Sebastien Buemi takes opening Formula E race

thumbSebastien Buemi has prevailed in the opening round of the 2016/2017 on the streets of Hong Kong.

Buemi (e.dams), the defending champion, beat Lucas di Grassi (Abt) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra).

The 45-lap race saw Nicolas Prost (e.dams) claim fourth ahead of Andretti pair Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns.

The poleman, Nelson Piquet jr, had struck trouble short of halfway trying to avoid an accident. The NextEV man eventually finished 11th.

Jaguar’s eagerly anticipated debut in the series and return to motor racing since its Formula One effort last decade failed to bear fruit.

Adam Carroll finished 12th, the best of the I-Type 1 machines while Kiwi debutant and GP2 racer Mitch Evans retired after 24 laps.

RESULT

1

Sebastien Buemi

e.dams

45

2

Lucas di Grassi

Abt

45

3

Nick Heidfeld

Mahindra

45

4

Nicolas Prost

e.dams

45

5

Antonio Felix da Costa

Andretti

45

6

Robin Frijns

Andretti

45

7

Jerome d’Ambrosio

Dragon

45

8

Oliver Turvey

NextEV

45

9

Maro Engel

Venturi

45

10

Stephane Sarrazin

Venturi

45

11

Nelson Piquet Jr.

NextEV

45

12

Adam Carroll

Jaguar

45

13

Sam Bird

Virgin

45

14

Loic Duval

Dragon

43

15

Felix Rosenqvist

Mahindra

43

Daniel Abt

Abt

34

Jean-Eric Vergne

Techeetah

31

Mitch Evans

Jaguar

24

Jose Maria Lopez

Virgin

15

Ma Qing Hua

Techeetah

1

Points

Pos Driver Points
1 Sebastien Buemi 25
2 Lucas di Grassi 18
3 Nick Heidfeld 15
4 Nicolas Prost 12
5 Antonio Felix da Costa 10
6 Robin Frijns 8
7 Jerome d’Ambrosio 6
8 Oliver Turvey 4
9 Nelson Piquet Jr. 3
10 Maro Engel 2
11 Stephane Sarrazin 1
12 Felix Rosenqvist 1

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