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Sebastien Buemi wins maiden Hong Kong ePrix

2016-10-09 HKT 18:04
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Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland has made a perfect start to his Formula E title defence after a convincing victory in the inaugural Hong Kong ePrix.

The e.dams-Renault driver started from fifth position but stylishly worked the Central Harbourfront circuit to take the chequered flag.

Britain's Sam Bird had the early lead but was let down by his Virgin Racing team. Bird drove spectacularly to reach his required pit stop with one percent of battery power left. But a technical problem in the pit delayed his restart, and Buemi was able to seize control from that point.

Brazil's Nelson Piquet Jr of NextEV fell from pole to finish ninth.

China's Ma Qunghua in his debut for Team Techeetah finished last. He was hit by Audi's Lucas Di Grassi in the early laps and never recovered.

Di Grassi finished an impressive second place despite a slow start. Nick Heidfeld of Mahindra took third, followed by Buemi's Renault teammate Nicolas Prost.

Earlier, Formula E chief Alejandro Aga said he was committed to having electric racing in Hong Kong, despite some negative press surrounding the city's first ever hosting of the ePrix.

Empty seats were seen in the supposedly “sold out” grandstands in Central, while spectators complained about a lack of atmosphere compared to the Macau Grand Prix.

Agag said he would not be discouraged by any financial loss for his first Hong Kong venture.