Saturday’s Monaco ePrix was decided by just 0.3 seconds in a finish that was reminiscent of Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell’s race to the end here in 1992.
Sebastien Buemi had dominated the 2017 Monaco ePrix up front after starting from pole, but in the closing laps championship rival Lucas di Grassi ran him down.
Buemi’s held on to win and increase his championship lead from 5 to 13 points over di Grassi. It is his fourth win of the season and he remains the only driver to have won a Formula E race at Monaco.
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Saturday’s race served as the fifth round of the 2016-2017 FIA Formula E Championship.
While the start of the 51-lap race was much cleaner than the one here in 2015, there was still a bit of argy-bargy at the back of the field that led to a dislodged rear wing for the DS Virgin Racing car of Jose Maria Lopez. Lopez would later have to pit to get his rear wing repaired.
Thing weren’t going much better for Lopez’s teammate Sam Bird, who put his car into the wall on Lap 7 and had to pit with a damaged suspension.
After that, the race was ran incident free until Lap 21 when Jean-Eric Vergne attempted an ambitious pass on the outside of Nelson Piquet Jr. The two made contact on corner exit and Vergne ended up in the wall and out of the race.