Argentina Formula E wrap-up

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 Podcast

Ahead of the Argentinian ePrix Rod joined the E-Lectric crew to discuss the previous race in Punta Del Este, breakdown the controversy of Franck Montagny's admission to testing positive for cocaine and Sam Bird's steamy photoshoot to raise awareness of men's cancer.

Listen: E-Lectric Podcast - Episode 11, Buenos Aires preview 

The Race

An FIA highlights video brings you an overview of all the action from the ePrix.

Before the start of the race all the drivers that are emerging as big players in Formula E qualified in the top six, and we were set for a cracking start.

Fan favourite Nick Heidfeld was quick off the line and barged his way into 2nd at the first corner, later he'd get mugged by a charging Lucas De Grassi (Jr High) that caught Heidfeld off-guard, he then went wide at one of teh chicanes and the combination of dirty tyres and lack of momentum allowed another few cars to pass him. 

A very disruptive safety car saw him regain the lead only to be informed with a few laps remaining that he'd been given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit-lane and again his chance of victory stalled.

De Grassi (Jr High) was the man on the move in this race, slicing through a largely stagnant top order. Approaching half distance when the leaders seemed to be conserving energy and biding their time in case a safety car trigger a succession of pitstops, De Grassi (Jr High) took the chance to catch and pass a lot of cars, cementing his reputation as likely drivers' champion in this inaugural season. 

In an incidient identical to Karun Chandhok's from earlier in the race, De Grassi's rear suspension broke resulting in his first DNF of the season. Big points were up for grabs and with a lot of big names either retired or given late penalties (like Sam Bird for leaving the pits under red light conditions).

Anthony Felix De Costa hung on for the victory with Nicholas Prost crossing the line in second and Nelson Piquet Jr taking third. Piquet seemed completely wrong-footed after the safety car and even radioed to the team to say, "I'm sorry, we did the best we could today," only to be greated with an emphatic response - "Yeah, it's great - we're P3!" 

Chandhok's suspension failure prompted yellow flags but a safety car always seemed enevitable. It took too long to be released, too long was taken clearing the car and even longer to sort out the order with confusion reigning over which cars should regain the track ahead of the safety car and attempt to catch the back the field again.  

Following their successful handling of incidents at the last race, this one seemed amatuerish and unfortauntely effected the result and enjoyment of the event.  

Overall Formula E is still going strong, but like a baby calf it's still a little uneasy on its feet and presumably covered in embriotic fluids. It's exciting to be on-board with a sport so infantile, yet the fact that the simple mistakes they are making could be easily rectified is a bit frustrating. 

 Drivers' Standings

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