With a sudden burst of heavy rain pouring south from the Manhattan skyline, the circuit across the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal rapidly full of water – creating treacherous situations and making a puddle on the approaching Flip 6 straight.
Cassidy then jumped into the puddle and was airborne, dumping his Envision into the limitations at a pace of over 100 knots – with Lucas di Grassi and Stoffel Vandoorne following him into the barrier.
However as a result of excessive stage of cleansing required by the racers, race management referred to as the top of the race – taking the classification from the top of lap 29 to declare Cassidy the winner.
So the New Zealander managed to vary from pole, the place he positioned his automobile on the beginning grid pointing to the within line with the intention of hiding Vandoorne. However that was not wanted as Cassidy took the lead, as Vandoorne slipped and misplaced house to di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi from aim.
Nick Cassidy, Envision Racing, Audi e-tron FE07, Lucas di Grassi, Venturi Racing, Silver Arrow 02, Sebastien Buemi, Nissan e.Dams, Nissan IM03, others within the discipline
Photograph by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Pictures
Though di Grassi was attempting to get Cassidy again in, he struggled to get into the second half buffer that the Kiwi was stocking up on. Cassidy additionally managed any assault from di Grassi via assault mode, protecting the Venturi driver at bay in addition to keeping off a 24-lap lap within the fan increase.
Mockingly, di Grassi’s failure to capitalize on his fanfare allowed Vandoorne to go the Brazilian with 5 seconds to spare. However di Grassi rallied to overhaul Vandoorne initially of lap 28, which the fast-fisting Frijns then attacked and stole the within line to gather third, because the rain started to fall.
Cassidy had greater than a second on di Grassi within the pouring rain, with Frijns eyeing the pair and seeking to decide up any bits – which lastly got here to fruition at flip 30 when the rain immediately cleared.
The rain appeared to say Cassidy’s probabilities of victory because the Envision driver went flying into the wall, adopted by di Grassi and Vandoorne.
However Frijns took his foot off the accelerator and stopped in time, protecting his head above water and leaving the nook forward of the race.
Edoardo Mortara additionally jumped into the water and dropped his proper entrance wheel effectively, however was in a position to cease simply earlier than reaching the wreckage – pulling a 180 diploma flip to rejoin behind Frijns.
In the meantime, Buemi was additionally affected by the rain when Pascal Wehrlein stopped on the nook exit and was finally collected by Sam Chicken and Jake Dennis – which left Mitch Evans out.
Consequently, the race was crimson flagged to take away the particles, because the flooding stopped instantly because the remaining automobiles returned to the pits. However because of harm to the wall, the race was referred to as off – which put Cassidy again on prime.
Di Grassi’s later aim for Vandoorne and a profitable save from Frijns’ second aim ensured that the Brazilian completed the 2021-22 season on a optimistic be aware, with Frijns placing two Envisions on the rostrum.
So Vandoorne was left to accept fourth place, whereas Mortara salvaged a robust fifth place to carry on to his championship lead and reduce the impression from the Belgian within the factors.
Like his final two races in Jakarta and Marrakech, Mortara kept away from taking his second and ultimate assault mode and used it to fireside up the order after dropping to tenth place, passing in the course of the factors.
Buemi, regardless of being caught within the rain, completed sixth forward of Wehrlein – whose incident with Chicken and Dennis might be investigated. Dennis collected eighth forward of Chicken, with Nyck de Vries finishing the highest 10 – however was fourth on the crimson flag earlier than the outcomes had been taken from the earlier two laps.
Evans certified eleventh after qualifying 14th, however was concerned in a flip 6 pileup involving Jean-Eric Vergne – which put the Frenchman behind the sphere and dealt each drivers a serious blemish on their championship hopes.
Maximilian Guenther was twelfth, and can be below investigation together with Andre Lotterer for his or her involvement within the incident with Antonio Felix da Costa – which confirmed the demise of the Portuguese driver.
Dragon endured a poor race, with Sergio Sette Camara failing to begin because of his accidents from qualifying, whereas Giovinazzi was caught in a Lap 1 battle between Vergne and Evans and thus compelled to withdraw and retire.