Di Grassi takes the first blow in the ePrix of Montreal

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Lucas di Grassi has achieved the victory in the first round of the ePrix of Montreal, last appointment of the season 2016-17 in the Formula E. The Audi driver has asserted his pole to score his second victory of the ‘Season Three’, a result that is worth to be placed as the new leader of the contest. Jean-Eric Vergne and Stéphane Sarrazin have completed the podium, which has left Sébastien Buemi as fourth place in the streets of Montreal. After the technical scrutineering post-race, Sébastien Buemi has been excluded for not meeting the minimum weight the car.

The first round of the ePrix of Montreal began to dispute in any way from the FP2, the whole time the strong crash of Sébastien Buemi became a penalty of 10 positions by changing the batteries in your car. In this way, Lucas di Grassi was going to have the pole position and his main rival at his side to be in a position of privilege and leaving Buemi in the twelfth position. A position very different from that without doubt marked the first meters of the race, because that Di Grassi maintained the first position, while Buemi fell to the sixteenth square to prevent touches, which is still well produced.

With the DS Virgin at the bottom of the group with a problem of power delivery in classification, Stéphane Sarrazin had no problems to place second in the output, while Felix Rosenqvist was third place. Mitch Evans got the fourth place ahead of Nico Prost and Adam Carroll, although to tell the truth the largest movements were in the rear. Sébastien Buemi prevailed over Maro Engel, Tom Dillmann, Nick Heidfeld and Loïc Duval, what he was worth to reach the tenth position. In turn, Jean Eric-Vergne was going to occupy the fourth place.

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The first turning point of the race occurred shortly after exceeding the third of the race. Nick Heidfeld was attempting to overtake Loïc Duval, but this closed the door in excess and both ended up touching. In the first instance, the worse off it was Duval as he suffered a spin, but in the end Nick Heidfeld had just impacting against the wall to try to get back to the pits with the front suspension broken. The relevant period of ‘Full Course Yellow’ racing pit-stops all of the pilots head, which in turn caused the first moments of tension.

Sébastien Buemi was slowed in the pits by Daniel Abt, mate Di Grassi. The duel between the two ended there as Buemi managed to get ahead of the pilot of Audi ABT in a maneuver that ended up with Abt hitting the back of Buemi. Despite this episode, Buemi managed to get back on track in the eighth position, while Di Grassi held a comfortable lead over Jean-Eric Vergné, Stéphane Sarrazin and Felix Rosenqvist. Little time it took for Buemi to beat Oliver Turvey and Mitch Evans, with Daniel Abt following in their footsteps. The accident of José María ‘Pechito’ López was causing the output of the Safety Car.

the march of the Safety Car, Sébastien Buemi exceeded without opposition Nico Prost in the overtaking easier of the day, although Daniel Abt managed to ‘complicate’ this maneuver, which made them lose time and rhythm to Buemi. Despite this, the swiss was able to give chase to Rosenqvist. Buemi also conseuía to overtake the rider of Mahindra, who also lost his position with Abt, Prost and Bird. All in all, the comeback of Sébastien Buemi ended there as the attempt to overtake Stéphane Sarrazin in the last lap is saldaba with a small touch between the two, without an option for the swiss to get the third place.

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despite the great comeback of his rival and the final pressure of Jean-Eric Vergne, Lucas di Grassi got the victory in the first race of the weekend, a result that is worth to be the leader of the Formula And by a margin of six points and face the last race of the year ahead of Buemi. The own Vergne and Stéphane Sarrazin completed the podium, leaving Buemi in the fourth position. Daniel Abt for its part, closed the race in fifth position, although the German was facing a last-minute delicate already out of the car, when Buemi I threw in his face his performance.

Sam Bird closed his great comeback with a valuable sixth place ahead of Nico Prost, who lost pace in the last laps, which cost a couple of positions that are points in the fight for the title of teams. The area of points have completed Mitch Evans with the Jaguar, Robin Frijns and Felix Rosenqvist in a career quite different for all of them, and somewhat disappointing in the case of the pilot of Mahindra, the whole time that started in the top places. All in all, the exclusion of Buemi marked all the news post-race.

Classification ePrix Montreal Formula E 2016-17 (I)

Pos. Pilot Car Time
1 Lucas di Grassi ABT Schaeffler Audi ABT Schaeffler FE02 35 turns
2nd Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah Renault Z. E 16 +0.350
3rd Stéphane Sarrazin Techeetah Renault Z. E 16 +7.869
4th Sébastien* Buemi Renault Z. E 16 Renault Z. E 16 +8.256
5th Daniel Abt ABT Schaeffler Audi ABT Schaeffler FE02 +8.592
6th Sam Bird DS Virgin DS Virgin DSV-02 +8.913
7th Nico Prost Renault e.Dams Renault Z. E 16 +10.058
8th Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Jaguar R-Type 1 +10.457
9th Robin Frijns Andretti BMW Andretti ATEC-02 +15.836
10th Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing Mahindra M3Electro +16.764

* Excluded by not fulfilling the car the minimum weight of 880 kg.