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Formula E - Jean-Eric Vergne defends FIA Formula E drivers’ championship title

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15.07.19

Formula E - 2018/19 New York City EPrix - Race 2 

Frijns wins last round of the season with DS Techeetah securing team title

Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne is the first driver in the history of the ABB FIA Formula E championship to defend his title. After winning the crown in the previous year, a seventh place in the last race of the season is enough for him to clinch the title again. His DS TECHEETAH team outscore the opposition and take home the teams’ title. Robin Frijns rounded out the season in style with a victory in New York for Envision Virgin Racing, his second win of the season.

Entering the final E-Prix of the season, Vergne still held a sizable advantage in the points table and only needed to avoid a non-scoring finish to put himself in prime position to pick-up the prize. After again struggling in the first group of qualifying, the Frenchman found himself down in 12th on the grid and looking to gain places during the race. However, he wasn’t the only championship contender eager to make a move forwards, with both Lucas di Grassi and Mitch Evans failing to make it to the super pole shoot-out.

Despite Sebastien Buemi’s best efforts, his championship chances were cut short after being beaten to pole position by Alexander Sims - missing out on the three precious points on offer. Vergne kept di Grassi and Evans in his vision and calmly controlled his championship destiny by negotiating his way to ninth nearing the end of the race. Although it was settled shortly before the finish and quickly became a formality as di Grassi and Evans came to blows and ended in the barriers only four corners from the chequered flag.

Taking two places on the final lap, Vergne vaulted further up the field to seventh and crossed the line to confirm his place in the history books as the first double champion and the first driver to defend his title.

Frijns fended off Sims and Buemi to finish in the points for the first time since winning on the streets of Paris back in April. The result moves Frijns to fourth in the standings and marks Sims first podium finish in Formula E.

With the last event of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E championship the most unpredictable, most competitive season so far comes to an end. Formula E now starts the countdown for season six, with the first race scheduled in Ad Diriyah, Saudia Arabia on November 22.

 

Quotes:

 

Robin Frijns, Envision Virgin Racing

“Seb caught me at the start and despite being behind him, I felt very strong from the start - I felt I had a better pace than him. I think that the only opportunity I had to overcome Buemi was when I was in ATTACK MODE and he wasn’t, so I took a shot which was clean, hard but very good from both sides. I’m happy this season is over and I could wrap it up on a high note so that we can prepare better for the next one.”

 

Alexander Sims, BMW i Andretti Motorsport

“I certainly had a couple of other opportunities throughout this season where it seemed like it was going to be possible to be on the podium but in the end it didn’t happen for whatever reason. If before this weekend you’d have told me I would’ve been first, a second place and pole I’d have bitten your arm off, so very pleased with that!”

 

Sebastien Buemi, Nissan e.dams

“It’s been a very difficult season for us as we had loads of issues in the end, for this reason finishing second in the championship is something I would have hardly dreamt of. I’ve just told Robin that him puncturing my tyre in Paris cost me the title, I was only seventeen points behind, leading the race! It’s motorsport and these things happen, but I’m just happy for my team as it’s been a tough season.”

 

Jean-Eric Vergne, DS TECHEETAH

“I couldn’t be prouder of my team. Last year we did an amazing job being a private team with no test days, with very little resource. This year, DS brought in more and of course, it took time to successfully work as a team but in the end we did a great job and I’m so proud of them. This will boost the confidence of the team for the upcoming season and I strongly believe I’m in the best Formula E team and we’ll keep working hard to make it stay this way.”

 

2019 New York City E-Prix (Rd 13)

 

1

Robin Frijns

Envision Virgin Racing

47:22.289s

(25)

2

Alexander Sims

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

+3.200s

(21)

3

Sebastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

+3.912s

(15)

4

Sam Bird

Envision Virgin Racing

+4.270s

(12)

5

Daniel Abt

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

+4.757s

(11)

6

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

+8.382s

(8)

7

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS TECHEETAH

+9.446s

(6)

8

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA RACELAB

+9.738s

(4)

9

Antonio Felix da Costa

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

+11.727s

(2)

10

Gary Paffett

HWA RACELAB

+12.251s

(1)

11

Jerome D’Ambrosio

MAHINDRA RACING

+18.944s

 

12

Pascal Wehrlein

MAHINDRA RACING

+27.144s

 

13

Oliver Turvey

NIO Formula E Team

+28.045s

 

14

Tom Dillmann

NIO Formula E Team

+28.580s

 

15

Felipe Massa

VENTURI Formula E Team

+28.635s

 

16

Alex Lynn

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

+41.420s

 

17

Mitch Evans

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

+1:27.009s

 

18

Lucas di Grassi

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

1 Lap

 

19

Maximilian Gunther

GEOX DRAGON

2 Laps

 

 

 

 

 

 

DNF

Edoardo Mortara

VENTURI Formula E Team

17 Laps

 

DNF

Andre Lotterer

DS TECHEETAH

3 Laps

 

DNF

Jose Maria Lopez

GEOX DRAGON

2 Laps

 

 

 

Drivers standings

 

Jean-Eric Vergne

DS TECHEETAH

136

Sebastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

119

Lucas di Grassi

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

108

Robin Frijns

Envision Virgin Racing

106

Mitch Evans

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

105

Antonio Felix da Costa

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

99

Daniel Abt

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

95

Andre Lotterer

DS TECHEETAH

86

Sam Bird

Envision Virgin Racing

85

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

71

Jerome D’Ambrosio

MAHINDRA RACING

67

Pascal Wehrlein

MAHINDRA RACING

58

Alexander Sims

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

57

Edoardo Mortara

VENTURI Formula E Team

52

Felipe Massa

VENTURI Formula E Team

36

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA RACELAB

35

Maximilian Gunther

GEOX DRAGON

20

Alex Lynn

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

10

Gary Paffett

HWA RACELAB

9

Oliver Turvey

NIO Formula E Team

7

Jose Maria Lopez

GEOX DRAGON

3

Nelson Piquet Jr.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

1

Tom Dillmann

NIO Formula E Team

0

Felipe Nasr

GEOX DRAGON

0

Felix Rosenqvist

MAHINDRA RACING

0

 

 

Team standings

 

DS TECHEETAH

222

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

203

Envision Virgin Racing

191

Nissan e.dams

190

BMW i Andretti Motorsport

156

MAHINDRA RACING

125

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

116

VENTURI Formula E Team

88

HWA RACELAB

44

GEOX DRAGON

23

NIO Formula E Team

7