The grid were in action for the fourth round of the 2017/2018 ABB Formula E season. Jean-Eric Vergne took his second ever Formula E win, with Andre Lotterer in second. Sebastian Buemi rounds off the podium places in third.
TECHEETA took their first ever 1-2 in Formula E as Jean-Eric Vergne dominated on the streets of Chile. His team mate, and electric racing rookie, Andre Lotterer finished the race in second place.
Vergne only lost the lead during the pit stops, as he expertly converted his pole position in to a win.
Sebastian Buemi managed to salvage third place after quickly loosing out to Lotterer and Nelson Piquet Jr, who looked set for a podium finish.
Behind our podium finishers, Rosenqvist managed to recover from his starting position of 14th to finish in a respectable 4th. However, he faced pressure from Sam Bird in the closing stages. The Brit was left with more usable power than his competitors after her remained on track for a lap longer than the rest of the field.
More drama came in the closing stages of the race when Lotterer began fighting his team mate, aiming for his first ever race win. The German crashed in to the back of Vergne, and the two cars were locked together for a few tense seconds.
This intense sparring continued into the final lap, where Lotterer made an attempt to pass around the outside of turn two.
Jose Maria Lopez was unable to enjoy his home race, as he crashed out on the first lap. On the same lap, Maro Engel made contact with the wall that broke his suspension. Both incidents sparked a yellow flag which lasted for the next three laps.
Alex Lynn faced a similar fate as his DS Virgin Racing car drew to a halt on lap 28, while he was running in sixth place.
Lucas DiGrassi faced another issue, his third in four races, which saw him draw to a halt on lap 23. He quickly dropping down to 16th. The reigning champion is yet to score a single point in season four.
Vergne exclaimed, “That was great fun” after the race, as he shared the podium with his friend and team mate.
Lotterer, however, was clearly disappointed with a lack of race win. “It’s racing in the end and I had a lot of pace in the car. He knows exactly how to defend!”
None were more despondent than the ever competitive Buemi, who commented that “In general, I’m a bit disappointed. Third place is always good but a bit disappointed to be behind our customer team”
Feature Image Credit: Formula E Press Release
Posted on 3rd February, 2018 for Overtake Motorsport
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