Bird makes it two from two in New York


Credit: Formula E

Sam Bird made it two wins from two in New York as he won easily for the second time this weekend.

The DS Virgin Racing driver lost first place off the start to Felix Rosenqvist, but after stalking him for a few laps he pulled a late move going into the hairpin.

He then pulled away from both of the Mahindra Racing drivers behind him and crossed the line over nine seconds ahead of them.

After some late choreography from Mahindra, Rosenqvist took second place meaning that he still has a slim chance of taking the driver’s title.

Heidfeld finished third, but had to resist a last corner move from the Renault e.dams of Pierre Gasly who crashed into the wall as he crossed the finishing line.

It was still an impressive performance from the debutant, who showed a huge improvement in pace as the weekend progressed.

He also helped the man he was standing in for, Sebastien Buemi, by beating his closest challenger in the title fight, Lucas di Grassi.

Despite making some good progress through the field, di Grassi could only manage fifth meaning that Buemi will take a ten point lead into the title decider in Montreal.

The other Renault of Nico Prost finished behind di Grassi, all but securing the team’s championship for the French side, especially as the other Abt Schaeffler Audi of Daniel Abt ran into technical issues.

There was drama further down the field as well as both FF Dragon Racing cars tussled in the closing laps.

Jerome d’Ambrosio pulled a great move on Loic Duval going into the hairpin to take what was seventh place.

However a lap later Antonio Felix da Costa tried a similar move on Duval, only to tag him into a spin.

It led to him being awarded a drive through penalty, that remarkably promoted Jean-Eric Vergne and his Techeetah into the points, despite not pitting under full course yellows earlier in the race and being demoted to the back of the pack.

The other DS Virgin of Alex Lynn had a poor end to his debut weekend standing in for Jose Maria Lopez.

The Brit was languishing towards the back of the field when a technical issue forced him to retire, in stark contrast to the pole he secured for yesterday’s race.

Round 10 – New York ePrix

POSDRIVERNATTEAM
1Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing
2Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing
3Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra Racing
4Pierre GaslyFRARenault e.dams
5Lucas di GrassiBRAAbt Audi Schaeffler
6Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams
7Tom DillmanFRAVenturi
8Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah
9Robin FrijnsNEDMS Amlin Andretti
10Jerome d'AmbrosioBELFF Dragon Racing
11Adam CarrollGBRPanasonic Jaguar Racing
12Stephane SarrazinFRATecheetah
13Loic DuvalFRAFF Dragon Racing
14Oliver TurveyGBRNextEV TIO
15Antonio Felix da CostaSWEMahindra Racing
16Nelson Piquet JrBRANextEV TIO
DNFMaro EngelGERVenturi
DNFAlex LynnGBRDS Virgin Racing
DNFDaniel AbtGERAbt Audi Schaeffler
DNFMitch EvansNZLPanasonic Jaguar Racing