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Vergne Claims Home Victory at Paris

Jean-Eric Vergne extends his championship lead with dominant win on home soil…

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Jean-Eric Vergne extended his ABB FIA Formula E Championship lead to 31 points with victory in Saturday’s Paris E-Prix.

The Parisian led the 49-lap contest from start to finish to chalk up his third win of the season with Techeetah, while Lucas di Grassi snatched second for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler at the end.

Vergne crossed the line 4.882 seconds ahead of Di Grassi, who benefited from contact between Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer and DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird at the final corner.

Lotterer, who had been holding off Di Grassi for second, slowed shortly before the checkered flag with his energy running low.

Bird then ploughed into the back of the Techeetah machine, but was able to cross the line in third with his car’s right-front wheel severely damaged.

Lotterer, meanwhile, could only manage to salvage sixth place at a crawl.

The last lap confusion enabled Maro Engel to claim fourth for Venturi with Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi slotting into fifth.

At the start, Vergne consolidated his pole position while Bird needed to be aggressive to hold off a hard-charging Lotterer into turn one.

The trio then settled into a clear advantage over the chasing pack with the order maintaining itself through the car change pit stops.

However, Vergne’s stop was around a second faster than Bird’s, enabling the Techeetah driver to establish some daylight at the head of the field.

With all three drivers on the same energy strategy, Vergne managed to keep the gap constant and resist the threat of challenges from his rivals behind.

Di Grassi and Buemi completed an extra lap before pitting, meaning they had slightly more energy during the second stint.

Having emerged from his service in fourth ahead of Engel, Di Grassi proceeded to hunt down the top three with Lotterer being his first target.

The Rome runner-up watched a move by Lotterer on Bird for second at the turn eight right-hander, before making an overtake of his own on the Virgin car a few corners later.

Di Grassi’s teammate Daniel Abt finished seventh after an impressive charge through the field from 15th on the grid.

Felix Rosenqvist was eighth in the best of the Mahindra Racing entries, ahead of NIO’s Oliver Turvey.

Rounding out the top-ten was Dragon Racing’s Jose Maria Lopez.

RESULTS: Paris E-Prix

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

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