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:
|1||Jerome D’Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||25||6th|
|2||Sebastien Buemi (FB)||e.dams Renault||18||3rd|
|3||Loic Duval||Dragon Racing||15||8th|
|4||Nelson Piquet Jr. (FL) (FB)||NEXTEV China Racing||14||13th|
|7||Jean-Eric Vergne||Andretti Autosport||6||10th|
|8||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing||4||15h|
|10||Nicolas Prost||e.dams Renault||1||7th|
|11||Antonio Felix da Costa||Amlin Aguri||0||19th|
|12||Jaime Alguersauri||Virgin Racing||0||14th|
|13||Scott Speed||Andretti Autosport||0||12th|
|14||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT||0||5th|
|15||Karun Chandhok||Mahindra Racing||0||20th|
|16||Charles Pic (FB)||NEXTEV China Racing||0||17th|
|17||Salvador Duran||Amlin Aguri||0||16th|
|18||Bruno Senna||Mahindra Racing||0||18th|
|19||Jarno Trulli (P)||Trulli||3||1st|
|20||Lucas Di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT||0||2nd|