Buemi wins the Paris ePrix

Reigning Formula E Champion Sébastien Buemi extended his title advantage as he delivered a home victory for Renault e.dams around the streets of Paris.

Buemi controlled proceedings from pole position in the French capital to take his fifth win from six races this season, extending his title advantage to 43 points.

Buemi’s burgeoning title lead was assisted by a disastrous day for primary rival Lucas di Grassi; starting from 13th place, he collided with António Félix da Costa, the resultant crash causing a Full Course Yellow.

Di Grassi subsequently did not stay above the minimum time during his pit stop, leading to a drive through penalty, and hit the wall late on, while in pursuit of the fastest lap.

There was a collision between Félix da Costa and di Grassi, shortly before the mid-point of the race, enabled the field to make their mandatory car swaps while minimising time loss.

Buemi duly held the lead through this process, followed by local favourite Jean-Éric Vergne, with the pair having built a buffer over the rest of the field, after maintaining their respective grid positions off the line.

However, Vergne’s quest for victory ended in the wall when a suspected mechanical failure pitched him out at Turn 13, his stricken Techeetah prompting the deployment of the Safety Car.

José María Lopez was elevated into second position, but was unable to reel in Buemi, whose victory was assured when the final two laps were run under Safety Car, following di Grassi’s exit.

Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld managed tk  collect  his second straight podium, in front of team-mate Felix Rosenqvist, while Robin Frijns was set for fifth place, until he was handed a time penalty for speeding under the Safety Car.

Frijns’ prospects of points looked to have diminished, with the field bunched behind the Safety Car on the final lap, but seventh-placed Daniel Abt slowed and stopped in the last few corners, bizarrely splitting the pack.

This meant Frijns dropped behind only Nicolas Prost when the leaders cruised across the line, with a half-minute gap back to Esteban Gutiérrez, the Mexican having been hesitant to pass the ailing Abt.

However, Gutiérrez had also been sanctioned for a similar transgression to Frijns, meaning he plummeted out of the points, promoting Nelson Piquet Jr. into seventh.

Tom Dillmann collected eighth place on his debut, in front of Mitch Evans and Stéphane Sarrazin. Great start for his debut

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