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Swiss win moves Vergne closer to second Formula E title

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ByReuters
22/06/2019 at 18:27 | Updated 22/06/2019 at 20:56

Jean-Eric Vergne took another step towards becoming the all-electric Formula E series's first multiple champion by winning a Swiss ePrix that had to be stopped and re-started after a mass pile-up on Saturday.

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The Frenchman, starting from pole position, secured his third victory of the season after an eight-car collision on the opening lap in Bern blocked the narrow street track and brought out red flags.

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The race was halted for 40 minutes, with tempers flaring among the drivers.

Defending champion Vergne then held off a strong challenge from Jaguar's New Zealander Mitch Evans after a re-start behind the safety car, with rain on the last two laps making life harder.

Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi, the 2015-16 champion, finished third for the Nissan e.Dams team.

Just two rounds now remain, in New York on July 13-14, and Vergne will go there with a 32-point lead over German team mate Andre Lotterer, who finished fourth.

Vergne has 130 points to Lotterer's 98 and Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi, the 2016-17 champion, on 97.

"I'm actually really tired and I think I need a week of rest," said Vergne, who competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend.

"At the end with the rain, it was really stressful and I had to be careful. I'd rather finish second than in the wall for the championship so I was of course trying to win the race but also being extra cautious." (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in Le Castellet, editing by Ed Osmond)

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