Nelson Piquet eased to his second Formula E victory a the Moscow ePrix, extending his second championship lead with two rounds remaining in the inaugural season. 

The Brazilian started from second on the grid but got the the jump on pole sitter Jean Eric-Vergne who was bogged down by wheel spin.

Once ahead Piquet never looked back, leading the race by five seconds before he pitted a lap earlier than most of his rivals.

Despite the early stop meaning having to save more energy than the remainder of the grid, Piquet was able to keep the gap at two seconds, meaning the China Racing driver has a 12 point lead in the championship heading into London.

Fellow Brazilian Lucas di Grassi bounced back from his exclusion in Berlin to claim second place despite an overheating battery in the closing stages.

While the top two were unchallenged there was plenty of drama for the final podium place.

Vergne was sitting pretty in third going into the final lap but ultimately finished in fifth position due to a missed opportunity. Sebastien Buemi made a move around the outside of the chicane but was forced to run wide, meaning he had to give the position back but when Vergne failed to repass Buemi went on to claim the final podium position.

During the drama Nick Heidfeld managed to pass Vergne meaning the German claimed third place continuing his good form from Berlin.

Daniel Abt took sixth, ahead of Salvador Duran and Antonio Felix da Costa who bottled up behind Jarno Trulli for most of the race.

Rounding out the top ten was Nico Prost and Formula E debutant Justin Wilson.

Charlie Price – charlie@sportscarglobal.com