Lucas di Grassi claimed his first Formula E win of 2017/18 as he claimed victory in the Zurich E-Prix ahead of Sam Bird.


Di Grassi rose from fifth on the grid to win a race where several drivers – including polesitter Mitch Evans and Vergne – were hit with controversial penalties. At the start of the 39-lap race, Evans defended from Andre Lotterer before scampering clear to pull an early two-second lead. That advantage was slowly reduced over the course of the first half as Lotterer and Bird closed in behind him. Di Grassi began to work his way up the order after a low-key start, while Vergne – who had started down in 17th after a poor qualifying showing – made rapid progress. Di Grassi eased home thereafter to win by 7.5s over Bird, with D’Ambrosio taking third for Dragon.


“The weekend was amazing and the event here was fantastic," said di Grassi. "You could hear the huge number of people cheering all over the track. I tried to save a bit more energy in the first half of the first stint, and then managed to overtake the next three cars - I was a little bit lucky to overtake Mitch Evans just before the Full Course Yellow. We did the car swap and came back out in the lead and then they all got a drive-through. Then it was pretty much about managing the gap to Sam. We’ve been very unlucky in the first half of this season and now the luck has turned - five consecutive podiums, which I think is a record. To win in Zurich is the cherry on the cake.”


Source: www.insideevs.com