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Lucas di Grassi wins first ever Formula E race after dramatic finish

From press release

Brazilian race car driver Lucas di Grassi snatched the win for the first ever race of the new all-electric Formula E championship.

All he had to do was pick up the pieces after Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfeld crashed in the very last corner while fighting for the lead in Beijing.

Heidfeld walked away unscathed from a nasty looking incident after contact with Prost left him unable to control the car and flipped into the tire barrier.

Lucas di Grassi, Formula E Beijing
Lucas di Grassi (Photo: Formula E)

"I thought it was going to be a very big crash," said Heidfeld.

"Once I hit the kerb it felt like I was in the air forever. I closed my eyes and waited for the impact and then I thought ‘Oh that was lucky!’ I have a small pain in my calf but apart from that I’m perfectly fine."

Andretti driver Franck Montagny finished runner-up nearly three seconds adrift of Di Grassi.

Daniel Abt crossed the line in third place, but received a penalty for exceeding the battery consumption. Katherine Legge and Jaime Alguersuari were also penalized for being over the limit.

So it was Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird who claimed the final place on the podium.

FIA Formula E Championship – Drivers’ Standings
1. Lucas di Grassi - 25
2. Franck Montagny - 18
3. Sam Bird - 15
4. Charles Pic - 12
5. Karun Chandhok - 10
6. Jerome d’Ambrosio - 8
7. Oriol Servia - 6
8. Nelson Piquer Jr – 4
9. Nicolas Prost - 3
10. Stephane Sarrazin – 2
11. Takuma Sato - 2
12. Daniel Abt - 1
13. Jaime Alguersuari – 0
14. Nick Heidfeld – 0
15. Michela Cerruti – 0
16. Katherine Legge – 0
17. Ho-Pin Tung – 0
18. Takuma Sato – 0
19. Sebastien Buemi – 0
20. Jarno Trulli - 0