Formula E title race takes a twist with London finale in sight

A win in Monaco and a second place in Berlin have moved Switzerland’s Sebastien Buemi right into contention for the inaugural FIA Formula E title although, amid some controversy, it is Nelson Piquet Jnr who now leads the standings heading to the penultimate event on the calendar in Moscow this coming Saturday (6 June).
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Buemi won in Monaco – using a shortened version of the Grand Prix circuit – after just coming out of ahead of Lucas di Grassi following the mandatory pit stops during which drivers must switch to a second Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E machine to complete the distance.

e-dams Renault driver Buemi then pulled clear to become the first driver to win twice in Formula E and also the first driver to win one of its races from pole position on the grid.

di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) just clung on to second place from fellow Brazilian Piquet Jnr (NEXTEV TCR).

Significantly in the race were the names Senna and Prost – Bruno Senna and Nicolas Prost, nephew and son respectively of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost who between them won every Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix between 1984 and 1993 (Prost ‘84, ‘85, ‘86 & ‘88 and Senna ‘87, ‘89, ‘90, ‘91, ‘92, ‘93). That’s not forgetting Piquet Jnr whose three-time F1 World Champion father Nelson’s best Monaco GP result was second place)!

Berlin’s former Templehof airport was the backdrop for Germany’s FE round. Di Grassi, leading on points going into the event, romped away to win on the road but later came the news he had been excluded after post-race checks revealed his car had been running with a modified front wing.

Thus Jérôme d’Ambrosio inherited the win ahead of Buemi and Dragon Racing team-mate Loic Duval.

Fourth position for Piquet Jnr means he has taken over the championship lead ahead of Buemi with the excluded di Grassi dropping to third.

Just ten points cover Piquet Jnr, Buemi and di Grassi with three races still to go (one in Moscow this weekend and two in London on 27-28 June). With 25 points awarded for a race win, plus three bonus points for the driver setting the pole position time in qualifying and another two for the fastest race lap it means there remains a potential maximum of 90 points still up for grabs.

A further 17 drivers remain within that 90-point cut-off prior to Moscow’s race but realistically those most likely still in with a chance are Prost (e.dams Renault), d’Ambrosio and Britain’s Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) who are 25, 26 and 45 points behind Piquet Jnr.