Di Grassi wins Montreal opener, takes points lead

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Lucas di Grassi will head into Sunday’s Formula E season finale with a six point lead over Sebastien Buemi after taking a dominant victory in the opening race of the Montreal weekend.

Di Grassi led from lights to flag to record his second win of the season, holding off Jean-Eric Vergne after a late charge saw the Techeetah racer come into contention for victory.

Buemi fought back from a poor start that saw him run as low as 17th and suffer damage before picking his way back up the order to ultimately finish fourth, benefitting from a safety car period that bunched the pack.

Buemi was left frustrated after four major incidents on-track: contact at the start with Robin Frijns, being backed up by Daniel Abt in the pit lane, making contact with Abt at pit exit and a late clash with Stephane Sarrazin, who held on for third place despite contact.

Having lost the championship lead, Buemi remonstrated with Antonio Felix da Costa – blaming the wrong Andretti driver – Frijns and Abt in the pit lane after the race, making for some incredible TV scenes.

Abt took fifth place for ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, meaning the teams’ championship will go down to the final race of the season as Renault e.dams failed to score the required points to wrap it up on Sunday.

Sam Bird fought back from 18th on the grid to finish sixth for DS Virgin Racing, while Nicolas Prost took seventh in the sister Renault. Mitch Evans scored some well-earned points for Jaguar in eighth, with Robin Frijns and Felix Rosenqvist completing the points-paying positions.

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