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.
|1||Edoardo Mortara||VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM||1:03.251||25|
|2||Lucas di Grassi||AUDI SPORT ABT SCHAEFFLER||+ 0.988||18|
|3||Robin Frijns||ENVISION VIRGIN RACING||+ 1.536||15|
|4||Daniel Abt||AUDI SPORT ABT SCHAEFFLER||+ 1.985||12|
|5||Felipe Massa||VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM||+ 3.258||10|
|6||Sam Bird||ENVISION VIRGIN RACING||+ 3.306||9|
|7||Mitch Evans||PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING||+ 4.017||6|
|8||Gary Paffett||HWA RACELAB||+ 4.368||4|
|9||Oliver Turvey||NIO FORMULA E TEAM||+ 5.624||2|
|10||Antonio Felix da Costa||BMW I ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT||+ 6.492||1|
|11||Jose Maria Lopez||GEOX DRAGON||0|
|12||Tom Dillmann||NIO FORMULA E TEAM||0|
|13||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS TECHEETAH FORMULA E TEAM||0|
|14||Andre Lotterer||DS TECHEETAH FORMULA E TEAM||0|
|15||Oliver Rowland||NISSAN E.DAMS||0|
|16||Stoffel Vandoorne||HWA RACELAB||3|
|17||Sébastien Buemi||NISSAN E.DAMS||0|
|18||Alexander Sims||BMW I ANDRETTI MOTORSPORT||0|
|19||Felipe Nasr||GEOX DRAGON||0|
|20||Pascal Wehrlein||MAHINDRA RACING||0|
|21||Jerome d’Ambrosio||MAHINDRA RACING||0|
|22||Nelson Piquet jr||PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING||0|