Hong Kong E-Prix Report

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. 

148 Edoardo Mortara  Venturi59’36.119
211 Lucas di Grassi  Team Abt59’37.107
34 Robin Frijns  Virgin Racing59’37.655
466 Daniel Abt  Team Abt59’38.104
519 Felipe Massa  Venturi59’39.377
62 Sam Bird  Virgin Racing59’39.425
720 Mitch Evans  Jaguar Racing59’40.136
817 Gary Paffett  HWA AG59’40.487
916 Oliver Turvey  NIO Formula E Team59’41.743
1028 Antonio Felix da Costa  Andretti Autosport59’42.611
117 Jose Maria Lopez  Dragon Racing59’43.337
128 Tom Dillmann  NIO Formula E Team59’43.944
1325 Jean-Eric Vergne  Techeetah59’52.723
1436 Andre Lotterer  Techeetah1:00’00.389
dnf22 Oliver Rowland  Nissan e.dams49’58.428
dnf5 Stoffel Vandoorne  HWA AG38’44.734
dnf23 Sébastien Buemi  Nissan e.dams37’45.880
dnf27 Alexander Sims  Andretti Autosport34’49.744
dnf6 Felipe Nasr  Dragon Racing1’25.894
dnf94 Pascal Wehrlein  Mahindra Racing1’27.028
dnf64 Jérôme d’Ambrosio  Mahindra Racing1’27.584
dnf3 Nelson Piquet Jr.  Jaguar Racing

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


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