Buemi wins chaotic Monaco Formula E battle
Sebastien Buemi became the first driver to claim two wins in the FIA Formula E Championship on the streets of Monaco.
The e.dams driver completed a lights-to-flag victory in the principality but was unable to relax having been pushed hard by championship leader Lucas di Grassi in the closing stages.
Despite coming under pressure, polesitter Buemi took the chequered flag by 2.154s from di Grassi.
China Racing’s Nelson Piquet Jr completed the podium in third.
The race was not without incident with the Safety Car deployed on the opening lap following a huge multi car incident on the exit of Saint Devote.
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Bruno Senna made contact with Daniel Abt which resulted in the Brazilian being launched over the back of the ABT Sportsline driver.
The incident briefly blocked the track which affected several drivers including Vitantonio Liuzzi, Salvador Duran, Jean-Eric Vergne, Loic Duval and Jaime Alguersuari.
Senna and Alguersuari were instantly ruled out of the race, while Duval and Abt retired shortly after.
Buemi made no mistakes on the restart as he led di Grassi as the pair quickly gapped Piquet Jr in third.
Despite pitting two laps after di Grassi, Buemi managed to emerge form the pits in the lead which he hung to until the chequered flag.
ABT Sportsline racer di Grassi, who renewed his contract with the team for next season, extended his series lead to four points over Piquet Jr.
Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird finished fourth ahead of Dragon Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio with Nicolas Prost in sixth.
VIDEO: Race Highlights
Result: FIA Formula E Championship, Monaco
|1||Sebastien Buemi||Team e.dams Renault||47 Laps|
|2||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team||+2.154s|
|3||Nelson Piquet Jr.||China Racing Formula E Team||+4.634s|
|4||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing Formula E Team||+4.801s|
|5||J.D’Ambrosio||Dragon Racing Formula E Team||+5.881s|
|6||Nicolas Prost||Team e.dams Renault||+11.032s|
|7||S.Sarrazin||VENTURI Formula E Team||+26.472s|
|8||Scott Speed||Andretti Autosport Formula E Team||+41.138s|
|9||Charles Pic||China Racing Formula E Team||+49.538s|
|10||A.F.da Costa||Amlin Aguri||+52.658s|
|11||Nick Heidfeld||VENTURI Formula E Team||+52.936s|
|12||Jarno Trulli||Trulli Formula E Team||58.984|
|13||Karun Chandhok||Mahindra Racing Formula E Team||1 lap|
|DNF||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Trulli Formula E Team|
|DNF||Jean-Éric Vergne||Andretti Autosport Formula E Team|
|DNF||Salvador Durán||Amlin Aguri|
|DNF||Loïc Duval||Dragon Racing Formula E Team|
|DNF||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team|
|DNF||Bruno Senna||Mahindra Racing Formula E Team|
|DNF||J.Alguersuari||Virgin Racing Formula E Team|