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The 2019 Paris ePrix (formally the 2019 ABB FIA Formula E Paris ePrix) was a Formula E electric car race held at the Circuit des Invalides in the Les Invalides building complex on 27 April 2019. It was the eighth race of the 2018–19 Formula E season and the fourth edition of the event.

2019 Paris ePrix
Race 8 of 13 of the 2018–19 Formula E season
Layout of the Paris ePrix street circuit
Layout of the Paris ePrix street circuit
Race details
Date 27 April 2019 (2019-04-27)
Official name 2019 ABB FIA Formula E Paris ePrix
Location Circuit des Invalides, Les Invalides, Paris, France
Course Street circuit
Course length 1.93 km (1.20 mi)
Distance 32 laps, 61.440 km (38.177 mi)
Weather Rain
Pole position
Driver e.Dams-Nissan
Time 1:00.535
Fastest lap
Driver France Tom Dillmann NIO
Time 1:02.780 on lap 10
Podium
First Virgin–Audi
Second Techeetah-DS
Third Audi

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BackgroundEdit

The Paris ePrix was confirmed as part of Formula E's 2018–19 series schedule on June 7, 2018 by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.[1] It's the eighth of thirteen scheduled single-seater electric car races of the 2018–19 season, and the fourth running of the event. The ePrix would be held at the 1.930 km (1.199 mi) clockwise fourteen-turn Circuit des Invalides in the Les Invalides building complex of the city's 7th arrondissement on 27 April 2019.

Going into the race, Mahindra driver Jérôme d'Ambrosio is leading the Drivers' Championship with 65 points, only one point ahead of BMW Andretti driver António Félix da Costa in second. In third is the Techeetah driver André Lotterer with 62 points, two points behind the championship leader after finishing second in the previous race. Jaguar driver Mitch Evans is in forth with 61 points, after winning the race in Rome. Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler driver Lucas Di Grassi stays in fifth with 58 points after finishing seventh in Rome.[2] In the Teams' Championship, DS Techeetah led with 116 points, only seven points ahead of Virgin Racing in second place. In third place is the Mahindra Racing with 102 points; tie on points with Audi. BMW Andretti completing the top five with 82 points.[2]

Maximilian Günther kept his Dragon Racing seat in Paris, as Felipe Nasr is focusing his preparations for the next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.[3]

PracticeEdit

Practice 1 took part in damp conditions early in the morning. On his very first lap Lucas Di Grassi of Audi Sport got all out of shape and put the car into the wall on the out lap. He made it back to the pits but missed the rest of the session due to the damage he sustained in the crash. DS Techeetah driver Jean-Éric Vergne also lost the car early on and spun and skated of the track and down the escape road. Sébastien Buemi of Nissan e.dams collided with Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird and consequently spun, with Bird spinning into the outside wall. Many drivers going down the escape road at Turn 3 with lock ups. Robin Frijns of the Virgin Racing pushed too hard and hit the wall on the exit of Turn 3 with Sébastien Buemi spinning and following Frijns in. Then Sam Bird hit the wall in the same place as his teammate but sustained a lot more damage and was consequently out of the session and missed the second practice due to the damage. André Lotterer in the DS Techeetah was quickest after the red flag came out and brought the session to an early end.

The second practice session took part in dry conditions on the streets of Paris. Everyone left the pits as soon as possible except Sam Bird who's car was still being worked on after his heavy crash in FP1. Alex Lynn of Jaguar Racing pushed too hard and gently put the car into the wall at slow speed and, fortunately with minimal damage was able to continue. Sébastien Buemi spun and crossed the finish line backwards as he spun through the final corner. Dragon Racing driver José María López then crashed in the same place as Alex Lynn. Carrying on his form from his win in Rome last time out Mitch Evans put his Jaguar quickest of the session with a time of a 1:00.226, followed by Oliver Rowland and Lucas Di Grassi.

QualifyingEdit

Mitch Evans brushed the wall in group 1 qualifying and took some of the wall branding off. Jérôme d'Ambrosio was the only driver who made it from group 1 to superpole. In group 2 Robin Frijns set a strong lap to book his place in super pole. Sébastien Buemi, Oliver Rowland, Pascal Wehrlein and Felipe Massa were the other 4 drivers to make it to superpole. Wehrlein took pole position from Oliver Rowland and Sébastien Buemi.

RaceEdit

Post-raceEdit

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Grid
1 94   Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra 1:00.383 221
2 22   Oliver Rowland e.Dams-Nissan 1:00.535 +0.152 1
3 23   Sébastien Buemi e.Dams-Nissan 1:00.768 +0.385 2
4 4   Robin Frijns Virgin-Audi 1:00.793 +0.410 3
5 19   Felipe Massa Venturi 1:01.217 +0.834 4
6 64   Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra 1:01.307 +0.924 211
7 6   Maximilian Günther Dragon-Penske 1:00.719 5
8 36   Andre Lotterer Techeetah-DS 1:00.738 +0.019 6
9 66   Daniel Abt Audi 1:00.739 +0.020 7
10 11   Lucas Di Grassi Audi 1:00.761 +0.042 8
11 8   Tom Dillmann NIO 1:00.784 +0.065 9
12 48   Edoardo Mortara Venturi 1:00.801 +0.082 10
13 16   Oliver Turvey NIO 1:00.876 +0.157 11
14 25   Jean-Éric Vergne Techeetah-DS 1:00.886 +0.167 12
15 2   Sam Bird Virgin-Audi 1:00.928 +0.209 13
16 28   Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti-BMW 1:00.952 +0.233 14
17 3   Alex Lynn Jaguar 1:01.012 +0.293 15
18 27   Alexander Sims Andretti-BMW 1:01.037 +0.318 16
19 17   Gary Paffett HWA-Venturi 1:01.135 +0.416 17
20 20   Mitch Evans Jaguar 1:01.243 +0.524 18
21 5   Stoffel Vandoorne HWA-Venturi 1:01.471 +0.752 19
22 7   José María López Dragon-Penske 1:07.494 +6.775 20
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RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Robin Frijns Virgin-Audi 32 47:50.510 3 25+13
2 36   André Lotterer Techeetah-DS 32 +1.373 6 18
3 66   Daniel Abt Audi 32 +3.175 7 15
4 11   Lucas Di Grassi Audi 32 +3.666 8 12
5 6   Maximilian Günther Dragon-Penske 32 +5.456 5 10
6 25   Jean-Éric Vergne Techeetah-DS 32 +6.694 12 8
7 28   António Félix da Costa Andretti-BMW 32 +7.238 14 6
8 17   Gary Paffett HWA-Venturi 32 +7.901 17 4
9 19   Felipe Massa Venturi 32 +10.522 4 2
10 94   Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra 32 +10.998 22 1
11 2   Sam Bird Virgin-Audi 32 +11.488 13
12 22   Oliver Rowland e.Dams-Nissan 32 +19.451 1 34
13 7   José María López Dragon-Penske 32 +24.023 20
14 16   Oliver Turvey NIO 32 +1:22.2261 11
15 23   Sébastien Buemi e.Dams-Nissan 31 +1 Lap 2
16 20   Mitch Evans Jaguar 31 +1 Lap 18
17 64   Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra 29 Accident2 21
Ret 3   Alex Lynn Jaguar 23 Collision 15
Ret 48   Edoardo Mortara Venturi 23 Collision 10
Ret 27   Alexander Sims Andretti-BMW 18 Collision 16
Ret 5   Stoffel Vandoorne HWA-Venturi 18 Suspension 19
Ret 8   Tom Dillmann NIO 17 Accident 9
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Notes:

  • ^1  — Oliver Turvey received a drive through penalty converted into a 50-second time penalty for causing a collision
  • ^2  — Jérôme d'Ambrosio received 5-second time penalty for improper use of Attack Mode.
  • ^3  — Fastest lap.
  • ^4  — Pole position.

Standings after the raceEdit

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Formula E reveals season five calendar for 2018/19". Autosport. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Standings – 2018-2019 FIA Formula E Championship". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  3. ^ Smith, Sam. "Guenther Remains in Dragon Car for Paris". e-racing 365. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
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