António Felix da Costa won the first stage of the Formula E seasonDecember 16, 2018
António Felix da Costa won the first win of the Formula E season in the electric series after a fine by Jean-Eric Verne.
At the start of the race, Sebastien Buemi was able to pass Jose Maria Lopez and came in second place. In addition, on the first lap Edoardo Mortara drove past the turn and broke the front wing, provoking yellow flags.
Felipe Massa, who went into battle 19th, very quickly broke through the peloton and by the end of the first round was the tenth.
After a few more rounds, Lopez skipped ahead of Jean-Eric Verne with Andre Lotterer and became fifth, while Vergne passed Buemi, coming in second.
33 minutes before the end of the race, Felix Rosenquist fizzled out due to technical problems, and seven minutes later the reigning champion of the series Jean-Eric Vergne was ahead in the fight for leadership and Costa.
16 minutes before the end of the race, the attack mode activated Lotterer, which helped him to pass da Costa and reach the second line.
After that, the race management unexpectedly issued a penalty in the form of a ride through the pit lane to five riders at once for energy overruns. Among the fined were the leader of the race Vergne, Lotterer, Massa, Gary Paffett and Alexander Sims. Jean-Eric returned to the track only the third, and soon a safety car appeared on the track.
Before restarting several pilots activated the attack mode. As a result, Verne passed Jerome d’Ambrosio in the fight for the second line and rushed for da Costa.
On the last lap, the Frenchman came close to the Portuguese, but could not get through it.
Thus, the victory went to the holder of the pole da Costa.
Fan Boost system in the race got the opportunity to use Stoffel Vandorn, who was voted for by 36% of the fans, as well as Felipe Massa, António Felix da Costa, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi.
The next stage of Formula E will be held on January 12 in Morocco.