Formula E – New York City ePrix – Race 2
The New York City ePrix is over and we only have one more double race to finish the third season of the FIA Formula E. Sam Bird won again at New York and Buemi is still the leader after the double race that he didn’t race.
Bird started on pole at New York but as we saw on race 1, the poleman lost the position at the first turn, in this case, it was Rosenqvist who overtook Sam Bird. Daniel Abt had problems with his Audi which was stopped after turn 1, but he could continue without problems… on last position. Vergne, on the other side, was hit at the first turn and had to pit with damage on his car. Another retirement was for Maro Engel who broke his suspension.
The race was going without problems and Sam Bird overtook Rosenqvist without problems. Heidfeld tried also to overtake him, but they were close to collide, so they decided to keep the positions, switching after the pitstop for a few laps and recovering the original positions before the finish line.
Mitch Evans caused a full course yellow after stopping his car at the track, which was over after the pitstop of Sam Bird, who continued leading the race after the car change.
The strange moment came with Da Costa and the Faraday Future cars. After the pitstop D’Ambrosio overtook Da Costa who spun, losing also the position with Duval. Now it was time for Duval to attack Da Costa, and the Amlin driver was the one who spun, losing the position against the two Dragon cars, so many laps later, it was time for Da Costa to attack Duval, hitting Duval’s car and making him to spun, losing position agains Vergne and Sarrazin. Da Costa received a drive through penalty for that movement.
Right before reaching the finish line, Gasly tried to attack Heidfeld and he hit the wall… but was enough for him to finish the race in 4th position.
Sam Bird won the second race at New York with both Mahindra on podium, being Rosenqvist second and Heidfeld third. The top 10 was completed with a crashed Gasly, Di Grassi, Prost, Dillmann, Vergne, Frijns and D’Ambrosio.
In two weeks we’ll go to Montreal for the last double race of the season and we will know the name of the champion of the FIA Formula E championship. It will be Buemi or Di Grassi? Soon we’ll get the answer.