Lucas di Grassi won today’s Mexico City ePrix on the road for the Abt Schaeffler team, but has been disqualified from the race in a late-breaking development for the first of two FIA Formula E Championship races on North American soil.
The series released a post just before 10 p.m. ET that di Grassi’s car was found to be underweight, and thus the Brazilian has been excluded from the race.
A fuller report from FIA Formula E concludes di Grassi’s car just missed the target with his first of two cars, but also confirms that Abt has decided not to appeal – as they had the option to.
“Di Grassi’s Abt Schaeffler car that he used for the first part of the race, was found to weigh 886.2kg, 1.8kg under the 888kg minimum. Abt has decided not to appeal the decision.”
The disqualification promotes Dragon Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio to the win.
Incidentally, this doesn’t mark di Grassi’s first disqualification in the series. He sustained a controversial DQ from the Berlin ePrix in season one, in an astute point raised by veteran reporter Sam Smith (see below tweet).
Sebastien Buemi and Nico Prost now complete the podium.
Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.
The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.
“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”
In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.
VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.
A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.
NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.