Formula E: Robin Frijns triumphed at the streets of Paris
Robin Frijns (Virgin Racing) has won the Paris ePrix, the eighth round of the 2018-2019 FIA Formula E Championship. It’s the maiden FE victory for Frijns in his third season in the championship. Frijns is the eighth different winner in eight races of the season and he is now the new championship leader.
Frijns has 81 points on his account, just one more than Andre Lotterer (DS Techeetah), who finished second today at the streets of Paris. The third man on a podium was Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler).
Heavy rain and several FCY (full course yellow) or Safety Car periods made the race very eventful. The race even started behind the BMW i8 Safety Car due to damp conditions. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) was on the pole position because the fastest qualifier Pascal Wehrlein was penalized for incorrect tyre pressure. Rowland lost his lead in the very first lap when he crashed into the wall. Later he recovered and finished in the twelfth place.
Behind a trio on the podium, the other point-scorers are Lucas di Grassi (Audi), Maximilian Gunther (Dragon Racing), Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah), Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW Andretti), Gary Paffett (HWA), Felipe Massa (Venturi) and Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing).
With five more races on a schedule, Frijns leads the championship ahead of Andre Lotterer. Antonio Felix da Costa and Lucas di Grassi is sharing the third place with 70 points each. The previous leader Jerome d’Ambrosio is now fifth, with 65 points. Among the teams, DS Techeetah leads with 142 points, seven more than Virgin Racing.
The next Formula E race would be the Monaco ePrix, scheduled for May 11.