Formula E: Sam Bird's victory in Chile

Thanks to the triumph in trans-Andean territory, the Englishman from Virgin Racing went to the forefront of the tournament. Pechito López added the first points of the season.

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English Sam bird (Envision Virgin Racing) won the Santiago ePrix, third date of the 2018-2019 championship of the Formula E, which was held in Parque O'Higgins in the Chilean capital.

The 32-year-old remained behind the Swiss during the first leg of the race Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) until at turn 22, it lost control of the vehicle and that allowed it to move to the forefront.

Formula E: Sam Bird's victory in Chile
Bird took advantage of a mistake by Buemi to move to the front of the race. Photo: Press Formula E.

Germans Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing) and Daniel Abbot (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) joined Bird on the podium. While the Top 5 was completed by the Swiss Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E Team) and the Dutch Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing).

The Argentinian Jose Maria Lopez (Geox Dragon) finished ninth after starting from tenth place. In this way, he added the first points for his team. "It was a good race in which I tried to take advantage of every situation", said the Cordovan, who had finished eighth on the track, but was later penalized. “It was because of a problem in the engine mapping. In one jump, the power was exceeded for a few thousandths and for that reason they sanctioned us ", Stressed.

Formula E: Sam Bird's victory in Chile
José María López added the first points for the Dragon team. Photo: Press Formula E.

Pechito was hard on the Brazilian Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), who touched it during a yellow flag. "All pilots make mistakes… But I don't know what happens to Di Grassi, in the previous race he left Wehrlein out of the race ”, The Rio Tercero commented on the 2017-2018 champion of the specialty.

Thanks to his triumph in Chile, Bird went to the front of the tournament with 43 points. He has two advantage over the Belgian Jerome D'Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing), tenth in Santiago. López, meanwhile, is 16th with two units. The next date will be February 16 in Mexico.

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