Sebastien Buemi has given Nissan its fist-ever ABB FIA Formula E Championship victory following an action-packed New York City E-Prix on Saturday.
The former series champion, who started from pole, fought off intense challenges from the pair of BMW i Andretti Motorsport entries of Alexander Sims and Antonio Felix da Costa, as well as a late rally from Mitch Evans to take his first win since Berlin 2017.
Buemi crossed the line 0.932 seconds ahead of Evans in his Panasonic Jaguar Racing entry, which finished second.
The 45-minute plus one-lap race, however, saw drama for championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne, who was collected in an early accident and forced to make a pit stop for a new front wing.
A safety car period on Lap 20 for the stricken Jaguar of Alex Lynn, however, put Vergne back into contention until a final-lap pileup for the Frenchman who was running 10th at the time.
Vergne ended up finishing out of the points in 15th.
Title rival Lucas di Grassi, who entered the race 32 points behind the DS Techeetah driver however, finished fifth after charging from 14th on the grid.
Vergne’s accident was triggered after contact with the Venturi of Felipe Massa, which also collected Andre Lotterer and others on the chaotic final lap.
The title race has been reduced to 22 points heading into tomorrow’s season-ending round, with a maximum of 29 points up for grabs.
In addition to Vergne and di Grassi, Evans and Buemi, meanwhile, remain with mathematical chances of the championship as well, and sit 25 and 26 points, respectively, behind Vergne.
Da Costa, meanwhile, completed the podium in third on Saturday, ahead of teammate Sims in fourth and di Grassi completing the top-five.
Daniel Abt, who was fighting for fourth in the final 15 minutes, dropped outside of the top 10 but managed to rebound to finish sixth, ahead of Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein.
Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird came home eighth, with a ten-second post-race penalty for causing a collision not affecting his finishing position.
Jerome D’Ambrosio and Oliver Turvey completed the top-ten.
RESULTS: Saturday New York City E-Prix