Motorsport

Piquet follows father's footsteps

2015-04-05 10:37
Nelson Piquet Jr (AFP)

Long Beach - Nelson Piquet Jr has captured the Formula E grand prix race Saturday, 35 years after his father's maiden Formula One victory at the same race venue.

Brazil's Piquet became the sixth winner of the electric car series in as many Formula E races this season, finishing ahead of Andretti driver Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT's Lucas di Grassi.

China Racing's Piquet started third in the grid but was able to grab the lead over polesitter Daniel Abt on turn one.

He managed two safety car periods en route to the win.

Launched this season, the Formula E series features 100 percent electric cars competing over 11 stops.

Nelson Piquet Sr is considered one of the greatest Formula One drivers in history with 23 career wins and 60 podiums.

The next Formula E race will take place next month in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Results of the Formula E race in Long Beach on Saturday:

1. Nelson Piquet Jr (BRA/China Racing) 46mins 01.971secs, 2. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Andretti) 46:03.676, 3. Lucas de Grassi (BRA/Audi Sport ABT) 46:04.965, 4. Sebastien Buemi (SUI/e dams-Renault) 46:05.489, 5. Bruno Senna (BRA/Mahindra Racing) 46:10.815

Drivers standings after six races:

1. Lucas di Grassi (BRA/Audi Sport ABT) 75, 2. Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA/China Racing) 74, 3. Nicolas Prost (FRA/e.dams Renault) 69 pts, 4. Sebastien Buemi (SUI/e.dams Renault) 55, 5. Sam Bird (GBR/Virgin Racing) 52

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