Jerome d’Ambrosio finishes among points to trail leader Sam Bird by just two points in Drivers’ Standings
Pune: Pascal Wehrlein fought an exciting battle with Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird in the scorching Santiago heat to bring home M5Electro to second position as Mahindra Racing scored its third straight podium of the season, at the Santiago Formula E-prix at O’Higgins Parque street circuit on Saturday.
It was only his second ever outing in the car and Pascal set the second fastest time in the first practice, fifth in second practice and was fastest in group qualifying with a blistering lap that secured him first Super Pole appearance, in which he qualified second.
Starting from the front row alongside Sebastien Buemi, Pascal maintained position in the opening laps of the race and then moved into third on lap 10 behind Sam Bird. He regained second on lap 21 when Sebastien Buemi made a mistake and hit the wall.
Bird and Wehrlein then began an exciting duel for first place finally won by the British, who now has 43 points in the overall standings of Formula E, one less than his Belgian teammate Jerome d’Ambrosio, who finished eighth.
Pascal put a huge amount of pressure on leader Sam Bird in the closing laps and crossed the line in a strong second place to secure 18 championship points and get his campaign off the ground.
An eventful race saw Jerome able to make several overtakes and capitalise on other on-track incidents to steadily pick his way through the field and move up the order over the 45 minutes. He crossed the line in tenth, an impressive ten places higher than his starting spot and collected the final championship point.
d’Ambrosio’s tough task
Fresh off his win at Marrakesh, d’Ambrosio had a hard week at Santiago starting in tenth row in 20th place, but climbed the order to finish eighth.
However, Jerome was handed a five-second penalty alongside Jules Eric Vergne for FCY speeding, pushing his standings to P10 for Santiago e-Prix, behind Oliver Turvey of NIO and Jose Maria Lopez of
The fourth round of the championship will take place on February 16 in Mexico City.
1. Sam Bird (Gbr, Virgin Racing) 47:02.511.
2. Pascal Wehrlein (Ger, Mahindra Racing) + 6.489s
3. Daniel Abt (Ger, Audi Sport) + 14.529s
4. Edoardo Mortara (Sui, Venturi Team) + 17.056s
5. Robin Frijns (Ned, Virgin Racing) + 20.276s
6. Mitch Evans (Nzl, Jaguar Racing) + 23.755s
7. Alexander Sims (Gbr, BMW Motorsport) + 27.590s
8. Jerome d’Ambrosio (Bel, Mahindra) + 41.984s
9. Oliver Turvey (Gbr, NIO Team) + 45.059s
10. Jose Maria Lopez (Arg, GEOX Dragon) + 26.376s
Drivers’ standings (Top 5)
1. Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) 43
2. Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing) 41
3. Antonio Da Costa (BMW Motorsprots) 28
4. Robin Frijns (Virgin Racing) 28
5. Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah Formula E Team) 28
Constructors’ standings (Top 6)
1. Virgin Racing 71
2. Mahindra Racing 59
3. Techeetah Team 47
4. BMW Motorsports 46
5. Audi Sport 30
6. Jaguar Racing 23
Santiago e-Prix Factbox
- Third podium in three races for Mahindra Racing in Season 5.
- Pascal Werhlein converted a front row start into his maiden Formula E podium, bringing the M5Electro home in 2nd.
- Jérôme D’Ambrosio gained 10 places to finish 10th after starting 20th.
- Mahindra Racing second in the Team’s Championship while Jérôme is second in the Driver’s battle.