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Formula E

Cassidy accepts victory 'very lucky' following 'insane' new experience

Nick Cassidy is the new championship leader after winning the ninth round of Formula E Season 10 in Berlin.

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Nick Cassidy accepted after winning the opening race of the Berlin E-Prix double-header that he was "very lucky" to come out on top, having been in 21st after the opening laps. 

The peloton was back with an "insane" bang at the revised Tempelhof Airport Circuit, resulting in a race so extreme that it was something Cassidy conceded he had never experienced. 

Cassidy started in ninth but dropped to the back early on, before adjusting his strategy to perfection. He opted to be ultra-preservative which saw him have a huge energy advantage in the closing laps, allowing him to breeze through the field to win by almost five seconds.

It is not the first time Cassidy has mastered the peloton-style, to the point that he was dubbed as the 'Prince of the peloton' in the post-race press conference. 

He denied that this is case and stressed that luck was on his side to beat Jean-Eric Vergne and Oliver Rowland.

"I definitely wouldn't say that," Cassidy said. "These two guys next to me are very good racers as well. 

"Today, we're very lucky. Very, very lucky. You need that sometimes in Formula E especially. So you know, we'll take it. An interesting one, I didn't make a great start, wasn't that fast but stayed out of trouble."

Berlin 'Chaos'

A key theme post-race was a sense of dissatisfaction amongst the drivers, who are becoming increasingly tired of the peloton-style.

Cassidy openly admitted that the peloton in Berlin was unlike anything he has ever experienced in his career, with the biggest challenge being staying out of trouble. 

"To be honest, I haven't experienced anything like today's Formula E race it was insane," added Cassidy. 

"Back when I was 21st, it was chaos, this is insane. But yeah, there's an element of strategy and an element of luck. You have to stay out of trouble to make it work. 

"Credit to my guys, think they gave a good overview of how the race could be and let me make some decisions."

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