Formula E – Vergne Victorious Again in Uruguay

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Source: fiaformulae.com

Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) has won the Punta del Este ePrix, fighting off Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport) to claim his second win of the season.

In qualifying, Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra), Nelson Piquet Jr. (Jaguar) and Nico Prost (Renault e.Dams) all crashed into the barrier during their respective Q1 attempts, which resulted in them starting from the back of the grid.

Title contenders Sam Bird (DS Virgin) and Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra) both failed to make the Super Pole shootout, qualifying tenth and 14th respectively.

In super pole, Di Grassi initially claimed a controversial pole position with a time of 1:13.948.

The defending champion’s lap was under investigation for hitting the bollard on the exit of the chicane and his time was eventually disallowed.

British drivers Alex Lynn (DS Virgin) and Oliver Turvey (NIO) also hit the same bollard and had their times disallowed, as did Mitch Evans (Jaguar) due to a weight issue with his car.

Subsequently, Vergne started the race from pole position, and utilised this to lead on the run down to Turn 1, ahead of Di Grassi and Lynn.

Shortly after this, the safety car was deployed after Heidfeld’s car crawled to a halt because of another electrical issue for the Mahindra team.

On the restart, Vergne maintained his lead ahead of Di Grassi, with the Brazilian staying within striking distance.

As the two of them battled for the lead, Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.Dams) experienced oversteer at Turn 13 and slammed into the barrier.

Consequently, the Swiss driver suffer suspension to the left rear, ruining any chances of collecting points.

Piquet Jr. also suffered bad luck with a drivetrain issue and eventually retired from the race.

Back at the front, Vergne pitted for the mandatory car swap with Di Grassi too close for comfort but regained the lead.

Lynn however had a slow change and dropped from third to fifth behind Daniel Abt (Audi Sport) and team-mate Bird.

Just as things were starting to look rosy for Audi, Abt pitted a lap later as his seatbelt wasn’t secured properly and ended up in 14th.

As the race neared its conclusion, Di Grassi was fighting tooth and nail to try and find a way past Vergne, especially as Bird was reeling him in.

But in the end, the Frenchman held his nerve to win for the second time this season, following his win in Santiago, and extend his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 30 points.

Di Grassi and Bird compete the podium, with Evans finishing fourth after starting from 16th, and also pulled off a breath-taking manoeuvre on Lynn near the race’s conclusion.

Rosenqvist remains second in the standings thanks to his fifth place ahead of Lynn, with Turvey in seventh.

José María López recorded the fastest lap of the race whilst finishing eighth, ahead of his Dragon team-mate Jérôme D’Ambrosio, and Maro Engel (Venturi) rounding up the top ten.

2018 ABB FIA Formula E Punta del Este ePrix Official Classification:

Pos. Car No. Driver (Nationality), Team Starting Grid Time
1 25 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA), Techeetah 1st
2 1 Lucas Di Grassi (BRA), Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 2nd +0.447
3 2 Sam Bird (GBR), DS Virgin Racing 9th +2.611
4 20 Mitch Evans (NZL), Panasonic Jaguar Racing 16th +4.075
5 19 Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), Mahindra Racing 12th +4.224
6 36 Alex Lynn (GBR), DS Virgin Racing 3rd +7.672
7 16 Oliver Turvey (GBR), NIO Formula E Team 4th +11.818
8 6 José María López (ARG), Dragon Racing 18th +12.612
9 7 Jérôme D’Ambrosio (BEL), Dragon Racing 10th +22.242
10 5 Maro Engel (DEU), Venturi Formula E Team 8th +26.293
11 28 Antonio Felix da Costa (POR), MS&AD Andretti Formula E 11th +27.335
12 18 André Lotterer (DEU), Techeetah 7th +38.731
13 68 Luca Filippi (ITA), NIO Formula E Team 15th +39.926
14 66 Daniel Abt (DEU), Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 5th +43.139
15 8 Nicolas Prost (FRA), Renault e.Dams 19th +47.194
16 27 Tom Blomqvist (GBR), MS&AD Andretti Formula E 20th +59.299
17 4 Edoardo Mortara (SUI), Venturi Formula E Team 13th +1 Lap
Not Classified
9 Sébastien Buemi (SUI), Renault e.Dams 6th Retired
3 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA), Panasonic Jaguar Racing 12th Retired
23 Nick Heidfeld (DEU), Mahindra Racing 17th Electrical Issue

 

ABB FIA Formula E 2017/18 Drivers’ Championship after Six Rounds:

Pos. Car No. Driver (Nationality), Team Points
1 25 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA), Techeetah 109
2 19 Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), Mahindra Racing 79
3 2 Sam Bird (GBR), DS Virgin Racing 76
4 9 Sébastien Buemi (SUI), Renault e.Dams 52
5 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA), Panasonic Jaguar Racing 45
6 20 Mitch Evans (NZL), Panasonic Jaguar Racing 41
7 66 Daniel Abt (DEU), Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 37
8 16 Oliver Turvey (GBR), NIO Formula E Team 32
9 4 Edoardo Mortara (SUI), Venturi Formula E Team 28
10 1 Lucas Di Grassi (BRA), Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 21
11 23 Nick Heidfeld (DEU), Mahindra Racing 21
12 18 André Lotterer (DEU), Techeetah 18
13 36 Alex Lynn (GBR), DS Virgin Racing 17
14 28 Antonio Felix da Costa (POR), MS&AD Andretti Formula E 16
15 6 José María López (ARG), Dragon Racing 13
16 5 Maro Engel (DEU), Venturi Formula E Team 7
17 8 Nicolas Prost (FRA), Renault e.Dams 7
18 7 Jérôme D’Ambrosio (BEL), Dragon Racing 6
19 27 Tom Blomqvist (GBR), MS&AD Andretti Formula E 4
20 68 Luca Filippi (ITA), NIO Formula E Team 1

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