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Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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The winners podium after the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix. (Sportscode Images)
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Champions were crowned following a thrilling race at the Ad Diriyah race track in Saudi Arabia. (Sportscode Images)
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Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Antonio Felix da Costa, with BMW I Andretti Motorsport, claims his win in Ad Adiriyah. (Sportscode Images)
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Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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This is what it felt like to win the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix. (Photo courtesy of Formula E)
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Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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It was a fiercely fought contest at the Ad Diriyah race track. (Sportscode Images)
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A spectacular flypast heralded the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix. (Sportscode Images)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Saudis flocked the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix. (Photo courtesy of Formula E)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Rain didn’t stop the action unfolding on the Ad Diriyah track. (Sportscode Images)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Ad Diriyah district for the Formula E motor sports tournament and music and cultural festivals. (AN Photo/Basheer Saleh)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, along with his UAE counterpart Mohamed bin Zayed.(SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, along with his UAE counterpart Mohamed bin Zayed.(SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, along with his Bahraini counterpart Salman bin Hamad. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, along with his Bahraini counterpart Salman bin Hamad. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Formula E 2018 in Ad Diriyah, which saw 22 drivers representing 11 nations and teams. (SPA)
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Crowds of Saudi racing fans braved the weather to support the Ad Diriyah race. (Sportscode Images)
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Formula E made its mark on Saudi Arabia. (Sportscode Images)
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It was a day of action on the Ad Diriyah race track. (Sportscode Images)
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It was a race to remember on the Ad Diriyah race track. (Sportscode Images)
Updated 16 December 2018

Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix Race Day

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ad Diriyah Formula E-Prix race marks the beginning of the fifth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, and teams will use their Gen2 cars in the competition for the very first time.
Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa held on for victory ahead of Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Jerome d’Ambrosio in the Mahindra car at the inaugural race on Saturday.
The event saw 22 professional drivers representing 11 nations and teams, competing in a 2,495 km race.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, along with his counterparts from the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, and Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad, were pictured attending the closing ceremony of the inaugural event.