Buemi wins in New York, title showdown goes to Sunday
Nissan e.dams driver and poleman Sebastien Buemi pulled away firstly, taking an early lead, whereas the remainder of the ABB Components E sequence pack made its manner across the 1.four mile Brooklyn avenue circuit.
Moments later, Geox Dragon’s Jose Maria Lopez spun after a faucet from Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Fowl, inflicting chaos on Flip 7. In a bid to keep away from the pack, DS Techeetah driver Andre Lotterer swerved into his teammate and title hopeful Jean-Eric Vergne, puncturing his rear tire and forcing him into the pits.
With the brand new tire fitted, Vergne returned to the observe in 19th place — removed from the title-clinching factors he so badly wanted.
Within the meantime, Lotterer adopted his teammate into the pits to restore the harm he sustained to the entrance of his automobile. Along with his entrance wing and wheel arch littering across the observe, play continued as Vergne went on the hunt for di Grassi in 11th – only one place away from the factors.
Up on the entrance of the pack, Buemi held the lead regardless of challenges from Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Alex Lynn in second. Behind Lynn, BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Alex Sims saved his distance, biding his time in third whereas the Buemi and Lynn battled for the highest spot.
After contact within the opening laps, Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns retired on account of the harm he sustained. With 20 minutes left on the clock, Lynn slowed on the observe reporting issues with the automobile. Coming to a cease after Flip 11, the British driver fell from the entrance and retired from the race, scuppering his possibilities of his first podium end of the season.
With the BMW i8 Security Automobile deployed, the pack regrouped with Buemi within the lead, Sims in second and Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler’s Daniel Abt in third. In a bid to clinch a spot on the rostrum, Evans slipped previous Abt on Flip four to take third, placing the facet of the German driver’s automobile within the course of. Off the racing line, Abt dropped to ninth, one place behind teammate Lucas di Grassi who had made his option to eighth.
Additional down the pack, defending champion Vergne had moved as much as 14th, nonetheless 4 locations outdoors the factors. Nonetheless decided to take the highest spot, Evans made one other transfer to take second to problem Buemi for the lead.
With eight minutes left, Buemi led the best way adopted by Evans in second and Antonio Felix da Costa in third. Within the ultimate lap of the race, a tough crash in Flip 2 between Vergne and Massa destroyed the Frenchman’s possibilities of clinching the championship title right now.
Crossing the road in first, Buemi secured his first win of the season adopted by Evans in second and da Costa in third.
RESULTS TO FOLLOW