Formula E - Sparks fly as Di Grassi wins first electric race

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Audi Sport Abt Formula E Team driver Lucas di Grassi of Brazil takes a turn during the Formula E race at the circuit near the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing on September 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (AFP Photo/WANG ZHAO)

Formula E - Sparks fly as Di Grassi wins first electric race

Audi Sport Abt Formula E Team driver Lucas di Grassi of Brazil takes a turn during the Formula E race at the circuit near the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing on September 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (AFP Photo/WANG ZHAO)

- A spectacular crash at the last corner that ended leader Nicolas Prost's race and sent ex-F1 driver Nick Heidfeld flying into the fencing gave Brazil's Lucas di Grassi victory in the first ever Formula E electric race in Beijing Saturday.

The Frenchman, son of four-time Formula One champion Alain, led the gripping race until the final moments.

But Heidfeld made contact with the left side of Prost's E.Dams Renault shortly before the finish outside the Bird's Nest stadium in the Chinese capital and went barrelling into the air.

The German wriggled out of the wreckage of his vehicle and appeared to confront Prost, who looked to be gesturing his innocence.

Prost told AFP after the race: "I would not have expected for him to have attempted a suicide move at the end of the race.

"My victory was stolen. It is really hard."


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