British driver Sam Bird claimed victory in the final round of the FIA Formula E Championship at Battersea Park in London today as Nelson Piquet Jr scooped the title in a thrilling showdown with rival Sébastien Buemi.
Piquet Jr, who was favourite to win the inaugural championship for the electric single-seater racing cars, left himself with a lot of work to do when he qualified his NextEV TCR entry a lowly 16th position on the grid for the final race.
Buemi, who had thrust himself right into contention in the points race by winning Saturday’s race, lined up sixth on the grid in his e.dams-Renault car, and with overtaking difficult around the bumpy, wall-lined track, appeared to have seized the initiative.
As the race got underway, pole sitter Stéphane Sarrazin swept into the lead, ahead of Jerome D’Ambrosio, Loic Duval and Bird.
Piquet made some good early ground, and took a chance by remaining on track for an extra lap when the rest of the field made their pit stops for car changes.