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Monaco E-Prix: Vergne becomes first repeat winner of 2018/19

Monaco E-Prix: Vergne becomes first repeat winner of 2018/19
By Motorsport.com

11/05/2019 at 16:22Updated 11/05/2019 at 16:42

Jean-Eric Vergne became the first repeat race winner of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E season after converting pole position into victory on the streets of Monaco.DS Techeetah driver Vergne maintained the advantage at the start from Mahindra's Pascal Wehrlein, who lost ground by running wide at Sainte-Devote in the early stages. Wehrlein dropped behind Oliver Rowland and Felipe Massa as a result, a

Jean-Eric Vergne became the first repeat race winner of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E season after converting pole position into victory on the streets of Monaco.

DS Techeetah driver Vergne maintained the advantage at the start from Mahindra's Pascal Wehrlein, who lost ground by running wide at Sainte-Devote in the early stages.

Wehrlein dropped behind Oliver Rowland and Felipe Massa as a result, and the top four ran in that formation for almost the remainder of the race.

Vergne was forced to rebuff a passing attempt from Nissan's Rowland into Turn 3 on the penultimate lap, and held on to secure his second win of the 2018/19 campaign by 0.201s.

Massa survived late contact with Wehrlein to take the final spot on the podium for Venturi.

Sebastien Buemi was fifth in the second Nissan, followed by BMW's Antonio Felix da Costa. Mitch Evans (Jaguar) recovered from a 10-place grid drop to take seventh.

Sam Bird suffered a puncture on the final lap while running inside the points, while his Virgin Racing teammate and pre-race points leader Robin Frijns was eliminated in a late clash with the second BMW car of Alexander Sims.

Vergne retakes the lead of the points standings as a result of his win ahead of teammate Andre Lotterer, who recovered from 21st on the grid to finish ninth.

Full report to follow

Race results:

1 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 51
2 22 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams 51 0.201
3 19 Felipe Massa Venturi 51 1.261
4 94 Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra Racing 51 1.439
5 23 Sébastien Buemi Nissan e.dams 51 6.215
6 28 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Autosport 51 15.956
7 20 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 51 16.213
8 66 Daniel Abt Team Abt 51 16.400
9 36 Andre Lotterer Techeetah 51 16.848
10 3 Alex Lynn Jaguar Racing 51 18.112
11 5 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA AG 51 18.551
12 7 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Racing 51 18.860
13 64 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra Racing 51 21.488
14 17 Gary Paffett HWA AG 51 21.853
15 27 Alexander Sims Andretti Autosport 51 26.934
16 8 Tom Dillmann NIO Formula E Team 51 31.861
17 2 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 50 1 Lap
4 Robin Frijns Virgin Racing 46 5 Laps
16 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 32 19 Laps
11 Lucas di Grassi Team Abt 31 20 Laps
48 Edoardo Mortara Venturi 29 22 Laps
6 Maximilian Gunther Dragon Racing 29 22 Laps
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