Prost snatches dramatic Miami ePrix victory

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Nicolas Prost has stormed to an overdue victory at the Miami ePrix, the fifth round of the FIA Formula E Championship, finishing ahead of impressive Formula E debutant Scott Speed.

In Formula E’s typical unpredictable style, Jean-Eric Vergne, Sam Bird and Daniel Abt all looked like favourites to win the race as the action unfolded, with Prost also moving into contention after the pitstops.

Elsewhere in the field, Scott Speed was making waves with a strong drive and impeccable pitlane strategy from starting 10th on the grid, most notably with a daring lunge past his teammate into Turn 5 to claim fourth place.

In the closing stages of the race, Audi Sport Abt looked set to claim their second victory of the season, with Daniel Abt firmly controlling the race lead ahead of Prost’s e.dams-Renault and Speed’s Andretti.

However, having pitted early and low running low on energy, Abt was forced to slow considerably to conserve his power and make it to the finish, leaving himself vulnerable to a decisive race-winning overtake by Prost into Turn 8.

Scott Speed shortly followed him through, also passing the slowing Abt into Turn 1 to claim an impressive second place with an inspired drive.

Although the American challenged Prost’s lead on numerous occasions during the closing laps, the e.dams-Renault maintained the lead until the end of the race.

“It didn’t hit me that I’d won until I got back to the pits because they forgot to give me the chequered flag!” Prost beamed.

“I was still pushing like crazy – it was a really good race.”

Speed reflected: “Prost played his strategy very good, so both of us for the last two laps were at 100 per cent power and I think no one else had that same power so it was a really great race.”

“I think for both of us having to go into the corners at full speed on the last couple of laps when you don’t do that all race was quite tricky and we both had lots of close calls so that made the racing really nice.”

D’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) and Piquet (China Racing) made up the race’s top five finishers.

Meanwhile, polesitter Jean-Eric Vergne passed the chequered flag in 18th place – the last of the classified runners.

FULL RACE RESULTS

Driver Team Gap
01 Nicolas Prost e.dams-Renault
02 Scott Speed Andretti +0.433s
03 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT +5.518s
04 Jerome d’Ambrosio Dragon Racing +5.941s
05 Nelson Piquet China Racing +6.426s
06 Antonio Felix da Costa Amlin Aguri +8.754s
07 Loic Duval Dragon Racing +9.498s
08 Sam Bird Virgin Racing +19.817s
09 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT +20.631s
10 Salvador Duran Amlin Aguri +24.587s
11 Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing +43.883s
12 Nick Heidfeld Venturi +47.878s
13 Sébastien Buemi e.dams-Renault +1:04.587s
14 Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing +1:23.539s
15 Jarno Trulli Trulli +1 lap
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi Trulli +1 lap
17 Charles Pic China Racing +1 lap
18 Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti +2 laps
19 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi +8 laps
20 Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing +14 laps

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Driver Team Points
01 Nicolas Prost e.dams Renault 67
02 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 60
03 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 52
04 Nelson Piquet China Racing 49
05 Sébastien Buemi e.dams Renault 43
06 Antonio Felix da Costa Amlin Aguri 37
07 Jerome D’Ambrosio Dragon Racing 34
08 Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing 26
09 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 19
10 Franck Montagny Andretti 18
11 Scott Speed Andretti 18
12 Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 18
13 Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 18
14 Oriol Servià Dragon Racing 16
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Andretti 14
16 Jarno Trulli Trulli 12
17 Charles Pic China Racing 12
18 Loic Duval Dragon Racing 6
19 Nick Heidfeld Venturi 5
20 Stéphane Sarrazin Venturi 3
21 Takuma Sato Amlin Aguri 2
22 Salvador Duran Amlin Aguri 1
23 Ho-Pin Tung China Racing 0
24 Antonio Garcia China Racing 0
25 Michela Cerruti Trulli 0
26 Marco Andretti Andretti 0
27 Matthew Brabham Andretti 0
28 Katherine Legge Amlin Aguri 0
29 Vitantonio Liuzzi Trulli 0

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