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Additional Penalty for Bird

Sam Bird, the winner of the first Hong Kong E-Prix race, has been penalized for a second time for the pit lane incident which almost cost him victory…

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Sam Bird has been penalized a second time for the pit lane incident that almost cost him victory in the opening round of the new Formula E season in Hong Kong on Saturday.

The DS Virgin driver was given the penalty after the race for unsafe driving when he lost control of his car on the pit apron as he went to make his car swap.

After serving a drive-through penalty for breaking the 37.6a regulation in the Sporting Regulations, which stipulates that “the mandatory change of car must take place inside the box allocated to the driver,” Bird went on to restore his lead and eventually win the race by 11.5 seconds.

However, a further sanction by the stewards made post-race means he will now drop ten places on tomorrow’s grid for the second Hong Kong E-Prix.

“I am a bit gutted about this to be honest,” Bird told e-racing365.

“The pitlane here is very dusty and the minimum pit stop time is very difficult. I have explained this to the stewards but they have made their decision but for me it is very hard to swallow.”

Bird explained that he accepted the decision but was disappointed that it had taken a slight sine off his maximum points score.

“I thought it would be a reprimand but there you go,” he said. “The decision is final so I have to work hard tomorrow but it leaves a sour taste for sure.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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