Buemi back to winning ways as Vergne crashes to take title to the wire in New York

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Sebastien Buemi returned to winning ways in New York for Nissane.dams and boosted his championship chances with a first Formula E win in over two years.
 
 Without a win since Berlin in season three, Buemi ended the barren spell to bag a maiden victory for the Nissan e.dams outfit in the Formula E Championship.
 
Buemi led from Julius Baer pole position, but it was far from comfortable to the chequered flag with Alex Lynn and Mitch Evans keeping him company.
 
With Lynn limping to a stop at the side of the track due to a technical problem, it opened the door for Evans to pile on the pressure.
 
However, Buemi battled to the end and escaped any previous misfortune that prevented him from winning earlier in the season - crashing out of the lead in Santiago and suffering a puncture in Paris.
 
Reigning champion and favourite for the title coming into the race, Jean-Eric Vergne still holds a sizeable lead in the standings and sits 22-points clear of nearest rival Lucas di Grassi.
 
Starting down the order after struggling with a slippery surface in the first qualifying group, Vergne was caught out in a mid-field melee causing him to pit early with a punctured tyre. Sam Bird sent Jose Maria Lopez into a spin at Turn 7 and left drivers behind taking avoiding action.
 
Vergne slowed to steer clear of stationary cars but was subsequently hit from behind by team-mate Andre Lotterer. Both DS TECHEETAH drivers were forced to pit and dropped to the back of the pack.
 
Despite the puncture, Vergne’s chances to wrap-up the title weren’t totally deflated, with a safety car mid-way through the race to recovery Lynn’s stricken car helping to close the gap to the points-paying positions.
 
Vergne vaulted up the leaderboard and looked set to score points, but collided with Felipe Massa on the final lap of the race. Vergne went wide into Turn 1 going wheel-to-wheel with Massa and ran out of road on the apex of the right-hander at Turn 2 - hitting the wall hard and ending up facing the wrong way.
 
Without any points to his name so far in New York and one round remaining, the championship continues to the final race with four drivers still in mathematical contention.
 
Race Result:
 
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Sebastien Buemi Nissan e.dams 46:16.399s
2 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing +0.932s
3 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW i Andretti Motorsport +1.216s
4 Alexander Sims BMW i Andretti Motorsport +2.971s
5 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +3.537s
6 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler +4.380s
7 Pascal Wehrlein MAHINDRA RACING +6.543s
8 Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing +13.829s
9 Jerome D’Ambrosio MAHINDRA RACING +23.719s
10 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team +25.038s
11 Gary Paffett HWA RACELAB +27.831s
12 Jose Maria Lopez GEOX DRAGON +34.729s
13 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA RACELAB +50.564s
14 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams +1:23.962s
15 Jean-Eric Vergne DS TECHEETAH +1:34.508s
16 Felipe Massa VENTURI Formula E Team 1 Lap
17 Andre Lotterer DS TECHEETAH 1 Lap
DNF Maximilian Gunther GEOX DRAGON 28 Laps
DNF Edoardo Mortara VENTURI Formula E Team 27 Laps
DNF Alex Lynn Panasonic Jaguar Racing 18 Laps
DNF Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing 15 Laps
DNF Tom Dillmann NIO Formula E Team 1 Lap

Driver Standings:

Pos. Driver Team Points
1 Jean-Eric Vergne DS TECHEETAH 130
2 Lucas di Grassi Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 108
3 Mitch Evans Panasonic Jaguar Racing 105
4 Sebastien Buemi Nissan e.dams 104
5 Antonio Felix da Costa BMW i Andretti Motorsport 97
6 Andre Lotterer DS TECHEETAH 86
7 Daniel Abt Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 84
8 Robin Frijns Envision Virgin Racing 81
9 Sam Bird Envision Virgin Racing 73
10 Jerome D’Ambrosio MAHINDRA RACING 67
11 Oliver Rowland Nissan e.dams 63
12 Pascal Wehrlein MAHINDRA RACING 58
13 Edoardo Mortara VENTURI Formula E Team 52
14 Felipe Massa VENTURI Formula E Team 36
15 Alexander Sims BMW i Andretti Motorsport 36
16 Stoffel Vandoorne HWA RACELAB 31
17 Maximilian Gunther GEOX DRAGON 20
18 Alex Lynn Panasonic Jaguar Racing 10
19 Gary Paffett HWA RACELAB 8
20 Oliver Turvey NIO Formula E Team 7
21 Jose Maria Lopez GEOX DRAGON 3
22 Nelson Piquet Jr. Panasonic Jaguar Racing 1
23 Tom Dillmann NIO Formula E Team 0
24 Felipe Nasr GEOX DRAGON 0
25 Felix Rosenqvist MAHINDRA RACING 0

Team Standings:

Pos. Team Points
1 DS TECHEETAH 216
2 Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 192
3 Nissan e.dams 167
4 Envision Virgin Racing 154
5 BMW i Andretti Motorsport 133
6 MAHINDRA RACING 125
7 Panasonic Jaguar Racing 116
8 VENTURI Formula E Team 88
9 HWA RACELAB 39
10 GEOX DRAGON 23
11 NIO Formula E Team 7

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