PARIS – Jean-Eric Vergne picked-up his third ABB FIA Formula E Championship victory of the season Saturday during the Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix.
The TECHEETAH driver led from start to finish and now leads his closest rival Sam Bird by 31 points in the title fight.
“It was the race I wanted to win this year and to have done it in such a good way today from pole position was absolutely amazing – I couldn’t be happier, especially with my birthday this week,” said Vergne. “We’re racing in the most beautiful city in the world, we have the best location on the Formula E calendar. Paris has done a great job in creating an event seeing how many fans there were here today. I’m happy that the Mayor of Paris is backing us to keep moving forward with the championship. I don’t think about the title yet, it’s too far away, and I take one race after another – anything can happen in Formula E. I don’t want the team to think they can relax, and I will still push them very hard until the very last race.”
After securing the Julius Baer pole position and three additional points, Vergne drove a dominant race. Bird and Vergne’s teammate Andre Lotterer came to blows on a number of occasions during the course of the race, but caused mayhem in a last run to the finish- line – leaving Bird with only three wheels on his car.
In a bid to secure another one-two for TECHEETAH, Lotterer was pushing hard to the checkered flag, but slowed suddenly with only four corners remaining due to running low on energy. This left the German open to attack and allowed Lucas di Grassi to steal second.
Bird didn’t receive the same treatment with the Brit running into the back of Lotterer – removing his front wing and destroying his right-front corner. Luckily for Bird, it was only a matter of crawling to the end to earn another podium finish in third. Lotterer wasn’t so fortunate as he dropped from second to sixth.
Di Grassi – who narrowly missed out on the super pole shoot-out – continued his strong run of form with his third podium in a row ahead of Bird in third. Venturi driver Maro Engel ended the race where he started, in fourth. The other driver to vault above Lotterer was Sebastien Buemi, taking fifth in the home race for Renault e.dams.
Jean-Eric Vergne, Lucas di Grassi, Sam Bird, Maro Engel, Sebastien Buemi, Andre Lotterer, Daniel Abt, Felix Rosenqvist, Oliver Turvey, Jose Maria Lopez, Nick Heidfeld, Jerome D’Ambrosio, Edoardo Mortara, Alex Lynn, Mitch Evans, Nico Prost, Ma Qing Hua, Nelson Piquet Jr., Tom Blomqvist, Antonio Felix da Costa.