The Frenchman has had a terrible start to his title defence and was pointless in the previous three races leaving him 11th in the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ Championship coming into China – but a resounding victory lifted him back into title contention.

The first-half of the season’s incredible streak of unpredictable results has blown the Championship wide open with BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Antonio Felix da Costa now leading – after a third-place finish in Sanya - but with the top six separated by just ten points after finishing third.

Nissan e.dams’ British rookie Oliver Rowland produced his best Formula E drive to qualify in pole for the first time but was unable to hold off Vergne and had to settle for second-place – his first podium in the Championship.

Previous Driver’s Championship leader Sam Bird had his worst day of his Season 5 after qualifying in 16th and then retiring from the race after just a couple of minutes following a collision with Stoffel Vandoorne.

Lucas di Grassi had a difficult day after failing to activate Attack Mode twice – showing that even after 51 races Formula E can still throw up unexpected challenges – and recovering to raise to sixth only to be t-boned by Robin Frijns on the final lap.

Sebastien Buemi produced the drive of the day after a technical infringement in qualifying saw him start from the pit lane. The Swiss former Champion carved through the grid to rise 16 places and finished in sixth position.