FE: Vergne to start at back of grid for final race in Diriyah

Reigning Formula E champion, Jean-Eric Vergne, will start at the back of the grid for the final race in Diriyah after receiving a penalty.

Vergne has had a difficult start to the season, only able to go 11th fastest in qualifying on Friday, before retiring from the opening race with a mechanical failure, with the Frenchman saying it was not safe for him to continue as he needed to use “two hands on one side of the wheel to turn the car”.

After a difficult opening day to the new Formula E season, Vergne was hoping to be more competitive on Saturday, but the DS Techeetah driver crashed in practice, before having another difficult qualifying, ending up 11th fastest.

The 29-year-old crashed into the wall in practice but managed to get his DC Techeetah car back to the pits, despite having a broken axle.

But, upon inspection of Vergne’s car, his team found that the battery was damaged and needed replacing and he has been handed a 20 place grid penalty in addition to a 10 second race penalty, and will start at the back of the grid as a result.

The final race of the Diriyah E-Prix gets underway at 3pm local time.