Drama and drones at Formula E race

Hong Kong hosted an incident packed FIA Formula E race last weekend in the Central harbourfront, with police arresting three men for flying drones over the race track. Formula E is the world’s first fully electric car race.

Reigning FIA Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi got his title defence off to the perfect start with victory in the 2016 HKT Hong Kong ePrix.

Buemi took the lead in the second half of the race when Sam Bird pitted for his mandatory car swap. The DS Virgin Racing car failed to pull out of the pits, allowing Buemi, who had made his stop earlier, to claim his seventh Formula E win.

The race covered a circuit of 2-kilometres around the Central Harbourfront, passing IFC, Hong Kong Observatory Deck, Star Ferry Pier and City Hall.

An estimated 30,000 people attended the event.

After the race, police confirmed three men were arrested on Lung Wo Road for “seriously threatening the public’s safety” by flying drones over the track just as the race was starting. The men were charged with violating the Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995.

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