New York E-Prix: Frijns wins finale, Vergne retains title

Alex Kalinauckas
Motorsport

crashed out together on the final lap when they both needed to win. Techeetah also won the teams’ championship.

Vergne came into the last race, which was a significantly calmer affair compared to the first race on Saturday, with a 22-point lead over di Grassi. But he started down in P11, behind di Grassi and Evans – his only remaining title rivals.

After being involved in two pile ups in the first race, Vergne’s race was straightforward after he made a robust pass on around the outside of the Turn 6 90-degree left on the first lap.

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From there he tracked di Grassi, was briefly passed by former title rival into Turn 6 and then looked set to finish there until the last lap crash between di Grassi and Evans.

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That pair had not put Vergne’s title under serious threat throughout the race as they could only climb to fifth and sixth from eighth and 11th on the grid. Evans put under massive pressure for fourth in the closing laps but could not find a way by and was attacked by di Grassi coming out of the Turn 10 hairpin on the final lap.

The Jaguar driver appeared to come across the Audi as they race up the straight towards the 90-degree left of Turn 11, they collided as a result and went into the inside wall before ending up in the barriers at the outside of Turn 11.

Evans was able to reverse away and take the chequered flag, while di Grassi was stranded in the wall, but the former was handed a 10-second stop go penalty (converted into a time penalty) immediately after the finish and dropped to 17th in the final result.

Up front, Frijns came home a massive 3.2s clear after a dominant drive. He made a slow start to drop to third behind race one winner Buemi off the line, but pulled off two breathtaking passes into Turn 1 to move into the lead.

Frijns did so after a safety car period caused by as the rear of the field came through Turn 6, with Lopez then driving into Lotterer as the DS Techeetah squeezed by.

Lotterer retired a few laps later with suspension damage and was later given a pointless time penalty for causing the collision.

At the point of the safety car, the race was being led by polesitter Sims, who had made a perfect start from his maiden FE pole and successfully negotiated the early rounds of attack mode usage. Frijns made his first Turn 1 dive on lap 9 to depose Buemi for second and set about pursing Sims.

The Dutch driver was able to stay with Sims even when the BMW driver was in his second attack mode and on lap seven – when they were both in the standard 200kW mode – Frijns made a repeat dive at Turn 1. They made slight contact at the apex, with Sims forced a touch wide and Frijns shot through to take a lead he would never use.

Sims spent the rest of the race defending against Buemi – robustly at times, particularly at Turn 6 – and he held off the Nissan e.dams driver to seal second and take a first FE podium.  finished fourth as Virgin took third in the teams’ standings ahead of Nissan, with DS Techeetah’s first teams’ triumphed sealed by the late crash.

Abt took fifth ahead of rounding out the top 10 behind Vergne, who is now FE’s first double champion and the first driver to successfully defend a title. 

Buemi’s third place means he takes second in the final drivers’ standings.

1

Netherlands
Netherlands

Robin Frijns

Virgin Racing

36

47'22.289

25

2

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alexander Sims

Andretti Autosport

36

47'25.489

3.200

21

3

Switzerland
Switzerland

Sébastien Buemi

Nissan e.dams

36

47'26.201

3.912

15

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Sam Bird

Virgin Racing

36

47'26.559

4.270

12

5

Germany
Germany

Daniel Abt

Team Abt

36

47'27.046

4.757

11

6

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Rowland

Nissan e.dams

36

47'30.671

8.382

8

7

France
France

Jean-Eric Vergne

Techeetah

36

47'31.735

9.446

6

8

Belgium
Belgium

Stoffel Vandoorne

HWA AG

36

47'32.027

9.738

4

9

Portugal
Portugal

Antonio Felix da Costa

Andretti Autosport

36

47'34.016

11.727

2

10

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Gary Paffett

HWA AG

36

47'34.540

12.251

1

11

Belgium
Belgium

Jérôme d'Ambrosio

Mahindra Racing

36

47'41.233

18.944

12

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alex Lynn

Jaguar Racing

36

47'41.709

19.420

13

Germany
Germany

Pascal Wehrlein

Mahindra Racing

36

47'49.433

27.144

14

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Turvey

NIO Formula E Team

36

47'50.334

28.045

15

France
France

Tom Dillmann

NIO Formula E Team

36

47'50.869

28.580

16

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Massa

Venturi

36

47'50.924

28.635

17

New Zealand
New Zealand

Mitch Evans

Jaguar Racing

36

48'27.298

1'05.009

18

Brazil
Brazil

Lucas di Grassi

Team Abt

35

46'15.642

1 Lap

19

Germany
Germany

Maximilian Gunther

Dragon Racing

34

45'40.215

2 Laps

Switzerland
Switzerland

Edoardo Mortara

Venturi

17

24'40.086

19 Laps

Germany
Germany

Andre Lotterer

Techeetah

3

5'11.699

33 Laps

Argentina
Argentina

Jose Maria Lopez

Dragon Racing

2

2'46.153

34 Laps

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