Lucas di Grassi has won the first Formula E race in Montreal and by doing so, the Audi Abt driver is with one race to go now six points ahead of rival Sébastien Buemi in standings.

Di Grassi made a decent start from pole position and kept the lead in front of Techeetah’s Stéphane Sarrazin en Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist who then battled for second. Mitch Evans had moved up to fourth but came under pressure of Jean-Eric Vergne who found a way passed the Jaguar driver in lap six.

Sébastien Buemi meanwhile started from twelfth after a battery change after practice two, who was cautious and lost several positions. From seventeenth the Swiss driver had to pass his rivals one by one in order to move up to the points. It took thirteen laps to make to tenth when he passed Nick Heidfeld and Loïc Duval. The German then also wanted to pass Duval but they came together. Duval spun and Heidfeld failed to make it to the pits after his right front wheel was broken. Later on, Duval was penalised for the incident.

A full course yellow caused almost all the drivers to pit. Abt was narrowly in front of Buemi, but when the car swap was completed, the two drivers got alongside each other in the pit lane. Buemi squeezed his car in front of the Audi Abt, following a small touch from Abt into the back of Buemi. Both could continue.

Di Grassi’s lead was down to a few seconds when Vergne took second after passing Rosenqvist and team mate Sarrazin who was sitting in third. Prost managed to take fifth while Evans was Buemi’s next victim as the Renault e.dams driver kept passing rivals despite the pit lane incident.

With then laps to go, the safety car appeared on track when José María López had crashed. Di Grassi’s lead was now disappeared and when race continued, Vergne attacked but Buemi too, moving op to fifth after Prost allowed him to pass. But Prost also lost a position to Abt, allowing the German to attack Buemi. But instead of losing a position, Buemi gained one when Rosenqvist had suffered light damage to its front suspension and lost ground.

In the final laps Buemi attacked Sarrazin, got alongside for a few corners but had to settle for fourth while di Grassi won the race narrowly in front of Vergne. Because of di Grassi’s win, the Brazilian now leads the championship by six points.

Abt was ranked fifth and finished in front of Sam Bird and Prost. Evans managed to take eight while Robin Frijns moved up into the points by taking ninth. Rosenqvist picked up the final point.

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