After a fantastic qualifying session earlier in the day, Jose Maria Lopez’s race ended in the wall after the Argentinian driver suffered a suspension failure on lap one.
The suspension failure occurred just after turn one where Lopez made contact with his teammate Sam Bird which forced him into the wall breaking his left front suspension.
Lopez was disappointed not to finish the race, as he believes every lap that he does on track is vital to his development in the series.
“I just wanted to finish the race today, so I can gain the valuable experience I need as a rookie. Turn one, I wanted to turn in and cut back to get a good run to turn two, but I was not given the space I needed to stay on the track.
“I tried to stay away from the wall, but I touched a car, and that sent me into the wall, and I had a suspension failure from there. I tried to nurse it back to the pits with the 20 laps I needed to stay in the race, but I think the suspension gave up at the chicane and I just went straight into the wall,” said Lopez.
The 33-year old is not leaving with his head down after the ePrix, as the DS Virgin Racing driver was very happy with his performance in qualifying, and is hopeful he can build on that in Marrakesh next month.
“I am extremely happy with my qualifying performance considering it’s my first race. To be third in my first race is fantastic. There is still a lot of things that I can improve on especially in the race; that’s why I’m so upset I could not complete the race,” said Lopez.
Lopez was one of five retirements from the Hong Kong ePrix, joining both Techeetah drivers and Mitch Evans and Daniel Abt.[responsivevoice_button]