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Vergne seals 2018/19 Formula E title in New York; Frijns wins race

15th Jul 2019 12:20 pm

Jean-Eric Vergne has now become Formula E’s first double champion; DS Techeetah secures teams’ championship in New York.

Jean-Éric Vergne was able to successfully defend his Formula E title after a 7th place finish at the season finale race in New York handed him enough points to win the 2018/19 drivers’ championship. Additionally, Vergne’s team DS Techeetah was also able to successfully secure the teams’ title. While Vergne and DS Techeetah were celebrating their title victory, Envision Virgin Racing had their own reason to celebrate, as Robin Frijns won the second New York E-Prix to score his second victory of the season.

The race started off on a dramatic note as José María López stopped on track just 5min into the race after colliding with André Lotterer. The incident brought out the safety car and Lotterer headed to the pits soon after, to retire – denying DS Techeetah a double points-finish. Once racing resumed, pole-sitter Alexander Sims remained firmly in control out at front. Behind him, Frijns was able to pass Sébastien Buemi to move up to 2nd place.

The top three then held position for the first half of the race; but with 20min to go, Frijns pulled off a race-winning move on Sims at Turn 1 to take the race lead. From then on, he started pulling away and ultimately won the race by a hefty margin of 3.2sec. Sims was able to fend off Buemi to clinch 2nd place, claiming his first Formula E podium finish.

Buemi himself was able to secure 2nd place in the drivers’ championship as title contenders Lucas di Grassi and Mitch Evans collided on the last lap while coming into Turn 11. The incident resulted in di Grassi dropping to 3rd in the championship, while Evans dropped to 5th in the drivers’ championship standings, behind Frijns.

Sam Bird secured 4th place, ahead of Daniel Abt and Oliver Rowland. With the title at stake, Vergne approached the race more cautiously and finished in 7th place, while Stoffel Vandoorne, António Félix da Costa and Gary Paffett wrapped up the top 10.

Mahindra Racing was unable to score any points in the race, with Jérôme d’Ambrosio and Pascal Wehrlein finishing 11th and 13th, respectively. This puts the Indian team at 6th place in the teams’ championship at the end of the season.

Race results

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

CAR

GAP

1

Robin Frijns

Virgin

Audi

47m22.289s

2

Alexander Sims

BMW

BMW

3.200s

3

Sébastien Buemi

e.dams

Nissan

3.912s

4

Sam Bird

Virgin

Audi

4.270s

5

Daniel Abt

Audi

Audi

4.757s

6

Oliver Rowland

e.dams

Nissan

8.382s

7

Jean-Éric Vergne

DS Techeetah

DS

9.446s

8

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA

Venturi

9.738s

9

António Félix da Costa

BMW

BMW

11.727s

10

Gary Paffett

HWA

Venturi

12.251s

11

Jérôme d'Ambrosio

Mahindra

Mahindra

18.944s

12

Alex Lynn

Jaguar

Jaguar

19.420s

13

Pascal Wehrlein

Mahindra

Mahindra

27.144s

14

Oliver Turvey

NIO

NIO

28.045s

15

Tom Dillmann

NIO

NIO

28.580s

16

Felipe Massa

Venturi

Venturi

28.635s

17

Mitch Evans

Jaguar

Jaguar

1m05.009s

18

Lucas di Grassi

Audi

Audi

1 Lap

19

Maximilian Gunther

Dragon

Penske

2 Laps

-

Edoardo Mortara

Venturi

Venturi

Retirement

-

André Lotterer

DS Techeetah

DS

Retirement

-

José María López

Dragon

Penske

Retirement

Drivers’ championship

POS

DRIVER

 

Points

 

1

Jean-Éric Vergne

 

136

2

Sébastien Buemi

 

119

3

Lucas di Grassi

 

108

Teams’ championship

POS

Team

 

Points

1

DS Techeetah

 

222

2

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

 

203

3

Envision Virgin Racing

 

191

 

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