D’Ambrosio wins in Marrakesh with dramatic last lap dash as BMW pair collide

//D’Ambrosio wins in Marrakesh with dramatic last lap dash as BMW pair collide

D’Ambrosio wins in Marrakesh with dramatic last lap dash as BMW pair collide

D’Ambrosio wins in Marrakesh with dramatic last lap dash as BMW pair collide
– Da Costa and Sims crash out of leading position for BMW i Andretti Motorsport
– D’Ambrosio makes moves for MAHINDRA RACING from 10th on the grid
– Envision Virgin Racing earn double-podium with Vergne spinning in first-corner clash
2019 Marrakesh E-Prix (Rd 2)
Race re-cap
Jerome D’Ambrosio sprinted to victory in a dramatic last lap dash to the finish in Marrakesh, after a late safety car bunched-up the pack following a collision between BMW i Andretti Motorsport pairing Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims.
Despite picking-up his third victory in Formula E, it’s the first time D’Ambrosio has actually stood on the top step of the podium – having benefitted from a post-race disqualification on both previous occasions.
The win marks his first win since the Mexico City E-Prix in 2016 – and his first in MAHINDRA RACING colours. D’Ambrosio started down the field in 10th, but steadily progressed up the ranks to find himself sat behind the leading BMW duo.
With less than 10-minutes left on the countdown clock, Da Costa and Sims looked set to bring home a one-two for the team – topping off a perfect start to the season after a win last time out in Ad Diriyah.
However, it wasn’t to be – as a moment of madness cost the team a large points haul. Sims – who was on the tail of his team-mate for the duration of the race – pulled alongside Da Costa into the braking zone of Turn 7 in an attempt to snatch the lead.
Both drivers locked-up and touched with neither making the corner. The coming together and slow recovery back to the racing line dropped Sims to fourth. But Da Costa came off worse with his race ending parked-up in the run-off area after contact with the barrier.
With the cars lined-up in close formation, the safety car pulled in as the clock hit zero – leaving one lap to the chequered flag. Running wide over the kerb in the final corner – D’Ambrosio gave the fans a grandstand finish with Robin Frijns chasing him to the line.
Frijns was joined on the podium by Envision Virgin Racing team-mate Sam Bird, who started on Julius Baer pole position and tangled with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne on the run down to Turn 1.
Vergne lined-up on the front row alongside Bird and made an ambitious dive up the inside through the long left-hander. The pair made contact and Vergne was sent spinning ahead of a flurry of oncoming traffic. From last, Vergne valiantly fought back to fifth.
Adrenaline still flowing after an exhilarating race, there’s not long to wait for another episode of electric street racing with the Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix on January 26 – round three of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
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MAHINDRA RACING
Jerome D’Ambrosio
“The race was really hard-fought and incredibly intense. At least that’s what it felt like from inside the cockpit. I knew I could achieve a top-five result as the race pace was amazing in Ad Diriyah and here also. A couple of things played-out to our advantage and winning this race means a lot for the team and the hard work over the past few weeks. We’ll enjoy tonight, but tomorrow we get back to work.”
Envision Virgin Racing
Robin Frijns
“It was an exciting race, but the start was a bit of a mess. The only thing I saw was smoke and I didn’t see any cars. It was really a great day for the team – ending-up in second and getting two cars on the podium. Being in this position for the first time with the team, I thought the points were more valuable than risking everything with Jerome.”
Envision Virgin Racing
Sam Bird
“After getting hit from behind, I felt like I was nursing the car and had a bit of an issue. I didn’t feel very competitive in a straight line today, but that’s how it goes. We collectively got an amazing result for the team and we show paced in qualifying, which is promising. As one of the only customer teams, what we’re doing is really impressive. Without any testing, I wonder how competitive we’ll be in a few races time.”
2019 Marrakesh E-Prix (Rd 2)
Race results
1
Jerome D’Ambrosio
MAHINDRA RACING
46:45.884s
(25)
2
Robin Frijns
Envision Virgin Racing
+0.143s
(18)
3
Sam Bird
Envision Virgin Racing
+0.461s
(18)
4
Alexander Sims
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
+0.740s
(12)
5
Jean-Eric Vergne
DS TECHEETAH
+1.232s
(10)
6
Andre Lotterer
DS TECHEETAH
+1.457s
(8)
7
Lucas di Grassi
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
+1.633s
(7)
8
Sebastien Buemi
Nissan e.dams
+2.455s
(4)
9
Mitch Evans
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
+2.980s
(2)
10
Daniel Abt
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
+4.014s
(1)
11
Jose Maria Lopez
GEOX DRAGON
+4.528s
12
Maximilian Gunther
GEOX DRAGON
+6.034s
13
Edoardo Mortara
VENTURI Formula E Team
+6.790s
14
Nelson Piquet Jr.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
+6.833s
15
Oliver Rowland
Nissan e.dams
+7.529s
16
Oliver Turvey
NIO Formula E Team
+9.241s
17
Tom Dillmann
NIO Formula E Team
+9.665s
18
Felipe Massa
VENTURI Formula E Team
+10.250s
DNF
Antonio Felix da Costa
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
25 Laps
DNF
Gary Paffett
HWA RACELAB
3 Laps
DNF
Pascal Wehrlein
MAHINDRA RACING
1 Lap
DNF
Stoffel Vandoorne
HWA RACELAB
1 Lap
2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Driver standings
Jerome D’Ambrosio
MAHINDRA RACING
40
Antonio Felix da Costa
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
28
Jean-Eric Vergne
DS TECHEETAH
28
Andre Lotterer
DS TECHEETAH
19
Robin Frijns
Envision Virgin Racing
18
Sam Bird
Envision Virgin Racing
18
Mitch Evans
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
14
Alexander Sims
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
12
Sebastien Buemi
Nissan e.dams
12
Lucas di Grassi
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
9
Oliver Rowland
Nissan e.dams
6
Daniel Abt
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
5
Nelson Piquet Jr.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
1
Jose Maria Lopez
GEOX DRAGON
0
Maximilian Gunther
GEOX DRAGON
0
Oliver Turvey
NIO Formula E Team
0
Edoardo Mortara
VENTURI Formula E Team
0
Tom Dillmann
NIO Formula E Team
0
Stoffel Vandoorne
HWA RACELAB
0
Felipe Massa
VENTURI Formula E Team
0
Felix Rosenqvist
MAHINDRA RACING
0
Gary Paffett
HWA RACELAB
0
Pascal Wehrlein
MAHINDRA RACING
0
2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Team standings
DS TECHEETAH
47
MAHINDRA RACING
40
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
40
Envision Virgin Racing
36
Nissan e.dams
18
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
15
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
14
GEOX DRAGON
0
NIO Formula E Team
0
VENTURI Formula E Team
0
HWA RACELAB
0
2019-01-12T20:30:51+00:00January 12th, 2019|Formula E|