Formula E Paris 2019: Frijns wins in the rain chaos

Formula E Paris 2019
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D he minimum air pressure is a tiresome topic in Formula E. Michelin stipulates 1.6 bar, and sinners are always caught. That's why Daniel Abt lost a pole position two years ago. This time it caught Pascal Wehrlein: A tire on his Mahindra only had 1.46 bar air pressure.

The penalty: off to the last row of the grid. Wehrlein parked there next to his teammate Jerome d‘Ambrosio. The Belgian lost fifth place on the grid - also due to insufficient tire pressure. For the Mahindra pilots there was only one dot instead of the big booty they had hoped for. Pascal Wehrlein was tenth, d'Ambrosio lost the championship lead in 15th.

Rowland in the gang

After Wehrlein was transferred, Nissan had the first complete with drivers Oliver Rowland and Sébastien Buemi Front row inside. For rookie Rowland it was the second pole of his still short Formula E career after Sanya. But it didn't bring him luck: after less than two kilometers, the Briton derailed, slipped into the barrier and was suddenly the very last.

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In Paris the conditions were chaotic. Alex Lynn and Edoardo Mortara are in the gang here.

This was the start of one of the most chaotic races in the history of the electric series: with Lots of slip-ups, three full course yellow phases and a safety car interlude. The heartiest duels provided entertainment. The Parisian fans were overjoyed at the crash festival. And even when it poured briefly but heavily, they waved enthusiastically into the cameras.

Nissan drama part two

The second part of the Nissan drama came in round eleven. The leading Sébastien Buemi clashed with Robin Frijns. The Dutchman had to tremble because the nose was hisVirgin Audi after a tete-a-tete with Massa's Venturi wobbled like a cow's tail. There were certainly race directors who called the damaged vehicle to the pits in such situations. But Frijns was lucky and he was not deterred - he took Buemi by surprise in a bold maneuver.

This did not happen entirely without contact with the enemy. Buemi suddenly disappeared in the direction of the box: a flat tire. 'That went really stupid,' said the Swiss later. “Frijns tore off my tire valve.”

At the eighth race of the Formula E season, there were now eight different winners. A German driver has not been among them so far, but the fight for the title is looking good for Andre Lotterer, who finished second in Paris. The DS driver is just one point behind leader Frijns.

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