Piquet wins Long Beach Formula E, next stop Monaco!

Formula E is heading to Monaco on a high after a pulsating latest round on another famous Formula 1 street circuit, Long Beach in California, in which Nelson Piquet Jnr replicated his father’s first grand prix win there some 35 years earlier.

Ex Renault F1 driver Piquet, driving for the China Racing team, was unstoppable. He took the lead at the first bend and then kept clear of his rivals to become the sixth different winner in as many races.

For the race the Brazilian wore a helmet in the same design and colours used by his father Nelson Piquet Snr during his F1 career. It was at Long Beach in 1980 that Piquet Snr achieved his first race win in F1 before he went on to win the world drivers’ title in 1981, 1983 and 1987.

Finishing second in Long Beach was France’s Jean-Eric Vergne (Andretti) and third Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT). With Nicolas Prost – son of four-time F1 World Champion Alain Prost – suffering a difficult race in his e.DAMS car, early season leader di Grassi moves back to the top of the standings.

However he is just one point clear of Piquet Snr with Prost still a major threat in third.

Click here for video highlights of the Long Beach race.

Next on the calendar is a race around probably the most famous circuit of them all – the Monaco GP track on which Piquet’s father never won in F1 while Prost’s father did three times.

The race on Sunday 10 May will take place on a re-configured version of the circuit with the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E machines keeping right at the exit of the opening Ste Devote corner. They  will then head along a new straight, turn through a right-hand hairpin and re-emerge on the regular GP track at the harbour-side chicane before tackling the famous Tabac, Swimming Pool and Rascasse bends.

Significantly the Venturi Formula E team – co-owned by Hollywood movie star Leonardi di Caprio – is based in Monaco. Di Caprio himself was an enthusiastic spectator at the Long Beach round...

Monaco will mark round seven of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship. Its season will conclude in Britain with a spectacular double-header (two-race) finale around the streets of London on the weekend of 27/28 June.

Points Leaders after Long Beach:
1 Lucas di Grassi (BRA) 75 points
2 Nelson Piquet Jnr (BRA) 74
3 Nicolas Prost (FRA) 69
4 Sebastien Buemi (SUI) 55
5 Sam Bird (GBR) 52
6 Antonio Felix da Costa (POR) 43
7 Jerome D’Ambosio (BEL) 42
8 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) 32
9 Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) 30
10 Bruno Senna (BRA) 28


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