Jean-Eric Vergne Takes First Win - Sanya E-Prix

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne took his first win of Season 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship

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Story: Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne took his first win of Season 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the home race for his Chinese-backed DS Techeetah team at the Sanya E-Prix – the sixth different winner in the first six races.

The Frenchman has had a terrible start to his title defence and was pointless in the previous three races leaving him 11th in the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ Championship coming into China – but a resounding victory lifted him back into title contention.

The first-half of the season’s incredible streak of unpredictable results has blown the Championship wide open with BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Antonio Felix da Costa now leading – after a third-place finish in Sanya - but with the top six separated by just ten points after finishing third.

Nissan e.dams’ British rookie Oliver Rowland produced his best Formula E drive to qualify in pole for the first time but was unable to hold off Vergne and had to settle for second-place – his first podium in the Championship.

Previous Driver’s Championship leader Sam Bird had his worst day of his Season 5 after qualifying in 16th and then retiring from the race after just a couple of minutes following a collision with Stoffel Vandoorne.

Lucas di Grassi had a difficult day after failing to activate Attack Mode twice – showing that even after 51 races Formula E can still throw up unexpected challenges – and recovering to raise to sixth only to be t-boned by Robin Frijns on the final lap.

Sebastien Buemi produced the drive of the day after a technical infringement in qualifying saw him start from the pit lane. The Swiss former Champion carved through the grid to rise 16 places and finished in sixth position.

About the ABB FIA Formula E Championship:

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the closest, most intense and progressive category in

motorsport, bringing electrifying racing to the streets against the backdrop of landmarks, skyscrapers and skylines in some of the world’s most famous and recognisable cities - such as Hong Kong, Rome,

Paris and New York.

Formula E enters a new and exciting era in season five with the competitive debut of the next

generation car. The striking new model boasts a distinctive futuristic design and demonstrates a clear

step-up in performance with almost double the energy storage capacity - allowing teams and drivers

to complete a full race distance at higher speeds without needing to swap cars. The Gen2 car is a

testament to the ongoing advancements in battery and electric vehicle technology in the space of only

four years.

The fifth edition of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will see 11 teams and 22 drivers tackle a

variety of challenging circuits in 12 cities - across five continents - in a bid to be crowned champion.

Formula E will be making its debut in the Middle East on December 15 for the season-opener in Ad

Diriyah, with the championship once again coming to a close in New York City over the course of two

days on July 13 & 14.


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About ABB:

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products,

industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport &

infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is

writing the future of industrial digitalisation with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from

any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As

title partner of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the fully-electric international FIA motorsport

class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates

in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.



Jean-Eric Vergne Takes First Win - Sanya E-Prix


Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne took his first win of Season 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship

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