Techeetah Formula E Team celebrated its first 1-2 finish in the electric racing series after Jean-Eric Vergne and André Lotterer claimed the first two spots on the podium in Santiago. By doing so, Vergne now leads the championship by five points.
Vergne started from pole position and kept the lead while Nelson Piquet jr managed to overtake André Lotterer and touched Vergne’s car. They could continue without harm, although further back in the field not everything went according to plan as José María López and Maro Engel were victims of opening lap incidents.
While Lotterer was able to attack Vergne for the lead after the car swap, reigning champion Lucas di Grassi – who suffered from a ten-place grid penalty – was again unable to score points. The Brazilian again faced car troubles after coming out of the pits.
Lotterer made a couple of serious attempts to take the win and even pushed Vergne’s car. But in the end both made the team’s first 1-2 finish possible. However, they were under investigation as the technical delegate wasn’t consulted when modifications to the safety harnesses were made. Techeetah was fined €30,000 and could keep the podium finishes.
Buemi was waiting for his opportunity to gain another place as he watched the Techeetah drivers battle, but settled in third. Felix Rosenqvist started from fourteenth and gained ten places to end up fourth. Sam Bird put the Virgin Racing Formula E car in fifth, in front of Jaguar drivers Piquet jr. and Mitch Evans. Jérôme d’Ambrosio finished in eight, keeping Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa behind him. Nicolas Prost scored the final point.