Robin Frijns has taken his maiden win on the streets of Paris in a chaotic race that saw no less than seven non-finishers and many incidents.
Frijns started third but took the lead after both Nissan drivers had problems, first polesitter Rowland ran on at Turn 10 on the second lap and Buemi had to pit after a mechanical issue. Buemi had made contact with Frijns, who meant that the Dutchman’s front wing was lose for the majority of the race, but was able to defend from Andre Lotterer for the duration of the race to win for the first time in Formula E.
It also means that the streak of winners continue, a different driver from a different country has won every race this season.
One side of the grid had been wet, so the race was started under the safety car out of fairness. After Rowland’s incident, Buemi led the field from Frijns and Massa, however Massa would go onto spin out of third when the rain came down meaning that Lotterer was up into the podium position.
Buemi began to slow and the rain came down heavier along with hail and the race was put under full course yellow. When the race resumed former race leader Buemi was almsot a lap down in front of Frijns, holding up his line of sight. The NIO’s of Dillmann and Turvey had made it to sixth and seventh until Frenchman Dillmann became the first official retirement of the race.
With five drivers involved at an accident at Turn 3, a second Full Course Yellow was called when Sam Bird got tagged by Jerome D’Ambrosio, while simultaneously Alexander Sims when spun out the race by Oliver Rowland.
A third Full Course Yellow was later called for an incident where Mortara dived down the inside of Alex Lynn crashing them both out of the Paris E-Prix. The fourth and final Full Course Yellow came out for Jerome D’Ambrosio when he went off at Turn 3.
By the time racing resumed just half a lap remained, meaning that Frijns was able to win his maiden Formula E race ahead of Lotterer and Abt. Di Grassi claimed fourth ahead of Maxi Guenther, who scored his first points of the season.