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Bird, di Grassi Slam Lotterer Tactics

Andre Lotterer comes under fire from Sam Bird and Lucas di Grassi for driving tactics…

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Sam Bird and Lucas di Grassi have heavily criticised Andre Lotterer’s driving during Saturday’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship Paris E-Prix.

Lotterer’s tactics during the race and the placement of his car after he lost energy in the final corners caused the second and third place finishers to vent their frustrations after the fraught final lap contact.

The Techeetah driver was adjudged to have caused the accident and was sanctioned by the stewards who handed out a 10-place grid penalty for next month’s Berlin E-Prix.

“That is not correct in any form of motorsport and I believe what we saw today was not correct. I had a bit of it in Punta [del Este] and it’s too aggressive,” said Bird.

“I don’t want to throw Andre under the bus, he’s a very talented driver with a phenomenal history in the sport.

“But something needs to happen but it needs to be consistent and penalties need to be applied all the time.”

The DS Virgin driver alluded to similar scenarios happening having been discussed in the drivers’ briefing on Friday.

“We did discuss this exact thing in the drivers’ briefing. It was [a bit] much from Andre today,” said Bird.

Like Bird, di Grassi also had contact with the Techeetah driver during the race. It was enough for the reigning champion to follow Bird in condemning Lotterer’s driving.

“Andre was over-consuming every lap,” said Di Grassi. “I knew he was going to run out of energy.

“He did a mistake earlier and almost crashed me in to the wall weaving around. Then when he ran out of energy he tried to block without any energy which makes no sense.”

Lotterer remained effusive after the race and dismissed the criticism, especially from di Grassi.

“I don’t know what Lucas has to complain about,” Lotterer told e-racing365.

“Of course I don’t let him pass me. We are racing and actually he is no position to complain about driving standards I think.”

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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