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Flag of the United States 2019 New York City E-Prix I
New York City Layout 2019
The extended Brooklyn Street Circuit returned in 2019.
Race Information
Date 13 July 2019
E-Prix No. {{{number}}}
Official Name 2019 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix
Location Flag of New York Brooklyn Street Circuit, New York City, USA
Lap length 2.373 km (1.474 mi)
Distance 36 laps / 85.428 km (53.082 mi)
Support Race Flag of the United States 2019 New York City eTrophy Race 1
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Team Flag of France Nissan e.Dams
Time 1:10.188
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Germany Daniel Abt
Team Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Fastest Lap 1:12.109 on lap 32
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa
Winner Team Flag of France 46:16.399
Time Nissan e.Dams
ePrix Guide
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Flag of Switzerland 2019 Bern E-Prix Flag of the United States 2019 New York City E-Prix II
Post-Race Test
The 2019 New York City E-Prix I, otherwise known as the 2019 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix, was the penultimate race of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, staged at the Brooklyn Street Circuit in New York City, USA, on the 13 July 2019.[1] The race saw Jean-Éric Vergne arrive in the "Big Apple" with a handsome 32 point lead over Lucas di Grassi, meaning he would likely take the title with a race to spare.[2]

Qualifying saw Sébastien Buemi secure a dominant pole position to keep his title hopes alive, beating Pascal Wehrlein by four tenths of a second.[3] Alex Lynn was next for Jaguar Racing, while Championship leader Vergne would start down in tenth, four places ahead of his closest challenger Lucas di Grassi.[3]

The start of the race would see Buemi pull smartly off the grid to claim the lead, while Lynn went around the outside of Wehrlein to secure second.[4] The rest of the field made it through the first corners without issue, although Vergne would be shuffled further down the order and back towards di Grassi.[4]

Indeed, it was only on the second lap that the race really kicked off, with Sam Bird sending a lunge around the outside of Maximilian Günther into turn six, only to smack into José María López at the apex of turn seven.[4] The Argentine racer was sent spinning and caused the rest of the field to slam on the brakes, where upon André Lotterer smashed into the back of teammate Vergne, handing the Frenchman a puncture.[4]

Both DS Techeetahs would limp around to the pits for repairs, while di Grassi suddenly found himself just outside the top ten.[4] Out front, meanwhile, Buemi was having to defend heavily from a charging Lynn, who used his two Attack Mode boosts in the first fifteen minutes of the race in hopes of getting past.[4]

Yet, the order out front would remain static, with Buemi leading Lynn, Alexander Sims and Daniel Abt, the latter two having fought for third as well as stalk the leaders.[4] It was only when Lynn was forced to stop on track with a motor failure that the race drastically reformed, with the BMW Qualcomm i8 safety car called upon to allow for the Jaguar to be dragged off the circuit.[4]

The safety car intervention not only put di Grassi, now in eighth, on the back of the lead group, but also allowed Vergne to catch back up to the back of the field.[4] Those two proved to be the men to watch when the race resumed, with Vergne carving his way up into the points, while di Grassi barged his way up to fifth.[4]

Another strong driver after the restart was Mitch Evans, who scrambled up to second after some intense fighting between António Félix da Costa, Sims and Abt at the restart.[4] That would keep the New Zealander just in the title fight, although when Vergne clinched ninth with a couple of laps to go it seemed as if the Frenchman would claim the crown.[4]

That was, until Vergne got himself involved in an accident with Massa on the final lap, the Brazilian having fed the Frenchman into the wall at turn two after Vergne had barged his way past into the first corner.[4] That collision left Vergne with smashed suspension, dumping the title pretender down to fifteenth on the final lap.[4]

Out front, meanwhile, Buemi was able to cruise across the line to keep his title hopes alive, while Evans, struggling badly with tyre wear, just kept da Costa at bay to maintain his place in the title hunt.[4] di Grassi, meanwhile, would cross the line in fifth, cutting the gap to Vergne in the Championship to 22 points, with 29 left to fight for in the season finale.[4]

Background

The class of 2018/19 headed to New York City and the Brooklyn Street Circuit for the fifth ABB FIA Formula E Championship season finale, with two races scheduled in the "Big Apple".[1] Sponsored by Qatar Airways, the first of the two races was scheduled for the 22 June, with the Brooklyn circuit unmodified having been extended in 2018.[1][5] With no changes to the circuit to worry about, all of the attention ahead of the finale could be focused on the Championship battle.[1]

Season Six Sensations

Seoul Street Circuit Layout 2020

The Seoul Street Circuit will debut in 2020.

The 2018/19 season finale was heralded by a series of news stories about is successor, the 2019/20 season. The biggest story was the unveiling of the Seoul Street Circuit layout, which was set to run through the Olympic Park built to host the 1988 Olympic Games.[6] Furthermore, the circuit itself would run through the Seoul Olympic Stadium itself, with a 1.78 mile distance.[6]

Elsewhere, Mahindra Racing debuted their 2019/20 powertrain at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with reserve driver Nick Heidfeld demonstrating the car.[7] The new car, set to be named the Mahindra M6Electro, proved to be incredibly quick, with Heidfeld duly setting a new open-wheel eRecord time by two seconds.[7] Indeed, Heidfeld himself had held the record for twenty years prior to his run, with the overall record for an electric vehicle being claimed by Romain Dumas in the VW ID R earlier on during the Festival.[7]

Other manufacturers hard at work on their season six equipment were Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, both of whom completed the first phases of their pre-season tests.[8][9] However, while Neel Jani had completed almost all of the running in the Porsche creation, testing duties at Mercedes had been shared between HWA Racelab drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffett, suggesting that they would both be retained for 2019/20.[9] Porsche, meanwhile, were evaluating who they employ to should partner Jani, with the German manufacturer and the Swiss driver preferring to hire a driver with previous FE experience.[8]

MotoE Machinations

Away from the FE field and the FIM MotoE World Cup made its debut in Germany, hoping to emulate FE's success in the world of Grand Prix motorcycle racing.[10] The series, which was organised by Dorna Sports SL and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, would pit eighteen riders on identical electric motorcycles against one-another across a six race calendar.[10] The first winner of a MotoE race was Finnish rider Niki Tuuli, in a race with challenging conditions.[11]

A Premature Championship?

Victory last time out in Bern had ensured that Jean-Éric Vergne opened out a commanding lead in the Championship with two races to go, moving 32 points clear of second placed Lucas di Grassi. That meant that di Grassi would have to outscore the Frenchman by four points in the opening race in New York City just to keep the title fight alive ahead of the final race. Likewise, Vergne would win the Championship with a race to spare if he won the race, regardless of di Grassi's finishing position.

Elsewhere, Mitch Evans, André Lotterer, António Félix da Costa and Robin Frijns were all still in the hunt, although they would have to hope that Vergne failed to score in either race in New York just to challenge.

In the Teams Championship DS Techeetah had managed to extend their lead after the visit to Bern, moving 43 points clear with two races to go. Indeed, they would win the Championship at the opening race in New York City if they could outscore Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler by five points. Regardless, the French-Chinese alliance would head to the US as favourites for the Teams title, with third placed Envision Virgin Racing too far back to challenge at the finale unless DS Techeetah failed to score completely.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2019 New York City E-Prix I is displayed below:

2019 New York City E-Prix I Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE05
3 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type III
4 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE05
5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany HWA Racelab Venturi VFE 05
6 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-3
7 Flag of Argentina José María López Flag of the United States GEOX Dragon Penske EV-3
8 Flag of France Tom Dillmann Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team NIO Sport 004
11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE05
16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team NIO Sport 004
17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett Flag of Germany HWA Racelab Venturi VFE 05
19 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VFE 05
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Panasonic Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type III
22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM01
23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM01
25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 19
27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.18
28 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of Germany BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.18
36 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Flag of China Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 19
48 Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VFE 05
64 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M5Electro
66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE05
94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M5Electro
Source:[12]

Practice

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FP2

Qualifying

Qualifying for the New York City E-Prix would follow the established format, with the field split into four groups based on Championship position.[13] Each group would get six minutes on circuit to allow each driver to set a single full power (250kw) lap, with the fastest six over all proceeding to Super Pole.[13] The drivers in Super Pole would then head out one-by-one to set another flying lap, with the fastest of those starting the race from pole.[13]

Group 1

The opening group of the penultimate qualifying session of the season would feature the major title contenders, headlined by Championship leader Jean-Éric Vergne.[13] Indeed, Vergne would knock out at least one of the seven pretenders to his throne if he claimed pole position, although his closest challenger, Lucas di Grassi, would remain in the fight regardless.[13] The rest of the group would see Mitch Evans' Jaguar, the sister DS Techeetah of André Lotterer and António Félix da Costa in the BMW-Andretti hit the circuit.[13]

da Costa was the first driver to hit the circuit with three minutes thirty to go, followed swiftly by di Grassi and Evans.[14] The two Techeetahs, meanwhile, opted to go without a warm-up lap, and hence left the pits a minute later, opting to go straight onto the full power laps.[14] Lotterer was hence the first to set his flying lap, but a poor middle sector, which saw him have to pass di Grassi, left him down behind teammate Vergne.[14]

Indeed, Vergne put together a seemingly strong effort of 1:10.933, although a huge twitch through turn fourteen cost him momentum at the end of his lap.[14] That allowed da Costa to sweep ahead of the Frenchman when he completed his flying lap, claiming a 1:10.845, moments before di Grassi finished his effort to split the two Techeetahs.[14] More crucial than that, however, would be Evans' time, with the New Zealander putting together a clean lap to go third fastest, leaving him in between Vergne and di Grassi.[14]

Group 2

Group two featured three more title contenders, although all three would require Vergne to have a miserable weekend just to challenge.[13] Regardless, their group would be headlined by qualifying ace Sébastien Buemi of Nissan e.Dams, with the Swiss ace among the three drivers in the quintet mathematically capable of claiming the crown.[13] He was to be joined on track by fellow contenders Robin Frijns and Daniel Abt, as well as race winners Sam Bird and Jérôme d'Ambrosio.[13]

Once again there was a split in the running order of the group, with Buemi, Abt and d'Ambrosio opting to complete warm-up laps, while the Envision Virgins of Bird and Frijns opted to go straight onto full power efforts.[14] First to set their time was Frijns, who duly went second overall in spite of recording a poor time in the third sector.[14] His effort was hence instantly beaten by teammate Bird, recording an undramatic lap of 1:10.588 to go fastest overall.[14]

Bird was subsequently supplanted at the top of the field by Buemi, who just edged out the Brit with a 1:10.556.[14] Abt was next across the line but was off the pace of the former two, slipping into third ahead of da Costa.[14] d'Ambrosio, meanwhile, had a miserable run, throwing his lap away with a lock-up at turn one, before spinning at turn ten while trying to make up for lost time.[14]

Group 3

The first sextet of the afternoon would feature those positioned tenth through sixteenth in the Championship, with a couple of standout names among them.[13] Indeed, Oliver Rowland and Alexander Sims were considered among the favourites to get into Super Pole after their strong runs in free practice, while Pascal Wehrlein and Stoffel Vandoorne were known to be strong over a single lap.[13] Those four would be joined by the inconsistent Venturi Formula E Team duo of Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara.[13]

Only two drivers opted to complete warm-up laps in the third group, namely Sims and Rowland, although they would have drastically different results.[14] Indeed, while Sims successfully earned a spot in the Super Pole slots with the third fastest time overall, Rowland had a miserable lap, with an awful time in sector one.[14] Wehrlein, meanwhile, would ease out Sims for third, beating the Brit by 0.001s, and was just 0.001s behind Bird in second.[14]

Elsewhere, Vandoorne had been the first to set his time having gone straight onto a flying lap, although a scruffy lap, including a huge slide in turn fourteen, left him down in tenth at the end of his effort.[14] Massa, meanwhile, would also produce a poor effort after a lock-up into the first corner, while Mortara slotted into twelfth as the last member of the group to set a time.[14] Those three, as well as Rowland, all found themselves behind those who ran in group one, in spite of having a cleaner track to run on.[14]

Group 4

The fourth and final group of the afternoon featured those at the tail end of the field, although there were some potential Super Pole contenders amongst them.[13] Indeed, both José María López and Maximilian Günther had sat in Super Pole with their GEOX DRAGONs, while Gary Paffett in his HWA run Venturi had also starred in qualifying previously.[13] They were joined by Alex Lynn in a race winning Jaguar, and the two unfancied NIOs of Tom Dillmann and Oliver Turvey.[13]

López was the first to run in the final group, leaving the pits very early only to cause something of a stir, claiming sixth overall to knock da Costa out of Super Pole.[14] His effort would, however, be beaten by that of Lynn, who set the fastest first sector of the session, en-route to fifth overall, knocking the Argentine racer out of Super Pole.[14] Those two bookmarked the session with their times, with Günther and Dillmann significantly getting in between major title protagonists Vergne and di Grassi.[14]

Paffett and Turvey, meanwhile, were well down the field in fifteenth and eighteenth respectively, albeit within a second of Buemi's table topping time.[14]

Super Pole

Into the Super Pole shootout and it was Abt who was first to run, although the German's effort was instantly compromised by a slide through turn one.[14] Indeed, a throttle heavy lap saw Abt ultimately fall shy of his pace in the group stages, and hence left himself vulnerable to Lynn when the Brit started his lap a few moments later.[14] A clean lap, barring a small lock-up into turn nine and a clunk across the kerbs at the final chicane, saw Lynn go fastest with a 1:10.696.[14]

Sims was next to go out but, in a copy of Abt's earlier lap, threw away his hopes of pole by making a mistake into the first corner.[14] He duly slotted into third with a 1:10.899, moments before Wehrlein flashed across the line to go fastest with an excellent 1:10.600.[14] Bird went next but was yet another driver who threw away his lap at the first corner, locking up both front and rear wheels in a scramble to make it through the left-hander.[14]

That left Buemi as the last driver to run, and the Swiss ace duly delivered one of the laps of his extensive FE career.[14] Indeed, a stunning opening sector left Buemi in prime position to claim pole, which he duly delivered with a 1:10.118, with a flawless run through the second and third sectors.[14] He hence claimed three points to close the gap to Championship leader Vergne, with the Frenchman starting down in tenth.[14]

Post Qualifying

The final qualifying result for the 2019 New York City E-Prix I are outlined below:

2019 New York City E-Prix I Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid Group
1st 23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 1:10.188 1 G2
2nd 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Flag of India Mahindra Racing 1:10.600 +0.412s 2 G3
3rd 3 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 1:10.696 +0.508s 3 G4
4th 66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:10.894 +0.706s 4 G2
5th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:10.899 +0.711s 5 G3
6th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 1:11.094 +0.906s 6 G2
Super Pole
1st 23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 1:10.556 SP G2
2nd 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 1:10.588 +0.032s SP G2
3rd 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Flag of India Mahindra Racing 1:10.589 +0.033s SP G3
4th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:10.590 +0.034s SP G3
5th 3 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 1:10.669 +0.113s SP G4
6th 66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:10.761 +0.205s SP G2
7th 7 Flag of Argentina José María López Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 1:10.836 +0.280s 7 G4
8th 28 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:10.845 +0.289s 8 G1
9th 4 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 1:10.854 +0.298s 9 G2
10th 25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China DS Techeetah 1:10.933 +0.377s 10 G1
11th 6 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 1:11.005 +0.449s 11 G4
12th 8 Flag of France Tom Dillmann Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 1:11.006 +0.450s 12 G4
13th 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 1:11.065 +0.509s 13 G1
14th 11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:11.080 +0.524s 14 G1
15th 17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 1:11.095 +0.539s 15 G4
16th 36 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Flag of China DS Techeetah 1:11.222 +0.666s 16 G1
17th* 48 Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 1:11.326 +0.770s 21 G3
18th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 1:11.413 +0.857s 17 G4
19th 5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 1:11.449 +0.893s 18 G3
20th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 1:11.605 +1.049s 19 G3
21st 19 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 1:14.862 +4.306s 20 G3
110% Time: 1:17.611[12]
NC 64 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India Mahindra Racing 1:18.262 +7.706s 22 G2
Source:[12]
  • * Mortara received a five place grid penalty for causing a collision at the 2019 Bern E-Prix.[15]
  • d'Ambrosio failed to set a time within 110% of the fastest lap in the group stage, but was allowed to start the E-Prix.[12]

Race

The field gathered onto the grid for the penultimate race of the 2018/19 campaign with air temperatures on the rise, meaning battery temperatures would likely be critical towards the end of the race.[16] Otherwise there would be no major issues ahead of the race, with Jérôme d'Ambrosio allowed to start at the back of the field despite failing to set a representative lap time.[16] Regardless, the seven title pretenders would pull onto the grid without issue, with Sébastien Buemi lining up on pole position.[16]

Report

The start would be dictated by the dirt and dust on the start/finish straight, with those on the odd side of the grid have a far cleaner starting point that those on the even side.[16] It therefore came as no surprise when Buemi instantly shot into the lead, while Alex Lynn got a good run from third to blast past Pascal Wehrlein and almost challenge Buemi through the first corner.[16] The rest of the field thundered into the first few corners behind them, with the usual minor clashes and bumps producing no major incidents.[16]

A frantic opening lap ended with Alexander Sims sending a dive past Wehrlein into the first corner at the start of the second lap, while Gary Paffett barged his way past Championship leader Jean-Éric Vergne, as well as the pretender Mitch Evans.[16] Out front, meanwhile, Buemi was trying hard to build an early lead over Evans, with the pair chased by Sims and Daniel Abt, who had sneaked ahead of Wehrlein after Sims' lunge.[16] The rest of the top eleven was then on their tail led by José María López and Sam Bird, with another gap back to the combative Paffett in twelfth, ahead of Champion elect Vergne.[16]

However, as the field thundered into turn six/seven the Championship standings were thrown into the air, all caused by a defensive move from Bird to keep Maximilian Günther at bay.[16] Indeed, Bird opted to defend seventh place heading into turn six by heading to the inside of the left-hander, while Günther tried to out-brake him on the racing line.[16] The pair duly ran side-by-side through the corner, only for Bird to tag the back of Günther's teammate López and send the #7 GEOX DRAGON spinning across the circuit.[16]

Unsurprisingly the rest of the field behind them had to slam on the brakes, resulting Lucas di Grassi hitting the back of André Lotterer, who duly smashed into the back of his teammate Vergne.[16] Lotterer subsequently ended up spinning nose first into the barriers, resulting in a limp back to the pits with damage, while Vergne was left limping back to the pits with a left-rear puncture.[16] Other drivers with damage were Robin Frijns, who had a significant chunk missing from his rear diffuser, di Grassi and Evans had gouges in their noses, while López seemed to have got away unharmed.[16]

Out front, meanwhile, Sims had latched onto the tail of Lynn, who was now harassing Buemi for the lead as the chaos erupted behind them.[16] Elsewhere, Edoardo Mortara was on the warpath, fighting his way past Stoffel Vandoorne at the second attempt with lunges into turn one and six, while Günther was now fighting a rear-guard action to keep both Bird and António Félix da Costa, the big winner from the López crunch, at bay for sixth.[16] At the back of the field, meanwhile, Vergne rejoined in nineteenth, three quarters of a minute off the back of the pack, and was requesting over the radio that teammate Lotterer, who had lost a lap, should stop on track to cause a safety car.[17]

Lynn stepped up his attack for the lead over the following laps, arming Attack Mode for the second time on lap thirteen, before tapping the back of Buemi at the turn ten hairpin.[16] Behind, Sims was being stalked by Abt, with those two duly getting back onto Lynn's tail when the Brit locked up at turn ten on the following lap, still glued to Buemi's tail.[16] Behind, Bird was slapped with a ten second time penalty for knocking López into a spin, while Vergne was making absolutely no progress at the back of the field.[16]

However, that was about to change, for Lynn would suddenly lose power heading out of turn nine, having almost managed to elbow his way past Buemi for the lead at turn six just moments earlier.[16] The cause was an MGU failure, resulting in the Brit grinding to a stop at the side of the circuit on the exit of turn eleven, a dangerous position even though the #3 Jaguar was off the racing line.[16] It therefore came as no surprise when the BMW Qualcomm i8 was called upon to allow the Jaguar to be recovered, allowing Vergne to catch onto the back of the pack, while di Grassi, in eighth, moved onto the back of the lead group.[16]

The safety car had also been beautifully timed for Bird and da Costa, who had both managed to pass Wehrlein before the SC was called upon: Bird with a dive into turn one; da Costa with a FanBoost assisted lunge through turn six.[16] They would hence restart in fourth and fifth behind Buemi and Sims, while di Grassi sat in ninth behind fellow title contender Evans as well as Wehrlein and Günther.[16] At the back of the field, meanwhile, Vergne was sat in seventeenth, just seven places off the points and with significantly slower cars ahead of him.[16]

The restart saw Sims get right onto the back of race leader Buemi, and hence send a dive inside the #23 Nissan e.Dams into turn one, although the Swiss ace managed to swat the Brit's lunge aside.[16] Abt almost managed to sneak ahead of the Brit but backed out, and instead armed Attack Mode for the second time with nineteen minutes left on the clock.[16] Elsewhere, Bird slid wide a turn ten and hence allowed da Costa and Evans to slip through to relegate him to sixth, while Vergne claimed sixteenth from Oliver Turvey having armed Attack Mode after the restart.[16]

Abt duly went on the attack at the start of lap 24, sending a lunge at Sims for second into the first corner, only to be elbowed wide by the Brit and let an opportunistic da Costa challenge him through turn two.[16] Both the German and the Portuguese racer would slide wide on the exit of turn two, however, and hence allow Evans to sneak past the pair of them to grab third, while da Costa elbowed his way past Abt through turn three.[16] Abt subsequently dropped down to eighth while trying to get back onto the racing line, and was subsequently mugged by teammate di Grassi on the run to turn six.[16]

da Costa tried to make a move stick on Evans on the following lap, although Evans successfully fended off the Portuguese ace's lunge into turn one, before breaking away to catch Sims.[16] He duly caught and passed the Brit a lap later, securing second with a dive into turn six, while da Costa sat behind Sims, needing to get ahead in a vain hope to keep his title hopes alive.[16] Behind, di Grassi finally broke Günther's resistance to claim seventh, while Vergne was now on the verge of the top ten, having gained positions hand-over-fist after the restart.[16]

Into the final five minutes and Evans was bearing down on Buemi for the lead, with the former needing to win the race in order to keep his slim title hopes alive heading into the finale.[16] However, moments after he caught the Swiss ace Evans would drop back towards the two BMWs, his tyres beginning to fade badly as the race came towards its conclusion.[16] Behind, Bird and Wehrlein were exchanging heavy blows, until di Grassi and Abt interrupted their squabble, while Vergne moved into the top ten with a pass on Jérôme d'Ambrosio in the closing stages.[16]

There would be some more shuffles with three laps to go, with Bird managing to scramble ahead of da Costa, only to try and challenge Sims into the first corner and drop back behind the Portuguese.[16] di Grassi also tried to pass the Brit by was unable to do so, although with teammate Abt behind him he was safe from being passed himself, remaining in fifth place.[16] Behind, meanwhile, Vergne had caught onto the back of Felipe Massa in ninth, knowing that he would likely finish eighth once Bird's penalty was applied at the end of the race.[16]

However, there would be one late twist to the title fight on the final lap, as Vergne tried to force the issue with Massa with a lunge into the first corner.[16] Vergne duly locked-up and barrelled down the side of Massa, but somehow managed to keep on the track as the pair turned right for turn two.[16] However, Massa refused to give Vergne room at the apex of turn two, being ahead before the pair turned in, causing Vergne to smash into the inside wall and spin the Brazilian around, leaving both blocking the circuit with heavy damage.[16]

Indeed, the pair caused something of a road block, with d'Ambrosio literally leaping over the front of Massa's car after being smacked by Lotterer as the group behind them slammed on the brakes.[16] Vergne duly managed to pull away and limp around to complete the final lap, as Buemi swept home to claim victory and keep his narrow title hopes alive.[16] Likewise, Evans managed to fend off da Costa to claim second and ensure that he headed into the final day of the season with a hot at the title, while di Grassi claimed fifth to close his gap to Vergne to 22 points.[16]

Result

The final classification of the 2019 New York City E-Prix I is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold:

2019 New York City E-Prix I Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 23 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi FanBoosticon Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 36 46:16.399 1:12.711 28
2nd 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 36 +0.932s 1:12.349 18
3rd 28 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa FanBoosticon Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 36 +1.216s 1:12.515 15
4th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 36 +2.971s 1:12.616 12
5th 11 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi FanBoosticon Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 36 +3.537s 1:12.204 10
6th 66 Flag of Germany Daniel Abt FanBoosticon Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 36 +4.380s 1:12.109 9
7th 94 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Flag of India Mahindra Racing 36 +6.543s 1:12.654 6
8th* 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 36 +13.829s 1:12.378 4
9th 64 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of India Mahindra Racing 36 +23.719s 1:12.381 2
10th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 36 +25.038s 1:13.101 1
11th 17 Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 36 +27.831s 1:12.288
12th 7 Flag of Argentina José María López Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 36 +34.729s 1:12.135
13th 5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne FanBoosticon Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 36 +50.564s 1:12.703
14th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 36 +1:23.962 1:12.576
15th 25 Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China DS Techeetah 36 +1:34.508 1:12.063
16th 19 Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 35 +1 Lap 1:12.578
17th 36 Flag of Germany André Lotterer Flag of China DS Techeetah 35 +1 Lap 1:12.180
Ret 6 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 28 Damage 1:13.256
Ret 48 Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 27 Collision 1:12.483
Ret 3 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 18 MCU 1:13.002
Ret 4 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 15 Damage 1:13.456
Ret 8 Flag of France Tom Dillmann Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 1 Retired
Source:[12]
  • FanBoosticon Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
  • * Bird was handed a ten second time penalty for causing a collision with López.[12]
  • d'Ambrosio was awarded a five second time penalty for causing a collision with Paffett.[12]

Milestones

Standings

The dramatic conclusion to the opening race in New York had had a huge impact on the Championship, for it ensured that Jean-Éric Vergne had lost a fair chunk of his lead. Indeed, while the Frenchman would still head into the finale as the overwhelming favourite, his advantage over Lucas di Grassi was left at 22 points. Furthermore, Mitch Evans and Sébastien Buemi had done enough to remain in the hunt although they, like di Grassi, would have to win the final race outright, regardless of what Vergne achieved.

DS Techeetah would also head to the final race of the season knowing that they were the favourites to claim the Teams Championship, although their advantage was not as great as it once was. Indeed, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler had closed the gap to 24 points heading into the finale, meaning they would likely have to claim a double podium to overhaul the Chinese squad. Elsewhere Nissan e.Dams had moved ahead of Audi's customers Envision Virgin, while BMW i Andretti Motorsport completed the top five.

2018/19 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne 130 ◄0
2nd Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi 108 ◄0
3rd Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 105 ◄0
4th Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 104 ▲3
5th Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa 97 ◄0
6th Flag of Germany André Lotterer 86 ▼2
7th Flag of Germany Daniel Abt 84 ▲1
8th Dutch Flag Robin Frijns 71 ▼2
9th Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 73 ◄0
10th Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 67 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 63 ◄0
12th Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein 58 ▲1
13th Flag of Switzerland Edoardo Mortara 52 ▼1
14th Flag of Brazil Felipe Massa 36 ◄0
15th Flag of the United Kingdom Alexander Sims 36 ▲1
16th Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 31 ▼1
17th Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther 20 ◄0
18th Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 10 ◄0
19th Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett 8 ◄0
20th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 7 ◄0
21st Flag of Argentina José María López 3 ◄0
22nd Flag of Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 1 ◄0
2018/19 Teams Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of China DS Techeetah 216 ◄0
2nd Flag of Germany Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 192 ◄0
3rd Flag of France Nissan e.Dams 167 ▲1
4th Flag of the United Kingdom Envision Virgin Racing 154 ▼1
5th Flag of the United States BMW i Andretti Motorsport 133 ▲1
6th Flag of India Mahindra Racing 125 ▼1
7th Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 116 ◄0
8th Flag of Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 88 ◄0
9th Flag of Germany HWA Racelab 39 ◄0
10th Flag of the United States GEOX DRAGON 23 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom NIO Formula E Team 7 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Videos and Images:

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2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingGEOX DRAGONHWA RacelabMahindra RacingNIO Formula E TeamNissan e.DamsPanasonic Jaguar RacingVenturi Formula E Team
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraNIONissanPenskeVenturi
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE05BMW iFE.18DS E-Tense FE 19Jaguar I-Type IIIMahindra M5ElectroNIO Sport 004Nissan IM01Penske EV-3Venturi VFE 05
Drivers
2 Sam Bird • 3 Nelson Piquet Jr./Alex Lynn • 4 Robin Frijns • 5 Stoffel Vandoorne • 6 Maximilian Günther/Felipe Nasr • 7 José María López • 8 Tom Dillmann • 11 Lucas di Grassi • 16 Oliver Turvey • 17 Gary Paffett • 19 Felipe Massa • 20 Mitch Evans • 22 Oliver Rowland • 23 Sébastien Buemi • 25 Jean-Éric Vergne • 27 Alexander Sims • 28 António Félix da Costa • 36 André Lotterer • 48 Edoardo Mortara • 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio • 66 Daniel Abt • 94 Pascal Wehrlein/Felix Rosenqvist
E-Prix
Ad DiriyahMarrakechSantiagoMexico CityHong KongSanyaRomeParisMonacoBerlinBernNew York City INew York City II
Tests
ValenciaAd DiriyahRookie TestMexico City
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