MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. Nelson Piquet Jr. increased his lead in the inauguaral FIA Formula E World Championship after winning on Saturday the ninth race of the season held on the scenic track of the Russian capital of Moscow, outside the Kremlin walls.
Having qualified in the second place, Piquet from NEXTEV TCR team (former China racing) was quicker to take advance over the pole position holder Jean-Eric Vergne from team Andretti in the opening lap and remained in the lead for the rest of the race.
Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas Di Grassi finished the race in the second place and the third step of the winning podium was occupied by Sebastian Buemi from E.Dams Renault.
Although, securing the pole of the first ever motorsport race in the heart of the Russian capital, French Vergne eventually finished in the fifth place.
"It’s been a great day. If I haven’t qualified in the front it would have been hard to win. The team did a great job and everything went perfect. We did our homework," Piquet told a news conference after the race.
Asked to voice the opinion about the racing track in Moscow, Piquet said "It was a little bumpy and it was not the worst we have ever seen."
"I like the track is narrow, bumpy and blind. The scenery is amazing, the history," he added.
Commenting on his second place Di Grassi said "There was a chance of winning the race."
"The only thing I would do for this track is to create and overtake place," Di Grassi said. "We expect to come here many, many years in the front."
"It is one of the best tracks we had this championship. It was a little bumpy but it was certainly a very interesting track," Sebastian Buemi said commenting on the track in Moscow.
Despite fears that the weather in Moscow will be rainy, the drivers raced the spectacular track outside the Kremlin walls under the bright sun.
Before Saturday’s race in Moscow the inaugural Formula E season already saw eight spectacular races in different corners of the world and the weather favored all of the previous races with nice and sunny conditions. The two remaining races of the championship were scheduled to be held in Moscow on June and London on June 27 with both capitals of Russia and Great Britain, respectively, known for naughty weather and rains.
All cars racing in the FIA Formula E championship are identical, therefore the drivers are in equal positions. The car weighs little less than 900 kilograms with the battery being the heaviest part of the vehicle weighing 320 kilograms. With the maximum power of 200 kW (270 hp) the car is capable of reaching the speed of 100 kmph in three seconds and its maximum speed is limited to 225 kmph.
A total of 10 teams are currently participating in the Formula E championship with two drivers racing for each team. The list of the pilots of the new racing event include the names of such developed racers as Jerome D'Ambrosio, Jarno Trulli, Sebastien Buemi, Nick Heidfeld, Bruno Senna, Nelson Piquet, Jean-Eric Vergne and many others.
During the races drivers must make one mandatory pit stop in order to change cars, therefore the total number of electricity-driven race cars shipped between the global venues of the championship throughout the season stands at 40.
The Formula E race in Moscow will also be the first ever FIA authorized car race in the historic downtown of the Russian capital.