Buemi, Duval and Trulli Penalised at Moscow ePrix

by Connor Jackson

Three drivers were penalised after the Moscow ePrix because of a number of incidents throughout the field. Most notably Sebastien Buemi and Loic Duval received a 29-second drive through penalty, and Jarno Trulli got a 5 place grid penalty for London.

After finishing third, Buemi dropped to ninth after he was deemed to have had an unsafe release into the path of Nick Heidfeld. While no driver was damaged, the decision means that Buemi falls behind Lucas di Grassi in the championship standings, but kept his points for fastest lap. It also allowed Heidfeld to collect his first podium of the year after being promoted.

Buemi and Heidfeld were also involved in a fight for the final podium place with Jean-Eric Vergne on the last lap. In the incident, the Swiss driver straight lined the chicane, slowed to let Vergne pass, but sped up after the Andretti Formula E car did not take the initiative. No action was taken.

Cutting the chicane also proved to be a problem for Trulli who’s persistent cutting of the chicane at turn 7 to keep Antonio Felix da Costa behind was deemed unfair by the stewards. Trulli will drop 5 places in qualifying for the London ePrix as a result.

His race however; was eventually cut short by Loic Duval who crashed into the back of him at the chicane. Duval received a 29 second penalty as a result which dropped him to fifteenth and last of the non lapped cars in the standings. It was a poor race for Dragon Racing who picked up no points after coming first and third in Berlin.

The changes still mean Nelson Piquet Jr. won the race from di Grassi, while Heidfeld is third ahead of Vergne, Daniel Abt and Salvador Duran who drove a calm and composed race for his best result of the year, Buemi is now ninth.

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