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Disqualification gives D’Ambrosio Mexico win

 

The Race. Mexico City e-Prix, Mexico, Central America. Saturday 12 March 2016 Photo: Adam Warner /LAT/FE. ref: Digital Image _L5R9961

Brazilian ace Lucas di Grassi lost his second FIA Formula E race win in two years for a technical issue today in Mexico City – handing the win to Dragon Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio.

Di Grassi was stripped of his win in Germany last year and the Abt Schaeffler driver leaves Mexico City today disappointed after the car that he used for the first part of the race, was found to weigh 886.2kg, 1.8kg under the 888kg minimum. His team has decided not to appeal the decision.

Mexico City e-Prix, Mexico, Central America. Saturday 12 March 2016 Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT/FE ref: Digital Image _FER5966

Amazingly, the disqualification of di Grassi handed D’Ambrosio his second FIA Formula E win – the exactly same result as what happened in Berlin last year.

Despite now having two FIA Formula E wins to his credit, D’Ambrosio is yet to cross the checkered flag as the first car in the race.

The decision means di Grassi is now 22 points behind Sebastien Buemi, who is promoted to second place. Nico Prost moves up to third, and the Renault e.dams driver also gains two more points for setting the Visa Fastest Lap after D’Ambrosio’s best effort was removed for being set while cutting a chicane.

Loic Duval remains classified fourth but was handed a 15-second penalty for repeatedly cutting the chicane and then ignoring the black and white flag he was shown for this offense.

D’Ambrosio enjoyed a spirited battle with Sebastien Buemi which turned out to be the battle for the win.

“It was really a close call with Seb. We just spoke about it on the podium but I need to see a replay to see what really happened there,” D’Ambrosio said.

“One moment we had contact in the first corner and everything went fine. Then he overtook me but cut the first chicane. When he let me by he always lifted in a place I was not going to try to overtake him.

“Therefore, it created a big mess all around. I think in the end everything played out correctly.”

The FIA Formula E championship will now return to the US for its second event on the streets of Long Beach. Nelson Piquet Jr won the inaugural event last year, 35 years after his father won the Formula 1 race on the famous Californian streets.

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