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In a shocking turn of events, Audi Sport ABT driver Lucas Di Grassi has been excluded from the results of the Berlin ePrix; the race where he took a dominant victory yesterday. The Brazilian had won the race by 8 seconds ahead of Jerome D’Ambrosio; who was subsequently promoted to 1st place.

FIA Scrutineers found after the race that Di Grassi’s car didn’t comply with the regulations regarding front wings. The front wing was found to have illegal internal metal reinforcing rods as well as sealed holes in the wing that there shouldn’t have been. Audi Sport ABT considered putting in an appeal against the decision, as they felt that there was no competitive advantage with the new wing and that the changes were made as a result of repairs. However, the team decided not to appeal ‘on the grounds of sportsmanship’.

The disqualification moves Lucas down from the race win to 20th place; meaning that his 25 championship points he gained are also wiped out. This also means that title rival Nelson Piquet Jr. now has the championship lead by 2 points ahead of Buemi, with Di Grassi now a further 8 points behind. Dragon Racing driver Jerome D’Ambrosio now inherits the race victory, his and the team’s first this year. It also moves his team-mate Loic Duval up into the top 3 behind Sebastien Buemi.

Lucas Di Grassi later tweeted, “They are trying to make me win this Championship in the hard mode. Don’t worry, we will be back to kick some Piquet and Buemi ass ON TRACK…” which insinuated that Di Grassi felt that the disqualification was unjust. newly promoted 2nd place finisher Buemi replied, “You deserved the win man! But don’t forget the bad luck the others had as well…”

2015 Berlin ePrix amended results:

1Jerome D’AmbrosioDragon Racing256th
2Sebastien Buemi (FB)e.dams Renault183rd
3Loic DuvalDragon Racing158th
4Nelson Piquet Jr. (FL) (FB)NEXTEV China Racing1413th
5Nick HeidfeldVenturi104th
6Stephane SarrazinVenturi89th
7Jean-Eric VergneAndretti Autosport610th
8Sam BirdVirgin Racing415h
9Vitantonio LiuzziTrulli211th
10Nicolas Proste.dams Renault17th
11Antonio Felix da CostaAmlin Aguri019th
12Jaime AlguersauriVirgin Racing014th
13Scott SpeedAndretti Autosport012th
14Daniel AbtAudi Sport ABT05th
15Karun ChandhokMahindra Racing020th
16Charles Pic (FB)NEXTEV China Racing017th
17Salvador DuranAmlin Aguri016th
18Bruno SennaMahindra Racing018th
19Jarno Trulli (P)Trulli31st
20Lucas Di GrassiAudi Sport ABT02nd

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