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Formula E

FIA announce crucial Wehrlein penalty verdict

Pascal Wehrlein was under investigation for potentially gaining an advantage off the circuit.

Wehrlein China
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The FIA stewards have decided to take "no further action" against Pascal Wehrlein, after the Porsche driver was investigated following a late-race incident. 

Wehrlein finished second in the opening race of this weekend's Shanghai E-Prix double-header but led the bulk of the race, which was the latest instalment of the peloton. 

However, in the closing stages, he overtook Mitch Evans for the lead of the race at the penultimate corner by cutting across the circuit. 

Wehrlein and Evans were placed under investigation following the incident for an "Alleged Breach of Article 20.3 of 2023/2024 FIA Formula E World Championship Sporting Regulations."

Following an investigation, which lasted almost three hours at the Shanghai International Circuit, the stewards' report stated: "Driver  94  left  the  track  at  turn  11.  The  Stewards  accept  that  he intended  to  avoid  a collision with car 9".

As a result, Wehrlein keeps second which means championship leader Nick Cassidy remains in third. 

As for Wehrlein's team-mate, Antonio Felix da Costa, the Season 6 champion has received a five-second time penalty.

Da Costa was judged as having forced Jean-Eric Vergne off the circuit at Turn 12, with the penalty demoting the Porsche driver all the way from fifth down to 18th. 

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