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11/22/14
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Sam Bird seals victory in the Putrajaya ePrix
From left, di Grassi, Bird and Buemi
PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA Sam Bird cruised to victory in the 2014 FIA Formula E Ycapital Management Putrajaya ePrix ahead of championship-leader Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. The Virgin Racing driver crossed the line to pick up the full 25 points and clinch his maiden ePrix win.

Bird dedicated his win to former GP2 team-mate Jules Bianchi, who was severely injured in the Japanese Grand Prix: "I have to dedicate this win to a good friend of mine who is very ill. It's very sad what's happened to him and this one is for Jules. The weekend went really well, we were quick from the first outing and we were quickest in practice. Qualifying didn't quite go our way as I think we were not in the best group for doing a fast lap time but we put that right in the race. The first stint I was able to get a very good gap which meant we could take it easy and not make any silly mistakes, do some lift and coasting, and coast to the finish."

Audi Sport ABT driver Lucas di Grassi and e.dams-Renault's Sebastien Buemi both managed to fight their way through the field to stand on the podium despite starting at the back of the grid.

The start
Di Grassi, who started 18th, said: "For sure this was beyond my expectations. Everyone is here to win, everyone is pushing to the limit as this track has proven once and for all this car is very tricky to drive even if you have done all the testing. The tiniest margin can ruin your whole weekend and that's what happened in qualifying from my side and then to come all the way from the back of the grid on a street track to second is an amazing feeling. I felt I had a much better race than in Beijing where I won."

"I'm really happy I have to say," said Buemi, who lined up 20th. "We were really good in testing and then when we came to the first race it just didn't go well. It went bad today in the qualifying which is quite strange, we did some set-up changes that didn't work so well but I felt the strongest in this car and finished third."

Bird's win means he moves up to second place in the championship standings just three points behind Beijing race-winner di Grassi.

Nicolas Prost continued the strong form he showed in qualifying to finish fourth. The Frenchman started from 11th position after carrying over a 10-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable collision in Beijing.

Oriol Servia, who inherited pole position, made a good getaway to retain the lead at the start but was soon overtaken by Bird, who pulled off a well-judged move before streaking away to victory.

Dragon Racing's Jerome d'Ambrosio showed his reliance rising from the back row of the grid to come home in fifth. D'Ambrosio qualified in the top-three only to be penalized for exceeding the maximum power usage.

Sam Bird
There were mixed fortunes for the FanBoost winners. Amlin Aguri's Katherine Legge was involved in a first-lap tussle with Michela Cerruti that effectively ended her hopes. Venturi's Nick Heidfeld crashed out of the race while battling with Andretti's Franck Montagny.

Bruno Senna used one of his FanBoosts to overtake e.dams-Renault's Nico Prost for fourth, but the Mahindra Racing driver lost out on the final lap as he was preparing to overtake Buemi for third and hit the wall. Senna said: "I saw Buemi and had an opportunity to get a podium but I made a mistake. I just went for it and got out on the marbles when I lost the car."

Overall the feeling was that the local promoter has done an excellent job with creating a brand new street circuit. "Well done to everyone who has helped this track happen,” said Bird. “It was extremely challenging and a great layout and made for some exciting racing."

Results

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time Gap BL
01 2 Sam Bird Virgin Racing 31 51:11.979 +0.000s 1:25.565
02 11 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT 31 51:16.154 +4.175s 1:25.224
03 9 Sebastien Buemi e.dams-Renault 31 51:17.718 +5.739s 1:25.121
04 8 Nicolas Prost(P) e.dams-Renault 31 51:21.531 +9.552s 1:25.306
05 7 Jerome d'Ambrosio Dragon Racing 31 51:25.701 +13.722s 1:25.449
06 5 Karun Chandhok Mahindra Racing 31 51:29.137 +17.158s 1:25.087
07 6 Oriol Servia Dragon Racing 31 51:30.600 +18.621s 1:25.582
08 55 Antonio Felix da Costa Amlin Aguri 31 51:31.905 +19.926s 1:25.334
09 3 Jaime Alguersuari (FL) Virgin Racing 31 51:32.032 +20.053s 1:24.429
10 66 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT 31 51:57.642 +45.663s 1:26.210
11 88 Ho-Pin Tung China Racing 31 52:07.812 +55.833s 1:26.800
12 30 Stephane Sarrazin Venturi 31 52:08.605 +56.626s 1:24.551
13 28 Matthew Brabham Andretti 31 52:17.015 +1:05.036s 1:24.583
14 21 Bruno Senna Mahindra Racing 30 49:51.332 +1 lap 1:24.599
15 27 Franck Montagny * Andretti 30 52:01.629 +1 lap 1:24.446
16 77 Katherine Legge * Amlin Aguri 28 51:45.561 +3 laps 1:26.498
17 10 Jarno Trulli * Trulli 28 52:30.219 +3 laps 1:26.712
18 99 Nelson Piquet China Racing 22 38:22.452 - 1:25.272
19 18 Michela Cerruti Trulli 7 16:00.192 - 1:30.227
20 23 Nick Heidfeld * Venturi 14 40:15.062 - 1:26.425
* Car 27 (Montagny) caused a collision - 23-second time penalty
* Car 77 (Legge) caused a collision - 23-second time penalty
* Car 77 (Legge) caused a collision - 10 place grid penalty for next race for changing RESS system
* Car 10 (Trulli) caused a collision - 23-second time penalty
* Car 23 (Heidfeld) EXCLUDED for not changing car within the box

Drivers' Standings (After Rd 2):

1. Lucas di Grassi 43pts
2. Sam Bird 40pts
3. Franck Montagny 18pts
4. Nicolas Prost 18pts
5. Jerome d'Ambrosio 18pts
6. Karun Chandhok 18pts
7. Sebastien Buemi 15pts
8. Charles Pic 12pts
9. Oriol Servia 12pts
10. Nelson Piquet Jr 4pts

Teams' Standings (After Rd 2):

1. Audi Sport ABT Formula E 45pts
2. Virgin Racing Formula E 44pts
3. e.dams-Renault Formula E 33pts
4. Andretti Formula E 30pts
5. Dragon Racing Formula E 30pts
6. Mahindra Racing Formula E 18pts
7. Amlin Aguri Formula E 6pts
8. China Racing Formula E 4pts
9. Venturi Formula E 2pts
10. Trulli Formula E 0pts

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