Dutchman Nyck de Vries stormed to a lights-to-flag victory in the season-opening race of the Formula E championship on Friday, piloting his all-electric car under the stars in oil-rich Saudi Arabia.
De Vries, in a Mercedes, finished ahead of Switzerland's Edoardo Mortara of Venturi and New Zealand's Mitch Evans in a Jaguar in the floodlit Diriyah E-Prix.
Mercedes, multiple champions in Formula One, are in their second season in the Formula E series.
They finished the 2020 campaign with a victory helping them to third place in the constructors championship and second in the drivers category with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne.
De Vries, 26, was Formula Two world champion in 2019 and made the podium in Formula E last season with a second place run in Berlin in June.
A second race will be held at the same circuit on Saturday.
1. Nyck de Vries (NED/Mercedes) 32 laps, 2. Edoardo Mortara (SUI/Venturi) at 4.119, 3. Mitch Evans (NZL/Jaguar) 4.619, 4. Rene Rast (GER/Audi) 4.852, 5. Pascal Wehrlein (GER/Porsche) 7.962
1. Nyck de Vries (NED/Mercedes) 29 pts, 2. Edoardo Mortara (SUI/Venturi) 18, 3. Mitch Evans (NZL/Jaguar) 15, 4. Rene Rast (GER/Audi-Abt-Schaeffler) 13, 5. Pascal Wehrlein (GER/Porsche) 10