Di Grassi wins possibly the craziest race in Zurich

Lucas Di Grassi has won the first race in Switzerland after 64 years in a frantic race which saw many twists and turns in the championship. 

It all started when the Full Course Yellow was called on lap 18 after a battle between Jean-Eric Vergne and Felix Rosenqvist, saw Rosenqvvist hit the wall at Turn 1. The Swede lost his front wing but was able to continue.

The stewards called the FCY which allowed everyone to pit, but Mitch Evans, Vergne, Sebastien Buemi, Andre Lotterer and Jose Maria Lopez were caught out for overspeeding during the FCY and were slapped with a drive-through penalty.

Vergne who was 40 points clear in the championship at the start of the day, fought his way through the field from 17th and was in 7th as he entered the pits. The Frenchmen’s pit stop was 12 seconds longer than the rest of the field, and the Techeetah driver dropped to 9th.

Evans had just been past by Di Grassi before the pit stop window and the Jaguar Racing driver was in a tight battle with Andre Lotterer, but they were forced to take a drive-through penalty which dropped them down the order.

Bird who was struggling in fifth was able to leapfrog the drivers in front of him and finished in second cutting Vergne’s championship lead to 23 points ahead of final two races of the season in New York.

Jerome D’Ambrosio also benefited from the drive-through penalties as he finished the race in third place.

Andre Lotterer was able to recover to fourth place after his drive-through penalty, while Buemi was able to keep hold off fifth place despite his penalty.

Nick Heidfeld finished sixth, but Evans struggled after his drive-through and finished seventh after starting from pole position.

Antonio Felix Da Costa finished eighth for Andretti, Oliver Turvey finished in the points for NIO after starting from last on the grid.

Vergne picked up the final point in Zurich. The 28-year-old came out of the pits in 12th after his drive-through penalty, but he was able to pass Maro Engel and stricken Lopez who hit the wall at Turn 1 to finish in tenth place.

 

 

 

 

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