Formula E – Punta del Este – Buemi Wins Thriller

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Three weeks after the Putrajaya ePrix in Malaysia, it was time for Uruguay to host the third round of the championship.

After finishing his third Formula 1 season and without a drive for next season, Jean-Eric Vergne joined the Andretti team.

The Frenchman’s debut was nothing short of impressive. He secured pole position with no previous experience in a Formula E car. He also won one the three five-second Fanboost.

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It seemed as though he was the guy to beat but he lost his lead to at the start due being on the less grippy side of the track. He then ended all chances of winning after retiring on the second last lap of the race due to broken suspension.

Vergne’s retirement saw Nelson Piquet Jr take the lead initially but it was e.Dams driver Sebastien Buemi who was to be the third different Formula E winner.

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Piquet and Lucas di Grassi made up the rest of the podium. Di Grassi, who has so far finished on the podium in all three Formula E races, leads the championship by 58 points. 18 points ahead of Buemi and Sam Bird.

The safety car made a few appearances after the sausage kerbs caught out Sam Bird. Stephane Sarrazin also got caught out and spun out of the race.

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Nick Heidfeld found himself in the lead during a safety car period after the mandatory pit stops but it was for nothing after receiving a drive-through penalty for using too much power.

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Heidfeld’s penalty gave Sebastien Buemi the lead. After the safety car went in, Buemi went off track due to locking up whilst battling with Jean-Eric Vergne.

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Three races in and Formula E is proving to be a generally exciting series.

The next race will be on 10th January at Buenos Aires.

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