Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost were involved in a serious crash in the first race of the Formula E championship.
Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost were involved in a serious crash in the first ever race of the Formula E championship.
Formula E is off to a rough start as the first race ended with a terrible accident in the final lap after Nicolas Prost driving the Spark-Renault SRT_01E rammed Nick Heidfeld's Venturi Spark-Renault SRT_01E and sent him into the air, flipping the car several times and hitting the barriers before coming to a full stop with the wheels facing the sky. Despite the powerful impacts, Nick Heidfeld is ok as he didn't sustain any injuries.
Prost wasn't able to make the final turn after damaging the car's steering system following the crash so he had to retire from the Beijing ePrix in China, giving Lucas di Grassi the chance to win for the Audi Sport ABT team. The rest of the podium was occupied by Franck Montagny from Andretti Autosport who grabbed second place and was followed by Sam Bird from Virgin Racing who took advantage of Daniel Abt's demotion from third to tenth place after receiving a penalty for using more energy than allowed.