LONG BEACH EPRIX 2016

Welcome back Formula E fans, this race was exciting as our pole sitter Antionio Felix Da Costa got disqualified for his left rear tyre which was 0.05 below the limit.

So onto the race, we go!

  1. Lucas di Grassi BRZ ABT Schaeffler Audi FE01 41 laps
    2. Stephane Sarrazin FRA Venturi VM200-FE-01 +0.787s
  2. Daniel Abt GER ABT Schaeffler Audi FE01 +1.685s
  3. Nick Heidfeld GER Mahindra M2ELECTRO +2.343s
  4. Bruno Senna BRZ Mahindra M2ELECTRO +4.968s
  5. Sam Bird GBR DS Virgin DSV-01 +5.229s
  6. Jerome d’Ambrosio BEL Dragon Venturi VM-200-F1-01 +6.735s
  7. Loic Duval FRA Dragon Venturi VM-200-F1-01 +8.057s
  8. Simona de Silvestro SUI Andretti SRT01-e +10.505s
  9. Mike Conway GBR Venturi VM200-F1-01 +10.900s
  10. Nicolas Prost FRA Renault e.Dams ZE.15 +11.205s
  11. Oliver Turvey GBR NEXTEV TCR FE 001 +17.417s
  12. Jean-Eric Vergne FRA DS Virgin DSV-01 +1 lap
  13. Salvador Duran MEX Gulf Team Aguri SRT01-e +1 lap
  14. Robin Frijns NED Andretti SRT01-e +1 lap
    Not classified
    16. Sebastien Buemi SUI Renault e.Dams ZE.15 38 laps completed
  15. Antonio Felix da Costa POR Gulf Team Aguri SRT01-e 33 laps completed
  16. Nelson Piquet Jr BRZ NEXTEV TCR FE 001 32 laps completed

Well for a start the race was won by the current leader of the Formula E drivers’ championship, Lucas Di Grassi which was follows by Frenchman Stephan Sarrazin and of course his team mate from Team ABT, Daniel Abt in third.

Lucas di Grassi has wrestled the Formula E championship lead from Sebastien Buemi thanks to his second victory of the season at the Long Beach ePrix while his main title rivals Sebastian Buemi and Sam Bird made key mistakes.
Lucas Di Grassi steered clear of trouble and his victory rarely looked in doubt after passing Sam Bird for the lead in the opening stages. Sam Bird threw away a certain podium after locking up and running into the barriers just after the car changeover stops but was able to battle back to take sixth.
Sebastian Buemi, who had enjoyed positive early progress moving up to fifth place, made his critical error at the hairpin when he ran into the rear of Robin Frijns’s Amlin Andretti. Sadly though both cars suffered heavy damage and required early changeovers, sending the pair a lap down and struggling to make the finish because of power limits.
Abt’s Lucas Di Grassi had no problems by making his pass for the lead stick on pole-sitter Same Bird and in the Brit’s heightened urgency to hunt down the leader he made a mistake at turn five by locking up his front tyres and sliding into the tyre barriers.

There was Drama after defending Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr crashed at turn one with six laps remaining. After Nelsons Piquet’s car was cleared it gave the drivers three laps to sprint to the chequered flag.

But what a race! See you next time.

 

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