Sebastien Buemi held his pole position to take victory in Monaco this weekend as part of the all-electric Formula E racing championship.
His victory was the first time a driver on pole position has managed to convert their qualifying advantage into a win. It is also the first time there has been a double winner in Formula E.
“To win in Monaco is a great feeling,” said Buemi. “I knew about this thing of everyone starting on pole and not winning the race, so it was good in the end to finally manage that, especially here as we could see it’s very difficult to overtake.”
The race was chaotic from the off when Daniel Abt was squeezed onto the wall after the first corner by Nico Prost. This set up a spectacular crash by Bruno Senna, which caused damage to a lot of other cars.
The race continued to excite with Piquet and di Grassi fighting it out in a closely contested battle for second place for those valuable championship points.
Formula E’s CEO, Alejandro Agag, said “It was a fantastic day and if the guys who won the first ever Monaco Grand Prix with a Bugatti, back in 1929 had predicted that 90 years later there would be a race for electric cars run on these same streets, they would have been taken for mad men! And yet, here we are, celebrating a day that I believe can truly be described as historic. Being able to put on a show, on what is motorsport’s most famous stage, is a great result for all of us at Formula E, for the drivers and for our partners.”