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Vergne takes home win, Lotterer and Bird collide on last lap – Race Report

Paris E-Prix – Jean-Eric Vergne took his third victory of the 2017/18 Formula E season for Techeetah, while team mate Andre Lotterer ran out of energy on the last lap.

Vergne led from pole position ahead of DS Virgin’s Sam Bird, who chased the Parisian for the first stint but came out two seconds behind him after the mandatory car swap.

He went on to cruise to victory and extend his championship lead to 31 points over Bird.

Lotterer attacked Bird for second, passing on the inside of Turn 10 but locking up and making contact with Bird to complete the move.

Bird then lost out to the chasing reigning champion Lucas di Grassi, who stopped a lap later than the leaders. He passed Bird for the podium place on the following lap into Turn 3.

Lotterer ran out of usable energy on the final lap, however, relinquishing second and making further but much heavier contact with Bird, who was left with a broken front-left corner.

Bird still scored the podium finish, ahead of Maro Engel’s Venturi after his season best qualifying.

Lotterer crossed the line in sixth, behind Sebastien Buemi who made a last lap pass on Daniel Abt. The Audi driver had come through from 14th on the grid.

Championship protagonist Felix Rosenqvist was eighth after starting 11th, with NIO’s Oliver Turvey and Dragon’s Jose Maria Lopez completing the top ten.

Edoardo Mortara stopped three laps later than the leaders and was coming through the field to score points, but went off at Turn 10 while trying to pass Lopez for a points-paying position. He finished 13th.

Antonio Felix da Costa retired from the race with a suspected brake problem, while team mate Tom Blomqvist retired after rear-ending Nico Prost’s Renault e.dams on the opening lap and damaging his front wing.

Jaguar’s Mitch Evans was also caught up in the incident, needing a front wing change which left him 15th. His team mate Nelson Piquet also retired.

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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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