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Vergne, Evans Receive Pre-Race Penalties

Jean-Eric Vergne and Mitch Evans both receive penalties ahead of today’s race in Diriyah…

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Jean-Eric Vergne will start from the back of the grid and Mitch Evans has lost his Superpole time following penalties for both drivers ahead of today’s E-Prix in Diriyah.

Defending Formula E champion Vergne was penalized after his DS Techeetah team elected to change the battery pack of his car following Free Practice 3.

The Frenchman, who retired from the opening race of the 2019-20 season on Friday, went on to set the 11th-best time in qualifying but will now start from the rear of the 24-car field.

Vergne’s battery change in between FP3 and qualifying was necessitated by an impact with the Turn 17 wall during the Saturday morning practice session.

Evans, meanwhile, was reprimanded by the stewards after his Panasonic Jaguar Racing car was found to be under the 900kg minimum weight requirement.

The New Zealander’s qualifying group stage time was good enough to place him in the top-six shootout for pole, during which Evans set the fourth-fastest lap.

But he will now start Race 2 from sixth while Jerome d’Ambrosio and Antonio Felix da Costa – who placed fifth and sixth in qualifying – each gain a place on the grid.

The second race of the Diriyah E-Prix gets underway at 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET; 12 p.m. GMT).

Race 2 Starting Grid

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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