Put up-race penalty arms Fowl’s Hong Kong E-Prix win to Mortara
Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara has been awarded the victory in a controversial ABB System E Championship Hong Kong E-Prix, after the winner on the street — British driver Sam Fowl — was assessed a 5-second penalty for clouting race chief Andre Lotterer from behind within the closing moments of the race.
Lotterer was left stranded on monitor after his DS Techeetah entry floor to a halt with a flat tire and injury from the collision, and Envision Virgin Racing’s Fowl duly led house Mortara by 1.694s on the checkered flag, with Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi in third. With a number of Security Automotive durations having saved the pack shut, nevertheless, the penalty was sufficient to shuffle Fowl all the way down to sixth within the closing order.
Mortara’s win — the primary for each the Swiss-Italian driver and his Envision Virgin group — comes within the 50th race for the all-electric sequence.
In an announcement asserting the choice following their investigation of the matter, the stewards mentioned:
“The driving force of Automotive 2 (Fowl) had a direct hit with the right-rear tire of Automotive 36 (Lotterer) leading to an instantaneous puncture. It’s acknowledged that the monitor was damp in sure areas, nevertheless Automotive 36 left greater than a automobile width to the within. Consequently, we discover that the motive force of Automotive 2 was predominantly in charge for the incident.
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