Formula E: Buemi wins in Uruguay

    Buemi, who started fourth, leapt ahead of DAMS team-mate Nico Prost at the start. Senna took sixth for Mahindra while Karun Chandhok finished only 13th.

    Published On Dec 14, 2014 08:06:00 AM

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    Formula E: Buemi wins in Uruguay

    Sebastian Buemi won his first Formula E race in the all-electric single-seater series' third round in Punta del Este in Uruguay, while Formula 1 convert Jean-Eric Vergne hit last-gasp trouble.

    Buemi, who started fourth, leapt ahead of DAMS team-mate Nico Prost at the start to run third as Nelson Piquet Jr grabbed the lead from poleman Vergne, whose Andretti car suffered wheelspin as he attempted to cover the Brazilian's China Racing entry into Turn 1.

    Piquet led for the opening dozen laps, but Vergne was all over him.

    The Frenchman eventually found a way past with a decisive dive at the hairpin, but his power use had been high, which forced him to pit from the lead a lap earlier than his rivals.

    As he did so, Stephane Sarrazin crashed out after slamming his Venturi car over the sausage kerbs at the quick chicane, which broke its suspension.

    The safety car was required again, as it had been to recover Sam Bird's and Antonio Felix da Costa's cars earlier, and this, combined with the car swap cycle, jumbled up the order.

    Nick Heidfeld took the lead, but was immediately given a drive-through for not taking the allotted time for his car swap.

    Once he pitted, Buemi led from Vergne, who was again using much more power than those around him.

    Piquet was running third, ahead of Prost, but the latter was also given a drive-through penalty, as his car had been detected over its power limit.

    A late-race safety car for Matthew Brabham's crash, after he'd impressively charged from 19th to sixth, set up a classic finish.

    Vergne pushed Buemi hard from the restart, and Buemi locked up and straightlined the second chicane. But just when it seemed Vergne would pounce again, his car slowed with broken front suspension.

    As Buemi cruised to victory, Vergne's exit gifted Piquet second place, with Lucas di Grassi finishing third ahead of Jarno Trulli, Jaime Alguersuari and Bruno Senna, who had been sent to the back of the grid due to an issue with when his tyres were fitted ahead of qualifying.

    Senna also broke his first car's suspension when he clipped the wall avoiding Sarrazin's crash, but he was able to immediately pit and switch to his other Spark-Renault.

    Prost finished seventh, followed by the penalised Jerome d'Ambrosio, Oriol Servia and Heidfeld.

    RESULTS - 31 LAPS:

    PosDriverTeamGap
    1Sebastien Buemie.dams49m08.990s
    2Nelsinho PiquetChina0.732s
    3Lucas di GrassiAbt2.635s
    4Jarno TrulliTrulli4.163s
    5Jaime AlguersuariVirgin4.698s
    6Bruno SennaMahindra5.197s
    7Nicolas Proste.dams6.514s
    8Jerome D'AmbrosioDragon7.567s
    9Oriol ServiaDragon8.646s
    10Nick HeidfeldVenturi10.563s
    11Antonio GarciaChina10.594s
    12Michela CerrutiTrulli19.617s
    13Karun ChandhokMahindra54.175s
    14Jean-Eric VergneAndrettiNot running
    15Daniel AbtAbt3 Laps
    16Salvador DuranAguri4 Laps
    -Matthew BrabhamAndrettiRetirement
    -Stephane SarrazinVenturiRetirement
    -Antonio Felix da CostaAguriRetirement
    -Sam BirdVirginRetirement

    CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER THREE ROUNDS:

    PosDriverPoints
    1Lucas di Grassi58
    2Sebastien Buemi40
    2Sam Bird40
    4Nelsinho Piquet22
    5Jerome D'Ambrosio22
    6Nicolas Prost21
    7Franck Montagny18
    8Karun Chandhok18
    9Oriol Servia17
    10Jaime Alguersuari14
    11Jarno Trulli12
    12Charles Pic12
    13Bruno Senna8
    14Antonio Felix da Costa4
    15Daniel Abt4
    16Jean-Eric Vergne3
    17Stephane Sarrazin2
    18Takuma Sato2
    19Nick Heidfeld1

     

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