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Jean-Eric Vergne wins Formula E race in Sanya

Jean-Eric Vergne secured a much-needed victory in Sanya on home soil for the Chinese DS TECHEETAH team, vaulting the reigning champion to third in the standings and reigniting his title defence in the 2019 ABB Formula E Championship.

Without a point to his name in the previous three races, Vergne’s championship aspirations were at a crossroads coming to Sanya. However, such is the close competition of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the win jumps Vergne up the order to sit only eight points adrift of BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Antonio Felix da Costa and Mahindra Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio.

Not only is it a sixth victory for Vergne in Formula E, the result sees a sixth different driver standing on the top step in as many races – still without a repeat winner this season.

Vergne started on the front row alongside Oliver Rowland, who lined-up in Julius Baer pole position for Nissan e.dams. With the leading pack running nose-to-tail in the early stages of the race, Vergne made his move at just over half race distance – catching Rowland unawares up the inside of the tight left-hander at Turn 11.

From there Vergne maintained position and held on to victory, despite a late scare for not respecting the safety car procedure resulting in a reprimand. Vergne also collected a point for fastest lap, which puts him tied on points with Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird – who failed to score after a coming together with Stoffel Vandoorne on the opening lap.

Rowland crossed the line in second place – disappointed to miss out on a maiden victory in Formula E, but earning a first podium finish for the Nissan e.dams outfit after squandering a number of chances in Santiago, Mexico City and Hong Kong.

The podium positions were rounded-out by Da Costa who held station in third, moving the BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver back to the top of the standings after another large haul of points.

Vergne’s team-mate Andre Lotterer added to DS TECHEETAH’s tally in fourth – avoiding damage after a scuffle with Alexander Sims. Although, Sims wasn’t so fortunate after stopping on track with suspension damage and bringing out the red flags. After a short delay in the pitlane the race got back underway with 12-minutes left on the countdown clock.

Daniel Abt was the highest-ranked Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver in fifth, with Sebastien Buemi bouncing back to sixth after starting in the pitlane following issues in qualifying – later dropping to ninth for causing a collision with Robin Frijns.

Approaching the halfway mark of the season, the top-six drivers are only separated by 10 points. It’s wide open in the title race as the series heads to Rome for the start of the voestalpine European races on April 13 – round seven of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

RACE RESULTS

1

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS TECHEETAH

1:02:50.185s

(26)

2

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

+1.762s

(21)

3

Antonio Felix da Costa

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

+3.268s

(15)

4

Andre Lotterer

DS TECHEETAH

+4.631s

(12)

5

Daniel Abt

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

+5.972s

(10)

6

Jerome D’Ambrosio

MAHINDRA RACING

+17.340s

(8)

7

Pascal Wehrlein

MAHINDRA RACING

+18.367s

(6)

8

Sebastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

+19.405s

(4)

9

Mitch Evans

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

+20.646s

(2)

10

Felipe Massa

VENTURI Formula E Team

+27.739s

(1)

11

Oliver Turvey

NIO Formula E Team

+31.453s

 

12

Tom Dillmann

NIO Formula E Team

+32.654s

 

13

Edoardo Mortara

VENTURI Formula E Team

+38.208s

 

14

Robin Frijns

Envision Virgin Racing

+ 1 Lap

 

15

Lucas di Grassi

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

+ 2 Laps

 

 

 

 

 

 

DNF

Nelson Piquet Jr.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

21 Laps

 

DNF

Alexander Sims

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

20 Laps

 

DNF

Gary Paffett

HWA RACELAB

13 Laps

 

DNF

Jose Maria Lopez

GEOX DRAGON

10 Laps

 

DNF

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA RACELAB

1 Lap

 

DNF

Sam Bird

Envision Virgin Racing

 

 

DNF

Felipe Nasr

GEOX DRAGON

 

 

 

 

 

DRIVER STANDINGS

Antonio Felix da Costa

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

62

Jerome D’Ambrosio

MAHINDRA RACING

61

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS TECHEETAH

54

Sam Bird

Envision Virgin Racing

54

Lucas di Grassi

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

52

Edoardo Mortara

VENTURI Formula E Team

52

Daniel Abt

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

44

Robin Frijns

Envision Virgin Racing

43

Andre Lotterer

DS TECHEETAH

41

Pascal Wehrlein

MAHINDRA RACING

36

Mitch Evans

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

36

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

27

Sebastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

19

Alexander Sims

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

18

Felipe Massa

VENTURI Formula E Team

15

Oliver Turvey

NIO Formula E Team

6

Gary Paffett

HWA RACELAB

4

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA RACELAB

3

Jose Maria Lopez

GEOX DRAGON

2

Nelson Piquet Jr.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

1

Tom Dillmann

NIO Formula E Team

0

Maximilian Gunther

GEOX DRAGON

0

Felipe Nasr

GEOX DRAGON

0

Felix Rosenqvist

MAHINDRA RACING

0

 

 

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