Nelson Piquet Jr. has become Formula E’s first ever drivers championship winner after finishing in seventh place in the final race at the London ePrix.
The final standings ended with Piquet Jr. just a single point ahead of Sebastien Buemi.
Saturday’s race saw Buemi lead a rolling start-to-flag victory. The cars had to start behind the safety car as the first corner was found to have a bump which was deemed unsafe.
Buemi’s win was enough for eDams to secure the constructors’ title.
Stephane Sarrazin was the person on pole for the second race. Rain-hit qualifying saw Buemi 11th and Piquet Jr 16th.
Early into the race, Buemi spun and later this proved costly.
Fabio Leimer brought out the safety car after pit stops and after this point, activity turned up.
Piquet saved energy in the first stint of the race which allowed him to leapfrog himself in the points when the safety car went in.
The last lap saw Buemi frantically trying to pass Bruno Senna to get enough points but was unable to. A furious Buemi gestured at Senna at the end of the race wondering why he didn’t let him through.
Sarrazin took victory but due to exceeding the maximum usable energy, he received a penalty moving him back to 15th place. This gave Sam Bird a popular home win.
Formula E faced doubts from the day it was announced but the continuous high standard of racing proves Formula E will continue and perhaps become a real rival for it’s bigger brother.
Testing for the 2nd season takes place at Donington Park starting on the 10th August. Testing is scheduled over three weeks and broken up into two-day tests, concluding on the 25th August.