The pilot Antonio Felix Da Costa won the inangunral ePrix of the 2018-2018 season of the Formula-e, which was held in Saudi Arabia.
The driver of the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team, António Félix da Costa #28, after leaving in the first position of the starting grid of the race on Saturday, won the victory in an exciting final in the inaugural race of the season of the Formula-e 2018-2019, which the event had by name Riad ePrix, disputed in the street circuit of Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The Portuguese driver was ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne #25 of DS Techeetah and the Belgian Jérôme d'Ambrosio #64 of the Mahindra Racing team, closing the podium of the race.
The race had a slow start, due to the crash against the wall of the Edoardo Mortara #4 driver from Venturi Formula E Team. In addition, the long awaited debut of the F1 drivers, Felipe Massa #19 and Stoffel Vandoorne #5, was a big disappointment.The Brazilian had two penalties in the race for using more power than allowed, which delayed him in the final result of the ePrix. While the Belgian had a lack of experience in the category, which left him in the seventeenth position.At the end of the Da Costa race, he managed to take a lead of half a second to his closest pursuer Jean-Éric Vergne #25 and in more than 4 seconds to Jerome D'Ambrosio #64, the latter who had a penalty for the same reason as the Brazilian Massa, when he was at the end of the race, he had to pass through the pits, to complete a pass through the boxers at a regulated speed, which cost him the victory in the first race of the season.
On the other hand, the Argentine pilot Pechito Lopez #7, had to retire of the race when hitting his car against the wall and to break to rear left suspension of his Geox Dragon, in addition, forced the first exit of the safety car in the ePrix.
Alexander Sims #27 of BMW and Andretti Motorsport, like several pilots, was penalized for using power more than allowed, so he had to pass a pits pass at a regulated speed which delayed the race in the final result, which is why he was very unhappy after the triumph of his team driver since the cars of BMW i Andretti Motorsport has great potential as they showed in the pre-season tests.
Final podium of the race:
- Antonio Felix Da Costa #28
2. Jean-Eric Vergne #25
3. Jerome D'Ambrosio #64
Pole Position: António Félix da Costa # 28- BMW and Andretti Motorsport2
Quick lap: André Lotterer # 36- DS Techeetah
Final result of Riad ePrix
Here are some statements after the race:
Antonio Felix Da Costa: "I had not won in Formula E for four years and the truth is that I feel very good and I am very happy, I have won others like Macao, but it is true that since Buenos Aires 2014 I did not win in this championship. The last two years have been very complicated and there comes a time when even you start to think what's wrong, if it's the car or the culprit is you, getting the pole and the victory the same day has been great and I want to thank all the members of the BMW Andretti team. "
Nelson Piquet Jr: "It was a frustrating race, because we made a strategy of being aggressive, but we were not aggressive enough and we did not take advantage of situations."
Felipe Massa: "Unfortunately, I had this penalty that simply destroyed everything I was doing before, I'm disappointed with the result, but I'm happy with my work today, with the pace, with the strategy, the attack mode, overtaking, everything It worked well, unfortunately we did not end up where we were supposed to be."
Pechito López: "There are many positive things to take us, to be in the front row today, literally fighting for the second position, I was in the second position with a good pace, we did not expect to be there but it was not a coincidence. another chance."
Championship status after the inaugural ePrix
Information about the ePrix Circuit:
Ad Diriyah street circuit
Location: Saudi Arabia.
Inauguration: December 15, 2018
There is no more information, because he debuted this December 15, 2018, inaugural race of the Formula E 2018-2019 World Championship.
he next date will run on January 12 at the Moulay El Hassan International Circuit in Morocco and two weeks after that the action will arrive in Chile: on January 26 the third race will be held in the country.
Information about the next ePrix:
Marrakech ePrix, Moulay El Hassan International Circuit. (WIKIPEDIA)
Venue: Moulay El Hassan International Circuit, Marrakech
Coordinates: 31 ° 35'11 "N 7 ° 59'10" OCoordinates: 31 ° 35'11 "N 7 ° 59'10" W (map)
Events: WTCR; Formula E.
Type and length: Urban race circuit 2.99 kilometers (1.86 mi).
Distance: 45 Min + 1 turn.
Results Last year:
Pole position: Sébastien Buemi, Renault e.dams, Time 1: 20.355s.
- Felix Rosenqvist
2. Sébastien Buemi
3. Sam Bird
Quick lap: Nelson Piquet Jr., Panasonic Jaguar Racing, Time 1: 22.832.
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