BEIJING – official release — Formula E photo — Lucas di Grassi struck gold during the opening round of the inaugural FIA Formula E World Championship, taking the victory after a final lap crash involving race leaders Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost.
Prost dominated the race weekend until an ill-timed move in the final corner on the last lap of the event. Prost picked up three points for scoring pole position ahead of di Grassi and Daniel Abt and led the entire race before his final corner collision with Heidfeld.
Heidfeld had slowly made up positions through the race after starting sixth and was catching Prost in the final few laps as Prost struggled to keep the power up on his car. On the run down to the final corner Heidfeld moved to the inside of Prost, only for Prost to cut back across and side-swipe Heidfeld.
Heidfeld proceeded to spin, launching his car into the air and into the barrier before coming to a rest. Heidfeld emerged from the crash unscathed but not happy with Prost’s actions.
With Heidfeld and Prost suddenly out of the way, di Grassi slipped by the carnage to pick up the unexpected victory. Andretti Autosport’s Franck Montagny finished second with Virgin’s Sam Bird taking the final podium position.
Charles Pic finished fourth in the other Andretti entry while Karun Chandhok came fifth.