Di Grassi wins penalty-strewn Zurich ePrix

Mat Coch

Monday 11th June, 2018 - 6:44am

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Zurich ePrix

Lucas di Grassi has won his first Formula E race of the season in Zurich in a race that saw a number of drivers hit with penalties.

After a slow start, di Grassi moved forward throughout the race, passing Mitch Evans for the lead at the start of Lap 18.

The Brazilian then held his advantage through the pit stop phase, before the chasing pack were slapped with penalties for speeding under a full course yellow.

Felix Rosenqvist had nosed into the barriers at the first corner, dropping his front wing as he recovered which was subsequently run over by both Jean-Eric Vergne and Jerome D’Ambrosio.

With debris littering the circuit, a full course yellow was triggered; a period during which officials deemed Evans, Vergne, Andre Lotterer and Sebastien Buemi all exceeded the speed limit.

As the group trickled through the lane Sam Bird rose to second, d’Ambrosio recovering to third.

Buemi used his FanBoost late in proceedings to pass Evans for fifth.

Nick Heidfeld demoted the pole-sitter another position before the end and Evans took seventh at the flag.

An opening lap incident ultimately accounted for Nelson Piquet, who was able to continue sans rear wing only to eventually park his Jaguar with 20 laps on the board.

Nico Prost, Luca Filippi, and Edoardo Mortara were also casualties of the 39 lap race, the first motor race in Switzerland since 1955.

By finishing second, Bird closed the championship deficit to Vergne by 17 points, the Frenchman holding a 23 point advantage with two rounds remaining.

The next round, a double-header in New York, will be held over the July 14-15 weekend.

Race results: Race 10, Zurich

Pos Num Driver Team Race time/Split
1 1 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 51:19.811 (39 laps)
2 2 Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing +7.542
3 7 Jérôme d’Ambrosio Dragon Racing +16.822
4 18 André Lotterer Techeetah +20.295
5 9 Sébastien Buemi Renault e.dams +26.692
6 23 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing +28.059
7 20 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing +30.631
8 28 António Félix da Costa MS&AD Andretti Formula E +31.301
9 16 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team +32.180
10 25 Jean-Éric Vergne Techeetah +32.833
11 5 Maro Engel Venturi Formula E Team +34.604
12 6 José María López Dragon Racing +35.206
13 66 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +46.222
14 27 Stéphane Sarrazin MS&AD Andretti Formula E +1:09.505
15 19 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing +1 Lap
16 36 Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing +1 Lap
DNF 8 Nico Prost Renault e.dams
DNF 68 Luca Filippi NIO Formula E Team
DNF 3 Nelson Piquet Jnr Panasonic Jaguar Racing
DNF 4 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Formula E Team

Championship points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Jean-Éric Vergne 163
2 Sam Bird 140
3 Lucas di Grassi 101
4 Sébastien Buemi 92
5 Felix Rosenqvist 86
6 Daniel Abt 85
7 Mitch Evans 60
8 André Lotterer 56
9 Oliver Turvey 46
10 Nelson Piquet Jnr 45
11 Nick Heidfeld 30
12 Edoardo Mortara 29
13 Jérôme d’Ambrosio 27
14 Maro Engel 27
15 António Félix da Costa 20
16 Alex Lynn 17
17 José María López 14
18 Nico Prost 7
19 Tom Blomqvist 4
20 Luca Filippi 1
21 Tom Dillmann 0
22 Stéphane Sarrazin 0
23 Kamui Kobayashi 0
24 Ma Qing Hua 0
25 Neel Jani 0

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