After a thrilling *45 minutes of racing, Lucas di Grassi narrowly took the chequered flag ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa and Edoardo Mortara.
3 rookies made a great impression in qualifying with Oliver Rowland and Felipe Massa qualifying 4th and 3rd respectively with Pascal Wehrlein taking pole position ahead of Lucas di Grassi in only his 3rd Formula E race.
Wehrlein maintained his lead off the line and into turn one while Oliver Rowland broke much later than those around him putting himself into 2nd ahead of di Grassi.
It did not take long for the drama to begin, Nelson Piquet suffered a huge crash, launching over the Techeetah of Jean-Eric Vergne after the Brazilian was caught out by Vergne’s early braking. Piquet would be out of the race while Vergne and Alexander Sims who got tagged by the crashing Piquet would require repair.
The red flag would be brought out, putting a temporary stop to the race while debris and the stricken Jaguar were cleared up. As the race got under way, the majority of the filed opted to use their first Attack Mode.
Wehrlein would continue to lead Oliver Rowland at the front while the two Envision Virgin Racing cars would slowly make their way up the pack, Sam Bird failed to set a lap in qualifying due to a technical issue while Frijns had a picked up a grid drop for impeding Jerome D’Ambrosio.
Jean-Eric Vergne was once again having a nightmare, whilst able to continue after the Piquet incident, he would make contact with the other Jaguar of Mitch Evans and spin to near the back of the pack.
In the closing staged of the race the top 5 would start activating their Attack Mode, each taking it in turns to activate it. da Costa would be first to activate this in 5th place but failed to pass Sebastien Buemi before he activated his. di Grassi would then be next to use his Attack Mode before 2nd place Rowland would do the same but would lose 2nd place to di Grassi in doing so.
Wehrlein and di Grassi would pull away from the rest of the top 5 in the remaining laps with both Nissan E.DAMS cars running out of battery with 1 lap to go. Wehrlein was also marginal on battery and slowed his pace considerably on the final lap bringing da Costa and Mortara who had the most energy of all in on the fight for the lead.
Wehrlein and di Grassi would make contact forcing Wehrlein to cut the chicane, ultimately earning himself a 5-second time penalty, it wouldn’t matter as he would run out of battery on the final straight and di Grassi would pass him across the line.
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