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e.dams-Renault Wins Formula E Team Title

This was Buemi’s third win of the season, following on from those in Punta del Este and Monaco and it means the fight for the drivers’ title is wide open again, given that series leader Nelson Piquet Jr, finished fifth, also beaten by fellow countryman Lucas di Grassi, who was fourth.

The first and probably decisive building block in Buemi’s victory came shortly after 1pm, when he set the fastest time in qualifying. Starting from what Formula E’s Global Partner christened the number one slot on the grid, the Julius Baer Pole Position, was the key, especially as the start was taken behind the Qualcomm Safety Car. This decision was taken after Turn 1 had to be modified on safety grounds, so all the cars set off behind the pace car. Just as he did in Monaco on May 9, Buemi soon set the pace and built up a lead of a handful of seconds, which meant he was able to run the race as he pleased. He richly deserved the haul of 28 points, which means not only does he jump up into second place in the drivers’ classification, but above all, he has closed the gap to the leader to just five points.

The only goal which escaped the Swiss driver was the Visa Fastest Lap Trophy, which went to Lucas di Grassi. Having started third on the grid, the Audi Sport ABT driver had to concentrate more on defending his position from his direct rival in the title fight, than on attacking those in front of him. There were some truly exciting moments in the duel between the two Brazilians, with Piquet trying to make the most of the FanBoost and di Grassi grittily defending, although it was not enough to prevent Jean-Eric Vergne getting past. The Scuderia Ferrari test driver, in his Andretti car, started from fifth, but was one of the fastest in the race, managing to pass both Brazilians.

Jerome D’Ambrosio came home second, racking up his second front running finish in the championship. Dragon Racing’s Belgian driver started from the front row and produced a really impeccable drive, taking a result that’s very important for the team which is still fighting for the runner-up slot in the teams’ classification.

Of the other points finishers, Sam Bird came home sixth, getting the better of fellow countryman, Oliver Turvey, the best of the five rookies, who took a strong ninth place. The remaining points finishers were all French: Prost seventh, Duval eighth and Sarrazin tenth. Just outside the points was Switzerland’s Simona de Silvestro, whose eleventh place was the best result for a woman driver this season.

The tenth race is now over, but there’s barely time to pause for breath: for the first time, a round is made up of two races on consecutive days, much to the delight of the large crowd of Londoners and tourists, who packed Battersea Park today, filling the grandstands as part of an overall crowd of more than 25,000. Tomorrow therefore we have the final race of the championship, which will decide the drivers’ title. Yesterday, six of them were in with a chance of being crowned the very first Formula E champion, but now it’s down to just three: Piquet, Buemi and di Grassi. The NEXTEV TCR driver starts with a five point advantage over his e.dams-Renault rival, while Audi Sport ABT’s Brazilian faces a 13 point deficit: with 30 points to play for, anything can still happen!

FIA Formula E Championship – Visa London ePrix (Rd 10) – Results:

  1. Sebastien Buemi, e.dams-Renault, 47:54.784s (29 laps)
  2. Jerome D’Ambrosio, Dragon Racing, +0.939s
  3. Jean-Eric Vergne, Andretti Formula E, +1.667s
  4. Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT, +2.409s
  5. Nelson Piquet Jr, NEXTEV TCR, +7.370s
  6. Sam Bird, Virgin Racing, +7.762s
  7. Nicolas Prost, e.dams-Renault, +8.553s
  8. Loic Duval, Dragon Racing, +9.507s
  9. Oliver Turvey, NEXTEV TCR, +10.032s
  10. Stephane Sarrazin, Venturi, +12.077s
  11. Simona de Silvestro, Andretti Formula E, +15.946s
  12. Karun Chandhok, Mahindra Racing, +35.595s
  13. Nick Heidfeld, Venturi, +41.034s
  14. Fabio Leimer, Virgin Racing, +42.697s
  15. Jarno Trulli, Trulli, +43.273s
  16. Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, +48.423s
  17. Salvador Duran, Amlin Aguri, +1:01.987s
  18. Alex Fontana, Trulli, DNF
  19. Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT, DNF
  20. Sakon Yamamoto, Amlin Aguri, DNF

Driver Standings (After Rd 10):

  1. Nelson Piquet Jr                    138pts
  2. Sebastien Buemi                   133pts
  3. Lucas di Grassi                     125pts
  4. Jerome D’Ambrosio               95pts
  5. Nicolas Prost                        88pts
  6. Sam Bird                              76pts
  7. Jean-Eric Vergne                   70pts
  8. Antonio Felix da Costa          51pts
  9. Daniel Abt                            32pts
  10. Nick Heidfeld                       31pts

Team Standings (After Rd 10):

  1. e.dams-Renault                     221pts
  2. Audi Sport ABT                     157pts
  3. NEXTEV TCR                        144pts
  4. Dragon Racing                      133pts
  5. Andretti Formula E                 119pts
  6. Virgin Racing                         106pts
  7. Amlin Aguri                           62pts
  8. Venturi                                  50pts
  9. Mahindra Racing                    46pts
  10. Trulli                                    17pts

Source; FIA Formula E