Abt finally earns first win in Mexico City

Elias Hubbard
March 4, 2018

And while Abt became Formula E's first ever German to win a race, his team-mate and defending champion Lucas di Grassi finally secured his first points of the season after some fine driving saw him score, despite a ten-place grid penalty.

It was a sweet moment for Abt after he thought he had claimed victory back in Hong Kong in December only to be later disqualified after his team were found to have breached technical regulations. After getting going again, the Swede experienced more technical issues, forcing him into the pits for an early vehicle switch in a last-ditch attempt to regain ground but it was too little too late.

On lap 31, di Grassi and Jose Maria Lopez made contact, sending the Brazillian spinning at the end of the start/finish line.

Nio's Cumbrian driver Oliver Turvey led for most of the race from second on the grid, after Felix Rosenqvist stopped in the 15th lap to give up his lead from pole. With Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Nelson Piquet Jn. hunting down Buemi, the two former champs were engrossed in the battle for third place.

Formula E title contender Rosenqvist finished second behind Renault's Sebastien Buemi in the opening heats before turning in a fastest time of 1:01.645 in the Super Pole shootout, setting the benchmark for his rival to beat.

DANIEL ABT stormed to victory to win the Mexio E-Prix for Audi after he took the lead following a blistering pit stop in Formula E.

The Mexico City E-Prix starts at 4pm local time (10pm GMT) on Saturday.

Through this result, Vergne extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship and now holds a 12 point advantage over Rosenqvist who, despite failing to finish, holds onto second place in the standings while Techeetah extended its lead over Mahindra in the Teams' Championship due to a reliability problem for Nick Heidfeld.

"Now I wish I had kept the 25 points from Hong Kong as that would have made it very close in the championship", said Abt.

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