Sebastien Buemi has become Formula E’s first-ever double winner, adding a victory in the Monaco ePrix to his previous triumph in Punta del Este.
It was a historic achievement for the e.dams-Renault driver, as the Monaco ePrix was also Europe’s very first fully-electric single-seater race.
An eventful qualifying session saw Buemi claim pole position ahead of championship leader Lucas di Grassi, with Jerome D’Ambrosio and Long Beach ePrix winner Nelson Piquet Jr filling the second row of the grid.
Once the race got underway, not even half a lap was completed before an eruption of vehicular carnage engulfed the Mediterranean street circuit.
While the race leaders escaped unscathed, Daniel Abt ran wide at Sainte Devote and triggered an epic pile-up involving Jean-Eric Vergne, Bruno Senna, Salvador Duran, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Loic Duval.
Following a four-lap safety car period, Buemi resumed the race in the lead, with di Grassi, D’Ambrosio, Piquet, Sarrazin, Prost and Bird in hot pursuit.
Not even half a lap was completed before vehicular carnage engulfed the Mediterranean street circuit
Di Grassi proceeded to hound Buemi, but was unable to pass him, despite attempting a different pit strategy. Meanwhile, D’Ambrosio’s podium hopes were dashed after Piquet used his FanBoost to execute a daring overtake at Turn 3 to claim third place.
As Buemi pulled away after the pit stops, the second-placed di Grassi fell back into Piquet’s clutches. However, the Long Beach ePrix winner was unable to overtake the Audi Sport ABT car, eventually leaving himself open to an attack from Sam Bird in the closing stages of the race.
As a result, di Grassi extended his championship lead from a single point to three.
After the leading quartet crossed the finishing line, D’Ambrosio, Prost, Sarrazin, Pic, Felix da Costa and Heidfeld claimed the remaining available championship points.
Meanwhile, Jean-Eric Vergne, who failed to finish the race, was also awarded two points for setting the race’s fastest lap.
“I had a good fight with di Grassi when we changed the car, but we were really, really on the limit”, Buemi explained after claiming his second Formula E victory.
“To win in Monaco is a great feeling.”
FULL RACE RESULTS
|02||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT||+2.154s|
|03||Nelson Piquet||NEXTEV TCR||+4.634s|
|04||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing||+4.801s|
|05||Jerome d’Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||+5.881s|
|08||Scott Speed *||Andretti||+41.138s|
|09||Charles Pic||NEXTEV TCR||+49.538s|
|10||Antonio Felix da Costa||Amlin Aguri||+52.658s|
|13||Karun Chandhok||Mahindra Racing||+1 lap|
|16||Salvador Duran||Amlin Aguri||DNF|
|17||Loic Duval||Dragon Racing||DNF|
|18||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT||DNF|
|19||Jaime Alguersuari||Virgin Racing||DNF|
|20||Bruno Senna||Mahindra Racing||DNF|
*Scott Speed received a post-race 33-second time penalty for exceeding maximum power usage
|01||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT||93|
|02||Nelson Piquet||NEXTEV TCR||89|
|03||Sébastien Buemi||e.dams Renault||83|
|04||Nicolas Prost||e.dams Renault||77|
|05||Sam Bird||Virgin Racing||64|
|06||Jerome D’Ambrosio||Dragon Racing||52|
|07||Antonio Felix da Costa||Amlin Aguri||45|
|09||Jaime Alguersuari||Virgin Racing||30|
|10||Bruno Senna||Mahindra Racing||28|
|11||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT||22|
|14||Karun Chandhok||Mahindra Racing||18|
|15||Oriol Servià||Dragon Racing||16|
|16||Charles Pic||NEXTEV TCR||16|
|19||Loic Duval||Dragon Racing||8|
|21||Takuma Sato||Amlin Aguri||2|
|22||Salvador Duran||Amlin Aguri||1|
|23||Ho-Pin Tung||NEXTEV TCR||0|
|24||Antonio Garcia||NEXTEV TCR||0|
|29||Katherine Legge||Amlin Aguri||0|
Image credit: FIA Formula E