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Lotterer Penalized; Di Grassi Moves to Second in Points

Andre Lotterer has dropped out of the points in the final classification after post-race penalty…

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Andre Lotterer has lost his fourth place result from Saturday’s Swiss E-Prix after a post-race penalty was applied for passing through the red light at the end of the pitlane.

The offence took place as the cars were preparing to restart the race following a 40-minute plus red flag due to an accident at the first corner.

Lotterer was caught up in the incident and pitted to repair damage to his car instead of initially joining the majority of other cars in a line before the starting grid.

The DS Techeetah team were adjudged to have allowed Lotterer to ignore the pit exit light after he entered the pits to repair his damaged nosecone.

The full bulletin issued by the stewards stated that the “driver received the information to exit the pit lane from the team even if the pit exit lights were red. For this reason the Stewards decided to impose no penalty points in addition [to the decision].”

“Andre was told to come back to the pitman and line up there,” DS Techeetah team principal Mark Preston told e-racing365.

“As he just entered the pitlane he was told to line-up on the grid and he stopped and over the radio said ‘I have entered the pitlane but should I reverse and go to the grid.’

“We said ‘no that is illegal so go through pitman now you have entered it’ and ‘go to the line’.

“So he then went out of the pitlane with the red light [on]. There were multiple inputs from us and also the race director messages too. The stewards said ‘a red light is a red light’ so it is letter of the law stuff and the penalty stands unfortunately.”

The 22-second addition to Lotterer’s provisional finishing time, which was converted from a drive-through penalty, ensures that he drops out of the points to 14th position.

This elevates Sam Bird to fourth in the race and Maximillian Guenther to fifth.

Title protagonist Lucas di Grassi has retaken second in the drivers’ standings at Lotterer’s expense, courtesy of the Brazilian’s ninth place finish in the race. Lotterer himself drops to fourth place behind Mitch Evans.

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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