Formula E: Da Costa wins in Buenos Aires, Senna fights to 5th

    The Amlin Aguri racer took the win on an afternoon where the hot ambient conditions were matched by the contest over the second half.

    Published On Jan 11, 2015 05:28:00 AM

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    Formula E: Da Costa wins in Buenos Aires, Senna fights to 5th

    Antonio Felix da Costa emerged from the debris cloud to secure his first Formula E win on the Buenos Aires street circuit on Saturday.

    The Amlin Aguri racer took the win on an afternoon where the hot ambient conditions were matched by the temperature of the contest over the second half of the race.

    For the first 15 laps it had been a relatively processional affair, with Sebastien Buemi leading Lucas di Grassi and Nick Heidfeld.

    But with Karun Chandhok's trip into the Turn 10 wall right before the car swap - a crash that was sparked by a rear suspension failure - the entire flavour of the race changed and leading became a bad luck omen.

    Barely had the Chandhok debris been swept up and the safety car been recalled when Buemi slammed into the wall at exactly the same place, ending what was shaping up to be a dominant weekend for the e.dams driver and handing the initiative to di Grassi.

    His time in the hot seat lasted exactly two laps before he became the next victim of the same piece of barrier, following a suspension breakage, and moved Heidfeld into first place.

    Heidfeld's first task as leader was to remain clear of Sam Bird, who was doing all he could to rattle the German's cage before veering into the pitlane to serve a drive-through for ignoring a red light at the pit exit.

    Bird rejoined back in 12th, and left Heidfeld to concentrate on trying to open a gap over da Costa and Jean-Eric Vergne - a task that kept him busy for six laps before he, too, was issued a drive-through, this time for pitlane speeding.

    That handed da Costa the lead with just one lap to go, and a chaotic multi-car battle for the minor podium places meant that P1 was the safest place to be: Jaime Alguersuari, Vergne and Daniel Abt were all hip-checked out of potential top three places over the final couple of laps, opening the door for Nicolas Prost - who had been nowhere just a few laps earlier - to claim second.

    Completing the top three was Nelson Piquet, whose afternoon was mostly spent recovering from a miscommunication with his team that left him pitting a lap later than he would have liked to when the safety car came out.

    Alguersuari and Bruno Senna completed the top five ahead of Vergne and Bird, whose recovery to seventh was capped off with the fastest lap of the race.

    RESULTS - 35 LAPS:

    PosDriverTeamGap
    1Antonio Felix da CostaAguri48m52.100s
    2Nicolas Proste.dams5.354s
    3Nelsinho PiquetChina8.552s
    4Jaime AlguersuariVirgin11.148s
    5Bruno SennaMahindra11.535s
    6Jean-Eric VergneAndretti13.319s
    7Sam BirdVirgin13.617s
    8Salvador DuranAguri14.724s
    9Nick HeidfeldVenturi15.464s
    10Oriol ServiaDragon19.334s
    11Stephane SarrazinVenturi28.973s
    12Ho-Pin TungChina37.858s
    13Marco AndrettiAndretti1 Lap
    14Daniel AbtAbt2 Laps
    15Jerome D'AmbrosioDragon2 Laps
    -Jarno TrulliTrulliRetirement
    -Lucas di GrassiAbtRetirement
    -Sebastien Buemie.damsRetirement
    -Michela CerrutiTrulliRetirement
    -Karun ChandhokMahindraRetirement

    CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER FOUR ROUNDS:

    PosDriverPoints
    1Lucas di Grassi58
    2Sam Bird48
    3Sebastien Buemi43
    4Nicolas Prost42
    5Nelsinho Piquet37
    6Antonio Felix da Costa29
    7Jaime Alguersuari26
    8Jerome D'Ambrosio22
    9Franck Montagny18
    10Karun Chandhok18

     

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