Description The 2019 Hong Kong ePrix (formally the 2019 FIA Formula E HKT Hong Kong ePrix) was a Formula E electric motor race held at the Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit in Hong Kong on 10 March 2019. It was the fifth race of the 2018–19 Formula E season, and the 50th Formula E ePrix running overall.
The race began at 16:03 Hong Kong Time (UTC+08:00). Weather conditions at the start of the race were wet. The air temperature throughout ranged from 18.44 to 18.72 °C (68.45 to 69.71 °F) and the track temperature stayed at 19 °C. Each driver was mandated to activate the attack mode system twice and were permitted to arm the system no more than five times. A special feature of Formula E is the "Fan Boost" feature, an additional 25 kW (34 hp) of power to use during the race's second half. The five drivers who were allowed to use the boost were determined by a fan vote. For the Hong Kong race, Vandoorne, Félix da Costa, Abt, Buemi, and Wehrlein were handed the extra power. Rowland took the lead off from Vandoorne, as Bird climbing up the order, and came forth at the first corner.
Just minutes in, the race came under a full course yellow as the Dragon driver Felipe Nasr goes into the wall at turn 2, with both Mahindra driver d'Ambrosio and Wehrlein colliding into Nasr, ending all three drivers races within the first five minutes, causing the full course yellow to be deployed and then the Safety Car. The race was temporarily stopped under the red flag with Rowland leading, ahead of Bird in the second place. With the clock reset to just under 36-minutes remaining, most of the field took their first attack mode usage. Rowland led for a lap before losing the lead to Bird when he accidentally pressed the Full Course Yellow speed limiter button at turn 1, dropped him to 10th. Bird led a lap, before he went deep at Turn 2 and lost out to Lotterer. The two driver battled hard for the win.
With less than 18 minutes left, Vandoorne stopped at turn 6, suffering a driveshaft problem, while Buemi picked up damage to his front, left wheel through the chicane, ending his race early. To recover Vandoorne's car off the track, the race director ordered the safety car to be deployed. The race restarted with 11 minutes left to go, with Lotterer still leading, with Bird close behind in second and Mortara in third. Further down the pack, Rowland stopped on track after snapping his rear axel following contact with the wall. The Safety Car was deployed again to recover Rowland's car.
The race restarted again with less than two minutes to go. At the turn 2 on the penultimate lap, Bird made contact with the back of Lotterer's car, and puncturing his tyre. Lotterer dropped out to last position in 14th, with Bird leading to what could have been his second win of the season. Behind Bird came Mortara in second and Di Grassi in third. Abt, Massa, finishes in forth and fifth respectively. Evans, Paffett, Turvey, and Da Costa completing the top 10. The final finishers were Lopez, Dillmann, Vergne and Lotterer.
Result List 1 48 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Venturi 36 59:36.119 6 25
2 11 Brazil Lucas Di Grassi Audi 36 +0.988 5 18
3 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns Virgin-Audi 36 +1.536 10 15
4 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi 36 +1.985 12 12
5 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Venturi 36 +3.258 9 10
6 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin-Audi 36 +3.3062 7 94
7 20 New Zealand Mitch Evans Jaguar 36 +4.017 17 6
8 17 United Kingdom Gary Paffett HWA-Venturi 36 +4.368 4 4
9 16 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NIO 36 +5.624 19 2
10 28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Andretti-BMW 36 +6.492 20 1
11 7 Argentina José María López Dragon-Penske 36 +7.218 14 0
12 8 France Tom Dillmann NIO 36 +7.825 11 0
13 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Techeetah-DS 36 +16.6043 18 0
14 36 Germany André Lotterer Techeetah-DS 36 +24.270 3 0
Ret 22 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland e.Dams-Nissan 29 Accident 2 0
Ret 5 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne HWA-Venturi 20 Driveshaft 1 35
Ret 23 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.Dams-Nissan 19 Accident 8 0
Ret 27 United Kingdom Alexander Sims Andretti-BMW 16 Accident 13 0
Ret 5 Brazil Felipe Nasr Dragon-Penske 1 Collision 16 0
Ret 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra 1 Collision 21 0
Ret 64 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra 1 Collision 22 0
Ret 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar 1 Suspension 15 0
Drivers' Championship standings
1 /Sam Bird /54
2 /Jérôme d'Ambrosio /53
3 /Lucas di Grassi /52
4 /Edoardo Mortara /52
5 /António Félix da Costa /47