Di Grassi comfortably wins Long Beach ePrix
Lucas di Grassi is the winner of the Long Beach ePrix, a sixth round of the Formula E championship. Brazilian driver behind the wheel of Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport scored his second victory this season to retake championship lead.
Da Costa lost pole position
Team Aguri‘s Antonio Felix da Costa won a pole position for the race but later was stripped off because a tyre pressure of his car was too low. Reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr also was penalized and moved back 10 places on the grid after an engine change. So, DS Virgin’s Sam Bird started from pole while Di Grassi was moved up to the front row.
Bird had a lead in the early stages of the race, but the Brazilian waited for the opportunity to overtake him. In the mid of the race, after cars change, Di Grassi took the lead after Bird’s car locked up due to cold brakes and stayed on the top till the end.
Di Grassi’s confident driving
Abt team’s driver had a comfortable lead when the safety car was deployed after Piquet’s crash. Stephane Sarrazin on second placed decreased the gap, but never was really close to seriously treat Di Grassi’s lead. The success of the German team in Long Beach was completed after Daniel Abt won third place.
Mahindra Racing team must be very happy after this round. Their drivers Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna were fourth and fifth respectively. Sam Bird was sixth at the end and remaining points were scored by Loic Duval, Simona de Silvestro, and Mike Conway. De Silvestro became the first female driver to score points in the Formula E.
Disastrous day for Renault
Long Beach ePrix was disappointing for the title contenders Renault e.dams. Sebastien Buemi finished at 16th place but scored two points after driving fastest lap, while Nicolas Prost was 11th. Next chance to improve they will have in Paris on April 23, on the inaugural Paris ePrix.