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Lucas Di Grassi wins inaugural Formula E race

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Lucas Di Grassi takes the first ever Formula E race in dramatic fashion. Nico Prost and Nick Heidfeld were running in first and second until the last corner when Prost swerved into Nick Heidfeld, causing the car to launch into the barrier.

Frank Montagny finished the race in second from starting in eight place after receiving a three place grid penalty.

Car swap

Daniel Abt crossed the line in third but was demoted down to tenth place after conducting the car swap in under a minute. This promoted Sam Bird to third place.

The start of the race saw two retirements as Jarno Trulli failed to get his car moving from the start line and Bruno Senna got caught up in a turn two incident which caused him to break his front suspension, which brought out the safety car.

Team-mates clash

Franck Montagny nearly drove his team-mate Charles Pic into the wall at Turn 2 on lap 1. This would set the tone for the Andretti Autosport driver as he would go onto pull many fantastic late braking moves in order to move himself up to fourth place.

There was great racing throughout the field as drivers pulled many overtakes on the the tight circuit. There was a great battle between Oriol Servia and Nelson Piquet that lasted the whole race with the Dragon Racing driver coming out on top.

Smooth pit stops

Just after the halfway point the drivers began to pit for the car swaps. All the pit stops ran smoothly but the Audi Sport ABT team lost a lot of time compared to the other teams. Both drivers came in second and third and left the pits third and fifth.

Prost gained a four second advantage from the car swaps but Heidfeld began to slowly eat into that advantage and in the closing stages Heidfeld had got the gap to under half a second.

The German driver spent three laps trying to find the right moment to make his move. He decided to make his move on the final lap on the last corner. Heidfeld was went into corner side by side with Prost but Prost seemed to have other ideas as he came across on Heidfeld and the two drivers crashed.

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