Vergne one-step closer to championship after Paris win

Jean-Eric Vergne stormed to victory in Paris, with drama on the final lap of an intense Paris ePrix. The Frenchman now has a 34 point advanatage in the drivers’ championship. 

There was drama at the end, as Andre Lotterer and Lucas Di Grassi were in an intense battle for second place, but Lotterer ran out of energy on the final lap and conceded second place to Di Grassi.

However, Bird hit Lotterer into the final corner and finished the race in third with three wheels on his car. Lotterer dropped to sixth after the incident as Maro Engel and Sebastien Buemi was able to pass the German who was crawling to the line.

Vergne didn’t have it all his own way, as he was under intense pressure from Bird during the first stint. However, after the pit stop window, Vergne gained a small gap to Bird as was able to use that to drive away and claim victory.

Bird struggled in his second car and fell back from Vergne and was overtaken by Lotterer and Di Grassi, which set up the dramatic battle between the two drivers.

Di Grassi had more energy than Lotterer but struggled to find a way past. Lotterer defended hard, maybe too hard in Di Grassi’s view.

Lotterer ran out of energy with three corners to go, but the German looked to try and block Bird going into the final corner which caused the Brit to smash into the back of the Techeetah driver.

Engel secured his best result in Formula E with his fourth place finished, with Buemi coming home in fifth.

Lotterer ended the race to sixth with Daniel Abt who drove fantastically with many stunning overtaking moves into Turn 1 to finish in the points after starting 14th.

Felix Rosenqvist’s title challenge looks all but over as he falls over 60 points behind Vergne with four races to go after an eighth-place finish.

Oliver Turvey secured more points for NIO in ninth and Jose Maria Lopez secured the final point in tenth place.

 

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