Techeeath claim first ever Formula E one-two


Techeetah has claimed the first ever one-two in Formula E in history as Jean-Eric Vergne claimed victory with Andre Lotterer coming home in second. 

Sebastien Buemi was able to see off a hard-charging Felix Rosenqvist who came home in fourth after starting from 14th place on the grid.

Sam Bird came home behind Rosenqvist in fifth, and Nelson Piquet Jr finished sixth after he tried an ambitious move to pass Buemi for third but ended up in the run off area.

The excitement levels rose in the closing stages of the race. Lotterer caught Vergne for the lead of the race. With five laps to go, Lotterer hit the back of Vergne, but they managed to get through the corner without hitting the wall.

The contact between the two Techeetah drivers allowed Buemi, Rosenqvist and Bird to catch the two leaders.

Rosenqvist was trying to force his way past Buemi, but the Renault e.Dams driver defended aggressively to keep the Swedish driver behind.

The result moves Vergne and Techeetah to the top of the drivers and teams championship.

Start of the race

Piquet Jr made a great start from fifth place and jumped to second by the end of turn one but struggled to keep up with Vergne for the first stint of the race.

There was plenty of contact at the rear of the field on lap one as Jose Maria Lopez came together with Alex Lynn which forced Lopez into the wall.

As the drivers were trying to avoid the stranded Dragon Racing car, Nick Heidfeld and Maro Engel came together and both suffered suspension failures and which caused them both to retire. The incidents brought out the safety car which lasted four laps.

Piquet Jr attacked Jean-Eric Vergne at the restart but was unable to pass the French driver on the opening lap of green flag racing.

Pit Stop window 

The race started to stagnate as the drivers battled for positions, but the tight nature of the Santiago circuit was making overtaking extremely difficult.

Vergne and Piquet started to trade fastest laps as Piquet tried to form another attack on the Techeetah driver.

Despite the track showing to be quite difficult to overtake, Lucas di Grassi managed to find his way past Oliver Turvey and Nicolas Prost to move his Audi up to seventh place.

Just before the pit stop window, Andre Lotterer forced his way down the inside Piquet Jr at turn one and moved up to second place.

Di Grassi’s bad luck caught up with him in the pit stop window, as his second car stopped again on track for the fourth race in a row and the reigning champion retired from the race.  Daniel Abt had already withdrawn from the race due to an early pit stop for damage, which meant that Audi scored no points in Santiago.

Closing Laps 

The two Techeetah drivers started to fight as Lotterer caught Vergne and attached his teammate for the lead of the race. At the same time, Buemi passed Piquet Jr for third at the hairpin and caught the two leaders quickly as they fought each other.

Nelson Piquet Jr dived down the inside of Buemi into turn nine, but couldn’t make the corner and had to use the runoff area and fell to sixth promoting Rosenqvist and Bird.

Then the two Techeetah driver’ came together with five laps to go which allowed Buemi, Rosenqvist and Bird to catch up, but the drivers were able to maintain their positions to the chequered flag.



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