Mexico ePrix: Lucas di Grassi disqualified; Jerome D’Ambrosio inherits the win

The thrilling race dealt one final blow as Championship leader Di Grassi is excluded from the results, handing the advantage back to Sebastien Buemi.

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Jerome D’Ambrosio had an incredible race, and inherits the win from disqualified Di Grassi Photo: Adam Warner /LAT/FE.

After a hard fought battle to take the win, Lucas di Grassi has been stripped of his win at the Mexico ePrix after stewards found his first car to be under the minimum weight.

The car was found to weigh 886.2kg, 1.8kg under what it should have been. Abt were given the opportunity to appeal, but told ITV journalist Jennie Gow they would not as it could lead to them missing the Long Beach ePrix on 2nd April.

“The car was weighed several times here in Mexico and exceeded the minimum weight every time,” explained Hans-Jürgen Abt.

“Because our team had not made any changes, we have no explanation for the measurement after the race. We will try to find out the reason for not making the minimum weight. At this moment we can only apologize to Lucas. He drove a great race and won convincingly by more than five seconds, but was robbed of his just reward. We will do everything possible to make amends for this mistake and get Lucas back into the thick of the title fight.”

What it means for the race result

Jerome D’Ambrosio is now classified as the winner of the race, after storming to pole earlier in the day and scrapping for second with Sebastien Buemi.

Buemi now finishes in second with teammate Nico Prost in third. Prost, who hasn’t had much luck this season, also gains two additional points for the fastest lap of the race. D’Ambrosio was stripped of his fastest lap after cutting a chicane.

The stewards were very busy after the race, also handing a 15-second time penalty to Loic Duval for repeatedly cutting the chicane and ignoring black flags. He does not fall down the order and is classified as fourth.

The final points-scoring positions are filled by Robin Frijns, Sam Bird, Daniel Abt, Nick Heidfeld, Stephane Sarrazin, and Bruno Senna, who recovered well from his incident in qalifying to score the final point.

What it means for the Championship

Buemi had initially slipped to second in the Championship after the race, but now has a 22-point advantage over Lucas di Grassi.

Six more races remain, with almost a race victory separating the two Championship contenders.

Sam Bird is now 16 points further behind in third. Going up against the mighty Swiss driver or a vengeful Di Grassi, who prior to this finished on the podium in all five races, might be a bit of an ask for the Brit.

 

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