Hong Kong Formula E: Late Mortara spin hands Abt race two win

Daniel Abt was handed his and Audi's first factory victory in Formula E after long-time leader Edoardo Mortara spun away the second Hong Kong race with three laps to go

Hong Kong Formula E: Late Mortara spin hands Abt race two win

Mortara was easing to a commanding win when he lost the rear at Turn 2 on lap 43 of 45 and dropped to third, gifting Abt the win and promoting Felix Rosenqvist to second.

The race started under the safety car after a lights failure, and Mortara inherited the lead almost immediately when poleman Rosenqvist locked the rears and spun at the Turn 1 hairpin.

He dropped to 11th and as he started a gradual fightback, Mortara edged away from Abt and established a decent lead in his Venturi.

UPDATE: Abt disqualification gives Rosenqvist victory

Mortara's energy management was superior to his pursuers and he was more than three seconds clear after the mid-race car swaps, before Abt briefly cut that gap to less than two seconds.

With more energyat his disposal, Mortara responded with a sequence of personal bests and his lead had increased to more than three seconds again when he spun.

He blamed a problem with the energy harvesting system initially, but later said it was a result of him pushing for fastest lap.

"I am gutted," he said. "I was struggling with the brakes at the end. It was my fault."

Abt swept past and made no mistakes as he secured his first win in FE - and first victory anywhere since the 2012 GP3 season - to give Audi a triumph in its first weekend as a full works team in FE.

Rosenqvist had a stunning recovery drive after his first-corner blunder, gradually rising through the order with a blend of aggressing overtaking and strong pace.

Mitch Evans looked like he might give Jaguar its first podium in FE after running third in the opening stint, but he then had a problem swapping cars and had to settle for fourth.

Alex Lynn was set to finish fifth for DS Virgin Racing but plummeted to 10th on the final lap as he ran out of energy, promoting Jean-Eric Vergne, Saturday winner Sam Bird, Oliver Turvey, Maro Engel and Nico Prost.

FE rookie Andre Lotterer ended a trying first weekend in the series with a heavy shunt at the final corner of the race - he speared into the barriers on the exit in bizarre fashion.

Abt's win launched him to the top of the points after the opening weekend's double-header, with Bird second after recovering from a 10-place grid penalty, but reigning champion Lucas di Grassi and 2015/16 title winner Sebastien Buemi still have zero points to their names.

Di Grassi suffered an on-track stoppage after the car swaps, but was running outside the points anyway, while Buemi made reasonable progress from starting last after his qualifying error but only made it back to 11th.

shares
comments
Formula E Hong Kong: Rosenqvist takes pole, Evans stars for Jaguar
Previous article

Formula E Hong Kong: Rosenqvist takes pole, Evans stars for Jaguar

Next article

Formula E Hong Kong: Disqualification costs Audi's Abt first win

Formula E Hong Kong: Disqualification costs Audi's Abt first win
Load comments
Why Maserati's shift to Formula E is a win for both sides Plus

Why Maserati's shift to Formula E is a win for both sides

Maserati will make a full-factory return to racing, joining the Formula E grid in 2023 with a view to electrifying its road car portfolio. In that regard it makes sense for Maserati - but it's also a win for the series as it seeks to rebound from losing three of its heavyweight German giants in the space of a few months

Formula E
Jan 11, 2022
The fundamental questions facing a Formula E junior series Plus

The fundamental questions facing a Formula E junior series

As Formula E prepares to enter its new Gen3 era, many have pondered the prospect of its existing machines continuing in a feeder category. But before such a programme could be embarked on, there are several important questions that must be satisfactorily answered

Formula E
Jan 4, 2022
Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2 Plus

Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was wide open until the final race after its most unpredictable season yet. Eventual champion Nyck de Vries explains why this made his title-winning experience such a different experience to conquering F2 in 2019

Formula E
Dec 6, 2021
Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong Plus

Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong

Formula E welcomes a mix of past, present and future for the 2021-2022 season. The old guard facing off against a sprinkling of newcomers, a fresh qualifying format amid a sporting rules shake-up and a range of minor tweaks to the existing all-electric machines are all subplots to the final campaign before the next generation arrives

Formula E
Dec 3, 2021
The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two Formula E teams Plus

The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two Formula E teams

Electing not to share data with its competitive customer team would have been a straightforward means of gaining an edge on at least one of Mercedes' Formula E rivals last season. But by reciprocating the relationship forged under its initial HWA guise, when it was a customer to Venturi, both teams have reaped the rewards

Formula E
Nov 30, 2021
How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait Plus

How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait

With its ultra-successful sister team in Formula 1 and a support network providing some of the best minds and resources in the business, Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James knew his squad had all the winning ingredients. But mixing it together was no easy feat and required key attributes to be grown from within

Formula E
Nov 29, 2021
How Formula E's polarising newcomer can prove himself Plus

How Formula E's polarising newcomer can prove himself

OPINION: Few figures in racing today divide opinion like Dan Ticktum. The Formula 2 race-winner now has the chance to wipe his professional slate clean with his move into Formula E, but it won't be easy at the squad which has brought up the rear for the past three years. Here are the three key criteria he must meet to make a lasting impression on the series

Formula E
Nov 27, 2021
How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E Plus

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E

By virtue of its Formula 1 success, Mercedes was expected to rise to power in Formula E before long. That it won both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships this year, after only two seasons as a full works effort, belies a tricky path littered with potential pitfalls

Formula E
Nov 26, 2021