FIA FORMULA E London ePrix Sunday Rac

LONDON, UK (June 28 2015): Nelson Piquet Jr. is the first Formula E champion. The Brazilian took the title at the end of an incredible day, with the excitement building as everyone was left holding their breath until the final lap and then some. Piquet drove in a very determined fashion from start to finish, making up a lot of places, thanks to a very aggressive strategy: his courage was rewarded with seventh place, enough for him to triumph in the title fight, which also means that, for the first time, a Chinese team, NEXTEV TCR, has produced the champion in an FIA series.

Pit Lane Garages

Emotion Formula e Club Lounge

Mumm's Champagne

Natalie Imbruglia

Simona de Silvestro

Luca di Grassi

The rain didn't damper the smiles

Peter Dundas

Alex Fontana race preparations

Jarno Trulli

Grid Girls

Karun Chandhok

Jean Todt and Michele Yech

Nelson Piquet Jr and Emerson Fittipaldi

Luca di Grassi helmet

Karun ready to race with Hannibal Reitano

Daniel Abt helmet

H.R.H Princess Beatrice

Fan Boosted

Hannibal Reitano and Bruno Senna

Jearno Trulli

Changing cars

Changing cars

Winner Sam Bird

Sarah Ferguson and H.R.H Princess Beatrice presenting winners trophy

1st Sam Bird, 2nd Jerome D;Ambrioso and 3rd Loic Duval


Champagne celebrations

Sam Bird kids

Hannibal Reitano and Felipe Massa
 Apart from Piquet, the other hero of the moment was Englishman Sam Bird, who took his second win of the season in front of his home crowd. It was a well-deserved, if not unexpected victory, given that Bird actually took the chequered flag right behind Stephane Sarrazin, but on the slowing down lap, the Venturi driver was informed he had exceeded the permitted energy allowance. The inevitable penalty dropped him to 15th place. Bird’s great day also included setting the fastest race lap, which was worth not just the two bonus points in the classification, but also the Visa Fastest Lap Trophy in the very race in which Visa Europe was the title sponsor.