Bird victorious in Rome

DS Virgin’s Sam Bird won the Rome ePrix, after pole sitter Felix Rosenqvist retired.

Rosenqvist led away at the start controlling the proceedings in the first 22 laps, before hitting the inside kerb at turn 16, breaking his left rear suspension and grounding to a halt exiting the last corner.

Felix Rosenqvist (SWE), Mahindra Racing, Mahindra M4Electro, Sam Bird (GBR), DS Virgin Racing, DS Virgin DSV-03 and Mitch Evans (NZL), Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-Type II, lead the ePrix.
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Lucas di Grassi came home second, less than a second behind Bird, following a strategic call from his Audi team to pit a lap latter than most of the field, giving him more usable energy in the second half of the race.

Third went to Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer after a late fightback and a brilliant fight with Jaguar’s Mitch Evans in the final four laps.

Lotterer overtook Evans on the outside of turn ten at the final lap after the Jaguar driver ran out of usable energy, eventually finishing down in ninth.

Fourth went to di Grassi’s team mate Daniel Abt, followed by championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne who had a quiet day in Rome.

Renault’s Sebastien Buemi finished sixth, with Jarome d’Ambrosio, Maro Engel, Mitch Evans and Edoardo Mortara rounding up the points paying positions.

D’Ambrosio benefitted from the full course yellow for Rosenqvist stricken car, gaining several places during his pit stop during the FCY.

In the championship Vergne still leads the way, 18 points ahead of today’s winner Sam Bird, with Felix Rosenqvist a further 19 behind in third with just five races remaining in the 2017-2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the first of which is in Paris in two weeks’ time, where Parisian Vergne will look to take a triumph in front of his home crowd.

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