15 Aug 19
10 Mar 19
Following a hectic race in Hong Kong, which saw Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird steal what looked to be a sure win from DS Techeetah's Andre Lotterer, the FIA issued Bird a critical five second penalty for puncturing Lotterer's tyre, which ultimately ended his race. The penalty drop's the Brit to sixth place, handing Venturi's Edoardo Mortara and the team, their maiden win. With that, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Lucas di Grassi moves up to second place.
In the final moments of the race, Bird was chasing down race leader Lotterer when he made contact with the back of his car, breaking his rear suspension and appearing to puncture his tyre. After sustaining the damage, Lotterer limped home nursing his stricken car.
"The race was fair up to that point but it is what you would call a disgusting move because it is not really the way we should race," said a disgruntled Lotterer moments after the race.
"I lost it thanks to him. Even if they disqualify him my race is done so honestly it is just sad," he added.
After Mortara spun out in the final few laps in Hong Kong last season, the win in Hong Kong is particularly significant for the Swiss-Italian driver. Not only is it his first win in Formula E but it's also Venturi's first victory in the series, despite being one of the founding teams.
All results are still provisional until confirmed by the FIA.
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