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Di Grassi Wins Mexico City Last-Lap Thriller

Lucas di Grassi takes lead just yards from finish line in crazy ending in Mexico City…

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Lucas di Grassi claimed victory in Saturday afternoon’s Mexico City E-Prix with a last-ditch pass on Pascal Wehrlein on the run up to the checkered flag.

The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver scored his team’s first win of the season by passing pole-sitter Wehrlein whose Mahindra M5Electro ran out of power coming out of the last corner.

Di Grassi was classified ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa who had run in fifth position for most of the final lap.

Wehrlein and Nissan e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland were all set for top-four positions ahead of da Costa until all three ran out of power on the final lap.

Di Grassi had made numerous attempts to pass Wehrlein in the last couple of laps at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, and one such attempt at the chicane halfway around the final lap set off a chaotic string of events.

It forced Wehrlein to cut the chicane and therefore extend his on-track lead, which resulted in him taking a time-penalty post-race.

The German driver, who scored pole earlier in the day in just his third ABB FIA Formula E Championship event, began to slow around the final corner, allowing di Grassi to move past him just yards from the finish line.

Edoardo Mortara finished third for Venturi, ahead of Mahindra’s Jerome d’Ambrosio in fourth, despite starting from back in 19th.

Wehrlein eventually placed sixth after the penalty for cutting the chicnae, behind Andre Lotterer, while neither Nissan IM01s were classified in the final order as their batteries hit 0 percent before the end of the race.

Wehrlein appeared to coast to the line, and so doesn’t look set to lose his finishing position.

The race was extended after a lengthy red flag period early on to clear up Nelson Piquet Jr.’s Jaguar I-Type 3.

The Brazilian had a heavy impact after a shunt with Jean-Eric Vergne, destroying his car, but he was able to escape uninjured.

The red flag was brought out for around 25 minutes but the clock was reset, allowing for a 41-minute race to get back underway after clear-up had been completed.

RESULTS: Mexico City E-Prix

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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    Kris G.

    February 16, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Was a thrilling finish indeed with both Nissan and Pascal’s Mahindra missing on energy targets and not capable to complete the last yards of the last lap.

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