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Nico Prost held off a charging Scott Speed on the streets on Miami to take his maiden Formula E Victory.
Prost’s first win in America, since Petit Le Mans in 2013 sends him to the top of the Formula E standings, seven points ahead of Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi.
The 33 year-old started from second and followed pole sitter Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne into the first corner before Sam Bird past the Prost later on in the lap.
The Briton continued his progress quickly closing the gap to Vergne. Despite having one of three fan boosts Vergne couldn’t do anything to stop the the Virgin driver, Bird outbreaking Vergne into turn five on lap 17.
Bird’s chance of victory was soon dashed when he missed his radio call to pit meaning he had cruse at slow speed for a lap, eventually coming out in 9th place.
After the car swap Abt, Prost and di Grassi all came out in front of Vergne who was under pressure from team mate Scott Speed.
The American, who was drafted in to replace Marco Andretti at the last minute, breezed past Vergne to claim fourth place. The 32 year-old driver then repeated the move on di Grassi with four laps to go.
With Abt’s battery running low, it was only a matter of time before he was in the hands of Prost and Speed. Abt couldn’t hold them off, and with one lap to go Prost slipped down the inside of the Audi Sport Abt driver, swiftly followed by Speed.
Despite Speed having six percent more charge the ex-Toro Rosso driver couldn’t make it past Prost, meaning the Frenchman victory secured e-Dams place at top of the teams championship, with a 31 point gap to Audi Sport Abt.
A lack of battery didn’t hamper Abt, the German managed to hold off a charging Jerome D’ambrosia for the final stop on the podium.
Despite a five place grid penalty and his second car not starting properly, Piquet recovered to bring his China Racing car home in 5th place.
Both Antonio Felix di Costa and and Formula E debutant Loic Duval came from outside the top 10 to finish in 6th and 7th place, while Sam Bird recovered to finish in eighth position.
While Lucas di Grassi dropped from fourth to with due to a overheating issue in his Audi Sport Abt, the same issue that saw long time leader Jean Eric Vergen retire on the penultimate lap.
Rounding out the top ten and scoring his first Formula E points was Amlin Aguri’s Salvador Duran.
Formula E returns at the start of April for Formula ePrix at Long Beach.
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