“When you take the lead, it is always great, but you know all the overtakes were good, maybe the one with Sam and Felix were the best, because they were putting me in a good position.”
Rosenqvist was quick out of the gate and dominated the early stages of the race, at one point enjoying a five-second lead over Jean-Eric Vergne after the pit cycle. Vergne saw his chances dwindle when he was hit with a pit road speeding penalty.
That ultimately allowed Buemi to enter the mix for a top finish. Rosenqvist was powerless to keep the Swiss driver behind, having to conserve energy while his rival swept past with six laps remaining. From there, Buemi managed his pace and cruised to the win.
Meanwhile, Rosenqvist was unable to keep Sam Bird behind him for third. Bird had crashed during second practice and was generally pleased to have gotten this kind of result, given how the weekend started.
“I need to buy the boys a couple of beers tonight, because they worked really, really hard,” Bird said. “It was a big shunt actually, a lot of damage — but yeah the race was ok. We still have a lot of work to do, we struggle in some areas, the circuit is quite different to the ones we normally go to. So our car didn’t behave as brilliantly as the two guys sitting next to me; we struggled a bit more for the balance today, but even so, to come home with 18 points today is pretty strong.”
Nicolas Prost finished fourth, while Lucas di Grassi battled his way up from 12th to complete the top five. Daniel Abt followed in sixth ahead of Oliver Turvey, who overtook Vergne on the final lap . Nick Heidfeld and Jose Maria Lopez finalized the top-10.