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Di Grassi wins nail-biter Mexico City ePrix

Mat Coch

Sunday 17th February, 2019 - 12:40pm

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Lucas Di Grassi

Lucas Di Grassi crossed the line little more than a car length ahead of Pascal Wehrlein to win the Mexico City ePrix after a nail-biting battle.

The pair were split by just two tenths of a second at the flag before a five-second penalty for cutting a chicane on the final lap bundled Wehrlein to sixth in the final standings.

Having led the race from the start, Wehrlein fought a rear-guard action for almost its entirety, with challenges from Ollie Roland and Sebastien Buemi, as well as Di Grassi.

Roland and Buemi found themselves out of energy and tumbling down the order on the final lap while Di Grassi was able to mount on final charge.

Having had his advance rebuffed at the first corner, Di Grassi got alongside heading into the chicane at Turn 3 where Wehrlein skipped across the inside and maintained his advantage.

On approach to the chequered flag Di Grassi was able to duck inside to take the lead as his German rival ran out of energy to steal victory at the flag.

Antonio Felix da Costa and Edoardo Mortara found themselves promoted onto the podium as a result of Wehrlein’s penalty in a race that witnessed a 30 minute suspension.

A full course yellow was called for when Jean-Eric Vergne and Nelson Piquet Jnr came together early in proceedings.

They tangled going into the Turn 3 chicane, with Piquet climbing over the back of Vergne’s car, and tagging Alexander Sims on the way through.

The yellow flag turned into red as the race was suspended, with both Vergne and Sims able to have their cars repaired in that time.

They ended the 45 lap race in 13th and 14th respectively.

Jerome D’Amborosio currently heads the championship on 53 points from da Costa after four rounds of the current season.

Hong Kong hosts the next round of the championship on March 10.

Results: Formula E, Mexico City ePrix

Pos Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 Lucas di Grassi Team Abt 45 1:13:15.422
2 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Autosport 45 1:13:15.858 0.436s
3 Edoardo Mortara Venturi 45 1:13:16.167 0.745s
4 Jérôme d:Ambrosio Mahindra Racing 45 1:13:16.581 1.159s
5 Andre Lotterer Techeetah 45 1:13:17.207 1.785s
6 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing 45 1:13:20.632 5.210s
7 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 45 1:13:21.222 5.800s
8 Felipe Massa Venturi 45 1:13:23.506 8.084s
9 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 45 1:13:23.778 8.356s
10 Daniel Abt Team Abt 45 1:13:23.860 8.438s
11 Robin Frijns Virgin Racing 45 1:13:24.466 9.044s
12 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 45 1:13:26.674 11.252s
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 45 1:13:34.575 19.153s
14 Alexander Sims Andretti Autosport 45 1:13:35.893 20.471s
15 Tom Dillmann NIO Formula E Team 45 1:13:36.293 20.871s
16 Gary Paffett HWA AG 45 1:13:38.694 23.272s
17 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Racing 45 1:13:56.964 41.542s
18 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA AG 45 1:13:58.847 43.425s
19 Felipe Nasr Dragon Racing 45 1:15:11.582 1:56:160s
Oliver Rowland DAMS 44 1:12:09.310 1 Lap
Sébastien Buemi DAMS 44 1:12:09.731 1 Lap
Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Racing 2 0:02:14.170 43 Laps

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