What a way to finish a race at the ABB Formula E Paris E-Prix. The three years that the electric championship visited the french capital, we had three different final laps with unexpected results.
Jean Eric Vergne started on pole position in front of his fans but Sam Bird tried to catch him. Andre Lotterer showed that he wanted to stop the British driver and tried to overtake him, but both drivers kept the same positions. The full course yellow appeared when Ma Qing Hua didn’t start his NIO car. When the race started again we saw how Daniel Abt was really aggressive overtaking some drivers and reaching the top positions before the pitstops.
The top 3 drivers of the race, Vergne, Bird and Lotterer were in less than a second before the pitstops, and even Sam Bird tried to overtake Vergne, but the french driver kept the first position after changing his car. Andre Lotterer tried to overtake Sam Bird but both drivers collided, making the British driver to lose the position against Lucas Di Grassi, who had more energy and started to chase Andre Lotterer during the rest of the race.
On the fina lap, Lotterer was running out of battery and Lucas Di Grassi overtook him. The problem came just after that movement because Sam Bird came really fast and crashed into Lotterer, making the Techeetah driver to lose some positions. Sam Bird could finish 3rd but only with 3 tires touching the track.
Jean Eric Vergne won the Paris E-Prix and is heading the next race with even more advantage at the championship. Lucas Di Grassi and Sam Bird were with him at the podium, but probably there will be changes because Sam Bird is under investigation for that movement against Lotterer. The top 10 was completed with Engel, Buemi, Lotterer, Abt, Rosenqvist, Turvey and Lopez.
The next round of the championship will be in 3 weeks at Berlin. Stay tuned to know what will happen at the German race and if Techeetah will be able to increase their advantage or if Sam Bird will start to take some points.