2019 Santiago ePrix
|2019 Santiago ePrix|
|Race 3 of 13 of the 2018–19 Formula E season|
|Date||27 January 2019|
|Official name||2019 ABB FIA Formula E Antofagasta Minerals Santiago ePrix|
|Location||Parque O'Higgins Circuit, Santiago|
|Course length||2.348 kilometres (1.459 mi)|
|Distance||36 laps, 84.528 km (52.523 mi)|
|Time||1:11.263 on lap 25|
The 2019 Santiago ePrix (formally the 2019 ABB FIA Formula E Antofagasta Minerals Santiago ePrix) was a Formula E electric car race held at the Parque O'Higgins Circuit in the Parque O'Higgins of Santiago, Chile on 27 January 2019. It was the third round of the 2018–19 Formula E season and the second annual edition of the event. Sam Bird won the 36 lap race, with Pascal Wehrlein coming in second, and Daniel Abt in Third. Following the race, Bird led the championship, edging out Jerome d'Ambrosio by 2 points.
The 2019 Santiago ePrix was confirmed to be taking place as part of the 2018-19 FIA ABB Formula E Championship, on 9 October 2018, with a new circuit in Parque O'Higgins, replacing the previous track in the Parque Forestal following opposition from residents. The new Parque O'Higgins Circuit layout was also revealed on the day itself, with it being planned to be a 2.4 km long track subjected to FIA Homologation, utilising roads in the Parque O'Higgins, with feedback from local residents being requested to minimize to them during the race. Ultimately, the track was successfully homologated according to its original design. Prior to the race, new asphalt was laid in the park in November 2018, with part of the circuit using the new surface while the rest, including the start/finish straight, is an old concrete layer.
Lucas di Grassi topped the timesheets in an interrupted Free Practice 1 at Santiago, with running halted midway by a red flag, after a crash by Sebastien Buemi. Di Grassi posted a best time of 1:08.630 on a 250 kW run in the closing stages of FP1 to go 0.146 seconds quicker than Pascal Wehrlein's Mahindra, with Sam Bird coming in 3rd for Envision Virgin Racing +0.358s behind Di Grassi, with his Virgin teammate Frijns just +0.071s behind him. Reigning Champion Jean-Eric Vergne came in P5, while Antonio Felix Da Costa came in P6. All 22 drivers set flying laps, with the top 11 separated by less than a second, while the biggest incident of the session came for Buemi with a crash at Turn 7. The red flag was brought out for 17 minutes while Buemi's Nissan IM01 was retrieved, and the session was extended by ten minutes to make up for some of the lost time.
In Free Practice 2, Jose Maria Lopez led a trio of Audi-powered cars after the 30-minute session, setting a best time of 1:08.194 in his Penske EV-3, going just 0.066 seconds quicker than Robin Frijns in his Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE05. Frijn's Virgin teammate Sam Bird was classified fourth, behind Lucas di Grassi's factory Audi in third. The second practice session was free of any major incidents, although some drivers, including Felipe Massa, went into the run-off area while Andre Lotterer had a brief touch with the tire wall. Sebastien Buemi managed to get back out on track after a crash in Free Practice 1 and was classified 15th in his Nissan IM01. All 22 drivers set flying laps during the session, with the top 17 covered by a little over 0.7 seconds.
Lucas di Grassi had been set to start the race from pole position after the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver went quickest by a considerable margin in Super Pole, posting a time of 1:08.290 to go 0.526 seconds clear of Sebastien Buemi in an uncharacteristically spaced-out Super Pole session. It would have marked the second consecutive pole for Audi-powered cars in Season Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship after Sam Bird's pole run in Marrakesh for customer team Envision Virgin Racing. However, Sebastien Buemi inherited pole position for the race, after di Grassi was penalized following a stewards’ investigation into his brake usage on his in-lap after his group qualifying run. Di Grassi was found to have used the brakes on his Audi e-tron FE05 more during the in-lap than on the flying lap, violating a new rule that was introduced prior to the race concerning brake usage, believed to have been brought in following Tom Dillmann’s brake failure in Marrakesh, which resulted in his parc ferme collision with Robin Frijns. The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver therefore had his qualifying times deleted, including his pole-setting Super Pole time, and will start from the back of the grid. As such, all drivers were promoted by 1 spot, with Pascal Wehrlein qualifying third, ahead of di Grassi's teammate Daniel Abt, while Bird made it three Audis in Super Pole, qualifying fourth and fifth place on the grid went to Stoffel Vandoorne for Venturi.
Several leading drivers failed to make it through to Super Pole, including reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne who complained about the qualifying format on the live stream, owing to the disadvantaged track conditions for the Group 1 drivers.
Sam Bird successfully defended from Pascal Wehrlein to win the Santiago ePrix, scoring his first ABB FIA Formula E Championship win since Rome last season, after he was forced to nurse his Audi e-tron FE05 home with low energy levels on the final lap, but benefitted from Wehrlein also slowing down to prevent overheating on his Mahindra M5Electro, due to the high temperatures at the race which saw temperatures peak at 38.0°C. Bird's victory was briefly uncertain as he faced an investigation for his car possibly being underweight, but it was quickly clarified that no further action would be taken. This continues Bird's streak of winning at least one race in every Formula E season and moves him into second in the championship, trailing Marrakesh winner Jerome d'Ambrosio by a point. Pascal Wehrlein held on to finish runner-up in his second Formula E race after using his attack mode to pressure Bird for the lead in the last six minutes. Alexander Sims had been set to make it two rookie drivers on the podium but was given a drive-through penalty converted to a post-race time penalty for causing a collision with Edoardo Mortara earlier in the race, dropping him back to eighth. As a result, Daniel Abt was promoted up to third position, making it two Audis on the podium, ahead of Mortara in fourth and Bird's Envision Virgin teammate Robin Frijns completing the top five. Mitch Evans took sixth for Jaguar, while D’Ambrosio finished eighth after a difficult weekend for the Belgian which saw him qualify near the back of the field on account of running in the disadvantaged first qualifying group. Oliver Turvey ending up ninth for NIO, while Jose Maria Lopez, who had finished seventh on the road was dropped down to 10th for exceeding maximum power. Nelson Piquet Jr took 11th, with Lucas di Grassi ending up 12th in the final order after a 10-second stop-and-go penalty was converted into a post-race time penalty for causing a collision with Lopez. 
It was a race of attrition, which saw only 14 of 22 cars finishing following a number of collisions and technical issues worsened by the weather conditions. Among the retirees were Antonio Felix da Costa, who won the opening race of the season in Ad Diriyah, and reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne, with both drivers colliding on the final corner on lap 8, and polesitter Sebastien Buemi. Buemi had led the race from pole position but crashed out from the lead during the second half when he locked up at the chicane, forcing him to limp home to the pits, and ultimately retire. 
|1||11||Lucas Di Grassi||Audi||1:08.290||-||221|
|11||7||Jose Maria Lopez||Dragon-Penske||1:09.201||+0.159||10|
|13||25||Jean Eric Vergne||Techeetah-DS||1:09.307||+0.265||12|
|18||28||Antonio Felix da Costa||Andretti-BMW||1:09.551||+0.509||17|
|20||3||Nelson Piquet Jr||Jaguar||1:09.705||+0.663||19|
- ^1 — Lucas Di Grassi was demoted to the back of the grid for brake infringement.
- ^2 — Stoffel Vandoorne had all of his lap times deleted for missing the red light at the pit exit during Super Pole session.
|9||7||José María López||Dragon-Penske||36||+45.3764||10||2|
|11||3||Nelson Piquet Jr.||Jaguar||36||+48.635||19||0|
|12||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi||36||+1:03.5526||22||0|
|14||17||Gary Paffett||HWA-Venturi||35||+1 lap||16||0|
|Ret||28||António Félix da Costa||Andretti-BMW||23||Hydraulics||17||0|
- ^3 — Alexander Sims received 19-second time penalty for causing a collision
- ^4 — José María López received 19-second time penalty for exceeding power usages
- ^5 — Jérôme d'Ambrosio received 5-second time penalty for over speeding under Full Course Yellow
- ^6 — Lucas di Grassi received 34-second time penalty for causing a collision
- ^7 — André Lotterer received 5-second time penalty for overtaking under Yellow Flag
- ^8 — One point for fastest lap.
- ^9 — Three points for pole position.
Standings after the race
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