Buemi holds on for Berlin ePrix win

The gap between first and second in the 2015–16 FIA Formula E standings is down to just one point after Sebastien Buemi claimed an excellent win in the Berlin ePrix on Saturday.

Lucas di Grassi started the weekend with a nine-point lead over Buemi, but the Brazilian could only finish third in Germany with his ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team-mate Daniel Abt second.

Jean-Eric Vergne from Virgin started in pole position as Di Grassi struggled to 10th in qualifying, but the Renault e.dams car of Buemi was in the lead from second by the time they reached Turn 1.

Frenchman Vergne fought back briefly, but Buemi regained the lead after the pitstops with a neat move at Turn 5 and he went on to build a race-winning advantage.

Behind him there was a real scrap with Abt passing Vergne quite early on to take P2, which he never relinquished. It wasn’t too long before Vergne was black flagged due to a mechanical failure.

But all eyes were on Di Grassi who did extremely well in managing his energy to squeeze out an extra lap, which helped him to move up to third.

Buemi had a lead of more than nine seconds at one stage, but he lost quite a bit of time and a crash by Loic Duval from Dragon Racing made things interesting as the Safety Car was deployed late on.

It meant a two-lap sprint once the Safety Car returned to the pits and Abt was told to let his team-mate Di Grassi through as he was quicker.

Buemi managed to claim the victory to move to 140 points in the standings while Abt didn’t let Di Grassi through, meaning the Brazilian leads by just one point ahead of the London finale.

Nicolas Prost from the e.Dams was fourth, while Vergne, Robin Frijns (Andretti), Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra), Mike Conway (Venturi), Simona de Silvestro (Andretti) and Stephane Sarrazin (Venturi) completed the top ten.