London Formula E: Sebastien Buemi closes on Nelson Piquet with win

Sebastien Buemi claimed victory in the opening Formula E race in Battersea Park to move within five points of the championship lead ahead of Sunday's series finale

London Formula E: Sebastien Buemi closes on Nelson Piquet with win

Pole position and a third win of the season for Buemi closed the gap to championship leader Nelson Piquet Jr from 23 points to five.

GARY WATKINS: Why London's Formula E race is so important

Together with seventh place for team-mate Nicolas Prost, Buemi's win sealed the teams' championship for the French e.dams squad.

"I'm happy with what we did today and now we need to look at all the data to make sure we achieve the same tomorrow," said the winner.

Branson: Formula E will surpass Formula 1 within five years

Buemi stretched a lead over Dragon Racing driver Jerome d'Ambrosio to more than three seconds before the mid-race changes of car and emerged from the pits with a similar advantage.

That disappeared with a three-lap safety-car period, but Buemi was able to control the gap over the final nine laps to take victory in his Spark-Renault SRT-01E by just over a second.

Formula E to attempt more Battersea track work overnight

Jean-Eric Vergne claimed third place for the Andretti team from fifth place on the grid.

The Frenchman overtook Piquet on lap three after the Team China Racing driver lost momentum trying to pass Lucas di Grassi's Abt entry.

Vergne then needed four more laps to pass di Grassi and resisted a challenge from the Brazilian over the final laps to take his second podium of the season.

Piquet ran with di Grassi after the safety car before dropping five seconds over the final laps.

The championship is now led by Piquet on 138 points from Buemi on 133, while di Grassi, who claimed an additional two points for fastest lap, is on 125 points.

RESULTS - 29 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 47m54.784s
2 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 0.939s
3 Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti 1.667s
4 Lucas di Grassi Abt 2.409s
5 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 7.370s
6 Sam Bird Virgin 7.762s
7 Nicolas Prost e.dams 8.553s
8 Loic Duval Dragon 9.507s
9 Oliver Turvey China 10.032s
10 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 12.077s
11 Simona de Silvestro Andretti 15.946s
12 Karun Chandhok Mahindra 35.595s
13 Nick Heidfeld Venturi 41.034s
14 Fabio Leimer Virgin 42.697s
15 Jarno Trulli Trulli 43.273s
16 Bruno Senna Mahindra 48.423s
17 Salvador Duran Aguri 1m01.987s
- Alex Fontana Trulli Retirement
- Daniel Abt Abt Retirement
- Sakon Yamamoto Aguri Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Nelson Piquet Jr. 138
2 Sebastien Buemi 133
3 Lucas di Grassi 125
4 Jerome d'Ambrosio 95
5 Nicolas Prost 88
6 Sam Bird 76
7 Jean-Eric Vergne 70
8 Antonio Felix da Costa 51
9 Daniel Abt 32
10 Nick Heidfeld 31
11 Jaime Alguersuari 30
12 Bruno Senna 28
13 Loic Duval 27
14 Stephane Sarrazin 19
15 Scott Speed 18
16 Franck Montagny 18
17 Karun Chandhok 18
18 Charles Pic 16
19 Oriol Servia 16
20 Jarno Trulli 15
21 Salvador Duran 9
22 Vitantonio Liuzzi 2
23 Oliver Turvey 2
24 Takuma Sato 2
25 Justin Wilson 1


shares
comments
Richard Branson: Formula E will surpass Formula 1 within five years
Previous article

Richard Branson: Formula E will surpass Formula 1 within five years

Next article

London Formula E: Battersea track repairs succeed for Sunday race

London Formula E: Battersea track repairs succeed for Sunday race
How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race Plus

How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race

With Mercedes gone and DS moving teams, Jaguar has a big opportunity at the start of Formula E's Gen3 era. The technical challenges in understanding the new car have been vast, with senior figures James Barclay and Phil Charles outlining to Autosport the pitfalls along the way

Formula E
Dec 1, 2022
The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2021-22 Plus

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2021-22

After a wild 2020-21 season, this year's Formula E campaign had a much stronger narrative to it, but ended with the same result as a driver from the Silver Arrows squad triumphed. Here's our guide to those who shone brightest during the campaign

Formula E
Oct 1, 2022
The trait Vandoorne rediscovered to claim Formula E's era-ending title Plus

The trait Vandoorne rediscovered to claim Formula E's era-ending title

After Nyck de Vries was crowned Formula E champion in 2021, his Mercedes team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne stepped forward this season as the Gen2 era and his team bowed out. As he did on the way to the GP2 crown in 2015, the Belgian achieved a peerless level of consistency and was only outside the points once, with his sole win in Monaco sufficient to head off a chasing pack headed by Mitch Evans

Formula E
Sep 19, 2022
Why Bird can bounce back after a tough 2021-22 Formula E season Plus

Why Bird can bounce back after a tough 2021-22 Formula E season

With his winning streak coming to an end this season, the 2021-22 Formula E season was tumultuous for Sam Bird, failing to gather momentum as Jaguar generally struggled. But the long-term favourite looks forward to bouncing back next season as the championship enters its new era

Formula E
Aug 30, 2022
What Formula E needs next after saying goodbye to Gen2 Plus

What Formula E needs next after saying goodbye to Gen2

The 2021-2022 Formula E season finale brought the curtain down on the Gen2 era of the all-electric world championship. It elevated FE to new heights, fulfilling its intended directive. While it is a good launching pad for the impending Gen3 cycle, there are certain aspects the series must tackle for the new era to have the same impact as its predecessor

Formula E
Aug 16, 2022
The traits behind Vandoorne's triumphant Formula E title charge Plus

The traits behind Vandoorne's triumphant Formula E title charge

The odds were heavily stacked in Stoffel Vandoorne’s favour to capture the Formula E crown at the Seoul finale, but chief rival Mitch Evans applied maximum pressure with victory in the first race. It meant Vandoorne had to show his resolve to reproduce the key qualities he held all season to complete his march to the title

Formula E
Aug 15, 2022
Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title? Plus

Can anyone beat Stoffel Vandoorne to the Formula E title?

Stoffel Vandoorne is on the brink of the Formula E title with a commanding lead ahead of the Seoul finale, but both rivals and unknowns still stand in his way. Here’s a run through of what Vandoorne must overcome to clinch the championship and how his competition will look to pull off the biggest of shocks

Formula E
Aug 10, 2022
How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon Plus

How Formula E's most underrated driver is taming his Dragon

It might not look like the most glittering of Formula E campaigns, but Dragon Penske’s youngster has caught the eye of those who count despite his future remaining unclear. Regardless of the distortion, Sergio Sette Camara has a clear vision of what he’s focused on and how to get there

Formula E
Aug 4, 2022