Race had several accidents, different levels of rain and the eighth winner in the season
A race for survivors. That was the impression of Lucas Di Grassi at the end of the eighth round of the Formula E World Championship on the streets of Paris (France) on Saturday (April 27). With several accidents, four risky situations that caused a yellow flag throughout the circuit, safety car interventions, rain at varying levels and even haildrop, the race began already under the control of the safety car and was one of the hardest tests of the season for drivers and teams.
The Brazilian driver, who is fighting for his second world title, finished fourth after starting from eighth. With the result, he climbed from fifth to third in the standing. The winner was Dutchman Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), who started from third. Frijns inherited the race lead pole position Oliver Rowland (England, Nissan e-Dams) and Swiss Sebastian Buemi (Nissan e-Dams) quit the race. The Duchman is now the standings new leader with 81 points. Lucas has 70, tied with the Portuguese António Félix da Costa (BMW Andretti).
“It was a sensational race with rain and dry track. A lot of things happened but I managed to finish and now I am third in the championship. With everything that came out here today, it was a test for survivors. As things happened it was very difficult to do a reading and strategize. To get to the end it took a lot of calm and control at various moments. I already expected a difficult race, so I think I was kind of ready for a day full of surprises, “said Lucas Di Grassi. “The next race will be in Monaco, and I’m happy with what we’ve shown. We’re walking strong. And I thank the team for everything they’ve done not only here in Paris, but in the other races too, “continued Lucas, referring to the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler.
With the victory of Frijns, the World Championship has different winners for all eight races – one of them was Di Grassi’s, winner of the Mexico e-Prix, the series fourth round. “I find it difficult to have a ninth winner in Monaco – even because I want to win again!” Lucas joked. “But this championship surprises us on every race. So I think Monaco will be another very special round, “added the Brazilian. The ninth round is scheduled for May 11.
Championship standings: 1) Robin Frijns (Netherlands, Envision Virgin Racing), 81 points; 2) Andre Lotterer (Germany, DS Techeetah), 80; 3) António Félix da Costa (Portugal, BMW Andretti) and Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), 70; 5) Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Belgium, Mahindra), 65; 6) Jean-Eric Vergne (France, DS Techeetah), 62; 7) Mitch Evans (New Zealand, Panasonic Jaguar Racint), 61; 8) Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), 59; 9) Sam Bird (England, Envision Virgin Racing), 54; 10) Edoardo Mortara (Switzerland, Venturi Team), 52 points.