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Robin Frijns takes first career Formula E victory in rainy Paris ePrix

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Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns earned the first Formula E win of his career in the Paris ePrix Saturday, becoming the eighth different driver to win in the season’s first eight races..

The wild race saw polesitter Oliver Rowland crash in the opening laps, which handed the lead to Nissan e.dams teammate Sebastien Buemi. He held on to the lead for the next 10 laps before heading to the pits with a mechanical issue. Frijns led the final 22 laps of the event.

Rain plagued the majority of the event, which began behind the safety car due to damp conditions. More rain and hail eventually led to a full-course yellow, with only 23 minutes remaining in the race once the green flag waved again.

The wet conditions were problematic for several drivers, with six of the 22 starters retiring.

“That was the hardest race of my life,” Frijns told reporters following his victory.

Andre Lotterer finished second for DS Techeetah, with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Daniel Abt taking the last spot on the podium in third.

Full results are below. The next round of the 2018-19 Formula E season is the Monaco ePrix on May 11.

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WATCH: Red Bull F1 team completes pit stop in zero gravity

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The Red Bull Racing pit crew may have already made headlines last weekend when it completed the fastest pit stop in Formula One history, changing Max Verstappen’s tires in 1.82 seconds, but the team’s most recent stunt took their skills to new heights – quite literally.

With the help of the Russian Space agency Roscomos, a group of the team’s mechanics completed the world’s first zero-gravity pit stop, on-board a IIyushin II-76K cosmonaut training plane.

Using a 2005 BR1, the team filmed the viral video over the course of a week, enduring seven flights and about 80 parabolas – periods in which the plane climbs 45 degrees before falling again at a ballistic arch of 45 degrees, creating a period of weightlessness for approximately 22 seconds.

With such a short time frame between weightlessness periods, the car and equipment had to be both quickly and safely secured before gravity once again took effect. Each filming lasted roughly 15 seconds, and the stunt was the most physically and technically demanding activity the live demo team had ever undertaken.

“It pushed us harder than I thought it would,” said Red Bull Support Team Mechanic Joe Robinson. “You realize how much you rely on gravity when you don’t have any!

“It challenges you to think and operate in a different way – and that was brilliant. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and honestly, I could have stayed and done it all month. It was amazing. I think it’s the coolest, most fun thing the Live Demo team has ever done with a show car.”

Though Red Bull was the first team to perform a pit stop in zero gravity, surprisingly Red Bull was not the first team to put a car through zero gravity. In 1999, McLaren driver David Coulthard and his car experienced zero gravity as part of a promotion for then-sponsor West Cigarettes.

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