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Mortara wins dramatic Formula E race after Bird penalised for collision

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Mortara wins dramatic Formula E race after Bird penalised for collision

Mortara wins dramatic Formula E race after Bird penalised for collision

Edoardo Mortara wins the Hong Kong Formula ePrix after first across the line Sam Bird is penalised for a collision

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Mortara wins dramatic Formula E race after Bird penalised for collision

SHOWS: HONG KONG, CHINA (MARCH 10, 2019) (FORMULA E OPERATIONS LTD - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 1.

START OF RACE, OLIVER ROWLAND TAKES THE LEAD THROUGH THE FIRST BEND 2.

ANDRE LOTTERER GOES INTO THIRD PLACE AT THE HAIRPIN 3.

ROWLAND SUDDENLY SLOWS, ALLOWING BIRD AND LOTTERER THROUGH INTO FIRST AND SECOND PLACES 4.

ON BOARD WITH BIRD IN THE LEAD 5.

ROWLAND BEING PASSED BY OTHER CARS 6.

BIRD GOES WIDE ALLOWING LOTTERER TO TAKE THE LEAD 7.

ON BOARD WITH BIRD AS HE OVERTAKES BUT THEN LOTTERER GETS PAST HIM TO RETAKE THE LEAD 8.

ON BOARD WITH BIRD AS HE MAKES CONTACT WITH LOTTERER'S REAR RIGHT WHEEL SENDING UP A PUFF OF SMOKE 9.

LOTTERER STRUGGLING TO CONTROL THE CAR AS THE TYRE BURSTS AND BIRD GOES TO OVERTAKE 10.

ON BOARD WITH BIRD AS HE GOES PAST LOTTERER 11.

BIRD WINS WITH EDOARDO MORTARA SECOND AND LUCAS DI GRASSI THIRD 12.

SAM BIRD WALKING 13.

EDOARDO MORTARA WALKING 14.

EDOARDO MORTARA WITH TROPHY 15.

FORMULA E LOGO STORY: Edoardo Mortara won Formula E's 50th ePrix in Hong Kong on Sunday (March 10) after Sam Bird collected a post-race penalty that stripped the Briton of victory hours after the podium ceremonies.

Bird was first across the line but the celebrations were muted, with the Virgin Racing driver aware that stewards were investigating a penultimate-lap collision with DS Techeetah's Andre Lotterer.

The impact at Turn Two punctured the German's right rear tyre and dumped the leader, a three-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner, out of the race.

The stewards imposed a five-second penalty on Bird, pending appeal, for causing a collision -- a sanction that promoted Venturi's Swiss driver Mortara into the top spot as the fifth different winner in five races this season.

Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi moved up to second place for Audi Abt, with Bird's Dutch team mate Robin Frijns third.

Bird dropped to sixth but still regained the championship lead, one point clear of previous series leader Jerome d'Ambrosio who failed to finish for Mahindra.

Lotterer had led from the eighth lap with Bird close behind but unable to get past on a narrow track in slippery conditions after earlier showers, with the race stopped early on and featuring three safety car periods.

D'Ambrosio and German team mate Pascal Wehrlein failed to finish after both ran into Brazilian Felipe Nasr's crashed Geox Dragon car.

That brought out the safety car for the first time and then red flags.

When the race resumed, Britain's Oliver Rowland -- who had seized the lead at the start - slowed and Bird took the lead until he made a mistake that allowed Lotterer to go past.

The safety car was again deployed when Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, who had been on pole position, stopped on track with a technical problem.

It came out for a third time with five minutes to go when Rowland hit the wall and damaged his rear axle, the action picking up again with two minutes to go.

Reigning champion Vergne finished 13th.

(Production: Jim Hatley/Mike Brock)




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