Sam Bird won the second London ePrix in an action packed race that saw Nelson Piquet win the Formula E drivers’ title by just a single point from Sebastian Buemi. Jerome D’Ambrosio and Loic Duval joined Sam Bird on the podium – it was a result that was result that was enough to give Dragon Racing 2nd place in the Team Standings.
After rain disrupted qualifying and put championship leader Nelson Piquet towards the back of the grid, it looked as though Buemi had done enough to take the championship. There was then drama on lap 16 as Buemi, who emerged from the pits on cold tyres, spun and lost a place to Senna, which swung the points advantage to Piquet who was making his way back through the field.
The moment Piquet overtook Salvador Duran for 8th place, putting him in championship winning position.
Despite his best efforts, Buemi was unable to force his way past Senna in the closing laps. The two drivers made contact numerous times but in the end Buemi was left to rue a rare driver error that handed the title to Piquet, who impressively finished 8th after starting 16th.
The moment we all thought Buemi had made it.
The closing laps also featured a tense battle for the lead between Sarrazin and Sam Bird, however a post-race penalty for Sarrazin handed the win to Bird, who was clearly delighted at taking his second win of the season.
‘It’s been a mixed season for us at Virgin but what a way to finish. It was a great race; we started fourth, we made the moves stick and the strategy was good. A win at the final race gives the boys back at base some confidence to go into next year. We’ve done some testing and it’s looking promising.’
Nelson Piquet Jnr. wins the first ever Formula E World Championship.
It’s an emotional weekend for Piquet, who saw his lead to Buemi cut to just 5 points after Saturday’s race before rain ruined his qualifying session. Speaking after the race, he said:
‘One of the things at our pre-race meeting was: ‘’Nelson, don’t ask any questions. Just drive and we’ll do the rest’’. The team didn’t tell me that I had won the championship, I only knew when the commentator came to me on the radio.’
Written by: Anil Parmar