Bird holds on to win Rome ePrix

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Sunday 15th April, 2018 - 9:14am

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Sam Bird

Sam Bird has seen off a late challenge from Mitch Evans to win the Formula E Rome ePrix as the New Zealander faded to ninth.

Bird (DS Virgin) won by nearly a second from a fast-finishing Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport) and Andre Lotterer (Techeetah).

Pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra) took the initial race lead and emerged in front when the car changes had been complete.

However, the Swede hit a kerb on Lap 23 and broke his left-rear suspension, bringing about an early end to his race.

Bird had run second to Rosenqvist until that point and therefore assumed the lead by around three seconds over Evans (Jaguar).

A three-way battle for the lead developed between Bird, Evans, and di Grassi after the full course yellow.

Evans attempted a move with four laps to go but Bird managed to shut the door, and the New Zealander was instead passed by di Grassi two laps later.

Bird won by 0.970s but Evans slumped to ninth on the final lap when he all but ran out of useable energy on the final lap.

Daniel Abt (Audi) finished fourth from Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah), who leads the championship.

Rounding out the top 10 were Sebastien Buemi, Jerome d’Ambrosio, Maro Engel, Evans, and Edoardo Mortara.

Race 8 is in Paris on April 28.

Race results: Race 7, Rome

Pos Num Driver Team Race time/Split
1 2 Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 58:20.656 (33 laps)
2 1 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +0.970
3 18 André Lotterer Techeetah +9.518
4 66 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +10.167
5 25 Jean-Éric Vergne Techeetah +17.444
6 9 Sébastien Buemi Renault e.dams +19.835
7 7 Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dragon Racing +24.379
8 5 Maro Engel Venturi Formula E Team +26.350
9 20 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing +37.709
10 4 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Formula E Team +40.739
11 28 António Félix da Costa MS&AD Andretti Formula E +42.680
12 16 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team +48.833
13 68 Luca Filippi NIO Formula E Team +49.331
14 8 Nico Prost Renault e.dams +1:13.880
15 27 Tom Blomqvist MS&AD Andretti Formula E +1:31.832
16 23 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing +1:44.774
17 6 José María López Dragon Racing +4 laps
DNF 19 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing
DNF 3 Nelson Piquet Jr. Panasonic Jaguar Racing
DNF 36 Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing

Championship points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Jean-Éric Vergne 119
2 Sam Bird 101
3 Felix Rosenqvist 82
4 Sébastien Buemi 60
5 Daniel Abt 50
6 Nelson Piquet Jr. 45
7 Mitch Evans 43
8 Lucas di Grassi 39
9 André Lotterer 33
10 Oliver Turvey 32
11 Edoardo Mortara 29
12 Nick Heidfeld 21
13 Alex Lynn 17
14 António Félix da Costa 16
15 José María López 13
16 Jérôme d’Ambrosio 12
17 Maro Engel 11
18 Nico Prost 7
19 Tom Blomqvist 4
20 Luca Filippi 1
21 Kamui Kobayashi 0
22 Neel Jani 0

 

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