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Evans, Vergne penalised after qualifying

Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans has had his super pole times deleted for the Diriyah E-Prix after his car was found to be in breach of weight regulations as specified in the Formula E regulations.

Evans had been due to start in fourth place but will now start sixth, promoting Mahindra Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio and DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa to fourth and fifth respectively.

The one-time race winner will keep the times from groups qualifying – it was only after super pole that the car was found to be in breach of the regulations.

The reason give by the stewards for the offence is: “After super pole the car was not in compliance with the weight distribution” although the document also refers to the car being under the minimum weight of 900kg.

Vergne also penalised

Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne has been given a 20-place grid drop for a change of battery following a crash in free practice 3 earlier.

The crash happened early in the session, with Vergne only setting six laps, and it looked like his Techeetah team had got him ready to go out again.

However, due to the impact, the sensors in the battery went off and he was unable to re-join the session until the battery had been checked.

The change to the battery was made for safety reasons.

Vergne was able to get out in qualifying and posted the 11th quickest time but will now start from the back of the grid.

As he is not able to take all places in the grid drop, he will also have a 10-second time penalty for the remaining seven places he cannot serve.

 

Jack Amey

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