Sebastien Buemi wins Formula E title despite crash with Di Grassi

Sebastien Buemi has won the 2015-2016 FIA Formula E Championship.

He started the day at a three-point deficit entering Sunday’s London ePrix to title rival Lucas di Grassi. However, he brought that to a tie with a three-point bonus for taking pole, and then won the championship by two points thanks to the two-point bonus for taking the fastest lap.

Buemi started on pole in his e.dams-Renault with Di Grassi lined up in third in his ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport machine.

In the first corner, Di Grassi overshot the turn and ran into the back of Buemi, allowing Nico Prost to go on by and taken the lead and – ultimately – the win. Prost swept both races this weekend. Daniel Abt and Jean-Eric Vergne would have rounded out the podium, but Vergne was one of three drivers who used up too much power during the race and was assessed a 50-second time penalty, moving Jerome d’Ambrosio up onto the podium. The race was slowed three times due to the Safety Car.

Meanwhile, both Di Grassi and Buemi returned to the pits and got in their second cars. Although points for finishing in the top 10 were out of the question, Buemi knew he could win the title by setting the fastest lap – so Di Grassi was also on course to try and set it himself.

On Lap 32, Buemi set a 1:24.150. Di Grassi couldn’t beat it, and Buemi won the championship.

Unofficial race results:

1. Nico Prost – Renault e.Dams

2. Daniel Abt – ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

3. Jerome d’Ambrosio – Dragon Racing

4. Loic Duval – Dragon Racing

5. Stephane Sarrazin – Venturi

6. Bruno Senna – Mahindra Racing

7. Nelson Piquet Jr. – NEXTEV TCR

8. Jean-Eric Vergne – DS Virgin Racing (+50 seconds)

9. Nick Heidfeld – Mahindra Racing (+50 seconds)

10. Antonio Felix da Costa – Team Aguri (+50 seconds)

11. Oliver Turvey – NEXTEV TCR

12. Ma Qing Hua – Team Aguri

13. Mike Conway – Venturi

14. Lucas di Grassi – ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport (DNF)

15. Sebastien Buemi – Renault e.Dams (DNF)

16. Robin Frijns – Andretti (DNF)

17. Simona de Silvestro – Andretti (DNF)

18. Sam Bird – DS Virgin Racing (DNF)