Buemi vic­tory in Berlin closes the For­mula E points gap to just one ahead of the Lon­don sea­son fi­nale

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Lu­cas di Grassi will take a one-point lead into For­mula E’s sea­son fi­nale in Lon­don af­ter Se­bastien Buemi’s Berlin vic­tory last Satur­day.

Buemi beat pole­man Jean-eric Vergne away at the start but lost first place a lap later and had to repass the DS Vir­gin Rac­ing driver with a bold move into Turn 5.

He estab­lished a com­mand­ing lead as Vergne faded to fifth but had to man­age a full-course yel­low and a phys­i­cal safety car to se­cure the vic­tory.

Di Grassi fin­ished third to main­tain his 100 per cent on-the-road podium record this sea­son but would have a slightly big­ger points buf­fer had an at­tempted Abt Audi Sport team or­der been suc­cess­ful.

Di Grassi, who started eighth, was run­ning be­hind team-mate Daniel Abt in the clos­ing stages when Abt was in­formed to move aside. He tried to once, at the end of the penul­ti­mate lap, but they held po­si­tion.

“In a way if, be­cause of these three points, I lose the cham­pi­onship, I pre­fer to lose it this way than hav­ing the team or­der done,” di Grassi said.

Mike Con­way fin­ished top Bri­ton in eighth, af­ter Sam Bird and Oliver Tur­vey were forced to pit for re­pairs by race of­fi­cials af­ter sus­tain­ing mi­nor front-wing dam­age while run­ning well inside the points.

Buemi has put pres­sure on

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