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Bird Takes Dominant Victory in Second Brooklyn E-Prix to Lead Formula E Drivers’ Standings

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Credit: FIA Formula E

Sam Bird took a dominant victory in the second race of the New York City E-Prix weekend to take over at the top of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship standings.

Jaguar Racing returned to form with a vengeance on Sunday, with Bird taking pole position just ahead of team-mate Mitch Evans, and for much of the race, it appeared it would be the same order at the chequered flag.

Evans was running second when, inexplicably, he clipped the wall at the exit of turn six and damaged his left-rear suspension, leaving him easy pray from the chasing pack.  He eventually slipped out of the points and ended a disappointed thirteenth.

This promoted the excellent Nick Cassidy of Envision Virgin Racing to second, with the New Zealander the only driver to have kept tabs with the two Jaguar drivers in the early laps.  Cassidy had passed Evans for second on track during his first attack mode run but slipped behind his countryman when both used their second.

Bird took the chequered flag 4.167 seconds clear of Cassidy to become only the second driver this year to take a second victory – nine different drivers have won inside the first eleven races – and he jumped from thirteenth in the standings to hit the top!

The final spot on the podium went the way of defending Formula E champion António Félix da Costa, with the Portuguese racer from DS Techeetah getting the better of the two Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team drivers Pascal Wehrlein and André Lotterer, who finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Mahindra Racing’s Alexander Sims came out on top of an entertaining battle with Sérgio Sette Câmara to take sixth.  Unfortunately for Sette Câmara, with his energy levels lower than most, the Dragon/Penske Autosport driver slipped back in the final laps and missed out on points in eleventh.

Despite running most of the race with part of someone else’s diffuser wedged on his front wing, ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Norman Nato claimed seventh, while a late race charge, as well as a penalty for Lucas di Grassi, promoted Robin Frijns to eighth for Virgin, ahead of Mahindra’s Alex Lynn and BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Maximilian Günther.

Di Grassi failed to score after picking up a ten second time penalty for a collision with long-time rival Sébastien Buemi that had seen the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver spin around the Nissan e.dams driver at turn one.

Neither Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team driver scored again, with Stoffel Vandoorne only twelfth and Nyck de Vries down in eighteenth, while pre-race championship leader Edoardo Mortara of Venturi was down in seventeenth after early contact with Andretti’s Jake Dennis.

There was an early safety car as Jean-Éric Vergne failed to get off the line in the second Techeetah.  His stricken car was removed from the circuit and racing resumed on lap three.

Bird’s victory sees him top of the Drivers’ standings on eighty-one points, five clear of both Félix da Costa and Frijns, while Mortara now sits fourth, nine points back, two ahead of Cassidy.

New York City E-Prix Race 2 Result

110Sam BirdGBRJaguar Racing37 Laps
237Nick CassidyNZLEnvision Virgin Racing+4.167
313António Félix da CostaPORDS Techeetah+4.840
499Pascal WehrleinGERTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team+7.154
536André LottererGERTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team+7.762
629Alexander SimsGBRMahindra Racing+16.286
771Norman NatoFRAROKIT Venturi Racing+24.983
84Robin FrijnsNEDEnvision Virgin Racing+25.084
994Alex LynnGBRMahindra Racing+25.405
1028Maximilian GüntherGERBMW i Andretti Motorsport+26.009
117Sérgio Sette CâmaraBRZDragon/Penske Autosport+26.341
125Stoffel VandoorneBELMercedes-EQ Formula E Team+30.781
1320Mitch EvansNZLJaguar Racing+30.957
1411Lucas di GrassiBRZAudi Sport Abt Schaeffler+31.970
1523Sébastien BuemiCHENissan e.DAMS+32.985
1627Jake DennisGBRBMW i Andretti Motorsport+35.692
1748Edoardo MortaraCHEROKIT Venturi Racing+35.924
1817Nyck de VriesNEDMercedes-EQ Formula E Team+36.339
1922Oliver RowlandGBRNissan e.DAMS+51.384
2033René RastGERAudi Sport Abt Schaeffler+59.694
2188Tom BlomqvistGBRNIO 333 FE Team+1:05.327
226Joel ErikssonSWEDragon/Penske Autosport+1:07.701
RET8Oliver TurveyGBRNIO 333 FE TeamRetired
DNS25Jean-Éric VergneFRADS TecheetahDid Not Start
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