Mortara wins Hong Kong E-Prix after Bird receives penalty

    Sam Bird was stripped of the victory after being handed a five second post-race penalty for making contact with Lotterer.

    Published On Mar 11, 2019 03:20:00 PM

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    Mortara wins Hong Kong E-Prix after Bird receives penalty

    Edoardo Mortara clinched Venturi’s first-ever Formula E race victory, winning the drama-filled Hong Kong E-Prix after Sam Bird was handed a five second penalty for his late-race contact with Andre Lotterer.

    The attrition-heavy race saw just 14 drives make it past the finish line, and the first set of retirements took place just a few minutes in when Felipe Nasr’s damaged Dragon car ran into the wall on Turn 2 and both Mahindra Racing drivers – Pascal Wehrlein and Jerome d’Ambrosio – then collided with his car, taking all three drivers out of the race. Mahindra Racing had enjoyed a string of successful results and was leading the teams’ standings before the race, however, the double retirement delivered a blow to the team’s championship standing and they’ve now dropped to third overall.

    The incident triggered a red flag, but the field had already changed up quite a bit before then – Oliver Rowland took the lead at the start, Bird gained five places and was up to 2nd after passing polesitter Stoffel Vandoorne. Bird then moved into the lead once the race re-started after Rowlandslowed down and dropped to 10th place. However, he didn’t hold on to that lead for long as Lotterer took advantage of his wide line around Turn 2 to overtake him. The two then spent much of the race nose-to-tail; Bird even managed to briefly pass Lotterer, only for the latter to reclaim the lead soon after.

    The second half of the race saw two safety car periods – the first one was deployed when Sebastian Buemi retired from the race after damaging the front left wheel of his car, and was followed by Vandoorne, whose car suffered a technical failure and stopped on track. Soon after the race was re-started, Rowland’s car stopped on track after making contact with the wall, bringing out the safety car once again. This bunched up the field, making it a dog fight for the win once the race was re-started with just over two minutes on the clock.

    Bird continued chase down Lotterer and the two ended up making contact on the penultimate lap when Bird nudged the back of Lotterer’s car. The incident resulted in Lotterer’s car suffering a punctured tyre and broken rear suspension, and he ultimately limped past the finish line in 14th place. Following a post-race investigation, Bird was handed a five-second penalty for the incident, stripping him of his race victory and dropping him down to 6th place.

    This handed the race victory to Mortara, who managed to fend off Lucas di Grassi, despite the latter having the advantage of the attack mode. Robin Frijns rounded up the top three, handing Virgin Racing enough points to move to the top of the teams’ standings.

    Results

    POS

    DRIVER

    TEAM

    CAR

    LAPS

    GAP

    1

    Edoardo Mortara

    Venturi

    Venturi

    36

    59m36.119s

    2

    Lucas di Grassi

    Audi

    Audi

    36

    0.988s

    3

    Robin Frijns

    Virgin

    Audi

    36

    1.536s

    4

    Daniel Abt

    Audi

    Audi

    36

    1.985s

    5

    Felipe Massa

    Venturi

    Venturi

    36

    3.258s

    6

    Sam Bird

    Virgin

    Audi

    36

    3.306s

    7

    Mitch Evans

    Jaguar

    Jaguar

    36

    4.017s

    8

    Gary Paffett

    HWA

    Venturi

    36

    4.368s

    9

    Oliver Turvey

    NIO

    NIO

    36

    5.624s

    10

    Antonio Felix da Costa

    BMW

    BMW

    36

    6.492s

    11

    Jose Maria Lopez

    Dragon

    Penske

    36

    7.218s

    12

    Tom Dillmann

    NIO

    NIO

    36

    7.825s

    13

    Jean-Eric Vergne

    DS Techeetah

    DS

    36

    16.604s

    14

    Andre Lotterer

    DS Techeetah

    DS

    36

    24.270s

    -

    Oliver Rowland

    e.dams

    Nissan

    29

    Retirement

    -

    Stoffel Vandoorne

    HWA

    Venturi

    20

    Retirement

    -

    Sebastien Buemi

    e.dams

    Nissan

    19

    Retirement

    -

    Alexander Sims

    BMW

    BMW

    16

    Retirement

    -

    Felipe Nasr

    Dragon

    Penske

    1

    Retirement

    -

    Pascal Wehrlein

    Mahindra

    Mahindra

    1

    Retirement

    -

    Jerome d'Ambrosio

    Mahindra

    Mahindra

    1

    Retirement

    -

    Nelson Piquet Jr.

    Jaguar

    Jaguar

    0

    Retirement

     

     

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