Abt wins in Hong Kong on his 25th Birthday

Daniel Abt has won the Hong Kong ePrix on his 25th birthday after being gifted it by Edoardo Mortara who lead the race from turn one to lap 43.

Mortara spun his Venturi at turn two and watched Abt and Rosenqvist sail past him, but still ended the race in third place.

Rosenqvist stunned everyone when the Swede spun his Mahindra at turn one after the safety car start. The Swede fell to 11th place by the end of the first lap.

Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi failed to score a point in the second round and the two drivers who dominated Formula E for three seasons.

Start of the race

The race started behind the safety car after the start lights failed. The drivers waited on the grid for three minutes before race control decided to use the safety car.

Rosenqvist lead the field away but the Swede amazingly spun at turn one and fell down the order to 11th place. The Mahindra drivers spin allowed rookie Mortara to lead the race in the Venturi.

Mahindra’s day went from bad to worse when Nick Heidfeld stopped on track and fell to the back of the pack.

Di Grassi moved into the points after he passed Nicolas Prost t move into tenth place. Rosenqvist was starting his charge back through the field and had passed Oliver Turvey, Nelson Piquet Jr and Sam Bird before the pit stop window.

Pit stop window 

Mitch Evans lost time in the pits and was jumped by Rosenqvist who fell back to 11th and was back into third place and started to chase the leaders. Antonio Felix Da Costa lost out in the pits. The Portuguese driver was running in fourth place but came out of the pits in 14th.

Di Grassi day got worse when he had to restart his car on the side of the track and the reigning champion fell to 17th place.

Closing Stages 

Rosenqvist was catching Abt at around half a second a lap. The Swede a had cut the gap by eight seconds after the pit stop and was 5 seconds behind with eight laps to go. However, Abt started to respond to Rosenqvist’s charge and the Swede had to settle for third.

Mortara spun at turn two and lost the lead to Abt and Rosenqvist moved to first and second and Mortara rejoined in third.

Abt then calmly negotiated the final lap and secured victory for the Audi team.

 

 

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