The 31-year-old made Formula E history earlier in the day by becoming the first driver to secure a third consecutive Julius Baer pole position, and he went on to drive a serene race while the rest of the grid battled it out.

His BMW teammate Max Guenther finished second but was stripped of his podium finish, after an FIA investigation for overtaking the safety car. At the chequered flag, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas Di Grassi finished third and Mercedes-Benz EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne finished fourth, but both drivers were promoted following the race.

The revised result gives Vandoorne a second consecutive podium finish, on a fantastic debut weekend for Mercedes-Benz, despite BMW and Audi biting back in the battle of the German manufacturers.

Having won the E-Prix on Day 1, Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was forced out of the second race when travelling in fifth position after a squeeze with Mitch Evans and the wall – which also forced the Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver into the pits – and a nudge from Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein.

Bird suffering the agony after the ecstasy of Day 1 was representative of a race full of chaos and incident. Sims was the only driver to avoid the bedlam behind him as many drivers suffered collisions and crashes during intense wheel-to-wheel racing.

Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne had another day to forget after being forced to change his battery before the race which dropped him down to 24th with a stop-and-go penalty. The DS TECHEETAH driver finished 12th but was promoted to 8th following the FIA’s post-race investigation, giving the Frenchman four points to avoid finishing the opening weekend pointless.