Motor racing: Formula E is set for celebrating titles in New York

(Reuters) – The all-electric Formula E title will be determined in Sunday's championship when the leader of the league Jean-Eric Vergne failed to score in the first of two races in New York.

A French reign champion, who is driving on behalf of the Techeetah team, goes in the final race 22 clear points from Lucas Di Grassi of Brazilian Audi and 25 ahead of Mitch Evans, New Zealand, New Zealand.

Sebastien Buemi, a Saturday show race winner from Nissan pole position to take his first victory in more than two years, is 26 points behind Vergne and the fourth driver is still in a mathematical dispute.

Vergne, always popular as the first conglomerate of the league, met with Brazilian Felipe Massa on the final of the Brooklyn street circuit on Saturday.

It was earlier hit by behind German team Andre Lotterer, creating punching.

“I got to grips with many crashes that I didn't really blame, but this is part of a large scale, you have good days and bad days,” Vergne said on Saturday.

“It was obvious that it was a bad day today but I am still in charge in tomorrow's final. Everything must be done tomorrow. ”

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in Silverstone, editorial by Christian Radnedge

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