Sam Bird wins the Santiago ePrix

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Sam Bird has won the Santiago eprix after session off a hard-fought fight from rookie Pascal Wehrlein in the closing stages of the race. However, Bird was under investigation for being underweight, but the stewards said there would be no further action.

In the final ten minutes of the race, Pascal Wehrlein used his attack mode to try pass Bird, but the Mahindra Racing driver was unable to find a way past and then ran into battery trouble in the final two laps, which allowed Bird to cruise to victory.

Sebastien Buemi lead the majority of the race from pole position but was under intense from Bird, and with 15 minutes remaining the Swiss driver crashed at the Turn 5-6 chicane ending his race and promoted Bird to first place.

Wehrlein was able to nurse his car home with temperature issues with his battery. Alexander Sims crossed the line in third place but was given a time penalty that dropped him from third to seventh after he hit Edoardo Mortara at the Turn 8,9,10 chicane.

That promoted Daniel Abt to third place and completed the podium places. Edorado Mortara was able to recover from the incident with Sims to finish in fourth place.

Robin Frijns was able to come from 13th to finish in fifth place. The Virgin Racing driver was in a fierce battle with Mortara but the Dutch driver was unable to find a way through.

Mitch Evans finished in sixth place with Sims in seventh. Jerome D’Ambrosio was able to fight his way from 20th to finish in eighth place and pick up four points and keeps his championship lead by one point.

Oliver Turvey scored his first points of the season in ninth place and Jose Maria Lopez who crossed the line seventh was dropped to tenth after using more than 200kW of race power.

It was a massive race of attrition with Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix Da Costa failing to finish after both drivers came together when they were in the midfield. Both drivers suffered from being in group one in qualifying and struggled to make progress before the two drivers came together.

Lucas Di Grassi crashed in Lopez at the final corner which caused Lopez to spin, but also gave Di Grassi a time penalty which dropped the Audi driver out of the points.

Vandoorne was on for his first finish in Formula E but he crashed at Turn 3 after he was in fifth place, and the Belgian is still waiting for his first finish in the series.

Oliver Rowland also crashed out in the final laps of the race after trying to pass Andre Lotterer.

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