Vergne one step closer to title after Bern win

Jean Eric Vergne is one step closer to retaining the Formula E championship after dominating in Bern to win his third race of the season ahead of Jaguar’s Mitch Evans and Sebastien Buemi.

The Frenchman led every corner of the race despite Evans pushing him every single lap including tactical uses of Attack Mode from the Kiwi.

The race was immediately red flagged less than a minute after the race getting underway because of a crash between Pascal Wehrlein and Maxi Gunther which blocked off the entire track meaning that only Vergne, Evans and Buemi made it through inititally and Robin Frijns had his championship hopes shattered after he was spun out and retired with a broken driveshaft.

The race would restart 40 minutes later, and in grid order much to the dismay of Felipe Massa, Lucas Di Grassi, Antonio Felix da Costa and Jose Maria Lopez, all of whom had gained a number of positions weaving their way through the car park that had formed at the chicane.

When the race resumed there was a incident involving Alexander Sims and Edoardo Mortara saw them drop down the field but Sims recovered to 14th while Mortara retired from the race.

Sam Bird and Andre Lotterer charged through the field and challenged hard for a podium but both rivers just fell short finishing fourth and fifth.

Despite Wehrlein getting the opportunity to restart from his qualifying position, his race was unfortunately cut short as he had to pull off, causing a Full Course Yellow.

Just before the end of the race a rainstorm hit the track bunching up the top five, but despite a few attempts from Evans on Vergne in the final laps, Vergne just held on by 0.160 seconds for his third win of the season extending his lead to 32 points over teammate Lotterer.

With just 58 points left on the table it’s Vergne’s title to lose when Formula E go stateside next month.

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