At the start, Stoffel successfully defended his lead, while Nyck passed Dennis to move up into second. The Mercedes-EQ duo held on to these positions until Stoffel missed the activation loop for his second attack mode boost and dropped back to P2 behind Nyck.
“After qualifying on pole, I’m obviously a bit disappointed with second place,” said Stoffel. “But I think it’s not bad when you have the luxury of feeling dissatisfied with second place. I led the race from the start, had everything under control and the car had strong pace today. Then, unfortunately, I missed one of the loops when activating my second attack mode and that gave the lead to Nyck.”
For Nyck, the race was very much to his liking: “A strong performance with a substantial haul of points. After my mistake yesterday in the first free practice, this result comes as a huge relief for me. We used FP2 to prepare ourselves optimally and went on to have a good qualifying. It’s a fantastic feeling to win the opening race here in Diriyah yet again – and what’s more with a one-two finish.”