Bird, Engel, Rosenqvist handed post-race penalties

Hong Kong ePrix – Sam Bird, Maro Engel and Felix Rosenqvist were all handed penalties following the Formula E season opener.

Race winner Bird was given a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race after crashing into pit equipment and team personnel during his pit stop.

“There’s just no grip in the pit lane. I turned in and just went straight on, there’s nothing I can, it’s so dirty,” Bird explained after the race.

The Brit had already been given a drive-through penalty during the race for not completing his car swap in the mandatory zone.

Mahindra’s Rosenqvist and Venturi’s Engel were given converted drive-throughs in the form of a 22-second time penalty for exceeding the maximum power output of 180kW.

Rosenqvist was found to have reached 197kW of power, while Engel peaked at 190kW.

The Mahindra driver crossed the line in eighth but is 14th with the penalty, while Engel was fourth across the line but stands in 13th.

This means Nelson Piquet Jr now takes fourth for Jaguar, ahead of Daniel Abt, Antonio Felix da Costa, Edoardo Mortara, Alex Lynn, with Nico Prost and Luca Filippi in the points.

Techeetah driver Andre Lotterer received two penalties before eventually being disqualified from the race.

The rookie received a five-second time penalty for his team failing to remove the cooling system three minutes before the start of the race. He then received a drive-through penalty for cutting the Turns 3/4 chicane, and not coming to a complete stop before re-joining the circuit as requested.

He was then disqualified after the race for leaving his car in “Ready to move” mode in parc ferme, which is considered unsafe.

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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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