Mitch Evans has moved into the lead of the Formula E championship after winning a chaotic Mexico ePrix.
The 25-year-old New Zealander moved one point clear of Alexander Sims at the top of the driver standings after steering clear of the carnage unfolding behind him on Sunday.
Mitch Evans now leads the drivers’ championship and the team is second out of 12 in the teams' championship – however Formula E is highly competitive and every point counts.
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Mexico: Evans started from second in his Panasonic-Jaguar car, but took the lead from German pole-sitter Andre Lotterer on the first corner and enjoyed an untroubled run to what was just his second race victory in 41 Formula E starts. "I tried not to (look back)," Evans told reporters after the race. "When you are out in front you can just sort of get in your own rhythm. It was pretty tough, a quite close start with Andre."
If he had of taken a look in his rear view mirror, he would have seen plenty of action unfolding behind him.
The safety car was deployed with 38 minutes to go (Formula E races run to a time limit, rather than a number of laps) after Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller ploughed into the wall at turn one.
Brazilian Felipe Massa clipped the wall and retired his Venturi while Lotterer's race also ended early following substantial bodywork damage.
With 17 minutes left on the clock, Mercedes-Benz EQ's Nyck de Vries, running in fifth, failed to stop at the end of the start/finish straight whilst attempting to defend a move from Antonio Felix Da Costa. De Vries clipped fellow Dutchman and Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns before skidding to a halt at the end of the straight. He eventually had to retire from the race.
With five minutes to go, Britain's Sam Bird crashed out at turn three while running in second place, a position that would have seen him take over at the top of the standings had he finished there.
The Mexico race was round four of 13 on the Formula E calendar.
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