Winning the race also took him on top of overall scoring.
Drivers of Formula-E series did not need to go very far from the last race in Rome to get to their next destination – capital of France, Paris, where today eighth round of season five was held. And it was everything we hoped it would be. Including getting the eight consecutive different winner, which means that there is not even one driver out there, who would win two races this season. Today, the fastest driver around the streets of Paris was Dutch, Robin Frijns.
Today’s win was also the first in Dutch’s career in Formula-E, which started back in the season 2015-2016 after leaving Formula 1 and Blancpain GT Series, where he stayed just one year.
Options were good on the very beginning of what proved to be a very chaotic race. Frijs started from third position behind both Nissan e.dams and safety cars, which was deployed to the starting grid due to heavy rain. However, not long after the BMW i8 returned to the pits both Nissan drivers made got into trouble with Oliver Rowland crashing into turn 10 and Buemi suffering the puncture, leaving the first place to Dutch driver who was happy to take and then held it to the end of the race.
After that there was quite a few yellow flags and even a return of safety car, meaning Frijns was unable to make some gap. Still ha managed to get to his maiden victory, followed closely by Andre Lotterer in DS Techeetah in second and Daniel Abt in third place. The two are now also leading in overall scoring of this season with only one point between them.
"The last thing you want in a race is rain and it was very slippery for everyone - everybody went off at some point. I crashed as well, so it was very tricky conditions and difficult to know what the rain would do to the track. You’re surviving really and knowing that you’re leading, you’re the first car and anticipating the grip in the corners. Andre was behind me and he was waiting for me to make mistakes. So, the pressure was on all race long. I didn’t have much time to rest, only during Full Course Yellows, but it was definitely one of the toughest races," said an owerwhelmed winner after the race.
- Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing 47:50.510s (26)
- Andre Lotterer DS TECHEETAH +1.373s (18)
- Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +3.175s (15)
- Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +3.666s (12)
- Maximilian Gunther GEOX DRAGON +5.456s (10)
- Jean-Eric Vergne DS TECHEETAH +6.694s (8)
- Antonio Felix da Costa BMW i Andretti Motorsport +7.238s (6)
- Gary Paffett HWA RACELAB +7.901s (4)
- Felipe Massa VENTURI Formula E Team +10.522s (2)
- Pascal Wehrlein MAHINDRA RACING +10.998s (1)
- Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing 81
- Andre Lotterer DS TECHEETAH 80
- Antonio Felix da Costa BMW i Andretti Motorsport 70
- Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 70
- Jerome D’Ambrosio MAHINDRA RACING 65
- Jean-Eric Vergne DS TECHEETAH 62
- Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing 61
- Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 59
- Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing 54
- Edoardo Mortara VENTURI Formula E Team 52