Sebastien Buemi has hauled himself right back into contention in the FIA Formula E Championship with a dominant win in the London ePrix, slashing Nelson Piquet's lead to five points with just one race remaining.

With the slender, bumpy Battersea Park layout always expected to be difficult to overtake on, Buemi's made the most of his safety-car led pole position to manage his lead early on, before pulling off an impeccable pit-stop.

Despite a safety car in the second-half of the race, Buemi was never realistically challenged by Jerome d'Ambrosio who remained static from his second place starting position to score another podium, while Jean-Eric Vergne completed the rostrum with a fighting drive to third.

Indeed, in the context of the title battle, Buemi's win - coupled to his three points for pole position - has seen him make large gains in the overall standings, particularly after Piquet and Lucas di Grassi could only manage fifth and fourth respectively.

Piquet's race was ultimately determined when his efforts to pass arch rival di Grassi for third early on backfired when they made brief contact, the lost momentum dropping him behind Vergne in fifth, where he would remain to the end of the race.

Meanwhile, though di Grassi would also lose out to an aggressive Vergne for third, two points for fastest lap means the top three is now covered by just 13 points with a total of 30 up for grabs in the final race of the year.

Meanwhile, Buemi's win saw e.dams Renault secure the inaugural teams' title, putting it in position for a double success potentially come Sunday.

Of the remaining points' paying positions, Sam Bird made good gains to finish sixth, ahead of Nicolas Prost, Loic Duval, debutant Oliver Turvey and Stephane Sarrazin.

 

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