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Formula E, Hong Kong E-Prix: 4 things we learnt

ABB FIA Formula E Championship - 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix
ABB FIA Formula E Championship - 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix
Jamie Davies

Sunday witnessed the fifth round of the 2018/19 Formula E championship and it was Sam Bird who won his second race of the season.

The fifth race took place on the streets of Hong Kong in what proved to be a likable track for Bird as Sunday's race win was his second successive victory after having won the E-Prix 12 months before.

As of right now, the Briton is being investigated by racing stewards after colliding with race leader Andre Lotterer in the last couple of laps of the race.

Lotterer suffered a punctured right rear tyre which dragged him down to 14th place despite recording the fastest lap in Hong Kong.

If the race win for Bird is to stand, the Envision Virgin Racing driver will take over from Jerome d'Ambrosio at the top of the driver's standings with 71 points, 18 points ahead of the Belgian.

It was another heart-in-mouth race which wasn't decided until the final lap. Here are 4 things that we learnt from the Hong Kong E-Prix...

#4 It's not happening for Wehrlein

Pascal Wehrlein
Pascal Wehrlein

Former Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein had another frustrating day out on the circuit.

The German bowed out in the opening laps of the race when fellow ex-F1 racer Felipe Nasr's car broke down right in front of him on one of the tightest corners of the Hong Kong E-Prix.

Wehrlein went into the back of Nasr and also involved in the incident was his teammate, Jerome d'Ambrosio.

Both Mahindras had to retire from the race along with Nasr.

Wehrlein has had a frustrating campaign so far. He is now 41 points behind Bird in the driver's standings and will certainly need to do better from now on.

#3 Every race is so unpredictable!

ABB FIA Formula E Championship - 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix
ABB FIA Formula E Championship - 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix

We are only five races into the fifth ever season of Formula E and it is becoming one of the biggest race series in the world.

The growth of Formula E has been rapid which has seen many recognisable names in the motorsport world take part including Felipe Massa and Nelson Piquet Jr.

There have also been big name manufacturers of Audi and Jaguar forming their own teams in Formula E and just last week, Mercedes announced their participation for next season.

It is exciting times for electric racing!

But also the races in the 2018/19 championship have produced scripts no one could write, not even the people in Hollywood could come up with the scenarios we have been spoilt with so far.

For example, February's Mexico E-Prix saw Lucas Di Grassi steal the win from under Wehrlein's nose on the home straight after the German lost all electricity just yards away from the finish line.

And let's not forget the first four races have been won by four different drivers.

#2 Massa is improving

Massa joined Formula E at the start of the season
Massa joined Formula E at the start of the season

Since Formula E took centre stage for the first time in 2014, the racing series has been known to many as a place for many former Formula 1 drivers to, arguably, revive their careers.

Felipe Massa was, for a few seconds, an F1 world champion in 2008 until Lewis Hamilton spoiled the Ferrari party by finishing in fifth, a championship winning position.

Since that day in cloudy Sao Paulo, Massa has never came close to a world championship.

11 years down the road, the Brazilian is now racing in Formula E in his rookie season.

The first few races have looked to be difficult for the 37-year-old which is kind of understandable since the guy has had to switch from engine cars to electric cars.

His first two races saw him finish in 17th and 18th before a first DNF in his third race in Chile.

But the last two races have been top 10 finishes in 8th and 6th.

That's more like it Felipe!

#1 Where's Vandoorne?

Stoffel Vandoorne
Stoffel Vandoorne

It was another bad day at the office for HWA Racelab's Stoffel Vandoorne on Sunday after he suffered another DNF in Hong Kong.

This is Vandoorne's first season in Formula E after departing McLaren at the end of the 2018 season in Formula One.

Vandoorne raced at McLaren for two seasons after replacing Jenson Button when the Briton retired from the sport.

His two seasons in F1 were far from recognisable as the Belgian struggled to impress the bosses at McLaren while two-time F1 world champion, Fernando Alonso, was his teammate.

2019 was to be a fresh start for the 26-year-old as he was supposed to be fighting for the Formula E championship but it has not gone to plan so far.

His first five races have seen Vandoorne retire on three occasions including the Hong Kong E-Prix where he started the race from pole position.

Edited by Arvind Sriram

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