Beijing Formula E: Prost/Heidfeld crash gives di Grassi victory

Beijing Formula E: Prost/Heidfeld crash gives di Grassi victory

13th Sep 2014 3:59 pm

Prost made a clear move to his left as Heidfeld tried to edge alongside and the two cars collided.

Lucas di Grassi inherited victory in the inaugural race of the new Formula E Championship in Beijing when leader Nicolas Prost and second-place Nick Heidfeld collided at the final corner.

Venturi driver Heidfeld, who had jumped from fourth to second when the drivers changed cars mid-race, made a move on the leading e.dams Spark-Renault SRT_01E into the final tight left hander after getting a run out of the penultimate corner.

Prost made a clear move to his left as Heidfeld tried to edge alongside and the two cars collided.

The German driver careered out of control into the barriers and flipped, but was able to extricate himself from the wreck unaided.

Steering damage prevented Prost from making the final corner, which allowed di Grassi to sweep through to make history as the first winner of the all-electric championship in his Audi Sport-supported Abt entry.

"We were a bit lucky, but I was happy to be in the right place today," said di Grassi.

"I didn't see the accident, but the main thing is that Nick is OK, which proves that this car is absolutely safe."

Franck Montagny collected second place in his Andretti Autosport Spark-Renault after making progress from eighth on the grid.

The Frenchman gained a place on the opening lap at the expense of team-mate Charles Pic, was up to fifth by the time the pitstop sequence started in the middle of the race and then resumed in fourth after the stops.

Sam Bird, who had started 12th in his Virgin entry, took the final podium spot, after Abt driver Daniel Abt was penalised for using more electric energy than allowed.

Abt was demoted to 10th behind Pic, Mahindra driver Karun Chandhok, who lost out to both Bird and the Frenchman after his battery overheated in the closing laps, Jerome d'Ambrosio, Oriol Servia and Nelson Piquet Jr.

RESULTS - 25 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Lucas di Grassi Abt 52m23.413s
2 Franck Montagny Andretti 2.867s
3 Sam Bird Virgin 6.559s
4 Charles Pic Andretti 19.301s
5 Karun Chandhok Mahindra 23.952s
6 Jerôme D'Ambrosio Dragon 31.664s
7 Oriol Servia Dragon 41.968s
8 Nelsinho Piquet China 43.896s
9 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 43.975s
10 Daniel Abt Abt 1m02.507s
11 Jaime Alguersuari Virgin 2m00.613s
12 Nicolas Prost e.dams Collision
13 Nick Heidfeld Venturi Collision
14 Michela Cerruti Trulli 1 Lap
15 Katherine Legge Aguri 1 Lap
16 Ho-Pin Tung China 2 Laps
- Takuma Sato Aguri Retirement
- Sebastien Buemi e.dams Retirement
- Jarno Trulli Trulli Retirement
- Bruno Senna Mahindra Retirement

Includes 57s penalties for Abt, Alguersuari and Legge

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