Andre Lotterer says Brit Sam Bird targeted his tyre in crash in ‘unfair’ move in Hong Kong ePrix

ANDRE LOTTERER says Brit Sam Bird targeted his tyre in a controversial collision to win the Hong Kong ePrix with one lap remaining.

Bird crashed into the back of the German with one lap remaining leaving Lotterer with a burst tyre and broken suspension.

Andre Lotterer was furious with Sam Bird after the race

Lotterer blames the Virgin driver for denying him his first win in Formula E.

He said: “From my side, it was not fair, the race was fair more or less up until there.

“He hit me a few times before that, he was on the limit.

“And then that time it broke my tyre and my suspension, so it’s not a fair move to win a race.

Andre Lotterer valiantly defended Sam Bird before a collision ruined his race
Sam Bird’s celebrations were muted after the race

“These cars are pretty easy to do collisions and get away with them and I hope we make an example of this.

“Because if this goes away, it opens up a big problem for all us.”

He added: “He ruined my race.”

Following his win, Bird compared the collision with Lotterer’s crash last season, which saw him drive into the back of his teammate Jean-Eric Vergne in Santiago – which saw the cars bump together.

But Lotterer hit back and says he did not aim for his partner’s tyre.

Lotterer said: “I tried not to target JEV’s tyre, he went for my tyre and the thing is I lost the race because of him and that’s it.”

Bird’s post-race celebrations were muted after the controversy.

Bird said: “It’s a shame, for me I tried to go down the inside and Andre defended.
“It’s very slippery down the inside and I slipped and locked up.
He added: “It’s a big shame, my heart goes out to him, he drove a good race and it’s a shame.”


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