Punta del Este Formula E: Sebastien Buemi battles from fifth to win

Sebastien Buemi made it two wins from the 2015/16 Formula E season's first three races with an assured drive to victory in Punta del Este from fifth on the grid

Punta del Este Formula E: Sebastien Buemi battles from fifth to win

The Renault e.dams driver passed Lucas di Grassi at the start and rebuffed an attack from the Brazilian later in the race before easing to the win.

After beating di Grassi off the line, Buemi began hounding Loic Duval for third, the front row starting Dragon Racing driver having lost second to Sam Bird, but had to wait until the hairpin on the fourth lap to dive by and take the place.

Buemi then lit the timing screen up with purple sectors as he caught and attacked Bird, passing him at Turn 17 a lap later.

Poleman Jerome d'Ambrosio had eked out a 1.8-second advantage, but Buemi whittled that to nothing in just two laps.

At one-quarter distance Buemi dived by the Dragon driver at Turn 17, and by the time the leaders stopped nine laps later his lead was 4.3s.

Di Grassi, having passed Bird, was held up behind Duval throughout the first stint but a perfect pitstop from Abt meant he jumped both Dragon drivers and halved Buemi's lead in the process.

When a full-course yellow was required to deal with Bird's stricken DS Virgin DSV-01, which stopped on the first lap out of the pits, a misunderstanding meant Buemi slowed too much and allowed di Grassi to close further.

A 2.6s gap became nothing by the time racing resumed and di Grassi stuck with Buemi initially, but could not live with the Renault driver as the stint progressed.

It developed into a simple run to the flag for Buemi, who takes the championship lead as a result of the victory and fastest lap.

D'Ambrosio kept Duval at bay in the all-Dragon fight for third, but the team will surely rue another race in which a slightly slow pitstop cost its drivers positions.

Buemi's team-mate Nicolas Prost had an anonymous run to fifth, only just finishing ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa in the season-one specification Team Aguri entry.

Compared to the chaos of Putrajaya the second half of this race was a sedate affair lit up in the closing stages by a fierce battle between Nelson Piquet Jr and Jean-Eric Vergne over eighth.

Vergne eventually claimed the place when Piquet speared sideways at the Turn 15 chicane and clouted the barriers, shortly after the pair made contact at the hairpin.

RESULTS - 33 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Sebastien Buemi e.dams Renault 45m59.697s
2 Lucas di Grassi Abt ABT Schaeffler 3.534s
3 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Venturi 6.725s
4 Loic Duval Dragon Venturi 6.807s
5 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 21.057s
6 Antonio Felix da Costa Aguri Spark 22.410s
7 Jean-Eric Vergne Virgin Virgin 57.726s
8 Daniel Abt Abt ABT Schaeffler 1m00.744s
9 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi Venturi 1m03.559s
10 Robin Frijns Andretti Spark 1m03.840s
11 Simona de Silvestro Andretti Spark 1 Lap
12 Oliver Turvey China NEXTEV TCR 1 Lap
13 Oliver Rowland Mahindra Mahindra 1 Lap
14 Nathanael Berthon Aguri Spark 1 Lap
15 Nelson Piquet Jr. China NEXTEV TCR Spun off
- Bruno Senna Mahindra Mahindra Out of energy
- Sam Bird Virgin Virgin Battery
- Jacques Villeneuve Venturi Venturi Withdrawn

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Sebastien Buemi 62
2 Lucas di Grassi 61
3 Jerome d'Ambrosio 28
4 Sam Bird 24
5 Loic Duval 24
6 Nick Heidfeld 17
7 Robin Frijns 17
8 Stephane Sarrazin 16
9 Antonio Felix da Costa 16
10 Nicolas Prost 11
11 Bruno Senna 10
12 Daniel Abt 10
13 Oliver Turvey 8
14 Jean-Eric Vergne 6
15 Nathanael Berthon 4
16 Nelson Piquet Jr. 4


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