Formula E: Vergne Triumphs in Paris

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Jean-Éric Vergne (Techeetah) has claimed his third win of the Formula E season to extend his lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

At the start of the race, Vergne led from pole position, whilst Sam Bird (DS Virgin) maintained second place from André Lotterer (Techeetah).

Behind them, Tom Blomqvist (Andretti) damaged his front wing after crashing into Nico Prost (Renault e.Dams). This coincided with Ma Qing Hua (NIO) stalling on the grid and resulted in the full course yellow.

On the restart, Vergne led from Bird and team-mate Lotterer, whilst Antonio Felix da Costa (Andretti) was the first to retire due to an issue with his brakes.

As the leading pack settled down and pulled away, Daniel Abt (Audi Sport) was carving his way through the pack, moving up to seventh from 14th on the grid.

With a third of the race distance completed, Bird began to harass Vergne for the lead, but was unable to find a way through as Lotterer followed closely and set the fastest lap of the race at that stage.

On Lap 24, the three of them made their mandatory pit stops and saw them emerge in the same order.

However, Vergne had managed to extend his advantage over Bird and Lotterer and began to pull away.

Further back, a four-way battle was established over fourth place between Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport), Maro Engel (Venturi), Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.Dams) and Abt.

The defending champion didn’t let this last long however, as he used his fan boost and went on to set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:02.370.

Back at the front and Vergne led Bird by 2.2 seconds, with Lotterer tucked behind.

As they approached Turn 10, the German lunged down the inside and somehow kept his car out of the barriers and moved into second place.

Things quickly went from bad to worse for Bird as Di Grassi made his way past shortly afterwards to claim third position.

But no one could match Vergne, who comfortably claimed his third win of the season in front of his home crowd.

There was drama on the last lap behind him, as Lotterer slowed after losing power, allowing Di Grassi to finish second.

Unbeknown to him, Bird came charging into the back of Lotterer’s car, came home in third, albeit with damaged front right suspension.

Engel recorded his best result of the season to finish fourth, ahead of Buemi whilst Lotterer dropped to sixth.

Abt’s pace fell towards the end and took seventh, whilst Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra) quietly climbed up the order to finish in eighth, ahead of Oliver Turvey (NIO) and José María López (Dragon).

At the time of press, Vergne has extended his lead in the Drivers’ championship over Bird to 31 points – subject to the stewards’ investigation between Bird and Lotterer – with Rosenqvist a further 30 points adrift in third.

2018 ABB FIA Formula E Paris ePrix Provisional Results:

Pos. Car No. Driver (Nationality) Team Time
1 25 Jean-Éric Vergne (FRA), Techeetah 49 Laps
2 1 Lucas Di Grassi (BRA), Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler +4.882
3 2 Sam Bird (GBR), DS Virgin Racing +8.897
4 5 Maro Engel (DEU), Venturi Formula E Team +9.287
5 9 Sébastien Buemi (CHE), Renault e.Dams +10.194
6 18 André Lotterer (DEU), Techeetah +10.855
7 66 Daniel Abt (DEU), Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler +13.918
8 19 Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), Mahindra Racing +15.271
9 16 Oliver Turvey (GBR), NIO Formula E Team +19.557
10 6 José María López (ARG), Dragon Racing +20.989
11 23 Nick Heidfeld (DEU), Mahindra Racing +21.698
12 7 Jérôme D’Ambrosio (BEL), Dragon Racing +26.723
13 4 Edoardo Mortara (CHE), Venturi Formula E Team +29.937
14 36 Alex Lynn (GBR), DS Virgin Racing +43.112
15 20 Mitch Evans (NZL), Panasonic Jaguar Racing +43.989
16 8 Nicolas Prost (FRA), Renault e.Dams +1 Lap
17 68 Ma Qing Hua (CHN), NIO Formula E Team +3 Laps
Not Classified
3 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA), Panasonic Jaguar Racing Retired
27 Tom Blomqvist (GBR), MS&AD Andretti Formula E Retired
28 Antonio Felix da Costa (POR), MS&AD Andretti Formula E Brake Failure

 

2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ Championship after Round Eight:

Pos. Car No. Driver (Nationality), Team Points
1 25 Jean-Éric Vergne (FRA), Techeetah 147
2 2 Sam Bird (GBR), DS Virgin Racing 116
3 19 Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), Mahindra Racing 86
4 9 Sébastien Buemi (CHE), Renault e.Dams 70
5 1 Lucas Di Grassi (BRA), Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 58
6 66 Daniel Abt (DEU), Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 56
7 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA), Panasonic Jaguar Racing 45
8 20 Mitch Evans (NZL), Panasonic Jaguar Racing 43
9 18 André Lotterer (DEU), Techeetah 41
10 16 Oliver Turvey (GBR), NIO Formula E Team 34
11 4 Edoardo Mortara (CHE), Venturi Formula E Team 29
12 5 Maro Engel (DEU), Venturi Formula E Team 23
13 23 Nick Heidfeld (DEU), Mahindra Racing 21
14 36 Alex Lynn (GBR), DS Virgin Racing 17
15 28 Antonio Felix da Costa (POR), MS&AD Andretti Formula E 16
16 6 José María López (ARG), Dragon Racing 14
17 7 Jérôme D’Ambrosio (BEL), Dragon Racing 12
18 8 Nicolas Prost (FRA), Renault e.Dams 7
19 27 Tom Blomqvist (GBR), MS&AD Andretti Formula E 4
20 68 Luca Filippi (ITA), NIO Formula E Team 1
21 27 Kamui Kobayashi (JPN), MS&AD Andretti Formula E 0
22 68 Ma Qing Hua (CHN), NIO Formula E Team 0
23 6 Neel Jani (CHE), Dragon Racing 0

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