Abt led away from pole position and signalled his intent by building a lead of 3.5s over NIO’s Oliver Turvey in the opening 10 laps of the race.
His Audi teammate di Grassi made a move on Turvey to take second on lap 13 of 45 and began closing in on Abt approaching the pitstops.
The pair stopped together on lap 24, and di Grassi was able to reduce the gap to Abt with a stop almost four seconds quicker than this teammate.
When the pair emerged, Abt’s lead had been cut to under a second but his pace there on was scintillating. He set the fastest lap of the race on lap 26, and within 10 laps the gap had opened back up to almost five seconds.
With di Grassi seemingly having no answer for Abt’s pace, the 25-year-old German was able to cruise to a second Formula E victory 6.7s clear to secure an emotional one-two finish for the team.
Title favourite Jean-Eric Vergne was passed by di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi in the opening stint, but his tussle with Buemi was one of the highlights of the race.
Vergne dived passed Buemi at turn one to grab third place on lap 20, but Buemi had a quicker stop than the Frenchman and took the place back exiting the pits. Vergne was in no mood to concede defeat and took the place back on lap 35 to finish in third, and extend his championship lead to 40 points.
Buemi’s quick stop was not enough to clinch a place on the podium, but his pace was strong enough to pull clear of Turvey in the closing stages to secure a third consecutive top-six finish.
Turvey finished fifth and running in third for the first half of the race. The NIO driver was first to pit on lap 23, but struggled with energy management after his stop and was eventually passed by both Vergne and Buemi with 11 laps to go.
Sam Bird made a pass on Dragon’s Jerome d’Ambrosio on lap 37 to secure seventh place finish after starting from 10th. It capped a frustrating afternoon for the DS Virgin Racing driver who falls 40 points off the championship lead as a result of Vergne’s third-place finish.
Maro Engel recovered from a disappointing 13th place in qualifying to finish eighth for Venturi, one place ahead of Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer who started last following his Paris grid penalty.
Nick Heidfeld finish tenth for Mahindra, thus ending his wretched run of form to secure his first points since the Marrakesh E-Prix in January.
Championship outsider Felix Rosenqvist fell further behind in the title race, finishing in 11th place after a first corner spin dropped him back to 15th.
Jean-Eric Vergne now leads the ABB Formula E Championship on 162 points, 40 points ahead of Sam Bird on 122 points followed by Felix Rosenqvist on 86 points.
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