Nothing gets the senses tingling like a Prost-Senna podium.
Poleman Nico Prost made a stunning start to the London ePrix, as Bruno Senna got some wheel spin off the line.
Buemi managed to gain a place off the line, as did home favourite Sam Bird, leaving him sniffing the back of teammate Jean-Eric Vergne.
Di Grassi started to pick off the field one by one, however Buemi was close behind. Both disposed of Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld with relative ease. Daniel Abt let teammate Di Grassi by, and then got his elbows out in earnest to stop Buemi in his tracks.
As Buemi tried to get past a weaving Abt, Di Grassi was trying to find a way past Sam Bird, but found himself squeezed to the edge of the track and had to back off – the risk wasn’t worth it. He finally got the move done on lap 13.
Buemi then tried to get around the outside of Abt on turn 3, but Abt squeezed him wide. Abt then lunged past Bird, locked up, and just managed to get the car stopped in time for the corner. Buemi then got past the Brit, who was struggling with his energy levels.
Jean-Eric Vergne managed to jump Robin Frijns at the pitstops, but Prost remained ahead of Senna and Turvey. Rain started to fall around the circuit as Di Grassi and Buemi battled their way around Dutchman Frijns.
Daniel Abt, on the other hand, tried to go around the outside of Frijns, carrying much more speed that the Andretti car. However as the approached the inside of turn three, Abt mounted the side Frijns, sending them both careering into the barriers. Game over for them both, and not ideal for the Abt team’s Championship hopes.
Racing got underway again with ten laps to go. Lucas Di Grassi attempted a move up the inside of Jean-Eric Vergne, who squeezed him wide, bringing them both to a near standstill and wrecking the front wing of Di Grassi.
Buemi then attempted a move on Di Grassi, but the Brazilian managed to hold on to the place. Vergne then speared into the back of Brit Oliver Turvey in fourth. Both Turvey and Di Grassi had less useable energy than those who were attacking behind, but defended their positions well.
However with two laps to go, Oliver Turvey ended his race in the wall having run so well in third. This promoted Vergne to third, and teammate Bird sailed past Sebastien Buemi into 6th place. However it wasn’t over yet, and in the final corners Buemi and Bird make contact, resulting in a broken wing for the Swiss and the Brit falling back two places.
Post race penalties to De Silvestro and Heidfeld were given. The Swiss driver had used up her usable energy by the end of the race, and the German cheekily used his FanBoost twice.
The Championship goes down to the wire, with only three points between Di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. But what role will the British summer play tomorrow?
London ePrix Round One results
- Nico Prost RENAULT E.DAMS
- Bruno Senna MAHINDRA
- Jean-Eric Vergne DS VIRGIN RACING
- Lucas Di Grassi ABT SCHAEFFLER
- Sebastien Buemi RENAULT E.DAMS
- Antonio Felix Da Costa TEAM AGURI
- Sam Bird DS VIRGIN RACING
- Jerome D’Ambrosio DRAGON RACING
- Mike Conway VENTURI
- Stephane Sarrazin VENTURI
- Qing Hua Ma TEAM AGURI
- Nelson Piquet NEXTEV
- Nick Heidfeld MAHINDRA RACING
- Simona de Silvestro AMLIN ANDRETTI
DNF: Oliver Turvey NEXTEV, Loic Duval DRAGON RACING, Robin Frijns AMLIN ANDRETTI, Daniel Abt ABT SCHAEFFLER
The second round of the London ePrix takes place tomorrow at 4pm BST.