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Formula E in Uruguay, race: Buemi wins, di Grassi remains in the lead

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N after 2. stations in Asia has the new The Formula E electric racing series made its debut on South American soil last Saturday. In the third race of the season in front of the picturesque beach scenery in the seaside resort of Punta del Este, Uruguay, Sebastien Buemi (eDams Renault) was the first driver to cross the finish line after 31 laps. The Swiss is the 3rd winner in the 3rd race of Formula E.

Vergne fails in the fight for victory

For his triumph, the former Formula 1 driver, the started the race from 4th position, fighting hard. In the final laps Buemi was followed, harassed and attacked by Jean Eric Vergne. Buemi was able to fend off the attacks, once by using the run-off zone in one of the chicanes.

Only one and a half laps before the end, Buemi had some time to breathe deeply. Vergne, who started for the Andretti team after leaving Formula 1, rolled out due to a broken front suspension. As a result, Nelson Piquet Jr. (China Racing) inherited 2nd place. Lucas di Grassi completed the podium for the Abt team.

So far, Vergne has been the big surprise. In his very first qualifying, the 24-year-old ironed out the competition, secured pole position ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr. and scored his first 3 points for the overall standings. But the Brazilian got off to a better start and took the lead ahead of Vergne, Buemi and Nicolas Prost.

Dusty track makes it difficult for drivers

An entertaining race developed, which was partly due to the fast routing and partly due to the slippery conditions. The wind had carried sand onto the track, which made it difficult for the drivers to keep their 888 kilogram bolides on the track.

Not everyone succeeded. Sam Bird, for example, rumbled over the curb of 1st place with his electric racer . Chicane and flew into the gang - the 1st of a total of 3rd safety car phases.

Piquet Jr. was able to maintain his lead until after the 2nd safety car phase, which was caused by the defective Carriage was raised by Antonio Felix da Costa. Then Vergne grabbed the top spot. After the obligatory car change, Nick Heidfeld saw himself in the lead alongside Vergne and Salvador Duran with the Fan Boost (30 extra kW). However, the veteran could not be happy for long. The race management ordered him to be one shortly afterwardsDrive through penalty. In the end, Heidfeld took 1 point in 10th place.

Di Grassi continues to lead Formula E

A few laps before the end, the BMW i8 had to lead the field one last time as a safety car. Stephane Sarrazin threw his Formula E racer into the guardrails after the front suspension of his car broke on a curb.

Jarno Trulli scraped 1.5 seconds past the podium. 4th place is the Italian's best result so far in Formula E. Jaime Alguersuari crossed the finish line in 5th place, followed by Bruno Senna (6th), Nicolas Prost (7th), Jerome d'Ambrosio (8th) and Oriol Servia (9th).

With his victory, Sebastien Buemi took 2nd place in the overall standings (40 points) behind di Grassi (58). The Abt driver has been on the podium in every run so far. His team-mate fared very differently. Daniel Abt was only 15th due to technical problems. Immhin: The man from Kempten secured 2 points in the championship standings for the fastest race lap.

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