Piquet wins first Formula E championship
The former F1 Driver Nelson Piquet has been crown as the first Formula E world champion after an action packed double header in London. He won the championship action packed weekend in Battersea Park.
The former Mercedes test driver Sam Bird won his home race after Stephane Sarrazin took the chequered flag in the lead but was then demoted to 15th for excessive energy use. Piquet championship comes 27 years after his father’s first Formula One Championship in 1981.
Bird was handed the victory after Stephane Sarrazin was handed a 49-second penalty for going over his power allowance. He said “The championship has been really tough. We’ve got a good group of guys. They trusted me and believed in me.”
The first season of the Formula E season was the world’s first electric powered racing series which took in ten major cities starting with a dramatic final lap in Beijing in September when Nick Heidfeld crashed out from the race flipping in to the barrier giving Lucas di Grassi the win.
The season has had many ex and test drivers completing including Lucas di Grassi, Franck Montagny , Sam Bird, Charles Pic, Karun Chandhok and Jerome d’Ambrosio.
Some of these drivers have taken victory and two champions Mario Andretti’s son Michael and Alain Prost have run their own teams. Jarno Trulli also competed and ran a team.
All the races gave us drama and action because races all took place on street circuits.
Nelson Piquet had a difficult career with Renault over a two seasons with the team alongside driving double World Champion Fernando Alonso. Piquet struggled throughout the season.
He always had problems through his brief career with a under compaetive car and mistakes. He did score points in some races but couldn’t deliver points and was involved in a few accidents.
He did claim some results for the team.
In 2009 he was dismissed by the team after his involvement in the Crashgate scandal. He revealed evidence to the FIA about how he was ordered to crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to make the safety car come out to allow Alonso to win.
He then went on to compete in Nascar where he did prove his abilities in the series.