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Paris E-Prix Post-Race Debrief

Jean-Eric Vergne extended his lead in the Formula E championship with a momentous home victory in Paris, but what other headlines were there?

Lotterer under fire

Andre Lotterer came under intense criticism from Sam Bird and Lucas di Grassi for his defensive driving. The Techeetah driver made contact with the two of them on three separate occasions, the last of which at the very end of the race when he ran out of energy landed him a 10-place grid penalty for the next race in Berlin.

Engel scores best result of the season

Maro Engel put in his best performance of the season so far with a fourth place finish. The German was relieved to not have been in group one for qualifying, which he believes assisted him on a circuit that suits the Venturi well.

“That was obviously the first great news of the weekend, finally not being in group one anymore,” he said, “When you’re in group one five races out of seven it’s not great. We made good use of it, the team gave me a good car, had good qualifying, it was great to be back in super pole. It was a tough race, not easy obviously fighting the big guys and teams and in the end I so close to the podium.”

Abt unimpressed by Buemi’s driving

Lotterer was the only driver who received criticism. Sebastien Buemi’s last lap overtake on Daniel Abt left the German annoyed as he felt it was an overly aggressive move.

“He almost ruined my race, he ran into my sidepod and almost put me in the wall,” Abt said, “He’s the only driver on track that whenever I see him it’s a pain.

“It’s fun with everyone except with him but that probably won’t change in the future.”

Mortara says more penalties needed

Edoardo Mortara reckons more penalties for collisions need to be handed out, after he made contact with Jose Maria Lopez and ended up in the wall. Lucas di Grassi said post-race that all drivers have been seeking for clearer standards from the stewards.

Seatbelt issue recurs for Piquet

A second consecutive seatbelt issue forced Nelson Piquet Jr. into the retirement. The Brazilian had to come through the field after missing qualifying as he crashed both his cars during free practice.

Double retirement for Andretti

Andretti suffered a double retirement in Paris after Tom Blomqvist crashed on the opening lap, leaving him with damaged front and rear wings. Antonio Felix da Costa went backwards in the early stages of the race after qualifying in super pole, and retired with an undiagnosed technical issue.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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