Moscow Formula E: Nelson Piquet Jr wins to extend points lead

Nelson Piquet Jr claimed a comfortable Moscow ePrix victory to extend his Formula E championship advantage with one event remaining

Moscow Formula E: Nelson Piquet Jr wins to extend points lead

From second on the grid, Piquet took the lead when polesitter Jean-Eric Vergne made a slow start.

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He broke away and led the race by as much as five seconds with 15 laps remaining, before managing his energy to eventually win by two seconds.

It means he'll take a 12-point buffer to London's double-header finale later this month.

Lucas di Grassi took second place, despite an overheating battery, having jumped Vergne during the pitstops.

Vergne started the final lap in third place, but finished it fifth.

Sebastien Buemi made a move around the outside of the chicane and after crossing the run-off area appeared to slow to let Vergne back past.

However Vergne didn't reclaim the position, leaving Buemi to cross the line third, while Nick Heidfeld capitalised to pass Vergne and finish fourth.

Buemi should have featured further up the order, though, but for his e.dams team making a major mistake in working to a minimum pitstop time of 68 seconds, rather than the required 58.

It hurt Buemi and team-mate Nicolas Prost, who finished ninth, significantly.

Daniel Abt took sixth, ahead of Salvador Duran and Antonio Felix da Costa, who spent the bulk of the race bottled up behind Jarno Trulli.

On two separate occasions, da Costa made moves down the inside of the chicane, only for Trulli to cut it and reclaim the place.

Eventually, da Costa found his way past at Turn 3, while Trulli later lost his rear wing through contact from Loic Duval, who was stuck behind Trulli and Justin Wilson.

Trulli had earlier skipped the chicane again while holding off Wilson, who finished 10th to take the final point on his Formula E debut.

RESULTS - 35 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Nelson Piquet Jr. China 43m18.867s
2 Lucas di Grassi Abt 2.012s
3 Nick Heidfeld Venturi 11.548s
4 Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti 12.416s
5 Daniel Abt Abt 25.626s
6 Salvador Duran Aguri 28.960s
7 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri 30.529s
8 Nicolas Prost e.dams 31.556s
9 Sebastien Buemi e.dams 40.050s
10 Justin Wilson Andretti 46.320s
11 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon 51.474s
12 Karun Chandhok Mahindra 52.493s
13 Jaime Alguersuari Virgin 55.810s
14 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 56.715s
15 Loic Duval Dragon 1m18.763s
16 Bruno Senna Mahindra 1 Lap
17 Vitantonio Liuzzi Trulli 1 Lap
18 Jarno Trulli Trulli 3 Laps
19 Antonio Garcia China 3 Laps
- Sam Bird Virgin Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Nelson Piquet Jr. 128
2 Lucas di Grassi 111
3 Sebastien Buemi 105
4 Nicolas Prost 82
5 Jerome d'Ambrosio 77
6 Sam Bird 68
7 Jean-Eric Vergne 55
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 23
14 Scott Speed 18
15 Franck Montagny 18
16 Karun Chandhok 18
17 Stephane Sarrazin 18
18 Charles Pic 16
19 Oriol Servia 16
20 Jarno Trulli 15
21 Salvador Duran 9
22 Vitantonio Liuzzi 2
23 Takuma Sato 2
24 Justin Wilson 1


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