Sanya E-Prix: Vergne takes his first win of the season

The final couple of System E races proved to be difficult for Jean-Eric Vergne, with the reigning world champion being unable to attain any factors for 3 consecutive races. However he introduced an finish to that dry spell after claiming his first victory of the season on the inaugural Sanya E-Prix – dwelling race for his crew, DS Techeetah. This makes Vergne the sixth completely different race winner this season in simply as many races.

Nissan e.dams driver, Oliver Rowland, began the race from pole and held on to the lead for a good portion of the race, with Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa following intently behind. In typical System E style, the race noticed a string of incidents. Stoffel Vandoorne and Sam Chook retired on the opening lap itself, after making contact; they have been quickly joined by each Geox Dragon drivers – Felipe Nasr and Jose Maria Lopez. With 30 minutes to go, the sector had bunched up on the entrance, with Daniel Abt and Alexander Sims catching as much as the highest three. Lucas di Grassi struggled to activate his Assault Mode plenty of instances and Robin Frijns capitalised on this and managed to cross the Audi driver for seventh place.

After spending nicely over half the race behind Rowland, Vergne lastly managed to maneuver into the lead after overtaking him down the within of Flip 11. Da Costa tried to make a transfer on Rowland quickly after however he remained in third place as his automotive’s nostril was left broken after the 2 ended up making contact. Additional down, Sims clipped the wall, damaging the rear of his automotive and bringing out the security automotive within the course of. Nevertheless, the race was quickly red-flagged to get better Sims’ automotive, making it a dash for the win with slightly below 12 minutes of racing to go.

Vergne pulled away on the entrance as soon as the race was re-started, however Rowland quickly caught as much as him. Nevertheless, with Vergne beneath investigation for not following correct process behind the security automotive, Nissan urged Rowland to not take any dangers and “safe the consequence” as an alternative, and he held station in second place, with Vergne taking victory. Vergne in the end held on to the race win as he was solely handed a reprimand for his security automotive infringement. The consequence has propelled the French driver from 11th to third within the drivers’ championship.

Da Costa accomplished the rostrum in third place, forward of Lotterer, who handed Abt for 4th place with six minutes on the clock. The ultimate few laps of the race turned out to be chaotic – Di Grassi had managed to overhaul Frijns for sixth place however the two ended up retiring on the penultimate lap after Sebastien Buemi and Frijns got here collectively on the run by means of Flip 7, ensuing within the latter working into the again of di Grassi’s automotive. With the 2 vehicles stranded on observe, the race completed beneath a full-course yellow.

Buemi, who needed to begin the race from the pitlane, ended up crossing the road in sixth place, however he was handed a 10-second penalty for inflicting a collision with Frijns, dropping him right down to eighth place. This promoted the Mahindra Racing duo of Jerome d’Ambrosio and Pascal Wehrlein to sixth and seventh place, respectively.

The race outcomes caused some main adjustments within the drivers’ standings with da Costa now transferring into the lead, only one level forward of d’Ambrosio. Simply two factors separate the highest 4 within the groups’ standings – Virgin and Mahindra Racing are tied on the high with 97 factors every, some extent forward of Audi and a couple of factors forward of DS Techeetah.

 

Race consequence

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

GAP

LAPS

1

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS Techeetah

1h02m50.185s

36

2

Oliver Rowland

e.dams

1.762s

36

three

Antonio Felix da Costa

BMW

three.268s

36

four

Andre Lotterer

DS Techeetah

four.631s

36

5

Daniel Abt

Audi

5.972s

36

6

Jerome d'Ambrosio

Mahindra

17.340s

36

7

Pascal Wehrlein

Mahindra

18.367s

36

eight

Sebastien Buemi

e.dams

19.405s

36

9

Mitch Evans

Jaguar

20.646s

36

10

Felipe Massa

Venturi

27.739s

36

11

Oliver Turvey

NIO

31.453s

36

12

Tom Dillmann

NIO

32.654s

36

13

Edoardo Mortara

Venturi

38.208s

36

14

Robin Frijns

Virgin

1 Lap

35

15

Lucas di Grassi

Audi

Accident

34

Nelson Piquet Jr.

Jaguar

Accident

21

Alexander Sims

BMW

Accident

20

Gary Paffett

HWA

Retirement

13

Jose Maria Lopez

Dragon

Retirement

10

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA

Accident

1

Sam Chook

Virgin

Accident

zero

Felipe Nasr

Dragon

Retirement

zero

 

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