Swiss ace Sebastien Buemi won the opening round of the second season of motor racing’s Formule E Championship in commanding style in Beijing yesterday. After taking pole position in the new super pole shoot-out, the Renault e.dams driver went on to dominate the SWUSP Beijing ePrix, setting the fastest lap in the process to complete a hat-trick. I’m happy, the team has done a great job and Renault has done a good power train so I’m just looking forward to the next races Sebastien Buemi “It’s a bit of a weird feeling because I felt I was a little bit on my own, but I would not be against that. It’s good to win with a bit of a margin,” he said. “I’m happy, the team has done a great job and Renault has done a good power train so I’m just looking forward to the next races. We even managed the fastest lap, which was very difficult last year. Buemi fended off the fast-starting Mahindra of Nick Heidfeld into the first corner to hold the lead and went on the dominate the race over 26 laps of the street circuit created in the vicinity of the Bird’s Nest Stadium. He finished in 50:08.83, ahead of Brazilian Luca di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Sport) in 50:19.84 and German Heidfeld in 50:24.51. Heidfeld said: “I couldn’t be more happy for the whole team, we worked hard over the summer and it was a very tight race.” Hong Kong will join the global motor racing world next year by hosting a leg of the Formula E Championship, bringing high-speed electric car racing to the streets of the city. The Hong Kong ePrix will be held on October 9 on a 2.2km harbourfront street circuit in Central. Formula E, which prides itself on clean energy and sustainability, will stage the next race in its 10-city season in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on November 7, with Hong Kong set to open its third season next October. The open-wheeled cars can reach speeds of nearly 230km/h. They are powered by batteries, each lasting about 25 minutes, and drivers use two cars to complete a race.