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Zurich E-Prix: Post-race debrief

Zurich E-Prix – Formula E made history in Zurich by hosting Switzerland’s first motor race since 1954. What other headlines were there after Lucas di Grassi’s victory?

Diving di Grassi

After his emphatic victory, Lucas di Grassi jumped into Lake Zurich from the Audi hospitality area in celebration. He was quickly joined by team principal Allan McNish and head of Audi motorsport Dieter Gass.

Bird takes title hunt to New York

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird took second with series leader Jean-Eric Vergne just 10th, meaning the points gap is 23 points going into the New York double header finale which Bird dominated last season, taking a pole position and both wins.

Drivers confused by speeding penalties

Vergne along with his team-mate Andre Lotterer, Sebastien Buemi, Jose Maria Lopez and polesitter Mitch Evans were hit with penalties for speeding under full course yellow conditions. However, several were baffled as to how it happened, claiming they did nothing unusual during the FCY prodedure.

Dragon’s first podium in two years

Jerome D’Ambrosio scored his and Dragon’s first podium finish since the season two finale at Battersea Park. He has praised the recent improvements in the set-up to boost qualifying pace.

“This year it was very difficult and we just kept on improving with a strong qualifying in Paris and Berlin and a strong one today that allows me to start at the front which always increases my odds of a good result at the end,” he said.

Turvey fights back through the field

Oliver Turvey did not make a top ten appearance in qualifying for the first time this season after hitting the wall on his 200kW lap at Turn 2. He fought his way up from last on the grid to ninth, having fended off Vergne in the closing stages of the race.

FCY ends Venturi’s hopes

Maro Engel’s race was ruined by the appearance of the FCY as his strategy was to run an extended first stint, but he was forced to come in two laps earlier than planned with 15% useable energy still remaining. He finished the race 11th.

Team-mate Edoardo Mortara retired after suffering a suspension failure.

Technical gremlins

Both Mortara and Bird had battery changes on race day, but neither driver was penalised despite them being changed out of sequence. Teams can escape penalties for unplanned component changes if the fault cannot be traced to them.

Rosenqvist blames Vergne for Turn 1 off

Felix Rosenqvist has pointed the finger at Vergne for his off at Turn 1 as he was overtaking the Mahindra driver. Rosenqvist broke his front wing against the barriers and had to change cars early as a result.

“I didn’t feel like he accepted me letting him past and suddenly I had to take evasive action and he got lucky I guess. That’s about it really,” he said.

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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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