Having started only from position 13 after a difficult qualifying, Lucas di Grassi became entangled in a collision with a rival on lap 16 and lost a few positions. Subsequently, following the mandatory pit stop with the car change, his team sent him back out too early, which earned the South American a drive-through penalty. In pursuit of the fastest race lap di Grassi finally touched the wall and was forced to retire – finishing his first race out of the points this season.
One of the secret stars of the second ePrix in Paris that was again held in front of a full house and in an impressive setting was Daniel Abt – up until a few metres in front of the finishing line. With great overtaking manoeuvres, the German battled his way forwards from grid position 16 to sixth place before a fault in the battery management system (BMS) caused his car to stop behind the safety car half a lap before the finish. It would have been the fifth top-seven result in succession for Abt.
In three weeks’ time the squad’s home rounds will be held in Berlin, giving the team the chance to quickly make up for this day.