Sam Bird Wins a halted Diriyah E-Prix

Sam Bird has won a halted Diriyah E-Prix after a red flag stopped the race with three minutes remaining after a crash between Mitch Evans and Alex Lynn, which has resulted in Lynn being taken to hospital for precautionary checks. 

Maximillian Gunther came together with Tom Blomqvist at Turn 18 and immediately after the Evans and Lynn were also in the same run-off area, but there was no replay of their crash provided by FIA. Mahindra has released a statement saying that Lynn is conscious and talking.

Bird won the race by using his Attack Mode to pass pole-sitter Robin Frijns in the closing stages of the race at Turn 18. Frijns took his second Attack Mode first just before a Full course Yellow was caused, which cost the Envision Virgin Racing driver valuable time.

Frijns did pass Bird on the restart, but when Bird used his Attack Mode he was able to repass Frijns and race away out front before the race was stopped. Frijns ended the race in second with Jean-Eric Vergne in third.

The two Techeetah’s showed that even with their season six powertrain they still have a strong race pace, but Vergne and Antonio Felix Da Costa did come together at the final corner of the race track as Da Costa was trying to pass Vergne and the two came together and just narrowly missed the wall.

Nick Cassidy finished fifth in the second Envision Virgin Racing car ahead of both Dragon’s of Sergio Sette Camara and Nico Muller. Oliver Turvey finished in eighth for the NIO 333 team which secured more points for the Chinese team.

Oliver Rowland ended the race in ninth for Nissan with Rene Rast rounding out the top ten for Audi.

Alexander Sims finished in 11th for Mahindra Racing ahead of Lucas Di Grassi in 12th. Tom Blomqvist finished 13th after he contact with Gunther.

Yesterday’s race winner Nyck De Vries could only finish in 14th after starting from 20th. Norman Nato was 15th. for Venturi. Both Porsche drivers were 16th and 17th and Stoffel Vandoorne was the last of the classified finishers.

Edoardo Mortara did not take part in the race as his car was not ready to take the start after his crash in free practice.

 

 

 

 

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