Formula E Hong Kong E-Prix 2019

Following a hectic race in Hong Kong, Sam Bird lost its victory to Mortara. According to race judges, Bird’s attack on Andre Lotterer was against rules and the FIA issued Bird a critical five-second penalty for puncturing Lotterer’s tire.

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.

Similar to the dramatic ending in Mexico, 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 tire. Lotterer had no choice but limp home costing him his entire race weekend.

“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. 

*Source: All Results and reports from ABB Formula E.

POSDRIVERTEAMTIMEPOINTS
1Edoardo MortaraVENTURI FORMULA E TEAM1:03.25125
2Lucas di GrassiAUDI SPORT ABT SCHAEFFLER+ 0.988
18
3Robin FrijnsENVISION VIRGIN RACING+ 1.53615
4Daniel Abt AUDI SPORT ABT SCHAEFFLER+ 1.98512
5Felipe MassaVENTURI FORMULA E TEAM+ 3.25810
6Sam BirdENVISION VIRGIN RACING+ 3.3069
7Mitch EvansPANASONIC JAGUAR RACING+ 4.0176
8Gary PaffettHWA RACELAB+ 4.3684
9Oliver TurveyNIO FORMULA E TEAM+ 5.6242
10Antonio Felix da CostaBMW I ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT+ 6.4921
11Jose Maria LopezGEOX DRAGON0
12Tom DillmannNIO FORMULA E TEAM0
13Jean-Eric VergneDS TECHEETAH FORMULA E TEAM0
14Andre LottererDS TECHEETAH FORMULA E TEAM0
15Oliver RowlandNISSAN E.DAMS0
16Stoffel VandoorneHWA RACELAB3
17Sébastien Buemi
NISSAN E.DAMS0
18Alexander SimsBMW I ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT0
19Felipe NasrGEOX DRAGON0
20Pascal WehrleinMAHINDRA RACING0
21Jerome d’AmbrosioMAHINDRA RACING0
22Nelson Piquet jrPANASONIC JAGUAR RACING0

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