Nelson Piquet Jr wins the first ever Formula E Championship
iON Athlete Nelson Piquet Jr goes down in history for winning the first ever Formula E Championship
The first ever single-seater electric racing series took place in 10 cities around the world and the final stop was held in the centre of London.
The quieter, emission-free cars mean cities have been willing to lend their streets to the competition. 60,000 tickets were sold for the two days in London and people were intrigued to see the quiet, non-smelly race cars in action. Business entrepreneur Richard Branson who owns the Virgin Racing Formula E team said «I think four or five years from now you’ll find Formula E overtaking Formula One, With Formula E, you can still hear the roar of the cars from the tarmac as they come through a corner, but at least you can have a conversation and a drink when you’re watching which you can’t do with Formula One.»
iON race driver Nelson Piquet came to London leading the championship so the pressure was on to end the weekend victorious. Piquet was struggling a little with the London track and quoted “the track is tight and there isn’t much room for overtaking. It is also quite bumpy in some areas.” During the practise Piquet was pushing hard and lost the back end several times like he was driving his rallycross car.
In the two London races Piquet finished 5th and 7th which enabled him to win the inaugural Formula E Championship by a single point from Sebastien Buemi. See the video HERE