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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|12||Karun Chandhok||Mahindra Racing||18|
|13||Bruno Senna||Mahindra Racing||18|
|14||Oriol Servià||Dragon Racing||16|
|17||Charles Pic||China Racing||12|
|18||Loic Duval||Dragon Racing||6|
|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|
|28||Katherine Legge||Amlin Aguri||0|
Image credit: FIA Formula E