After claiming pole in a tightly contested Super Pole session, Renault e.dams' Sebastien Buemi claimed a lights-to-flag victory in first e-Prix of this season in Beijing.
Buemi has been fastest in the group stage of qualifying, beating DS Virgins' Jean Eric Vergne and his own teammate Nicolas Prost. In a Super Pole session, where top 10 drivers each do one qualifying lap which set the starting grid, bolt Renault drivers came out on the top, Buemi on pole, Prost next to him.
In the race Buemi beat his teammate of the line, and Prost then slid further back as first Heidfeld forced his way past him and then making a mistake two corners latter, which also allowed Lucas di Grassi to go by. His race then ended in the second half of the race as his rear wing collapsed.
In the front Buemi built a substantial lead before first full-course yellow came out as Simona di Silvestro hit the barriers. By mid-distance Buemi built the lead again and remained in the lead after mid-race car swaps. Heidfeld stayed in pits too long, allowing di Grassi to overtake him. After second full course yellow (caused by da Costa – Villeneuve accident) Prost jumped Heidfed, but then retired. Heidfeld had to defend the final podium spot form Loic Duval in the latter part of the race while Buemi just cruised to the finish line in Beijing.
With wins in Super Pole and in the race Buemi started the second season of the FIA Formula E Championship in perfect fashion, becoming the first driver to ever score the maximum possible points haul of 30 points in a race weekend.
"I'm happy, the team has done a great job and Renault has done a good power train so I'm just looking forward to the next races right now. I think we even managed to have the fastest lap, which was very difficult last year," Buemi said after the race.
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