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Bird claims Malaysia victory

ESPN Staff
November 22, 2014
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Sam Bird became Formula E's second ever winner after recording a dominant victory on the Putrajaya street circuit in Malaysia.

Virgin Racing's Bird made two key passes for victory, first on pole-sitter Oriol Servia on a lap four safety car restart and then on Daniel Apt after the pit stop window. Lucas di Grassi, winner of Formula E's inaugural race, finished second to maintain his lead in the championship, with newly-crowned WEC champion Sebastian Buemi rounding off the podium.

There was drama on the first lap as a coming together between Katherine Legge and Michela Cerruti prompted a safety car, which stayed out for three laps. At the restart Bird muscled his way past Servia and immediately stretched out a huge lead. Bird's pace was such that, when he became the last driver to pit on lap 19, he rejoined second behind Abt - who had come in before anyone else. Once he had dispatched Abt with six laps to go, Bird was unchallenged out in front.

Behind Bird, Di Grassi's remarkable charge from the ninth row of the grid was aided by a collision between Jarno Trulli and Nelson Piquet Jr colliding while battling for third. Di Grassi then reeled in team-mate Abt, struggling with a lack of power, to take second.

Abt's misfortune had an impact on the battles going on behind as well, with Nicolas Prost losing third after being held up by the slow car in front. Bruno Senna then used his FanBoost to motor past Prost the following lap. That moved Senna into fourth but on the final lap he got it all wrong, misjudging the left-hander at Turn 9 and hitting the wall.

That moved Jerome d'Ambrosio into fifth, ahead of Karun Chandhok, Servia and Antonio Felix da Costa. Jaime Alguersuari and Abt - who was leading the race with six laps to go - rounded out the top ten.

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