Formula E

Bird takes second New York victory

Sam Bird took his second New York ePrix victory of the weekend, becoming the second driver in Formula E history to take two wins from the same weekend.

Starting from pole, Bird lost out to Felix Rosenqvist on the run up to turn one. He stayed close to the Mahindra and, after a brief full course yellow to clear Mitch Evan’s stranded Jaguar, passed Rosenqvist up the inside of a hairpin.

Towards the midpoint of the race, Bird’s team-mate Alex Lynn stopped on track, bringing out the full course yellows.

Most of the field dived into the pits, taking advantage of the neutralised race, but Bird and a handful of others remained out. He pitted the following lap and rejoined the race in the lead, just before the end of the full course yellow. The two Techeetah drivers, who had followed Bird into the pits, weren’t so lucky, with the race restarting whilst they were in the pits. Both dropped to the back of the field.

1-_R3I9554Bird was unchallenged for most of the second stint as Rosenqvist battled with team-mate Nick Heidfled. The pair swapped places multiple times, with Rosenqvist finishing on top.

Pierre Gasly who started fourth, enjoyed a lonely race, but slowly caught up with the Mahindra’s towards the closing laps. He was right on Heidfeld’s tail as the trio approached the chequered flag. A misjudged overtake sent Gasly into the barrier, but he was able to continue, finishing fourth.

Lucas Di Grassi took fifth after starting ninth. The championship contender made up all the positions in the opening stint, but couldn’t catch up with Gasly in his second car. Early in the stint, he was forced to defend against Nico Prost, who had recovered from 14th on the grid, but he was soon able to pull away from the Renault e.dams to take a comfortable fifth.

Going into the final round of the championship, Di Grassi will be 10 points behind championship rival Sebastien Buemi, who missed the New York event to race at the Nurburgring in the World Endurance Championship.

1-_W6I2233Prost’s sixth place drops him to fifth in the championship, behind race winner Sam Bird.

Tom Dillmann finished seventh ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, who was forced to pit to remove bodywork after contact on the opening stint.

Robin Frijns took a grid penalty for changing parts after the crash in qualifying damaged the gearbox. He also received a five second penalty as he wouldn’t be able to serve his full grid penalty. Even so, he climbed up to ninth, staying out two extra laps in the first stint.

Jerome D’Ambrosio took 10th after a race long battle with his team-mate and Antonio Felix Da Costa.

Daniel Abt took the fastest lap of the race after coming to a stop on track early in the race. He was able to start the car again and return to the pits, switching to his second car to take the single point for fastest lap.

Image credit: FIA Formula E Media


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