Formula E: Di Grassi triumphs in Mexico City
Lucas di Grassi won an action-and-accident-packed Formula E Mexico City ePrix after going from last position. Brazilian driver of the Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport team scored first win of the season and 5th in his Formula E career.
Oliver Turvey started from pole position after it was being stripped off from Daniel Abt because of the technical irregularities of his car. Turvey led in the first quarter of the race but Jose Maria Lopez soon took the lead from the British driver. At the same time, di Grassi had to pit on the third lap due to a broken wing. Brazilian driver then pitted again on lap 17 but still was able to win the race. His decision to pit under the safety car, much earlier than the most of the grid, proved to be a good one.
Di Grassi was able to drive no less than 28 laps and to resist all attacks of his rivals. At the end, the series vice-champion triumphed with a margin of 1.966s to the Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne, while DS Virgin Racing’s driver Sam Bird completed the podium.
The reigning champion and championship leader Sebastien Buemi, who the last three races, finished 13th, mainly because of the slow pitstop. Small consolation came in the form of bagging the bonus point for setting the fastest lap.