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Sanya ePrix: Vergne beats Rowland to victory

  • 23 Mar 2019 09:04
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Jean-Eric Vergne has won the Sanya ePrix, but escaped a penalty for not respecting safety car procedure.

Last time out in Hong Kong, the race was decided post-chequered flag as Edoardo Mortara was declared the winner after Sam Bird was handed a penalty after crossing the line in first place.

However, Vergne was only handed a reprimand and maintains his first victory of the season.

The race in Sanya ended under a full course yellow, as Robert Frijns and Lucas di Grassi came together hard at the end of the race.

Oliver Rowland, who started the ePrix from pole position, crossed the line in second place. The Briton held the lead for the opening half of the race before Vergne made the move.

After streaking up the road, he opted to use attack mode which brought Rowland momentarily back into contention for the lead. However, the Frenchman held on to cross the line in first place. 

Antonio Felix da Costa crossed the line in third place, which now promotes him back up to the top of the championship leaderboard. Former leader Sam Bird lost out, retiring from the race early on.

The second Techeetah of Andre Lotterer was fourth, ahead of Daniel Abt and Sebastian Buemi, who had to fight from the back of the field after crashing out in qualifying. 

The two Mahindra's followed in seventh and eighth, with Jerome d'Ambrosio leading teammate Pascal Wehrlein. Mitch Evans was ninth while Edoardo Mortara rounded out the top ten.

There was a slight delay during the race as a red flag was deployed following a crash for Nelson Piquet. The stoppage was called in order for the car to be cleared from the circuit.

Piquet was one of many retirements from the race, as he joined Alexander Sims, Gary Paffett, Jose Maria Lopez, Stoffel Vandoorne, Sam Bird and Felipe Nasr on the sidelines.  

 

Pos. Driver Team Time
1. Jean-Eric Vergne  Techeetah 38 Laps
2. Oliver Rowland  Nissan e.dams +1.762
3. Antonio Felix da Costa  Andretti Autosport +3.268
4. Andre Lotterer  Techeetah +4.631
5. Daniel Abt  Team Abt +5.972
6. Sébastien Buemi  Nissan e.dams +9.405
7. Jérôme d'Ambrosio  Mahindra Racing +17.340
8. Pascal Wehrlein  Mahindra Racing +18.367
9. Mitch Evans  Jaguar Racing +20.646
10. Edoardo Mortara  Venturi +22.208
11. Felipe Massa  Venturi +27.739
12. Oliver Turvey  NIO Formula E Team +31.453
13. Tom Dillmann  NIO Formula E Team +32.654
Ret. Robin Frijns  Virgin Racing +1 Lap
Ret. Lucas di Grassi  Team Abt +2 Laps
Ret. Nelson Piquet Jr.  Jaguar Racing +15 Laps
Ret. Alexander Sims  Andretti Autosport +16 Laps
Ret. Gary Paffett  HWA AG +23 Laps
Ret. Jose Maria Lopez  Dragon Racing +26 Laps
Ret. Stoffel Vandoorne  HWA AG +35 Laps
Ret. Sam Bird  Virgin Racing +36 Laps
Ret. Felipe Nasr  Dragon Racing +36 Laps
Photos Formula E season 2018/2019

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  • That was an aggressive race! JEV made a couple of solid moves on Rowland to take and keep the lead. Nice to see some wheel to wheel racing in FE. The cars look pretty cool this year too. Remind me of the early batmobile.

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    • Mar 24 2019 - 03:19
    • Yes, I enjoyed it too. The variety of winners this year is nice.

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      • Mar 24 2019 - 13:11

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