Di Grassi Wins a Hectic Mexican ePrix

Lucas Di Grassi has won an amazing Formula E race in Mexico which had so many twists and turns and takes 25 points away from Sebastien Buemi who failed to score. 

Jean-Eric Vergne finished the race in second with Sam Bird claiming third place after a hectic final few laps.

Esteban Guiterrez claimed his first points in his first race in Formula E after a crash in the stadium section which took ut Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld.

Jaguar Racing secured their first points in Formula E as Mitch Evans finished in fourth place and Adam Carroll finished in seventh.

Sebastien Buemi finished outside the points after he spun at turn one when he was using his fanboost.

Jerome D’Ambrosio was on the same strategy as Di Grassi and was holding off  Vergne, but the Belguim ran out of energy on the final lap of the race and finished outside the points.

There was a huge crash in the final few laps which saw both Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist get taken out of the race.

Nicolas Prost hit Heidfeld, which caused the German to spin and Rosenqvist to drive into the back of his teammate.

Race Start

Oliver Turvey made a great start to the race and pulled a good gap to Jose Maria Lopez on the opening lap of the race.

There was a lot of contact at turn three as Maro Engel slammed into the back of Di Grassi. The amount of debris on the track brought out the safety car. Di Grassi pitted and changed his rear wing and stayed on the lead lap.

The safety car pitted on lap four and the race was away once again. Turvey got a good getaway, but Lopez maintained a close gap to the race leader during the restart.

Buemi moved into sixth place after passing Rosenqvist at turn one. The Swede overtook the last season’s champion on the opening lap, but it wasn’t long until the Swiss driver got his revenge.

Buemi was all over the back of Sam Bird after the first ten laps of the race, but the Swiss driver was unable to get passed the Brit.

Heidfeld was also holding up Vergne in the fight for third place. The German was forming a train down to Buemi. Third to seventh was separated by two seconds.

Safety Car

Turvey hit problems on lap 13, as the race leader lost power on the start finish straight and fell a lap down, and Lopex inherited the lead of the race.

The Jaguar drivers were running in seventh and eighth after the first 16 laps of the race and were causing a massive train of cars behind, but the British got a stroke of luck as the safety car came out to recover Turvey’s car.

Drivers started to pit under the safety car to try and gain an advantage in the second half of the race. Di Grassi and Jerome D’Ambrosio who were running at the back of the track both pitted under the safety car period.

Lopez got a good gap on Heidfeld at the restart. Heidfeld was immediately under attack by Jean-Eric Vergne as the leaders approached the pit stop window.

Pit Stop Window 

Vergne was the first of the front runners to pit on lap 24. The French driver tried to undercut the Heidfeld. The rest of the driver pitted on lap 25.

Vergne managed to undercut Heidfeld and moved into second place, but Lopez was able to maintain the lead of the race.

Loic Duval who was doing an extra lap stopped on track and caused another safety car. Di Grassi and D’Ambrosio led the pack, but both drivers had 26% less energy than Lopez in third.

Robin Frijns and Antonio Felix Da Costa were handed a drive-through penalty for leaving the pit under the minimum time.

Closing Stages 

Vergne tried an ambitious move on the inside of turn two on Lopez and forced the Argentine off the track, but the Ds Virgin driver held the position.

Lopez tried to overtake D’Ambrsoio at turn one but spun at turn one and Buemi nearly crashed into the Argentine as the championship leader spun out and fell to 16th place.

D’Ambrosio was clinging on to second place with his life as Vergne just could not find a way passed the Belguim driver.

Vergne managed to pass D’Ambrosio to move into second and Bird followed on the next lap. There was a huge crash in the stadium section as Prost hit Heidfeld and caused a small pile up as Rosenqvist smashed into his teammate.

This was enough to allow Di Grassi to walk away and win the Mexican ePrix and with Buemi not scoring any points the championship race looks back on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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