Frijns takes maiden Formula E win at rain-hit Paris E-Prix

    Published On Apr 28, 2019 12:54:00 PM

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    Lotterer and Abt complete the podium, while Mahindra Racing’s Wehrlein recovers to finish 10th after starting from last place.

    It has shaped up to be an unpredictable 2018/19 season for Formula E and the 2019 Paris E-Prix continued the trend with Robin Frijns becoming the eighth different winner of eight races, this season. The Virgin Racing driver survived tricky wet conditions – on what marked the series’ first wet race – on the streets of Paris to clinch his very first Formula E race victory.

    The Paris E-Prix served up plenty of drama before the race even started – Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein earned pole position, while his team-mate Jérôme d’Ambrosio qualified 6th. However, both drivers were later demoted to the back of the grid due to a tyre-pressure technical infringement, handing pole position to Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland, with his team-mate Sébastien Buemi right behind him. The race started behind the safety car owing to the damp track conditions and things soon started unravelling for Nissan as Rowland crashed out of the lead just a few minutes into the race after locking up at Turn 10 and hitting the barriers. Buemi was promoted to the race lead as a result, but Frijns was right on his tail. After a few attempts, Frijns slotted into the lead as Buemi slowed down heading into Turn 8 and later headed into the pits with a punctured tyre.

    A Full Course Yellow was soon engaged as the rain started coming down harder, with Frijns leading the pack ahead of André Lotterer and Felipe Massa. Racing had just got underway once again with around 23min to go when Tom Dillmann was forced to retire after damaging his car. It became apparent that the drivers were struggling in the worsening conditions as Sam Bird went wide at Turn 3 and a recovering Rowland took Alex Sims out of the race at the same spot soon after. Elsewhere, Felipe Massa spun out of contention for a potential podium finish and dropped down the grid.

    With just over 10min left on the clock, Edoardo Mortara made contact with Alex Lynn, bringing both their races to an end. The incident brought out the Safety Car and by the time racing resumed, there were just 2min left on the clock. By then, d’Ambrosio had made an impressive recovery and was up to 8th place after starting all the way down from 21st place. However, just moments later he hit the barriers at Turn 3 and was ultimately classified 17th.

    Frijns managed to hold off Lotterer to cross the chequered flag and take the race victory, while Daniel Abt secured the final podium spot. Abt’s Audi team-mate Lucas di Grassi fought off Maximillian Gunther to take 4th place, with Gunther slotting into 5th place – securing Dragon Racing’s best finish so far this season. Jean-Éric Vergne finished the race in 6th place, followed by António Félix da Costa, Gary Paffett and Felipe Massa. Wehrlein secured the final points scoring position for Mahindra, putting in a commendable recovery drive after starting the race from last place.

    The results of the Paris E-Prix have had some major implications on the championship. Heading into the race, d’Ambrosio was leading the drivers’ standings, but he’s now dropped down to 5th place. Meanwhile, Frijns’ race victory has propelled him to the top off the standings with 81 points, just one point ahead of Lotterer.

    Race Result

    POS

    DRIVER

    TEAM

    CAR

    LAPS

    GAP

    1

    Robin Frijns

    Virgin

    Audi

    32

    47m50.510s

    2

    André Lotterer

    DS Techeetah

    DS

    32

    1.373s

    3

    Daniel Abt

    Audi

    Audi

    32

    3.175s

    4

    Lucas di Grassi

    Audi

    Audi

    32

    3.666s

    5

    Maximilian Gunther

    Dragon

    Penske

    32

    5.456s

    6

    Jean-Éric Vergne

    DS Techeetah

    DS

    32

    6.694s

    7

    António Félix da Costa

    BMW

    BMW

    32

    7.238s

    8

    Gary Paffett

    HWA

    Venturi

    32

    7.901s

    9

    Felipe Massa

    Venturi

    Venturi

    32

    10.522s

    10

    Pascal Wehrlein

    Mahindra

    Mahindra

    32

    10.998s

    11

    Sam Bird

    Virgin

    Audi

    32

    11.488s

    12

    Oliver Rowland

    e.dams

    Nissan

    32

    19.451s

    13

    José María López

    Dragon

    Penske

    32

    24.023s

    14

    Oliver Turvey

    NIO

    NIO

    32

    1m22.226s

    15

    Sébastien Buemi

    e.dams

    Nissan

    31

    1 Lap

    16

    Mitch Evans

    Jaguar

    Jaguar

    31

    1 Lap

    17

    Jérôme d’Ambrosio

    Mahindra

    Mahindra

    29

    Not running

    -

    Alex Lynn

    Jaguar

    Jaguar

    23

    Retirement

    -

    Edoardo Mortara

    Venturi

    Venturi

    23

    Retirement

    -

    Stoffel Vandoorne

    HWA

    Venturi

    18

    Retirement

    -

    Alexander Sims

    BMW

    BMW

    18

    Retirement

    -

    Tom Dillmann

    NIO

    NIO

    17

    Retirement

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