Di Grassi Takes Charge in Montreal

Lucas Di Grassi has taken the lead in the driver’s championship with one race to go as Buemi could only manage to finish fourth after the first Montreal ePrix race of the weekend. 

The Brazilian was able to see off a late Jean-Eric Vergne attack, as the Frenchman closed up after the restart from the safety car that Jose Maria Lopez caused after crashing out.

Di Grassi is now six points clear of Buemi as the season moves into the final race of the season tomorrow.

Nick Heidfeld caused a full course yellow in the early stages of the race as he collided with Loic Duval and broke his suspension.

Start of the race 

Buemi started the race cautiously and fell back to 17th, but he sustained damaged at turn one as others hit the Swiss driver as they looked to move up the order.

Buemi’s steering wheel became unaligned, but the Renault e.Dams driver was able to power through the damaged steering to move up to eighth place at the pit stop window.

Daniel Abt was moving through the field before the pit stop window. The young German made a number of spectacular to move up to ninth place as we entered the pit stop window.

Heidfeld and Duval came together and brought out the Full course yellow and caused the first round of pit stops to happen a couple of laps earlier than expected.

Pit Stop window

Felix Rosenqvist lost out in the pit stops window. The Swedish driver’s stopped was two seconds longer than it should have been and he lost out to Jean-Eric Vergne.

Adam Carroll was also running in the points before the pit stop, but he didn’t pit under full course yellow, which cost the British driver as he fell to 14th.

Buemi managed to make his way through the field, as he passed Evans to move into sixth and then was allowed through later on by Prost to move into fifth place.

Closing Stages 

The field closed up after Jose Maria Lopez crashed out on lap 25 which brought out the safety car.

On the restart, Di Grassi and Vergne embarked on on an eight lap battle for the lead of the race.

Rosenqvist hit the wall hard on lap 31 and damaged his car and fell down the order which allowed Buemi to move into fourth.

Buemi then challenged for a podium with Sarrazin. The two drivers got so close to each other but the Swiss driver could not find a way through and finished fourth.

Di Grassi was able to see off Vergne and claim the lead of the championship

 

 

 

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