De Vries hit with grid penalty for last-lap Bird collision

Nyck de Vries carries a grid penalty into the first Valencia Formula E race thanks to the late Rome E-Prix crash that gave points leader Sam Bird a swollen hand. 

De Vries hit with grid penalty for last-lap Bird collision
Listen to this article

The Saudi Arabia race one winner attempted a pass on the inside of Jaguar Racing driver Bird on the final lap of the Italian round in a battle for was what 10th place at the time. 

Mercedes racer de Vries lost the rear of his car on the approach to Turn 7. While he managed to catch the slide, he collided at the apex with Bird who then tagged Nissan's Oliver Rowland. 

This eliminated de Vries and Bird on the spot, although Rowland was able to continue and retain his ninth place on the road. He then dropped to 16th due to a 10-second time penalty for an earlier collision with rookie polesitter Nick Cassidy. 

De Vries told Motorsport.com: “I think it was a bit of a racing incident.  

“We both have to acknowledge our eagerness in attacking and defending the position.” 

The stewards handed de Vries a five-place grid drop that he will carry into the first Valencia race while a further two penalty points take his race licence total up to eight. 

Bird confirmed that a team error meant they were unsure of how many laps of the race remained, which de Vries reckoned had played a part in the collision. 

The 2019 FIA Formula 2 champion continued: “Sam wasn't well informed about the remaining laps.  

“His lift points were extremely early... extremely, extremely early. I'm not sure if they were thinking but at the least, it was poorly communicated.  

“That gave me a hope for opportunities, but it ended in tears.” 

Read Also:

Bird meanwhile was given a €2500 fine for exiting his car without permission. 

As a result of banging it on the steering wheel in the impact, Bird - who retains the points lead over teammate Mitch Evans - reported a swollen hand. 

He said: "Honestly, I'm not entirely sure [what happened]. We made an error on the amount of laps left, which really compromised me. 

“Then whatever happened at the top of the hill happened. I'm not entirely sure.  

“It seems like I've locked up. Nyck's locked up more.  I need to see [if I'm OK] as my hand is swollen.” 

Mercedes team principal Ian James told Motorsport.com that his driver was “gutted”, while Jaguar Racing team director James Barclay said: “Sam’s banged his hand a bit by banging it on the steering wheel.  

“The closing speed was really big. Nyck looks like he lost it on the bump, or he's had an issue on the brakes.  It was a big closing speed in the end.  

“We got away reasonably lucky actually. The damage could have been a lot worse. It's not on purpose.  

“Nyck's clearly had an error or mistake or something's gone wrong there because that was an unusual one.” 

shares
comments

Related video

Di Grassi calls out Buemi for “incredibly stupid” move in Rome FE
Previous article

Di Grassi calls out Buemi for “incredibly stupid” move in Rome FE

Next article

Rowland critical of Rome penalty after Cassidy clash

Rowland critical of Rome penalty after Cassidy clash
The trait Vandoorne rediscovered to claim Formula E's era-ending title Prime

The trait Vandoorne rediscovered to claim Formula E's era-ending title

After Nyck de Vries was crowned Formula E champion in 2021, his Mercedes teammate Stoffel Vandoorne stepped forward this season as the Gen2 era and his team bowed out. As he did on the way to the GP2 crown in 2015, the Belgian achieved a peerless level of consistency and was only outside the points once, with his sole win in Monaco sufficient to head off a chasing pack headed by Mitch Evans

Formula E
Sep 19, 2022
Why Bird can bounce back after a tough 2021-22 Formula E season Prime

Why Bird can bounce back after a tough 2021-22 Formula E season

With his winning streak coming to an end this season, the 2021-22 Formula E season was tumultuous for Sam Bird, failing to gather momentum as Jaguar generally struggled. But the long-term favourite looks forward to bouncing back next season as the championship enters its new era

Formula E
Aug 30, 2022
What Formula E needs next after saying goodbye to Gen2 Prime

What Formula E needs next after saying goodbye to Gen2

The 2021-2022 Formula E season finale brought the curtain down on the Gen2 era of the all-electric world championship. It elevated FE to new heights, fulfilling its intended directive. While it is a good launching pad for the impending Gen3 cycle, there are certain aspects the series must tackle for the new era to have the same impact as its predecessor

Formula E
Aug 16, 2022
The traits behind Vandoorne's triumphant Formula E title charge Prime

The traits behind Vandoorne's triumphant Formula E title charge

The odds were heavily stacked in Stoffel Vandoorne’s favour to capture the Formula E crown at the Seoul finale, but chief rival Mitch Evans applied maximum pressure with victory in the first race. It meant Vandoorne had to show his resolve to reproduce the key qualities he held all season to complete his march to the title

Formula E
Aug 15, 2022
Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title? Prime

Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title?

Stoffel Vandoorne is on the brink of the Formula E title with a commanding lead ahead of the Seoul finale, but both rivals and unknowns still stand in his way. Here’s a run through of what Vandoorne must overcome to clinch the championship and how his competition will look to pull off the biggest of shocks.

Formula E
Aug 10, 2022
How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon Prime

How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon

It might not look like the most glittering of Formula E campaigns, but Dragon Penske’s youngster has caught the eye of those who count despite his future remaining unclear. Regardless of the distortion, Sergio Sette Camara has a clear vision of what he’s focused on and how to get there.

Formula E
Aug 4, 2022
How Formula E's title contenders were upstaged in London Prime

How Formula E's title contenders were upstaged in London

The penultimate stop on Formula E's world tour took in London's ExCeL, where the championship contenders were upstaged by two first-time winners in 2022. Andretti’s Jake Dennis kept the home fires burning in the first race as Venturi’s Lucas di Grassi claimed the second, but two consistent finishes mean its advantage Stoffel Vandoorne heading to the Seoul finale.

Formula E
Aug 1, 2022
The ex-F1 racer turned team boss adapting to a FE title fight Prime

The ex-F1 racer turned team boss adapting to a FE title fight

For the second year in a row, the Venturi team is in the thick of the fight for Formula E title glory with Edoardo Mortara. That's despite a change to a more meritocratic qualifying system, which was expected to give the works Mercedes team an edge, and ex-Formula 1 racer Jerome d'Ambrosio being new in the team principal hot seat. As he tells Motorsport.com, it's a challenge he's revelling in

Formula E
Jul 26, 2022