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Robin Frijns takes first career Formula E victory in rainy Paris ePrix

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ROME, ITALY - APRIL 13: Driver of The Envision Virgin Racing Team Robin Frijns is seen during the Rome ePrix of Formula E Season 5 on April 13, 2019 in Rome, Italy. Cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab is Official Sponsor of the Envision Virgin Racing team for the second consecutive year. Both grounded in technological innovation, Kaspersky Lab and Envision Virgin Racing share similar vision and passion in bringing innovation to customers around the world, raising the awareness on this innovative and futuristic all-electric racing series. (Photo by Giorgio Perottino/Getty Images for Kaspersky Lab)

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Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns earned the first Formula E win of his career in the Paris ePrix Saturday, becoming the eighth different driver to win in the season’s first eight races..

The wild race saw polesitter Oliver Rowland crash in the opening laps, which handed the lead to Nissan e.dams teammate Sebastien Buemi. He held on to the lead for the next 10 laps before heading to the pits with a mechanical issue. Frijns led the final 22 laps of the event.

Rain plagued the majority of the event, which began behind the safety car due to damp conditions. More rain and hail eventually led to a full-course yellow, with only 23 minutes remaining in the race once the green flag waved again.

The wet conditions were problematic for several drivers, with six of the 22 starters retiring.

“That was the hardest race of my life,” Frijns told reporters following his victory.

Andre Lotterer finished second for DS Techeetah, with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Daniel Abt taking the last spot on the podium in third.

Full results are below. The next round of the 2018-19 Formula E season is the Monaco ePrix on May 11.

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