Vergne wins a thrilling Bern E-Prix

Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne secured victory into a frantic Bern E-Prix which saw heavy rainfall in the final two laps. 

The championship leader lead the race from start to finish and saw off a heavy attack from Mitch Evans. Evans tried to pass Vergne using his Attack Mode but was unable to find a way through before Vergne responded on the following lap to use his Attack Mode

Then in the final two minutes, the heaven’s opened and the rain fell hard which made the track extremely slippery and Evans attacked once more, but Vergne was able to see it off the attack and secure the victory.

Vergne is now 32 points clear of teammate Andre Lotterer with two races remaining in New York with only 58 points remaining.

Evans finished the race in second with Swiss racer Sebastien Buemi coming home third in his home race. Lotterer, who came from eighth place to finish in fourth, despite suffering a damaged front wing in the first corner melee.

The race only got to the first corner before the red flag was thrown, as Pascal Wehrlein was shoved into the wall by Sebastien Buemi which caused Wehrlein to hit the wall and cause a traffic jam which brought out the red flag.

In a separate incident, Robin Frijns was hit from behind at the first race corner where the incident occurred by Jerome D’Ambrosio which broke the Dutchmen’s drivetrain causing his retirement.

The race restarted under the safety car conditions, but the order was reverted to the grid order, which hampered Di, Grassi and Da Costa, as they avoided the melee and moved up to eighth and ninth place.

But they would start from 18th and 19th after being promoted one position due to Frijns’ retirement.

Sam Bird had a puncture after the first corner collision but he was able to restart in sixth place and finished in fifth after he passed Maxi Gunther around the outside of Turn 3. Gunther was able to cross the line in sixth place.

Daniel Abt came home in seventh for Audi in front of Alex Lynn in eighth. Felipe Massa just finished ahead of Lucas Di Grassi in ninth place. Di Grassi took home the last point for finishing in tenth.

Da Costa finished the race in 12th place behind Stoffel Vandoorne in 11th.

There were only four retirements in the race despite the red flag crash, which were Frijns, Edorado Mortara, Oliver Rowland and Pascal Wehrlein.

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