Di Grassi takes FE points lead with vic­tory

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Lu­cas di Grassi moved into the For­mula E points lead with vic­tory in Long Beach, as ti­tle ri­val Se­bastien Buemi crashed.

Abt Audi Sport driver di Grassi passed Bri­ton Sam Bird just af­ter one-quar­ter dis­tance, and was left alone out in front when his DS Virgin Rac­ing ri­val went off mid-race.

Di Grassi had to man­age a three-lap sprint at the end when Nel­son Pi­quet Jr crashed and brought out the safety car, but held off Ven­turi’s Stephane Sar­razin with ease to com­plete the per­fect re­sponse to his ex­clu­sion from the pre­vi­ous race in Mex­ico City.

“It was easy for me to throw in the towel and say the bat­tle was over,” said di Grassi, who has a one-point ad­van­tage over Buemi head­ing into the Euro­pean leg of the sea­son. “That’s not the way I work.”

Buemi started sev­enth but took sixth with a fine move on di Grassi’s team-mate Daniel Abt.

But when he tried to re­peat the move on Robin Fri­jns he mis­judged it and climbed over the rear of the An­dretti Au­tosport car, dam­ag­ing both ve­hi­cles and ru­in­ing both driv­ers’ races.

A con­trite Buemi ad­mit­ted: “I should have waited. There was no need to pass him in a tricky place like that.”

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