Monday, Jun 11 10:20am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Penalty robs Mitch Evans of possible podium in Zürich

Mitch Evans was unable to convert pole position into a race win at the penultimate round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Zürich.


Evans took his first pole position for Panasonic Jaguar Racing and led the race up until shortly before the halfway mark. Come lap 18 of 38, Brazilian Lucas di Grassi got around the outside of the New Zealander into turn one and never looked back.


Evans held station behind his Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler rival for the remainder of the lap. Come lap 19 the full course caution came out and everyone slowed. Most entered the pit lane for their compulsory pit stop.


Watch the full Zürich ePrix race highlights below: 



Both di Grassi and Evans returned to the race where they came in. There was drama down the order for championship leader Jean-Éric Vergne, who couldn’t get his car started straight away.


There was more drama to come with the bulk share of the leaders put under investigation for going over the maximum speed during the full course caution.


Evans, Andre Lotterer, Sebastien Buemi and Vergne were handed drive-through penalties. Consequently that dropped Evans down to ninth.


The Kiwi managed to claw some positions back late in the race to move up to fifth, but eventually came home to finish seventh after Buemi and Nick Heidfeld both got past.


“Securing our first Formula E Pole Position gave the team a real lift and shows how far we have come,” Evans said.


“Unfortunately the race did not play out as we had hoped. In New York we will try hard and deliver more points to finish the season off well.”


Evans' teammate Nelson Piquet Jr. didn't finish the race.


"The chicane traffic caused damage to the car which ultimately led to my retirement," Piquet said.


"The beginning of the season has been good however a mixture of bad luck and incidents have been disappointing in recent races. With two races to go in New York we’ll try to deliver more points for the team."


The championship moves to New York for the double-headed final two races over July 14–15. Evans sits seventh in the overall points table behind twice race winner Daniel Abt. Evans is yet to take a win this season but has one podium to his name. 


ABB FIA Formula E Championship Zürich ePrix, results: 


Pos Driver Team Diff
1 Lucas di Grassi Team Abt 39 laps
2 Sam Bird Virgin Racing +7.542
3 Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing +16.822
4 Andre Lotterer Techeetah +20.295
5 Sébastien Buemi DAMS +26.692
6 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing +28.059
7 Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing +30.631
8 Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti Autosport +31.301
9 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team +32.180
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah +32.833
11 Maro Engel Venturi +34.604
12 Jose Maria Lopez Dragon Racing +35.206
13 Daniel Abt Team Abt +46.222
14 Stéphane Sarrazin Andretti Autosport +47.505
15 Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing +1 lap
16 Alex Lynn Virgin Racing +1 lap
DNF  Nicolas Prost DAMS +8 laps
DNF  Luca Filippi NIO Formula E Team +19 laps
DNF  Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar Racing +19 laps
DNF  Edoardo Mortara Venturi +33 laps



Photo: Jaguar