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Buemi defends against di Grassi to win in Monaco – Race Report

Monaco ePrix – Sebastien Buemi took his fourth win of the season after a close battle with his nearest championship rival Lucas di Grassi.

Buemi led away from pole, building up a five second advantage. However, a Safety Car halfway through the race, for a collision between Jean-Eric Vergne and Nelson Piquet in the battle for the final podium position, bunched the field up.

The Techeetah driver was attempting a pass around the outside of the Turn 3 hairpin, but they made contact on the exit and left Vergne in the barriers and out of the race.

From there, di Grassi hounded Buemi to the chequered flag, with the margin being just three tenths of a second at the finish line.

Nick Heidfeld took the final podium spot for Mahindra from eighth on the grid, ahead of Nelson Piquet who managed to get back to the pits for the car swap after his contact with Vergne.

After a great qualifying effort, Maro Engel held off Felix Rosenqvist to take a top five finish for Venturi at their home race.

Daniel Abt made up two places from his grid slot in seventh, with Esteban Gutierrez taking a second points finish in his second Formula E race, although he is being investigated for an unsafe release.

He finished ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa, who is also being investigated for an unsafe release. Nico Prost completed the top ten, having started from 18th on the grid.

It was a difficult race for DS Virgin, as Sam Bird hit the wall on the exit of the swimming pool complex early in the race. He was forced to pit for repairs, and rejoined four laps down. He managed to set the fastest lap to score a point.

Team mate Jose Maria Lopez also suffered damage in the opening stages of the race, with his rear wing being hit at the start. He was shown the black and orange flag, meaning he was obliged to change it. He also rejoined the track to attempt a fastest lap.

Dragon Racing also suffered, as Jerome D’Ambrosio suffered more reliability problems with team mate Loic Duval joining him in the pit lane shortly afterwards.

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