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Flag of the United States 2017 New York ePrix II
New York Layout 2017
The first FIA approved circuit in New York City.
Race Information
Date 16th July 2017
Official Name 2017 Qualcomm New York City ePrix
Location Flag of New York Brooklyn Circuit, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Lap length 1.950km (1.212mi)
Distance 49 laps / 95.550km (59.372mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird
Team Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing
Time 1:02.285
Fastest Lap
Driver Germany Daniel Abt
Fastest Lap 1:03.898 on lap 7
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Germany Nick Heidfeld
Winner Team France DS Virgin Racing
Time 0:58:09.388
ePrix Guide
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New York I Montreal I

The 2017 New York ePrix I, otherwise known as the 2017 FIA Formula E New York ePrix, is set to be the tenth round of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship, staged in the borough of Brooklyn, New York on the 16th July 2017.[1] The second New York ePrix of the season will be held on the same circuit, with no changes to the field expected overnight despite the fact that the significant absentees had no clashing commitments on Sunday.[1]

Sam Bird took charge during qualifying, demonstrating excellent consistency in the Super Pole shootout to claim pole position.[2] Felix Rosenqvist shared the front row with the Brit, and had the advantage of the inside run to turn one, while Jean-Éric Vergne and Pierre Gasly shared row two.[2]

At the start it was advantage Rosenqvist, for the Swede sprinted past Bird and claimed the lead into turn one, a move mirrored by teammate Heidfeld against Vergne.[3] The rest of the field ploughed into the first corner in their wake, with almost everyone taking a knock or two as the entire field made their way through the tight hairpin.[3]

The rest of the opening phases saw some more contact in the slower sections of the track, as Vergne and Maro Engel were forced to stop early on with bodywork damage.[3] The former's disappearance allowed the top three to disappear from the rest of the field, while Gasly tried to keep with them for the time being.[3]

As they checked out the rest of the field got caught behind a slow Oliver Turvey, whose strategy relied entirely on staying out longer than anyone else.[3] That would lead to some more contact at the back of the field, with António Félix da Costa completely misjudging a move on Adam Carroll to litter more of the circuit with debris.[3]

As the stops loomed Alex Lynn ground to a halt, causing a Full Course Yellow and throwing the field into the pits.[3] Bird stayed out a lap longer, gambling on the FCY lasting for more than two laps, having just stolen the lead from Rosenqvist with an excellent dive on the brakes before teammate Lynn ground to a stop.[3] The Brit's gamble duly paid off, meaning he retained his lead, albeit with a little reduction in size.[3]

Vergne and Stéphane Sarrazin, meanwhile, lost out as they stopped just as the FCY was withdrawn, while Robin Frijns became a non-factor when his optimistic strategy, being the only man not to stop under the FCY backfired.[3] Bird, meanwhile, steadily managed to pull clear out front, leaving Rosenqvist and Heidfeld to work their way clear of the charging Gasly.[3]

Ultimately, Bird would remain unchallenged to the flag, meaning he became the second driver to claim a double victory at a double header, holding a huge eleven second lead as the chequered flag appeared.[3] Rosenqvist and Heidfeld briefly swapped places to see if the latter could challenge, but swapped round before the flag, although a double podium was more than satisfying for Mahindra Racing.[3] Fastest lap, meanwhile, was set by Daniel Abt after he hit trouble with his first car.[3]

BackgroundEdit

The double header in New York was originally set to be the season finale for the 2016/17 Championship, staged two weeks after the series first visit to Canada.[4] However, logistical concerns meant that the two events were swapped, Montreal serving as the finale while New York became the penultimate host of the season.[1] The circuit itself went through several different designs before the FIA settled on one, which centred on the Red Hook neighbourhood of Brooklyn, right on the harbour front.[5] It was later confirmed that the race would run six laps longer than the first New York ePrix, an attempt to make the race more tactically based.

Although it had not been the best day for Lucas di Grassi, his fourth place finish was enough to get the Brazilian within twenty points of absent Championship leader Sébastien Buemi. A win, would see di Grassi overhaul the Swiss racer on Sunday, although the former was still in the hunt even if he failed to score. Third placed Felix Rosenqvist, meanwhile, had effectively seen his chance at the title destroyed by his spin in the race, although the Swede could still take the crown if he won the remaining three rounds.

The late race failure for Daniel Abt meant that ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport could only trim a small amount off the gap to Renault e.Dams, meaning the French outfit remained with a healthy 56 point lead. Mahindra Racing, meanwhile, had drifted out of the fight with their double drama in the closing stages, meaning they were suddenly back in a fight with DS Virgin Racing for third. Elsewhere, Techeetah cemented their fifth position after a double podium, while Dragon Racing leapt up to seventh in the four way fight to avoid the wooden spoon.

FanBoost for the second ePrix of the weekend opened on Saturday evening, and would remain open until the opening stages of the race.[6]

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2017 New York ePrix II is displayed below:

2017 New York ePrix II Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing DS Virgin DSV-02
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. People's Republic of China NextEV NIO NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 002
4 France Tom Dillmann Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VM200-FE-02
5 Germany Maro Engel Monaco Venturi Formula E Team Venturi VM200-FE-02
6 France Loïc Duval Flag of the United States Faraday Future Dragon Racing Penske 701-EV
7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Flag of the United States Faraday Future Dragon Racing Penske 701-EV
8 France Nicolas Prost France Renault e.Dams Renault Z.E. 16
9 France Pierre Gasly France Renault e.Dams Renault Z.E. 16
11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler FE02
19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M3 Electro
20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 1
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Flag of India Mahindra Racing Mahindra M3 Electro
25 France Jean-Éric Vergne People's Republic of China Techeetah Renault Z.E. 16
27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Flag of the United States MS Amlin Andretti Andretti ATEC-02
28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Flag of the United States MS Amlin Andretti Andretti ATEC-02
33 France Stéphane Sarrazin People's Republic of China Techeetah Renault Z.E. 16
37 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing DS Virgin DSV-02
47 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type 1
66 Germany Daniel Abt Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler FE02
88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey People's Republic of China NextEV NIO NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 002
Source:[7]

PracticeEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

QualifyingEdit

There would be no changes to the qualifying format for the second New York ePrix of the weekend, as four groups of five cars hit the warming Brooklyn circuit.[8] Each group would have six minutes on circuit, allowing each of the five combatants to set one full power (200kw) lap to try and qualify for the Super Pole shootout.[8] After the group phase the top five fastest drivers overall would go through, each getting a single shot on an empty circuit to try and claim pole position.[8]

Group 1Edit

Saturday race winner Sam Bird would headline the first group on Sunday morning, with the Brit favourite to get through to Super Pole after setting a new lap record in FP1.[8] Nicolas Prost would have the equipment to get through but lacked confidence, while Nelson Piquet Jr. was upbeat despite lacking pace.[8] Loïc Duval would hope to challenge for the top ten, while Robin Frijns went into battle knowing he would suffer a ten place grid penalty after heavy accident in practice.[8]

Bird did not disappoint in the first group, as the Brit flew around Brooklyn to claim a 1:02.246, just a fraction slower than his circuit record set earlier in the morning.[2] His effort was the last of those to be set, although in truth the rest of the group failed to get close to his effort, regardless of when they set their time.[2] Frijns was closest ahead of Prost and Piquet, while Duval had his effort ruined when his Dragon lost second gear.[2]

Group 2Edit

Felix Rosenqvist was the main man in the second quintet of the morning, the Swede hoping that he could make the Super Pole grade after a strong recovery run on Saturday.[8] As for the rest of the group Daniel Abt had the hopes of Germany on his shoulders for ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, Oliver Turvey hoped to impress again for NextEV NIO, while António Félix da Costa hoped to beat his hampered teammate in the second Andretti.[8] Jérôme d'Ambrosio would also head out as the fifth member of the quintet for Dragon Racing.[8]

It was da Costa who led the second group onto the circuit, although the Portuguese racer failed to impress with his early run. Turvey, meanwhile, quietly went about things to go second fastest and an outside chance of getting to Super Pole, until Rosenqvist charged across the line to go fastest overall with a 1:02.164.[2] Abt followed the Swede across the line but missed the mark, while d'Ambrosio fell behind Turvey in the overall order.[2]

Group 3Edit

Title pretender Lucas di Grassi was the standout name from the third group, the Brazilian really needing a strong quali-result if he was to overhaul title rival Sébastien Buemi.[8] Buemi's stand-in Pierre Gasly would also be in action, having improved his pace in practice, while Jean-Eric Vergne had the sister Renault Z.E. 16 in the colours of Techeetah.[8] The other Techeetah effort in the hands of Stéphane Sarrazin would also go to battle in the group, as would the first Jaguar of Mitch Evans.[8]

Title pretending di Grassi would make a mess of his lap in the group stages, clipping the wall and hence damaging his rear suspension towards the end of his poor attempt. Sarrazin was another to tag the wall, albeit at the end of his lap, while Evans just fell shy of a temporary Super Pole slot for Jaguar.[2] That was, until Gasly flashed across the line to claim the fastest time overall, a stunning effort at 1:02.080, moments before Vergne booked a Super Pole slot with a 1:02.204.[2]

Group 4Edit

The final quintet of the morning would see Alex Lynn, pole sitter from Saturday, attempt to become the first man to claim pole at two successive races on the same weekend, and had been strong in the early practice session.[8] Another potential Super Pole runner would be found in the second of the Mahindra with Nick Heidfeld at the wheel.[8] As for the others in the quintet the two Venturis of Maro Engel and Tom Dillmann hoped to sneak into the top ten, as did Adam Carroll in the second Jaguar.[8]

Saturday pole sitter Lynn failed to match his efforts from Saturday with a scruffy attempt, missing apexes at crucial points on his way to fifteenth on the grid.[2] Dillmann and Engel ran together and enjoyed better luck, the latter just sneaking into a Super Pole slot, only to lose out when Heidfeld flashed across the line to go fifth fastest overall, a 1:02.372.[2] Carroll, meanwhile, quietly went along to record the slowest time of the morning.[2]

Super PoleEdit

Having just got into the Super Pole shootout it was Heidfeld who got things underway, although the German made a mess of his attempt to claim an almost certain fifth place.[2] Bird went next and was ultra clean, almost matching his earlier time with a 1:02.285.[2] This effort was made all the more impressive when Vergne headed out onto the circuit, but could only manage a 1:02.544 after a huge lock-up into the hairpin.[2]

Rsoenqvist hit the circuit next, although his impressive effort, which saw the Mahindra on the very edge of adhesion throughout. Unfortunately for him the Swede fell shy of the Brit by less than half a tenth, having rubbed the wall on more than one occasion, most notably at the trickly turn two-three chicane.[2] Finally it was the ultra-fast Gasly's turn to attempt a lap, but a mistake at the first corner ruined his effort, meaning he had to fight just to edge out Heidfeld come the end of his final attempt.[2]

Post QualifyingEdit

The final qualifying result for the 2017 New York ePrix II are outlined below:

2017 New York ePrix II Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 1:02.285 1
2nd 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 1:02.322 +0.037s 2
3rd 25 France Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 1:02.544 +0.259s 3
4th 9 France Pierre Gasly Renault e.Dams 1:03.173 +0.888s 4
5th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 1:03.210 +0.925s 5
Super Pole
1st 9 France Pierre Gasly Renault e.Dams 1:02.080 SP
2nd 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 1:02.164 +0.084s SP
3rd 25 France Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 1:02.204 +0.124s SP
4th 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 1:02.246 +0.166s SP
5th 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld Mahindra Racing 1:02.372 +0.292s SP
6th 5 Germany Maro Engel Venturi 1:02.579 +0.499s 6
7th 88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NextEV NIO 1:02.583 +0.503s 7
8th 66 Germany Daniel Abt ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 1:02.688 +0.608s 8
9th 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 1:02.720 +0.640s 9
10th 4 France Tom Dillmann Venturi 1:02.807 +0.727s 10
11th* 27 Dutch Flag Robin Frijns Andretti 1:02.820 +0.740s 19
12th 33 France Stéphane Sarrazin Techeetah 1:02.853 +0.773s 11
13th 20 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 1:02.868 +0.788s 12
14th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 1:02.900 +0.820s 13
15th 8 France Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 1:03.038 +0.958s 14
16th 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NIO 1:03.184 +1.104s 20
17th 37 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing 1:03.224 +1.144s 15
18th 28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Andretti 1:03.330 +1.250s 16
19th 6 France Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 1:03.547 +1.467s 17
20th 47 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll Jaguar Racing 1:03.594 +1.514s 18
Source:[7]
  • * Frijns handed a ten place grid penalty for changing a gearbox.
  • Piquet handed a ten place penalty for post-practice changes.

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultEdit

The final classification of the 2017 New York ePrix II is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.

2017 New York ePrix II Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 2 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird DS Virgin Racing 49 0:58:09.388 1:05.818 28
2nd 19 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist Mahindra Racing 49 +11.381s 1:05.558 18
3rd 23 Germany Nick Heidfeld FanBoosticon Mahindra Racing 49 +12.319s 1:05.619 15
4th 9 France Pierre Gasly Renault e.Dams 49 +12.355s 1:05.598 12
5th 11 Brazil Lucas di Grassi FanBoosticon ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 49 +23.451s 1:05.922 10
6th 8 France Nicolas Prost Renault e.Dams 49 +30.470s 1:06.182 8
7th 4 France Tom Dillmann Venturi 49 +41.862s 1:06.291 6
8th 25 France Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah 49 +52.292s 1:05.522 4
9th 27 Dutch Flag Felix Rosenqvist Andretti 49 +1:00.475 1:05.668 2
10th 7 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 49 +1:12.659 1:06.315 1
11th 47 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll Jaguar Racing 49 +1:41.134 1:06.259
12th 33 France Stéphane Sarrazin Techeetah 48 +1 Lap 1:05.676
13th 6 France Loïc Duval Dragon Racing 48 +1 Lap 1:06.312
14th 88 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NextEV NIO 48 +1 Lap 1:05.365
15th 28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Andretti 48 +1 Lap 1:06.344
16th 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. NextEV NIO 46 +3 Laps 1:04.754
Ret 5 Germany Maro Engel Venturi 22 Damage 1:03.942
Ret 37 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn DS Virgin Racing 19 Electrical 1:06.147
Ret 66 Germany Daniel Abt FanBoosticon ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 18 Retired 1:03.898 1
Ret 20 Flag of the United Kingdom Mitch Evans Jaguar Racing 5 Retired 1:06.895
Source:[7]

MilestonesEdit

  • Second New York ePrix.
    • Fifth ePrix to be staged in the United States of America.
  • Fourth pole position for Sam Bird.
  • Fifth pole set by as DS Virgin Racing entry.
  • Bird claimed his fifth career victory.
    • The Brit was only the second driver to claim victory in both races at an FE event.
  • Fifth victory for a DS Virgin Racing effort.
  • Daniel Abt claimed his second fastest lap.

StandingsEdit

Incredibly, despite not turning a wheel in New York, it was still Sébastien Buemi who led the title charge, although Lucas di Grassi had managed to get within striking distance, ten points back. Felix Rosenqvist was still in the hunt, although he would need both of the leading pair to hit trouble in both of the races in Montreal. Sam Bird was the only other man in mathematical contention, although he, like Rosenqvist, would need a dramatic conclusion in Canada to see his name on the FE role of honour.

ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport managed to fall further behind Team Championship leaders Renault e.Dams, who could now win the title in the first ePrix in Montreal. The French squad now held a 65 point advantage, and with 94 still in play the German effort could not be ruled out, although it would take a complete collapse from the double Champions to see them fail to claim a third title. Mahindra Racing and DS Virgin Racing, meanwhile, were sweeping in to challenge the German effort for second, with the former only twelve points behind and looking the stronger of the trio.

 
2016/17 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 157 ◄0
2nd Brazil Lucas di Grassi 147 ◄0
3rd Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist 104 ◄0
4th Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Bird 100 ▲1
5th France Nicolas Prost 84 ▼1
6th Germany Nick Heidfeld 78 ▲1
7th France Jean-Eric Vergne 74 ▼1
8th Argentina José María López 50 ◄0
9th Germany Daniel Abt 47 ◄0
10th Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 33 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 26 ◄0
12th Dutch Flag Robin Frijns 20 ▲1
13th France Loïc Duval 19 ▼1
14th France Pierre Gasly 18 ▲5
15th France Stéphane Sarrazin 17 ▼1
16th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 16 ▼1
17th Germany Maro Engel 16 ▼1
18th Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 11 ◄0
19th Portugal António Félix da Costa 10 ▼2
20th France Tom Dillmann 10 ▲2
21st Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll 5 ◄0
22nd Flag of Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 5 ▼2
23rd Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 3 ◄0
2016/17 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st France Renault e.Dams 259 ◄0
2nd Germany ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 194 ◄0
3rd Flag of India Mahindra Racing 182 ◄0
4th Flag of the United Kingdom DS Virgin Racing 153 ◄0
5th People's Republic of China Techeetah 94 ◄0
6th People's Republic of China NextEV NIO 59 ◄0
7th Flag of the United States Andretti Formula E Team 30 ▲1
8th Flag of the United States Dragon Racing 30 ▼1
9th Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 28 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing 21 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 'Bird beats Rosenqvist to NYC pole', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/bird-beats-rosenqvist-to-nyc-pole/, (Accessed 16/07/2017)
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  6. 'FanBoost opens for second NYC ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 17/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/fanboost-opens-for-second-nyc-eprix/, (Accessed 17/07/2017)
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  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 'Race winner Bird draws Gp1 for Race 2 qualifying', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/race-winner-bird-draws-gp1-for-race-2-qualifying/, (Accessed 16/07/2017)

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