Alexander Sims has taken his first ever Formula E win in AD Diriyah after taking the last three pole positions in the series.
The Brit dominated from pole and was faced with two safety car restarts both of which he mastered to perfection.
It was a BMW one-two as Max Gunther claimed second place ahead of Lucas Di Grassi, however the German is under investigation for the first safety car restart.
Sims slowed the field down and took advantge of the safety car by going into pick up the Attack Mode power boost, as did many others, Gunther didn’t go for Attack Mode and subsequently overtook Lucas Di Grassi and Stoffel Vandoorne before the start line.
Sebastein Buemi and Antonio Felix Da Costa were running second and third early on when going into the chicane, Buemi, gunning for the Attack Mode, was tapped round by Da Costa. This resulted in a drive through for Da Costa and a ten second penalty for Buemi for an unsafe re-entry.
Before the penalty was handed to Da Costa, he took his Attack Mode, lost out to Di Grassi and pounced straight back. this put Di Grassi off line and Bird attempted to pounce which gave Mitch Evans an opening to overtake the championship leader.
This took Bird out of the race immediately and Evans cruised back to the pits to retire and the first safety car was deployed. The one of which the restart is currently under investigation.
Robin Frijns made Envision Virgin’s day worse has he slid out of the race at Turns 7 and 8, a stark contrast from 24 hours ago.
This deployed a second safety car, however when the safety car went in, the car was still partially on track so the full course yellow was brought out.
After Di Grassi took his Attack Mode and with Da Costa out of the equation, Sims had a sizeable advantge over teammate Gunther.
When Di Grassi ran out of Attack Mode, he could no longer keep up with Gunther meaning that the top three, investigation pending, would remain the same.
After Di Grassi, Vandoorne finished fourth, Edoardo Mortara fifth, Oliver Rowland sixth and Nyck De Vries seventh.
Andre Lotterer and Sebastien Buemi got handed post rae penalties which elevated Oliver Turvey into a very creditable eighth and Daniel Abt and James Calado into the points.