Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns made it eight different winners in eight ABB FIA Formula E Championship races after winning a drama-filled wet race in Paris.
The Dutch racer was the driver who best managed horrific conditions in Paris – in which a number of crashes caused nearly half the E-Prix to be raced under a yellow flag – to take his first Formula E victory and a Drivers' Championship lead as well as break F1’s record of consecutive multiple winners.
He led DS Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer who made it two second-place finishes in a row and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Daniel Abt who took his second podium of the season in third.
After four-and-a-half seasons of dry conditions Formula E faced its first ever wet race - and it made up for lost time as the heavens finally opened halfway through to send hail down onto the drivers – the intensity of conditions resulting in a full-course yellow flag.
The conditions had a huge impact on the race which became frenetic, full of crashes, spins and incidents as the drivers struggled to combat the dirty, slippery street track with six drivers being forced to retire and many more struggling through with scrapes and bumps.
Oliver Rowland – who became the first driver to score his second pole of the season – led for just three minutes before locking up into the wall with his teammate Sebastien Buemi passing him. The Swiss led for 10 minutes before being forced into the pits with a puncture to complete a nightmare for Nissan e.dams.
Rowland later smashed into Alex Sims causing the BMW driver to spin into the wall, Edoardo Mortara took out Alex Lynn and Felipe Massa skidded 360 degrees on a straight to drop from a podium place late-on in the race.
Frijns leads Lotterer by a point in the Drivers' Championship while the top four drivers are still within 11 points of each other and any of the top 10 could take the Championship lead next time out in Monaco on May 11.