After a disappointing race in Mexico City Lucas Di Grassi has returned to fight for Formula E title with a win in Long Beach.
After championship leader Sebastien Buemi qualified only in eighth place and Felix Da Costa was stripped of his pole position (a his tire pressures were too low), Lucas Di Grassi used his front row starting position to close the gap in the championship.
Brazilian overtook pole-sitter Sam Bird after a few laps and controlled the race after that. Late race safety car reduced the lead he built to almost zero, but he easily stayed in front of Stephane Sarrazin in last three laps after safety car period.
Buemi's race was a complete opposite: instead of series of successful overtaking maneuvers we have become used to, he hit Robin Frijns, damaged his car and then had to make a penalty pit-lane drive thorough. As he also had to change his car due to damage, he finished in 16th position, but at least managed to get two points for setting the fastest lap in the race.
Di Grassi has climbed to the top of the championship table, leading Buemi by Single point – and that means that the season's 4 remaining races in Europe will be the ones deciding the championship. The Formula E European tour starts on April 23rd in Paris and ends on July 2nd in London with stops in Berlin (May 21st) and Moscow (June 4th).