Brazilian professional racing driver Lucas Di Grassi has been stripped of his Mexico ePrix win after failing a post-race weight check. As a result of this event, Dragon Racing’s Jérôme d’Ambrosio have been declared the winner of the Mexican City ePrix event.
Di Grassi’s Abt Schaeffler all-electric car has failed the minimum weight of 888 kilograms as dictated by article 5.1 of the FIA Formula E technical regulations. The car was weighed at 886.2 kilograms, which is about 1.8 kilograms under the mandatory minimum weight of 888 kilograms. Di Grassi’s team has yet to make public if it will appeal the decision.
This is not the first time that Di Grassi has lost a maximum points score, the Brazilian was also denied a win at the Berlin ePrix last year. On that event, Di Grassi’s team was penalised for modifying a portion of the front wing and wheel fairings on its Formula E car.
Di Grassi’s lost at Mexico ePrix handed Dragon Racing’s Jérôme d’Ambrosio his second victory in the series. Coincidentally, Dragon Racing’s Jérôme d’Ambrosio’s first win also came after Di Grassi exclusion in Berlin ePrix last year.
Dragon Racing’s d’Ambrosio was given his own post-race penalty when he lost the fastest lap. As a result, DAMS’ Nicolas Prost took the extra points for the fastest lap after d’Ambrosio’s penalty.
Under FIA Formula E rules, ballast may be used in Formula E car provided that it must be located on the keel and secured directly with a minimum of four M8 threads under the survival cell.
Promoted to second place is Nicole Prost’s DAMS teammate Sébastien Buemi, who reclaims the points lead he briefly abandoned to Di Grassi. Meanwhile,
Dragon Racing’s Loic Duval should have been in the third place after DAMS’ Nicolas Prost was served with a drive-through penalty and Audi Team Sport’s Daniel Abt crashed on the penultimate lap. However, Duval has been moved to fourth place after Di Grassi’s exclusion in the race, while DAMS’ Nicolas Prost moves up to the bottom rung of the podium.
In the end, it is DAMS’ Nicolas Prost who joins teammate Sebastian Buemi in the Mexico ePrix top three. Di Grassi’s disqualification gave Sebastian Buemi a good fortune, which now leads the standings by 29 points.
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