***Andre Lotterer says that the accident which damaged both his and teammate Jean-Eric Vergne’s car on lap 2 could have been avoided. “That same moment I got hit from behind and it was strong and there was a lot of inertia and it felt like [di Grassi] stayed on the power and spun me around, so it didn’t feel necessary,” he told e-racing365.
***E-racing365 understands that DS Techeetah protested against di Grassi’s role in the incident, which saw both DS Techeetah cars needing to pit in order for repairs to be carried out. However, it’s believed that the protest was ultimately thrown out.
***Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler ate in to DS Techeetah’s teams’ championship lead after Saturday’s E-Prix and reduced the deficit from 43 to 24 points. A possible of 47 points are available in tomorrow’s season-finale.
***Several incidents that occurred and were subsequently investigated after the race received no further action. These included clashes between Felipe Massa and Oliver Rowland; Daniel Abt and Max Guenther; and Vergne and Massa.
***Vergne told e-racing365 that he struggled to get his description of the run in between him and Massa properly heard when interviewed with the stewards post-race. No further action was taken in the incident which saw both cars heavily damaged.
“With the stewards I could not place a word because [Massa] was completely mad and crazy,” Vergne told e-racing365. “I talked but could not place a word because he was shouting and demanding an apology, completely mad.”
***Sebastien Buemi dedicated Saturday’s win to team founder Jean-Paul Driot, who was again absent this weekend due to a continued battle with a long-term illness. Driot’s deputy, Francois Sicard, served as team principal.
***Buemi will be in Group 1 qualifying for the first time tomorrow, while third place finisher Antonio Felix da Costa is the only driver to have been in Group 1 all season. Andre Lotterer drops back in to Group 2 for the first time since the Rome E-Prix in April.
***Da Costa, who started eighth, said it was another chaotic race from his standpoint. “It seemed to be [Max] Guenther again,” he said. “He always seems to generate a lot of mess. Pechito got turned around and I got caught up and got hit from behind. There was a lot of damage on the car but we seemed to have some pace anyway and just kept going forward.”
***Oliver Turvey claimed NIO’s first point in six races after he took 10th position on Saturday. Turvey’s teammate Tom Dillmann retired early from the race with a bent steering arm.
***Alex Lynn’s race-ending issue was still being investigated late into Saturday evening. The Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver was pressuring Sebastien Buemi for the lead when a coolant warning on his dash flashed just before he ground to a halt. “We think it is MGU related at this stage,” Lynn told e-racing365.
***Plans for the season-opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix in November, which could host the first-ever night race in Formula E history, are still being discussed. Event promoters are looking at a single-ticket initiative that would ensure crowds take in the races ahead of a large-scale concert on each day of the double-header event on Nov. 22-23.
***New private testing venues for Formula E teams are being explored as an alternative to Calafat. Facilities such as Abingdon, Bicester Heritage, Mallory Park Blyton and RAF Honington in the UK have been used in recent months by some of the UK-based operations.
“We will be testing the [Season Six] car this month but we are re-evaluating in terms of where we test,” NIO’s Gerry Hughes told e-racing365. “We will do less at Calafat and use some different test venues and from what I hear other teams are exploring different places.”
***Four teams were fined €2,000 for breaking the garage opening curfew on Saturday morning. Jaguar, Mahindra, HWA and NIO were all sanctioned for the offense. The FIA had issued an amended time of 6.30 a.m. local time as opposed to the usual 6 a.m. curfew.
***Walkinshaw Andretti United team principal Ryan Walkinshaw was in attendance on Saturday alongside his team’s Virgin Australia Supercars co-owner Michael Andretti. Both Andretti and Bobby Rahal, co-owner of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan squad competing in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, are set to travel to Toronto on Sunday for the NTT IndyCar Series race.
***Portuguese driver Tiago Monteiro is on-site representing his driver management client, da Costa. The recent winner of his home FIA WTCR round on the streets of Villa Real, Monteiro briefly tested a Gen 1 car for Mahindra in 2015.
***Bram Schot, chairman of the board of Audi, is visiting a Formula E event for the first time in New York. The Dutchman, who celebrated his 58th birthday, took up his position in June 2018.
***Paddock guests in New York on Saturday included two-time Formula 1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, rallying legend Sebastien Ogier, former F1 and CART racer Roberto Moreno.
***Moreno was catching up with BMW boss Jens Marquradt who engineered the Brazilian in the PacWest CART team in 1996 when Moreno replaced an injured Mark Blundell for several races.
***Barcelona-based EV charging station manufacturer Wallbox celebrated its official launch on the U.S. market with an event at the Marriott Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge on Friday evening. A HWA Racelab show car was parked in front of the hotel during the Brooklyn rush hour.
John Dagys and Rene de Boer contributed to this Notebook