Sebastien Buemi has claimed a dramatic and frantic Formula E world championship by to setting the fastest lap of the race in the London ePrix season finale after he and Lucas di Grassi crashed on the opening lap.

After claiming pole position for the final race of the season the three bonus points put Buemi level on 153 points with di Grassi to set up a winner-takes-all finale.

However, disaster struck when di Grassi collided into the rear of Buemi's Renault e.dams car on the opening lap, effectively ensuring neither driver would make it to a classified finish.

Both cars didn't sustain enough damage to rule them out of running altogether and with quick calculations it became clear whoever could set the fastest lap of the race between the title rivals would take the two bonus points and therefore take the world title.

As a result, both drivers pitted for their second cars and traded fastest lap times as the race continued around them. Buemi's 1m 24.582s on lap 23 set the benchmark which di Grassi ultimately couldn't match despite his best efforts.

To ensure the title was his Buemi bettered his best lap with a 1m 24.150s on the penultimate lap of the race - despite being 17 laps behind the leaders - and di Grassi eventually conceded by stepping out of his ABT Schaeffler Audi on the final lap.

Therefore, Buemi clinched the title thanks to setting the fastest laps which gave him the FIA Formula E world title by two points from the Brazilian.

Elsewhere, Prost who avoided the first-lap clash between his team-mate and di Grassi, enjoyed a trouble-free race to claim his second consecutive victory in London from Daniel Abt in second.

With various drivers running out of energy at the chequered flag a number of time penalties were awarded post-race which promoted Jerome d'Ambrosio into third, Loic Duval fourth as Stephane Sarrazin rounded out the top five.

Bruno Senna claimed sixth ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, Nick Heidfeld and Antonio Felix da Costa as the dethroned Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr completed the points positions.

 

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