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Victory for Jean-Eric Vergne in Bern

Victory for Jean-Eric Vergne in Bern

23.06.2019: 2019 JULIUS BAER SWISS E-PRIX (RD 11) - Jean-Eric Vergne clings on to victory with valiant drive ahead of fast-charging Mitch Evans - Reigning champion races away at the top of the stan

2019 JULIUS BAER SWISS E-PRIX (RD 11)



- Jean-Eric Vergne clings on to victory with valiant drive ahead of fast-charging Mitch Evans
 
- Reigning champion races away at the top of the standings and extends lead to 32-points over Lucas di Grassi
 
- DS TECHEETAH driver delivers in Bern to become first winner of the voestalpine European races






Jean-Eric Vergne held off the advances of Mitch Evans and weathered a late rain shower to win in Bern and extend his lead at the top of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship standings to 32-points over Lucas di Grassi.
 


The DS TECHEETAH driver led from lights-to-flag, picking-up three points for Julius Baer pole position in the process and pulling away from his nearest rivals in the championship chase - building a buffer before heading to the season finale in New York.
 


However, it wasn’t a walk in the park for Vergne, who was hurried and hassled by Evans all the way to the chequered flag. The Panasonic Jaguar Racing pilot put pressure on Vergne, looming large in his mirrors, but was unable to pass with the Frenchman making his car as wide as possible.
 


Despite trying to take the initiative and activating ATTACK MODE earlier than expected, Vergne mirrored every move Evans made and hung on to victory with an assured and astute drive. Not even a light sprinkling of rain in the latter stages could dampen Vergne’s mood.
 


Sebastien Buemi brought his Nissan e.dams car home in third to round-out the podium places and receive the adulation of the adoring Swiss fans. Buemi beat Andre Lotterer at the line, but Lotterer later dropped down the order after being handed a post-race time penalty for ignoring the pit exit light.
 


With Lotterer’s penalty applied, Sam Bird was promoted to fourth - making the most of his good fortune after suffering a puncture in the skirmishes at the start, that eventually led to the race coming to a stop.
 


The race was temporarily suspended following a coming together at the first corner, with Pascal Wehrlein and Maximilian Gunther blocking the path for the rest of the pack - allowing Bird to return to the pits and change tyre.
 


Although he got caught-up in the first-corner collision, Gunther gathered his composure and carried his car to a career-best fifth position. Daniel Abt was a place further back in sixth, ahead of Alex Lynn in seventh and Felipe Massa in eighth.
 


Lucas di Grassi leapt up the field to ninth after a lacklustre qualifying left him in a lowly grid slot. The final points-paying position was filled by Stoffel Vandoorne, who also vaulted up the order from 15th to 10th.
 


With the title up for grabs and eight drivers still mathematically in contention, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship crosses the pond for the season finale showdown - set against the backdrop of the stunning New York City skyline on July 13 & 14. Can anyone catch Vergne?
 


 



DS TECHEETAH
JEAN-ERIC VERGNE


"I arrived here like a zombie after Le Mans but nevertheless, I think the team helped me massively to do a good job. They gave me a fantastic car, especially in qualifying. At the end of the race I was definitely slower than Mitch - he was really on it! I wasn’t that fast, but I wasn’t taking any massive risks either, particularly in the last laps when the rain came. I couldn’t believe it… my engineers were telling me rain was coming and I could see the drops on my visor.



Nothing is comfortable in Formula E and everything can change so quickly. It’s a good lead - it’s a bigger lead than the one I had last year - but I’m not thinking about it too much. I’ll arrive in New York with the same wish to win the race and do the job. Simple as that."

 

PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING
MITCH EVANS

"It was actually harder than I expected. I was hoping it was going to be a bit of a slam dunk when I was on ATTACK MODE, but it didn’t really materialise. I was so close and I got a good overlap but it would’ve been quite risky to hang around the outside at Turn 3, or other places and he was defending well.



JEV is a truly good defender and it would’ve meant taking a big risk to try and get by. I felt extremely fast today and I want to thank everyone in the team for handing me a great car and it feels great to be on the podium. But ultimately, I felt like I had the pace to win."

 



NISSAN E.DAMS
SEBASTIEN BUEMI


"I think it was an amazing day for me, even if it’s only third place. It feels like a win - it was amazing to have my family here. I was told we had three per cent more energy but there isn’t much you can do here, it’s very difficult to overtake so you can’t take lots of risks and cause a crash.



I decided to secure third place today and qualifying was the determining factor. In Berlin it was really easy to overtake. There it would have been a completely different outcome. However, here it is what it is, and we need to live with it. In New York it’s usually simpler to overtake… so it should make for a good final couple of races."




RACE RESULTS




1    Jean-Eric Vergne    DS TECHEETAH    1:25:26.873s    (28)
2    Mitch Evans    Panasonic Jaguar Racing    +0.160s    (18)
3    Sebastien Buemi    Nissan e.dams    +0.720s    (15)
4    Sam Bird    Envision Virgin Racing    +2.996s    (13)
5    Maximilian Gunther    GEOX DRAGON    +4.625s    (10)
6    Daniel Abt    Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler    +6.930s    (8)
7    Alex Lynn    Panasonic Jaguar Racing    +9.972s    (6)
8    Felipe Massa    VENTURI Formula E Team    +12.310s    (4)
9    Lucas di Grassi    Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler    +13.073s    (2)
10    Stoffel Vandoorne    HWA RACELAB    +13.386s    (1)
11    Alexander Sims    BMW i Andretti Motorsport    +14.714s     
12    Antonio Felix da Costa    BMW i Andretti Motorsport    +18.917s     
13    Jerome D’Ambrosio    MAHINDRA RACING    +21.872s     
14    Andre Lotterer    DS TECHEETAH    +23.106s     
15    Tom Dillmann    NIO Formula E Team    +40.084s     
16    Oliver Turvey    NIO Formula E Team    +46.622s     
17    Gary Paffett    HWA RACELAB    +1:22.512s     
                     
DNF    Oliver Rowland    Nissan e.dams    21 Laps     
DNF    Pascal Wehrlein    MAHINDRA RACING    11 Laps     
DNF    Edoardo Mortara    VENTURI Formula E Team    5 Laps     
DNF    Robin Frijns    Envision Virgin Racing          
DSQ    Jose Maria Lopez    GEOX DRAGON          
 



Sam Mallinson, photos FIA Formula E


 

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