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Paris E-Prix Facts and Figures

The ABB Formula E Championship made its third visit to the City of lights and championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne took a memorable home victory, becoming only the second driver (after Sam Bird) to claim victory on home soil. We now take a look at the facts and figures behind the days racing in Paris.

Race facts

  • – For only the second time this season, the bottom five drivers in the championship were not drawn into Qualifying Group 1. This marked only Prost’s fifth Group 4 appearance in Formula E (in 41 races, a rate of just 12.2%).
  • – Only twice this season has a driver managed to top both the Qualifying Group stage and Super Pole, and both times this driver has been Jean-Eric Vergne (in Punta del Este and in Paris, both races he won).
  • – With Vergne claiming a home victory, France became the first nation to pass a total of 1.000 points. We will go into more detail of this in a special article coming out later in the week.
  • – In Paris, di Grassi manged to outscore Sebastien Buemi by nine points, moving the Brazilian to a career total of 525, the same amount as Buemi. This is the first time in Formula E history two drivers have been tied for the record number of points.
  • – With the laps they completed in Paris, both Renault e.Dams (3.089) and NIO (3.026) have passed 3.000 racing laps between their drivers. Of the teams to have competed in all four seasons, all are close to passing the 3.000 laps mark, with DS Virgin the lowest on 2805 laps.

Opening lap - Position changes

Even though there was a lot of action and contact on the first lap, there were very few changes in places. Sebastien Buemi was able to pass d’Ambrosio and da Costa into Turn 1 to move himself right behind Season 3 rival Lucas di Grassi.

Nelson Piquet JR, Edoardo Mortara and Mitch Evans who all started at the back three of the grid, were able to avoid Ma, who couldn’t get off the line and then pass Tom Blomqvist who was missing both a front and rear wing, to make two positions each.

Down at the bottom of the list, d’Ambrosio struggled with wheelspin off the line, which then forced him to the outside of a three-wide situation at Turn 1 costing him more places. However d’Ambrosio was able to recover to tenth place and score Dragon’s sixth top-ten finish in six races (equalling their total top-ten finishes in the whole of Season 3).

Overall Position changes

After having to qualify in Group 1 and having to start 14th, Daniel Abt carved his way through the field and gained a total of seven positions, being the biggest mover in Paris.

Although Abt gained seven places, this was lowest number of positions gained by the biggest mover since Berlin Race 2 Season 3, where the most positions a driver gained was four.

On the other end of the spectrum, Antonio Felix da Costa was the only driver to lose more than five places, after qualifying in Super Pole and then retiring early with technical issues. The day didn’t get any better for the Andretti squad after Tom Blomqvist retired shortly after the car change, becoming only the second time both Andretti cars have retired (the other being London Race 2 Season 2).

Fastest laps

Lucas di Grassi (1:02.367 - Lap 34)

Edoardo Mortara (1:02.565 - Lap 35)

Andre Lotterer (1:02.573 - Lap 31)

Daniel Abt (1:02.753 - Lap 45)

Sebastien Buemi (1:02.762 - Lap 31)

Nick Heidfeld (1:02.813 - Lap 30)

Mitch Evans (1:02.844 - Lap 35)

Nicolas Prost (1:02.851 - Lap 44)

Jose Maria Lopez (1:02.963 - Lap 29)

Jerome d'Ambrosio (1:02.979 - Lap 30)

Maro Engel (1:03.018 - Lap 32)

Felix Rosenqvist (1:03.072 - Lap 37)

Jean-Eric Vergne (1:03.082 - Lap 27)

Sam Bird (1:03.084 - Lap 29)

Oliver Turvey (1:03.170 - Lap 47)

Alex Lynn (1:03.174 - Lap 45)

Nelson Piquet (1:03.294 - Lap 47)

Tom Blomqvist (1:03.516 - Lap 15)

Ma Qing Hua (1:04.319 - Lap 18)

For the second time in Season 4, Lucas di Grassi picked up the point for fastest lap (the fourth time for Audi this season), and along with his third consecutive second place, the Brazilian moved into the top-5 of the championship for the first time since the end of Season 3.

Whilst making a charge from the back row of the grid, Edoardo Mortara posted the second fastest lap, showing the pace the Venturi seems to have on the tight and twisty tracks (after showing strong pace in Hong Kong as well). This was backed up when team mate Maro Engel scored his best ever result in Formula E with P4, which could have been a podium if the last lap shenanigans between Lotterer and the third placed Bird ended differently.

Paris Pit Stop Times

Lucas di Grassi (51.883 - Lap 25)

Daniel Abt (52.729 - Lap 24)

Mitch Evans (52.931 - Lap 23)

Sebastien Buemi (53.053 - Lap 25)

Edoardo Mortara (53.163 - Lap 26)

Jean-Eric Vergne (53.369 - Lap 23)

Sam Bird (54.117 - Lap 24)

Oliver Turvey (54.148 - Lap 23)

Nick Heidfeld (54.427 - Lap 25)

Felix Rosenqvist (54.524 - Lap 23)

Alex Lynn (54.834 - Lap 23)

Tom Blomqvist (55.275 - Lap 21)

Maro Engel (55.414 - Lap 23)

Jerome d'Ambrosio (55.431 - Lap 23)

Nelson Piquet (56.027 - Lap 24)

Ma Qing Hua (56.041 - Lap 24)

Jose Maria Lopez (56.062 - Lap 24)

Andre Lotterer (56.398 - Lap 23)

Nicolas Prost (59.245 - Lap 24)

With the removal of the minimum pit stop time since the Santiago ePrix, minimising the car change time has become even more important in a good result.

Lucas di Grassi posted the fastest pit stop of the race, gaining almost a second on the whole field. This quick stop also enabled the Brazilian to jump Maro Engel for fourth position after the stop and enabled him to chase after the top three.

Jean-Eric Vergne used the pit stop phase to extend his gap to Bird by three-quarters of a second, allowing the Frenchman some breathing space, and Bird wasn’t able to get as close to Vergne as he did in the first stint of the race.

About Tom Bryan
Tom is a mathematics university student, who runs the @FormulaEStats twitter page, which gives a variety of facts and stats about the ABB Formula E Championship.