First race of the Formula E season certainly did not disappoint. We saw aggressive driving and defending all over the track, cruising, Dragons tamed and the beginning of a new Battle of Britain.
From the get go Buemi and Prost showed that Renault have the stand out power train starting 1 and 2 on the grid. The first corner proved all important with Heidfeld showing his experience over taking Prost to gain that second spot but was unable to catch Buemi, who started to pull away after the 2nd corner. The drama of the first corner didn’t stop with battles happening all over the track. An unfortunate error from Simona de Silvestro saw her retiring early and our first FCY.
At the halfway point we saw majority of the teams change cars Heidfeld didn’t have the smoothest change and saw his 2nd spot taken by a determined Di Grassi. At this point Buemi was cruising and seemed to be enjoying the Renault’s technology.
As the race progressed we saw more retirements when Flexi da Costa’s car colliding with a frustrated Jacques Villeneuve and then Prost pushing hard clipped his wing forcing him to reluctantly retired.
Buemi had pretty much wrapped it up early on and di Grassi had secured 2nd place. The Dragon team had been driving well and were pushing hard when they found themselves breathing down Heidfelds neck. As the Dragon’s started breathing fire the pressure was on Heidfled to use his experience and tame the two drivers. As he crossed the line ahead of the two a sign of relieve came across the Mahindra’s team!
A disappointing race from Piquet Jr. last years champion saw him limp in last place after a costly error early one. With the two Brits having solid races, Turvey took advantage coming in ahead of Bird (can see a new “Battle of Britain” happening here)
Full report to come with driver and teams comments.
Formula E returns in two weeks’ time with the Putrajaya ePrix in Malaysia
Full Race Results
|1||Sebastien Buemi||Renault e.Dams|
|2||Lucas di Grassi||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||+11.006|
|6||Oliver Turvey||NEXTEV TCR||+39.466|
|7||Sam Bird||DS Virgin||+47.531|
|8||Nathanael Berthon||Team Aguri||+58.620|
|9||Daniel Abt||ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport||+1:03.351|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||DS Virgin||+1:31.040|
|14||Jacques Villeneuve||Venturi||+1 Lap|
|15||Nelson Piquet Jr.||NEXTEV TCR||+2 Laps|
|16||Nicolas Prost||Renault e.Dams||Not Classified|
|17||Antonio Felix da Costa||Team Aguri||Not Classified|
|18||Simona de Silvestro||Andretti||Not Classified|