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Wehrlein Questions di Grassi Race Tactics

Pascal Wehrlein questions Lucas di Grassi’s tactics after their clash in Mexico City…

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Pascal Wehrlein has criticized Lucas di Grassi’s wheel-to-wheel conduct after the fraught final lap of Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix.

The Mahindra Racing driver, who led all but the final few yards of the race, was forced to defend on the final tour as di Grassi applied pressure with more energy at his disposal.

Wehrlein felt that di Grassi used excessive force in the battle which saw contact between the two at the Turn 3 chicane.

“This is how he is driving, he is using me as a brake and I had to go straight but the stewards decided for a five-second penalty which I don’t agree with because it was not an advantage,” Wehrlein told e-racing365.

“I had to [cut] it because he was there and he left me no space and we had some contact.

“When I went straight I slowed down and one corner later he was right back on my tail again pushing me into the corner. But we just have to accept it.”

Wehrlein, who scored pole in just his third Formula E qualifying, evidenced several recent incidents in which di Grassi has been involved which have not resulted in penalties.

“All I can say is that in the three races I have been here I have felt a few things about him like in Marrakesh he hits the back of me – no penalty,” he said.

“He crashed in to someone under yellow in the last race [Santiago], and here again some contact, so I don’t know what else to say.”

Di Grassi described Wehrlein’s defense of his lead as “more than aggressive”, saying he expected the Mahindra driver to receive an additional penalty.

“On the last lap I was behind him and pretended to go to the outside and he left a door, a door small enough to go down the inside between the wall and the kerb and I went there,” di Grassi explained.

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 Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    Kris G.

    February 19, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Wehrlein is hungry for victories and we can see that. Hope that Gil can persuade him to focus in the championship; looks like that he’s doing just that.

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    Jackal

    February 19, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Agree with Wehrlein about the penalty. There was no place for him to go other than short cutting the chicane … yet he was penalized for doing so.

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