World champ Buemi wins chaotic Hong Kong ePrix

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Reign­ing For­mula E world cham­pion Se­bastien Buemi threw down the gaunt­let to his ri­vals as he won the first ever Hong Kong ePrix af­ter an in­ci­dent-packed sea­sonopener yes­ter­day. The Re­nault e.dams driver started fifth on the grid but he pow­ered through to win the 45-lap city-cen­tre race by 2.477sec from Lu­cas di Grassi, who started sec­ond­last af­ter a crunch­ing crash in qual­i­fy­ing. Di Grassi and Robin Fri­jns both came to grief at the same chi­cane in qual­i­fy­ing, forc­ing the can­cel­la­tion of the usual Su­per Pole shoot-out for the first time in the all-elec­tric se­ries’ short his­tory. In a race with plenty of wheelto-wheel ac­tion, Nex­tEV driv­ers Nel­son Pi­quet Jr and Oliver Tur­vey were lead­ing un­til lap 17 when they came off at the same trou­ble­some chi­cane, bring­ing out the safety car. Af­ter the driv­ers had switched to their sec­ond race cars-as their bat­ter­ies are not pow­er­ful enough for a full raceSwitzer­land’s Buemi emerged on top and put his foot down to the che­quered flag.

For­mula E, which aims to raise the pro­file and tech­no­log­i­cal abil­i­ties of elec­tric ve­hi­cles, is en­ter­ing its third sea­son, which con­sists of 12 races and also in­cludes Buenos Aires, Paris and New York.

— AFP

HONG KONG: Re­nault e.dams driver Se­bastien Buemi of Switzer­land cel­e­brates with the tro­phy on the podium af­ter vic­tory in the For­mula E cham­pi­onship in Hong Kong yes­ter­day.

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