Di Grassi ex­tends his For­mula E cham­pi­onship lead with dom­i­nant vic­tory

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Lu­cas di Grassi ex­tended his For­mula E points lead with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance in the in­au­gu­ral Paris eprix.

The Abt Audi Sport driver beat pole­man Sam Bird into Turn 1 and raced into a com­mand­ing lead early on.

He was granted an easy con­clu­sion when Ma Qing Hua crashed heav­ily five laps from the end of the race and brought out the safety car, which al­lowed di Grassi to se­cure his third win of the sea­son un­der cau­tion.

The Brazil­ian ex­tends his cham­pi­onship lead to 11 points over Se­bastien Buemi, who fin­ished third, be­hind Jean-eric Vergne.

Buemi in­her­ited the fi­nal podium po­si­tion af­ter a mis­take from Bird, shortly be­fore Ma crashed, sent the Bri­tish driver down the es­cape road at Turn 1.

Bird had run third for the en­tirety of the race up un­til that point af­ter also los­ing out to DS Vir­gin Racing team-mate Vergne at the start.

The two touched wheels at Turn 2 and came to blows again be­fore the car swaps, Vergne hang­ing on each time – but the de­lays al­lowed Buemi and the other Re­nault e.dams car of Nico Prost to make it a four-car fight for sec­ond.

They held po­si­tion through the pit­stops, af­ter which Vergne and Bird pulled away from Buemi, who took longer to warm up his tyres but soon set a cou­ple of new fastest laps to draw onto the tail of Bird’s car. A cou­ple of half-hearted looks were re­buffed and Bird ap­peared to have his ri­val cov­ered, but he locked up de­fend­ing into Turn 1.

He per­formed a swift U-turn down the es­cape road, but tum­bled to sixth be­hind Buemi, Prost and Ven­turi’s Stephane Sar­razin.

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