DS Virgin Racing and Sam Bird have claimed their first win of the Formula E season in Buenos Aires.
Bird started the race from pole and controlled the pack from the front, just using enough energy to keep Nico Prost (Renault e.dams) and then Team Aguri's Antonio Felix da Costa at bay. While the Brit was untroubled at the front, from the back of the grid championship leader SebastienBuemi was giving his all to try towork his way up the order after a bad qualifying.
He pulled off an audacious four-wide move on the opening lap to ensure he vaulted from 18th to 15th and the climbed through the pack, getting into fifth place when the unfortunate da Costa's car ground to a halt, bringing out BMW i8 Safety Car. With his team-mate Prost running slowly as he entered the pits for the mandatory car swap, Buemi jumped into third, behind Bird and title rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler).
After restart Di Grassi chased after Bird but made a small mistake, allowing Buemi to get a run, draw alongside and steal away second place and also get a 4-point championship lead over Di Grassi. Bird is now third, but further 24 points back.
Formula E now travels to Mexico for March 12th race in Mexico City.