Post-race scrutineering saw Renault and Buemi’s hard work go unrewarded, as the car was found to be underweight. The FIA stewards took into consideration the difficult circumstances Renault e.dams was forced to work under, but ultimately the penalty was disqualification.
This means that the lead of the championship has changed for the first time this season, and di Grassi now goes into the final race with an 18-point advantage. As today proved though, every round of the FIA Formula E Championship is unpredictable, and with qualifying and a 37-lap race around the impressive Montreal circuit to come, the championship is far from decided.
FULL FIA STATEMENT:
“The stewards note that this car was in large part destroyed in an accident during practice two. The team used a new monocoque, battery pack and gearbox as well as many other new parts,” a statement from the stewards reads.
“There was reportedly insufficient time to weight the car after the rebuild and before the race, even though the weighing platform schedule had been increased by 30 minutes the technical delegate. The team reportedly added 4 kg additional ballast to compensate for any weight variation in the rebuilt car.
“The competitor is reminded of his right to appeal in accordance with Article 15 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 9.1.1 of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules.”
As a result, Lucas di Grassi now heads into Sunday’s season finale with an 18-point advantage over Buemi, meaning a fourth place finish would be enough to capture a maiden Formula E crown.
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