Pascal Wehrlein won his second successive race and went top of the Race From Home standings as Formula E’s sim racing series reached the halfway stage of its eight-race run with a wet-dry race over the virtual Hong Kong circuit.
Wehrlein posted the fastest qualifying lap as wet conditions were imposed by organisers to shake up the pack. Series leader Max Gunther and Stoffel Vandoorne again finished in the top three in the battle for the pole.
The track was returned to a dry state for the race itself, with Edoardo Mortara making the early break before a pile-up on the first hairpin left one car standing at right angles on just two wheels and allowed James Calado to sneak through into second place.
Calado lost out to both Wehrlein and Vandoorne on lap five before Mortara’s spin at the chicane allowed those three through.
Gunther’s hopes of holding on to the leadership in the standings was put in jeopardy with a drive-through penalty for a jump start and his eventual 18th place meant he would not add to his points tally.
“Today was a bit special – qualifying in the wet was something we weren’t expecting,” said Wehrlein afterwards. “The race was a bit chaotic at the start – my car was a little damaged and pulled to the left - but I was fast in the dry conditions.”
Race Four result
- Pascal Wehrlein (Ger, Mahindra)
- Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel, Mercedes) +4.033 secs
- James Calado (GB, Panasonic Jaguar) +11.828
- Nick de Vries (Ned, Mercedes) +14.756
- Edoardo Mortara (Swi, Venturi) +17.801
- Antonio Felix da Costa (Por, DS Techeetah) +18.408
- Robin Frijns (Ned, Envision Virgin) +19.113
- Oliver Turvey (GB, Nio 333) +24.696
- Sebastien Buemi (Swi, Nissan) +25.288
- Oliver Rowland (GB, Nissan) +25.458