Di Grassi Wins Inaugural Formula E Race (Crash Videos + Complete Race Video)
The first-ever Formula E race is now behind us and it sure had its share of exciting moments, including a crash.
Video of the entire race below:
Here’s a look at the finishing results for the Beijing Formula E race:
01 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 52:23.413
02 Franck Montagny Andretti Autosport +2.867
03 Sam Bird Virgin Racing +6.559
04 Charles Pic Andretti Autosport +19.301
05 Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing +23.952
06 Jerome d’Ambrosio Dragon Racing +31.664
07 Oriol Servia Dragon Racing +41.968
08 Nelson Piquet jr. China Racing +43.896
09 Stéphane Sarrazin VENTURI +43.975
10 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT +1:02.507
11 Jaime Alguersuari Virgin Racing +2:00.613
12 Nicolas Prost Team e.dams Renault +1 lap
13 Nick Heidfeld VENTURI +1 lap
14 Michela Cerruti Trulli +1 lap
15 Katherine Legge Amlin Aguri +1 lap
16 Ho Pin Tung China Racing +2 laps
Takuma Sato Amlin Aguri +4 laps
Sebastien Buemi Team e.dams Renault +11 laps
Jarno Trulli Trulli +23 laps
Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing +25 laps
Planet F1 details the dramatic ending of the race as follows:
Di Grassi started the race second on the grid in his electric-powered Spark-Renault SRT_01E.
Down to third place as the race entered its final lap, the Brazilian jumped into the lead when Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfeld clashed at the very last corner.
Heidfeld had closed in on Prost with four laps to go and on the final lap made his move for the victory.
Closing on the pole-sitter down the straight and into the final corner, Heidfeld drew alongside the Frenchman only for Prost to turn in on him.
The impact sent Heidfeld’s car into a kerb that launched him into the air. The Venturi driver hit the wall, the fence and rolled before landing upside down. Thankfully he was not hurt.
That crash allowed di Grassi to jump into the lead and to capture victory at the first-ever Formula E race.
Heidfeld was not pleased with the move made by Nicolas Prost:
“I placed it perfectly for the last corner and I guess the TV pictures show quite clearly I was alongside, Nico pulled alongside me.”
“We spoke after the incident and he obviously has a different opinion than I do. Maybe he [will] change his mind when he watches the tape. I’m sure it is possible to overtake there. It is disappointing, but I’m not mad at him. This is racing.”
Two videos of the crash below:
The Formula E racing series now takes a two-month break, returning on November 22 in Malaysia for the Putrajaya ePrix.