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Buemi penalised for causing Frijns, di Grassi crash

  • Published on 23 Mar 2019 14:43
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sebastian Buemi has been hit with a 10-second time penalty after the Sanya ePrix for causing a collision.

The Swiss driver hit the rear of Robin Frijns late on in the race, who, in turn, rammed the back of Lucas di Grassi. The latter was spun around and lost a heap of time to the rest of the pack, as did Frijns.

Buemi continued on and eventually crossed the line in sixth place, having started from the rear of the field after crashing in qualifying.

However, the penalty drops him to eighth place, promoting Jerome d'Ambrosio and Pascal Wehrlein to sixth and seventh respectively. 

Other penalties

According to the Stewards' notes, di Grassi was fined €5,000 for leaving his car “without race director permission”. 

Fines were also handed out to Buemi, Daniel Abt and Andre Lotterer, who were deemed guilty of speeding during a full course yellow after the chequered flag had been waved. Buemi and Lotterer were fined €2,000, while Abt was fined €1,000.

Edoardo Mortara also lost his tenth place finish after he was handed a 16 second time penalty. The Venturi driver did not use Attack Mode twice during the ePrix, and as a result, the penalty drops him to P13.

Revised Sanya ePrix race results
 

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.  Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing +17.340
7. Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing +18.367
8. Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.dams +19.405
9. Mitch Evans  Jaguar Racing +20.646
10. Felipe Massa  Venturi +27.739
11. Oliver Turvey Venturi +31.453
12. Tom Dillmann NIO Formula E Team +32.654
13. Edoardo Mortara Venturi +38.208
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

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  • Those boys are bumping and grinding like they were in nascars. They need to get rid of that attack mode, it seems kind of pointless.

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    • Mar 24 2019 - 03:37

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