Sam Bird has taken victory in the second round of the 2014/15 Formula E Championship after a flawless performance around the streets of Putrajaya.

Having set the pace in free practice and qualifying on the front row of the grid, though Bird was beaten to the first corner by pole sitter Oriol Servia, the Englishman pounced after the first of two safety car periods to snatch a lead he would ultimately retain to the chequered flag.

Indeed, though Bird would have to contend with a second safety car period that wiped out his lead and a plucky effort by early-stopper Daniel Abt to eke out his car's battery life, the Virgin Racing driver could not be matched on pure pace alone, at times lapping 1.5secs faster than the opposition around the Malaysian street venue.

If Bird's route to victory was fairly uneventful, the fight going on behind him kept fans entertained with numerous overtakes and several controversial incidents.

Indeed, having been forced to start from the back of the field after striking the wall in qualifying, race one winner and championship leader Lucas di Grassi clambered his way through the field to second position, the Brazilian aided by having pitted a lap later than those directly ahead of him.

It was a similar story for newly-crowned World Endurance Champion Sebastien Buemi, who came from 19th to third place to finish on the tail of his WEC counterpart. His e.dams Renault team-mate Nicolas Prost made some amends from his Beijing faux pas with a composed run to fourth, albeit only after Bruno Senna slammed into the wall ahead of him on the final lap, the Brazilian losing control of his Mahindra just three corners from the chequered flag.

As such, Jerome d'Ambrosio rounded out the top five for Dragon Racing, ahead of Karun Chandhok and Servia, both of whom dropped several positions during the pit-stops having been running third and fourth during the first portion of the race.

Formula E debutant Antonio Felix da Costa picked up a top ten finish in eighth place, ahead of Jaime Alguersuari and Abt, whose strategic move to stop early during the second safety car - in the hope of a third energy-conserving safety car period - would see him promoted into a lead of 30secs at one stage.

However, with the safety car never coming, Abt would be forced to ease off the pace, tumbling down the order but still picking up 10th place and a point for his troubles on the final lap when Senna crashed ahead.

Elsewhere, Jarno Trulli was on course for a podium result after a strong start and pit-stop, but just as he was given a drive-thru penalty for an energy infringement, the Italian made contact with Nelson Piquet Jr as they disputed third place, effectively putting both out of contention.

Following his dramatic exit from the Beijing race, Nick Heidfeld endured another disappointing day after being nudged into the barriers and out of the race by Franck Montagny. The Frenchman's race didn't last much longer when he was caught up in a concertina effect through the hairpin and lost his front-wing.

Formula E newcomer Matthew Brabham, Ho-Pin Tung and Katherine Legge were all spinners, the latter taking out Michaela Cerruti on the first lap when she lost control of her Amlin Aguri car.

 

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