FE driver has captured his first Formula E victory in an incident-filled Hong Kong ePrix as the stewards penalized Envision ’s for causing a collision. 



Bird was in a heated battle for the race lead with DS Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer when the two cars made contact at Turn 2, which damaged the right rear of Lotterer’s car on the penultimate lap.


Bird took the chequered flag while Lotterer, who sustained a punctured right rear tyre and broken suspension, was unable to continue and finished 14th.



“The driver of car 2 (Bird) had a direct hit with the right rear tyre of car 36 (Lotterer) resulting in an immediate puncture,” concluded the stewards in the official report. 


The stewards took into account the inclement track conditions but ultimately determined that they did not play a factor in the cause of the collision. 


“It is acknowledged that the track was damp in certain areas, however car 36 left more than a car width to the inside. As a result, we find that the Driver of car 2 was predominatly to blame for the incident.”


“The Competitor is reminded that, in accordance with Article 12.2.4 of the FIA International Sporting Code and Article 17.2 of the FIA Formula E Sporting regulations, the above penalty is not susceptible to appeal.”


As part of the investigation, the stewards heard testimony from Bird and Lotterer as well as representatives from their respective teams. Telemetry evidence and video replays of the incident were also reviewed as part of the investigation. 



The 5 second penalty drops Bird down to 6th position, elevating Venturi FE’s Edoardo Mortara to his first Formula E victory. Mortara’s teammate Felipe Massa gets promoted to 5th. 


Audi Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi moves up to finish second, while Bird’s teammate Robin Frijns rounds out the podium in 3rd. 


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