Nelson Piquet Jr. son of legendary Formula One race car driver Nelson Piquet, captured the inaugural Formula E grand prix race in Long Beach, California, 35 years after his father’s maiden Formula One victory at the same race venue.
Brazil’s Piquet, became the sixth winner of the electric car series in as many Formula E races this season, finishing ahead of Andretti driver Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi.
China Racing’s Piquet started third on the grid, but was able to grab the lead over pole-sitter Daniel Abt on turn one. He managed two safety car periods en route to the win.
Launched this season, the Formula E series features 100 percent electric cars competing over 11 stops.
Nelson Piquet Sr. is considered one of the greatest Formula One drivers in history with 23 career wins and 60 podium finishes.
The next Formula E race will take place next month in Monte Carlo, Monaco.