Daniel Abt claims maiden Formula E race victory

Mat Coch

Sunday 4th March, 2018 - 3:32pm

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Daniel Abt

Daniel Abt has raced to his first ever Formula E race win at the Mexico City ePrix.

The German eased to victory after early leader Felix Rosenqvist was forced out when his car lost drive out of the final chicane.

He was joined on the sidelines by Mahinda team-mate Nick Heidfeld, who suffered similar issues.

Following Rosenqvist’s retirement, Oliver Turvey led the race prior to the pit stops, but lost out in the mid-race car change.

The Swedish driver’s stop proved five seconds longer than Abt, who took over at the head of the race.

Turvey hung on to second at the finish after seeing off a challenge from Sebastien Buemi who was forced to settle for the final podium place.

Jean-Eric Vergne, who ended the race fifth, now leads the championship over Rosenqvist by 12 points, with Sam Bird in third.

In the team’s standings Teccheetah has taken over at the top with 99 points following Mahindra’s double retirement, now nine points in arrears.

Race results: Race 5, Mexico City

Pos Num Driver Team Race time/Split
1 66 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 50:45.164 (47 laps)
2 16 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team +6.398
3 9 Sébastien Buemi Renault e.dams +6.615
4 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. Panasonic Jaguar Racing +7.015
5 25 Jean-Éric Vergne Techeetah +7.546
6 20 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing +9.050
7 28 António Félix da Costa MS&AD Andretti Formula E +17.157
8 4 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Formula E Team +26.511
9 1 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +29.208
10 36 Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing +29.515
11 7 Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dragon Racing +30.418
12 6 José María López Dragon Racing +31.859
13 18 André Lotterer Techeetah +36.206
14 68 Luca Filippi NIO Formula E Team +38.336
15 27 Tom Blomqvist MS&AD Andretti Formula E +38.592
16 5 Maro Engel Venturi Formula E Team +44.689
17 2 Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing +44.982
DNF 8 Nico Prost Renault e.dams
DNF 19 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing
DNF 23 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing

Championship points: After Race 5

Pos Driver Pts
1 Jean-Éric Vergne 81
2 Felix Rosenqvist 69
3 Sam Bird 61
4 Sébastien Buemi 52
5 Nelson Piquet Jr. 45
6 Daniel Abt 37
7 Mitch Evans 29
8 Edoardo Mortara 28
9 Oliver Turvey 26
10 Nick Heidfeld 21
11 André Lotterer 18
12 António Félix da Costa 16
13 Alex Lynn 9
14 José María López 8
15 Nico Prost 7
16 Maro Engel 6
17 Jérôme d’Ambrosio 4
18 Tom Blomqvist 4
19 Lucas di Grassi 3
20 Luca Filippi 1
21 Kamui Kobayashi 0
22 Neel Jani 0

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