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Da costa scripts history in Riyadh

RIYADH, December 15, 2018

Portugal's Antonio Felix da Costa on Saturay ushered in a new era for Formula E by winning the inaugural round of the 2018-19 season in Saudi Arabia followed by Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Jerome d’Ambrosio in the Mahindra car.
 
Da Costa was on pole from the beginning of the race and led away from the line, despite lining up at the front of the grid pointing toward the outside wall at a dusty and overcast Ad Diriyah circuit, reported Arab News.
 
The Portuguese driver held on for victory ahead of Vergne and Ambrosio.
 
Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi had the best start on the grid after he blasted by Jose Maria Lopez around the outside of the first corner from third place.
 
The front four pulled away from the rest of the pack, before Vergne — who started the race in fifth — passed Lopez on lap one of what would become a 33-lap race, with his teammate Andre Lotterer also getting past the Geox Dragon driver, said the report.
 
As da Costa consolidated his lead, Vergne was closing in on Buemi, eventually passing him in a great move around the outside on lap nine. The Frenchman then set about reeling in da Costa, with the Portuguese offering fierce resistance.
 
Vergne was then forced to serve drive-through penalties – just after he had used his first “attack mode” – for going exceeding the permitted power while using his “re-gen,” which put paid to him getting a victory.



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