Di Grassi Wins for Audi in Final Second

Lucas di Grassi stole victory from under the nose of Pascal Wehrlein in a sensational sprint to the finish line on the final lap in Mexico City.
 
Wehrlein, who led the entirety of the E-Prix and was on course for his first-ever victory in Formula E, ran out of energy exiting the final corner and started to slow only metres from the chequered flag.
With a gaggle of cars in hot pursuit, this opened the door for di Grassi to snatch the win away from Wehrlein in front of a sell-out crowd of magnificent Mexican fans.
 
 

Race Recap

Leading away from Julius Baer pole position, Wehrlein held station ahead of Oliver Rowland in the opening phase of the race - with the Nissan e.dams driver making up two places with an audacious attempt up the inside of di Grassi and Felipe Massa into Turn 1.
 
However, proceedings were soon cut short after only five-minutes following a colossal coming together between Jean-Eric Vergne and Nelson Piquet Jr.
 

Red Flag

The pair were vying for position into the tight and twisty last sector when Piquet collided with the back of Vergne, sending the Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver into the barriers and collecting Alexander Sims in the process.
 
With debris scattered over the track and Piquet’s car in pieces, the race was red flagged. The cars returned to the pitlane and lined-up in formation while the marshals retrieved the wreckage.
 
The short delay gave the teams a headache with strategy and energy management calculations as the clock continued to count down. When the cars eventually returned to the track, the time lost during the red flag period was added - maintaining the 45-minute (plus one lap) format and setting-up a frantic finale.
 
As the drivers started another tour of the track with seconds to spare, all eyes were on the battery levels and the number of laps remaining. It quickly became apparent that some teams wouldn’t make it to the end, not taking into account the extra lap after the clock hits zero.
 
The Nissan e.dams duo of Rowland and Sebastien Buemi were defenseless and agonisingly dropped to the back of the field, having been running in second and fourth. The beneficiaries of others' misfortune were Antonio Felix da Costa and Edoardo Mortara - rounding-out the podium places.
 
Despite crossing the line in second, Wehrlein didn’t get to stand on the podium after picking-up a five-second penalty for cutting the chicane and gaining an advantage in close quarters with di Grassi.
 
Almost edging his way on to the podium, Jerome D’Ambrosio scythed up the order in a valiant effort to finish fourth and move back to the top of the standings.
 

Hong Kong E-Prix on March 10

With four different winners in as many races, the title fight is wide open and perfectly poised as Formula E arrives in Asia for the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix on March 10 - round five of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
[article by FIE Formula E - 17 February 2019]

Race Results: 2019 CBMM NIOBIUM MEXICO CITY E-PRIX (RD 4)

1
Lucas di Grassi
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
1:13:15.422s
(25)
2
Antonio Felix da Costa
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
+0.436s
(18)
3
Edoardo Mortara
VENTURI Formula E Team
+0.745s
(15)
4
Jerome D’Ambrosio
MAHINDRA RACING
+1.159s
(12)
5
Andre Lotterer
DS TECHEETAH
+1.785s
(10)
6
Pascal Wehrlein
MAHINDRA RACING
+5.210s
(12)
7
Mitch Evans
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
+5.800s
(6)
8
Felipe Massa
VENTURI Formula E Team
+8.084s
(4)
9
Sam Bird
Envision Virgin Racing
+8.356s
(2)
10
Daniel Abt
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
+8.438s
(1)
11
Robin Frijns
Envision Virgin Racing
+9.044s
 
12
Oliver Turvey
NIO Formula E Team
+11.252s
 
13
Jean-Eric Vergne
DS TECHEETAH
+19.153s
 
14
Alexander Sims
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
+20.471s
 
15
Tom Dillmann
NIO Formula E Team
+20.871s
 
16
Gary Paffett
HWA RACELAB
+23.272s
 
17
Jose Maria Lopez
GEOX DRAGON
+41.542s
 
18
Stoffel Vandoorne
HWA RACELAB
+43.425s
 
19
Felipe Nasr
GEOX DRAGON
+1:56.160s
 
20
Oliver Rowland
Nissan e.dams
1 Lap
 
21
Sebastien Buemi
Nissan e.dams
1 Lap
 
 
 
 
 
 
DNF
Nelson Piquet Jr.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
2 Laps
 

 

Driver Standings

Jerome D’Ambrosio
MAHINDRA RACING
53
Antonio Felix da Costa
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
46
Sam Bird
Envision Virgin Racing
45
Lucas di Grassi
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
34
Pascal Wehrlein
MAHINDRA RACING
30
Andre Lotterer
DS TECHEETAH
29
Robin Frijns
Envision Virgin Racing
28
Jean-Eric Vergne
DS TECHEETAH
28
Mitch Evans
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
28
Edoardo Mortara
VENTURI Formula E Team
27
Daniel Abt
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
22
Alexander Sims
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
18
Sebastien Buemi
Nissan e.dams
15
Oliver Rowland
Nissan e.dams
6
Oliver Turvey
NIO Formula E Team
4
Felipe Massa
VENTURI Formula E Team
4
Jose Maria Lopez
GEOX DRAGON
2
Nelson Piquet Jr.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
1
Maximilian Gunther
GEOX DRAGON
0
Tom Dillmann
NIO Formula E Team
0
Gary Paffett
HWA RACELAB
0
Stoffel Vandoorne
HWA RACELAB
0
Felipe Nasr
GEOX DRAGON
0
Felix Rosenqvist
MAHINDRA RACING
0

Team Standings

MAHINDRA RACING
83
Envision Virgin Racing
73
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
64
DS TECHEETAH
57
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
56
VENTURI Formula E Team
31
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
29
Nissan e.dams
21
NIO Formula E Team
4
GEOX DRAGON
2
HWA RACELAB
0

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