Formula E: Vergne closes in on Formula E title

Lucas di Grassi eyes back-to-back Swiss titles

Lucas di Grassi eyes back-to-back Swiss titles

But a full-course red flag was announced and the session was stopped for 40 minutes.

DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne locks in Pole for 2019 Swiss E-Prix in Bern ahead of and Jaguar's Mitch Evans and home race hero Sebastien Buemi. Just when it seemed like that battle had died down, it started raining with just two minutes to go, giving Evans the opportunity to close back up to Vergne. However, Vergne was able to survive the pressure and won the race 1.25 secs ahead of Evans, with Buemi taking 3 place. Nothing is comfortable in Formula E and everything can change so quickly.

Jean-Eric Vergne celebrates after winning Saturday's Swiss E-Prix.

"It was definitely not easy!" "It was the most stressful moment of the season that's for sure [when the rain came]". Maybe the DS vehicle is wider! I have more of a lead than previous year which is good and it's flawless for the team. I'm in a very good position but it's not going to change my approach for NY.

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With Lotterer's penalty applied, Sam Bird was promoted to fourth - making the most of his good fortune after suffering a puncture in the skirmishes at the start, that eventually led to the race coming to a stop. "This is the compromise we have to live with in Formula E and it's linked with the privilege of racing in the heart of cities and the FIA is trying to the best job at homologating tracks. At the beginning, I was a bit sceptical on overtaking so I stayed patient and then I could use Attack Mode pretty well to pass and was flirting with the podium when I saw the rain but that would have been a bit too much risk so I took it home".

Lotterer had charged up the order to finish 4, but he was handed a drive-through penalty after the race - which converted to a 22 second penalty - for exiting the pitlane when the exit light was red.

Disappointed with his Qualifying flying lap after heading out first, Audi Sport Abt Scheaffler's Lucas di Grassi is set to start the race in 19th. Close behind is Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns - now fifth in the standings - with Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Alex Lynn rounding off the top ten.

Across the line, the reigning champion was verbally relived as he brought his vehicle back to the pit lane having significantly extended his lead ahead of the double-header finale in New York City on July 13-14.

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