Bird wins the first race of Formula E in New York

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Sam Bird has taken victory in the first round of the ePrix of New York after managing to perfection the key moments of the race. The british pilot had thus achieved his fourth victory in the Formula E, the first in a season that has had major ups and downs. The French Jean-Eric Vergne and Stéphane Sarrazin have completed the first podium of the Formula E in Brooklyn, leaving the doors to Lucas di Grassi. All in all, the brazilian has added a great comeback that has allowed him to finish fourth and to cut a good bag of points to the absent Sebastien Buemi.

Alex Lynn cloaking to the perfection of his condition debutante with a pole position, who however could not take advantage as Daniel Abt will snatched the first position in the first angle. While in the central part of the group, the contacts between different cars were the common note, ahead of the first six positions were consolidated. Lynn managed to maintain second place ahead of Bird, while Jean Eric-Vergne was fourth ahead of Heidfeld. A step behind them, Jerome D’ambrosio and Oliver Turvey managed to avoid problems to be placed in the sixth and seventh position respectively.

Mitch Evans was the first victim of the repeated touches lived in the early stages of the race, actions that allowed by another party to Lucas di Grassi reach the tenth square. Shortly after, the brazilian climbed to the ninth position after overtaking a Jerome D Ambrosio, who lost pace noticeably after the output for the brazilian after suffering a touch with Piquet Jr. All in all, the Audi driver moved away from the head group in the your partner Daniel Abt could not put even a meter away on Lynn, Bird, Vergne and Heidfeld. The own Abt, Vergne and Di Grassi received the FanBoost.

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Sam Bird passed to the action to pull ahead of Alex Lynn almost at the same time that Heidfeld was made with the fourth position after overtaking Vergne. Spurred on by his passing, Bird also was hugged by Daniel Abt, who played in the fork of the second sector. Despite this touch could not pass and the first five positions were to convert that same ‘train’ that in the first few laps. While the leaders seemed to be waiting for the step-by-pit, Lucas di Grassi won the other two positions after beating Rosenqvist and Turvey. In his umpteenth attempt, Sam Bird took the lead of the race.

Open the ban on overtaking, Heidfeld was above Alex Lynn. The substitute of ‘Pechito’ López was also passed by Jean-Eric Vergne followed. The French rider did not halt there, and in a move to limit also managed to pass Nick Heidfeld to be placed in the third position. The opposite effect of what lived in Lynn in full free fall and with less battery that its rivals couldn’t contain the attacks of Stéphane Sarrazin and Lucas di Grassi, before passing by the pit I got to climb up to a sixth position which allowed him to keep dreaming to win more positions in the second half of the race.

The change from single-seater to be produced in bulk, with a lap of difference between the riders ‘early birds’ and those who rushed the capacity of your batteries. All in all, Sam Bird was maintaining its lead ahead of Vergne, Abt and Sarrazin. Alex Lynn went back to retrieve bellows after rejoining the race in fifth position, while Lucas di Grassi lost a position with respect to Rosenqvist in the maneuver and returned to the track in the seventh position. However, the brazilian recovered to a position immediately, tode time that Alex Lynn with mechanical problems she had to leave just two laps after coming out of the pitlane.

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In the absence of a little more than 10 laps, the race is divided into two points of interest. Ahead, Bird, Vergne and Abt formed a first group, with the podium positions more or less settled. However, after Stéphane Sarrazin, the two riders of Mahindra and Lucas di Grassi were immersed in an interesting battle for the fifth position is very important for the brazilian in the key of the fight for the title. A duel that ended with a spinning top of Felix Rosenqvist, pounding the barriers with his rear wing. Lucas di Grassi got the long-awaited fifth.

The drama in the Mahindra was born three laps after when the ball broke the rear suspension of the car of Nick Heidfeld. Although the Safety Car appeared, the race ended without the presence of the same, you played a real bad past Daniel Abt, with an error in one of the forks lost blow your position on the podium, which fell in the hands of Sarrazin. Oblivious to this incident, Sam Bird got the victory in New York, with Jean-Eric Vergne and Stephane Sarrazin completing a podium that is unparalleled in the category. Fourth for its part, crossed the finish line in Lucas di Grassi.

Loïc Duval and Oliver Turvey, ended up in fifth and sixth position, while Pierre Gasly and Nico Prost were getting some valuable points for the team Renault e.Dams from the seventh and eighth place, while both signed their names to a race quite discreet. The area of points completed in New York the Dutch Robin Frijns and Adam Carroll. Both took advantage of the problems of last hour of Dillmann and Abt to get the last few points, very well received both in Andretti as in Jaguar, especially in the case of the british manufacturer.

Classification ePrix New York Formula And 2016-17 (I)

Pos. Pilot Car Time
1 Sam Bird DS Virgin DS Virgin DSV-02 43 turns
2nd Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah Renault Z. E 16 +1.354
3rd Stéphane Sarrazin Techeetah Renault Z. E 16 +4.392
4th Lucas di Grassi ABT Schaeffler Audi ABT Schaeffler FE02 +6.155
5th Loïc Duval Faraday Future Penske 701-EV +8.428
6th Oliver Turvey NetEV NIO NextEV TCR Formula 002 +8.952
7th Pierre Gasly Renault e.Dams Renault Z. E 16 +9.321
8th Nico Prost Renault e.Dams Renault Z. E 16 +10.036
9th Robin Frijns Andretti BMW Andretti ATEC-02 +11.019
10th Adam Carroll Panasonic Jaguar Jaguar R-Type 1 +12.073