Those two men sit third and fourth respectively in this year’s standings and could use another win on German soil to boost their fading chances of clinching the title. However, Lucas di Grassi has hit consistent form following a nightmare start to the campaign, and Jean-Eric Vergne has built a commanding lead over the rest of the drivers in the pack.
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Jean-Eric Vergne sits 31 points ahead of second-placed Sam Bird in the drivers’ championship so far. The Frenchman cruised home in Paris in Round 8, 4.882 seconds ahead of di Grassi. He called it the “most emotional” win of his career, as he headed a pack that descended into chaos behind him. With just four races left in the season, Vergne has one hand on the trophy.
Lucas di Grassi took advantage of Andre Lotterer’s malfunctioning car to nip into second in Paris, where he stayed until the finish line. He was also helped when the hapless Techeetah driver then collided with Sam Bird, putting paid to the Brit’s attempts to catch di Grassi. Last year’s champion recorded the fastest lap in France and has now strung together three second-place finishes in the last three races, following an awful first five rounds by his lofty standards.
Sam Bird managed to limp over the line in the French capital on just three wheels to claim third place. He was scathing of Lotterer after the race, accusing the Belgian-German of deliberately getting in his way and causing the crash. The pair had tussled earlier on in the race too, but Bird received huge credit for a remarkable podium finish, keeping up the pressure on Vergne.
All things being equal, Vergne, Bird and di Grassi all have a great chance of picking up the maximum points in Germany. The fact that Bird finished third in Paris despite the extensive damage to his car is testament to his skill and determination. It could also inspire him to take the race to Vergne this weekend even more aggressively than he otherwise would have.
It seems that di Grassi is finally back in the swing of things, with his early-season car issues now a distant memory. It might be just a bit too late to stage a fight for the championship, but he will want to rack up as many points as possible now he has graced the podium again.
Vergne is a class act who has not been out of the points all season. However, he does seem to follow up wins with fifth-placed finishes and, if he relaxes again this time, Sam Bird is most likely to be the man to take advantage.
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