Andre Lotterer was left despondent after having his maiden Formula E race win snatched away from him after he suffered a puncture and suspension damage with two laps to go.
The German was in a race-long battle with Sam Bird which enthralled the spectators, but with only 4km to go, Bird tried a move on the inside of Turn 2, a 90-degree right-handed corner.
However, Bird misjudged the gap and hit the rear of the Lotterer’s Techeetah which caused his right rear tyre to delaminate which went on to cause suspension failure.
The 37-year-old was frustrated at the end of the race, as he knew the result of the investigation won’t give him his win back.
“It was supposed to be a really good day,” said Lotterer. “But until the last lap I was unfortunately hit in the back by Sam Bird and that destroyed my tyre and suspension and that was it. We had it, it wasn’t really a fair move and we go home empty-handed.
“We were quick all day and looking good all day, but it’s just pretty sad because even if he is under investigation, I can’t get the win back so it’s pretty pointless. The good thing is that the car is quick, so we can look forward to Sanya to try and do this again.”
Lotterer is now tenth in the drivers’ standings with 29 points.