A winner crowned, then dethroned in Mexico City ePrix
After the qualifying and Super Pole sessions were done, Dragon Racing's Jerome d'Ambrosio started the race in pole position, alongside Nicolas Prost (of Renault e.Dams), Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt (of the Abt Audi team), and Sebastien Buemi (also of Renault e.Dams). Defending champion Nelson Piquet, however, fared no better than 18th on the starting grid as he languished at the bottom of the standings with only four points to his name this season. Fellow Brazilian former F1 driver Bruno Senna barely managed any better at 17th position on the grid.
D'Ambrosio held onto his lead off the line, but Prost stayed just a step behind. And with di Grassi, Buemi, and Abt following closely in tow, a feverish five-way battle ensued for the lead. At the halfway point, Di Grassi took second from Prost, who then lost position to his own teammate Buemi in the pitlane. On the exit di Grassi closed in right behind d'Ambrosio in the lead, and, armed with the popular FanBoost accelerator, passed his rival to take the lead.
Buemi soon closed in on d'Ambrosio as well, the two rubbing and bumping along the way. After illegally taking position over the chicane, Buemi slowed to allow d'Ambrosio back ahead, but that only invited Prost, Abt and Duval into the fight as well, while di Grassi pulled away in the lead. With his rivals busy fighting each other for position, di Grassi encountered little trouble sailing to the checkered flag, but that wasn't the end of the story.
In post-race scrutineering, di Grassi's car was found to be four pounds under the minimum weight stipulated under the regulations. He was stripped of his win and disqualified from the race, elevating pole-starter d'Ambrosio to the win, and with him Buemi to second, Prost third, Duval fourth, Robin Frijns fifth, and Sam Bird sixth. Penalized by fifteen seconds for cutting the chicane, Daniel Abt was relegated to seventh, followed by Nick Heidfeld, Stephane Sarrazin, and Bruno Senna. Piquet finished thirteenth and out of the points.
The adjusted results leave Buemi in first place with 98 points, followed by di Grassi with 76, Bird with 60, d'Ambrosio with 58, and Duval with 44. The combined points of Buemi and Prost put Renault e.Dams in the lead for the team standings with 136 points, followed by Dragon Racing with 102, and Abt Audi in third with 92. The championship continues here in the United States on April 2 in Long Beach, CA.
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