Pascal Wehrlein maintains he didn’t achieve a penalty-earning benefit throughout his conflict with Lucas di Grassi within the dramatic finale to ABB FIA Components E’s race at Mexico Metropolis.
Wehrlein had led the disrupted race from pole and was chased laborious all through, first by Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland after which Audi’s di Grassi.
The Mahindra driver, who was making simply his third FE begin, entered the ultimate few laps of the race at an power drawback to di Grassi and the pair raced aspect by aspect – briefly rubbing sidepods – into the primary chicane on the final tour.
Wehrlein reduce throughout the nook and stayed in entrance, later being handed by di Grassi on the run to the road as his automobile misplaced drive when it reached its power restrict, and was given a five-second penalty instantly after the race, dropping him from second to sixth.
“What I’m not glad about is the penalty,” Wehrlein advised Motorsport.com. “Going from second place to P6 isn’t what we deserved and likewise I didn’t achieve a bonus within the chicane.
“However these are the principles, the stewards determined like that. They thought I had a bonus due to that.
“Everybody noticed how a lot I slowed down after one nook – I used to be like three-four seconds forward after which I didn’t go on energy till they have been straight behind me once more. That’s the one factor I’m upset about.
“I’m not upset about operating out of power within the final 50m as a result of that’s Components E and subsequent time I’ll ensure that this is not going to occur once more.”
Wehrlein defined that pushing laborious throughout the early levels of the race “was a bit messy” and finally triggered his end line shutdown, but additionally identified the superb margins at play throughout the occasion.
“Afterwards you realise right here and there you would have achieved one thing completely different, however because it was my first full power race – the opposite one [in Santiago] was temperature restricted – I used to be fairly glad,” he added.
“50m isn’t lots – it’s lifting for one nook 10m earlier, 20m earlier.”
When requested to provide his opinion on di Grassi’s final lap transfer, Wehrlein mentioned: “On a regular basis I’m near him we both crash or contact one another. It appears [to be] the best way he likes to drive. For me it’s superb.”
Di Grassi felt Wehrlein had been “greater than aggressive” in his late-race defending.
“On the final lap I used to be behind him and pretended to go to the surface and he left a door, a door sufficiently small to go down the within between the wall and the kerb and I went there,” he continued.
“I went side-by-side with him after which he reduce the chicane [at Turn 4]. In all probability he would get a penalty anyway, however that was the transfer [that was key].”