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Nelson Piquet has become the sixth different Formula E winner in six races after completing a comprehensive victory on the streets of Long Beach, a result that puts him on the cusp of the series lead.

35 years after his father took his first F1 victory in Long Beach, his son achieved his own accolade there by snatching the lead of the race from the first corner and never looking back as rivals squabbled behind.

The Brazilian's attack at the first corner was only made possible by original pole sitter Sebastien Buemi being demoted to tenth after he was judged to have exceeded the power limit during qualifying. As such, Daniel Abt was promoted to the front, alongside championship leader Nicolas Prost, but it was Piquet in third that had the inside line he needed to surprise his rivals by nosing in front at the first corner.

From here, the China Racing driver wasn't headed again, shrugging off a safety car period and enjoying solid pit-stops to reel off a comfortable maiden victory, making him the sixth different winner in six races.

Having shown plenty of pace, if not luck, ex-F1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne finally put his form in practice by picking up his first podium of the season in the Andretti car, while Lucas di Grassi stayed out of trouble to pick up the final podium position and thus regain the lead in the standings.

Indeed, erstwhile leader Prost endured a fraught race, fighting a rear-guard action early on, before being punished with a drive-thru penalty for contact with Jerome d'Ambrosio, dropping him outside the top ten.

His e.dams Renault team-mate Buemi fared better, battling his way up to fourth place to keep his title hopes alive, while a late stop would see Bruno Senna re-emerge further up the order to round out the top five for Mahindra Racing.

Behind him, d'Ambrosio kept up his strong scoring record with sixth, ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa, Jaime Alguersuari, Loic Duval and Stephane Sarrazin.

In the overall standings, di Grassi has moved back in front, but Piquet's win sees him move just a single point shy of the top spot, with Prost and Buemi eight and 20 points adrift respectively.

 

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