win to repay his team for burning the midnight oil to offset the mass damage inflicted by dislodged track furnishings that flicked his Silver Arrow into the wall.

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