Final Lap Crash Headlines Exciting Formula E Opener [w/Video]
Who said Formula E wouldn’t be exciting? Sure, there aren’t any whizzing race-tuned V-anything engines. And yes, the 140mph top speed isn’t quite F1 fast, but that didn’t stop the inaugural Formula E Beijing ePrix from being properly exciting. Spectators will have seen close racing throughout the pack, some fantastic dives down the outside, and a pit-stop scramble that makes for an entertaining sideshow amidst the on-track gambles. And gambles there were… PHOTOS: Take a look at Fernando Alonso's 2014 Ferrari F-14T Formula 1 Car
The fireworks came out on the final lap when race-leader Nicolas Prost, in an e.dams Renault, made contact with ex-F1 driver Nick Heidfeld, racing for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Venturi team, resulting in retirements for both drivers. But where Prost’s Renault slowly ground to a halt, Heidfeld clipped the curb and rocketed into the barrier, landing upside down.
Both drivers escaped unscathed, though Heidfeld looked ready to rumble with Prost. Brazilian Lucas di Grassi took the first Formula E checkered flag in his Audi Sport ABT.
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