Vergne wins Sanya E-Prix despite restart drama

Saturday 23rd March, 2019 - 11:52pm


Jean-Eric Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne has become the sixth different winner in as many Formula E races this season after escaping a restart infringement with a reprimand in the Sanya E-Prix.

The defending champion took the lead from Oliver Rowland before Alexander Sims drew a red flag, and the top two ran as you were thereafter.

However, Vergne had given up too much ground to the Safety Car before it peeled off for the restart and was placed under investigation.

It was only on the cool down lap that officials advised that the Techeetah driver would only be slapped with a reprimand.

Rowland had put his e.dams Nissan on pole and held the lead until Lap 19, at which time 21 minutes remained on the clock.

BMW Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa has taken over the championship lead after taking third in the race, which lasted 36 laps in the end.

A stoppage was called for a third race in a row, with 12 minutes to go, when Sims (BMW Andretti) skated into the wall as a result of contact with Andre Lotterer (Techeetah).

Lotterer went on to finish fourth by passing Daniel Abt (Audi Sport) late in the piece.

The race finished under Full Course Yellow due to Robin Frijns (Virgin) unloading Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport) at Turn 8 as a result of a push from Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) and Felipe Massa (Venturi) 10th.

Buemi took the chequered flag in sixth, behind Abt on the road, but a 10-second penalty saw him relegated to eighth.

Jerome D’Ambrosio (Mahindra) inherited sixth position and continues to sit a point off the championship lead while New Zealander Mitch Evans (Jaguar) finished ninth.

Sam Bird (Virgin) lost top spot in the standings due to contact with Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA Racelab) on Lap 1 which saw both fail to finish.

Race 7 of the season in in Rome on April 13.

Race results: Race 6, Sanya

Pos Driver Team Laps Race time/Split
1 Jean-Éric Vergne DS Techeetah 36 1:02:50.185
2 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams 36 +1.762
3 António Félix da Costa BMW i Andretti Motorsport 36 +3.268
4 André Lotterer DS Techeetah 36 +4.631
5 Daniel Abt Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 36 +5.972
6 Jérôme d’Ambrosio Mahindra Racing 36 +17.340
7 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing 36 +18.367
8 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.dams 36 +19.405
9 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing 36 +20.646
10 Felipe Massa Venturi Formula E Team 36 +27.739
11 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 36 +31.453
12 Tom Dillmann NIO Formula E Team 36 +32.654
13 Edoardo Mortara Venturi Formula E Team 36 +38.208
14 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing 35 +1 Lap
15 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler 34 +2 Laps
DNF Nelson Piquet Jnr Panasonic Jaguar Racing 21
DNF Alexander Sims BMW i Andretti Motorsport 20
DNF Gary Paffett HWA Racelab 13
DNF José María López Geox Dragon 10
DNF Stoffel Vandoorne HWA Racelab 1
DNF Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing
DNF Felipe Nasr Geox Dragon

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 António Félix da Costa 62
2 Jérôme d’Ambrosio 61
3 Jean-Éric Vergne 54
4 Sam Bird 54
5 Lucas di Grassi 52
6 Edoardo Mortara 52
7 Daniel Abt 44
8 Robin Frijns 43
9 André Lotterer 41
10 Pascal Wehrlein 36
11 Mitch Evans 36
12 Oliver Rowland 27
13 Sébastien Buemi 19
14 Alexander Sims 18
15 Felipe Massa 15
16 Oliver Turvey 6
17 Gary Paffett 4
18 Stoffel Vandoorne 3
19 José María López 2
20 Nelson Piquet Jnr 1
21 Tom Dillmann 0
22 Maximilian Günther 0
23 Felipe Nasr 0
24 Felix Rosenqvist 0 comment policy

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