The Mahindra Racing driver, D & # 39; Ambrosio, prevailed in the shooting that followed the last safety car of the race ahead of the Virgin Racing duo, Robin Frijns and Sam Bird.
The drama was started by Sims attacking his teammate BMW Andretti on the outside of the left-handed Turn 7 approach at the end of the main straight of the track.
Both locked themselves and then gathered at the edge of the corner, with Da Costa entering directly to the barrier, while Sims ran wide, but continued to the fourth position in the tail of the safety car.
The safety car took the package for three laps, and most of the field was left with the final attack mode, with only four minutes left of the race.
Sims was the only driver among the first four to enter the shooting with the most power available and attacked Bird when D'Ambrosio's lead was erased by Frijns.
But the Dutch driver could not find a way even though D & # 39; Ambrosio blocked on the last corner and then shot the line to win by just 0.143, with Bird thwarting the Sims attacks on the Turn 4/5 chicane and Turn 7 in third seal.
At the beginning, Bird had moved away from the pole and seemed to have the first place sealed in the race towards the curve 1, but his front row mate, Jean-Eric Vergne, was pressed inside and the pair touched the vertex.
The contact sent Vergne around and the group had to take urgent measures to avoid it, which caused Sebastien Buemi and Mitch Evans to fall from third and fourth to 13th and 14th and 14th.
There was also contact between Nelson Piquet, Pascal Wehrlein and Lucas di Grassi, while HWA teammates Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffett also collided, and both retired a little later because of the damage they suffered.
Bird led the two BMW riders – Sims taking advantage of the chaos of Turn 1 to move to second place – during the initial stage, before the duo changed places and Da Costa took care of Bird on lap 11 of what was would turn into a 31- lap race
A main pack of six was formed, with Frijns, D'Ambrosio and di Grassi who joined the three leaders, to get away from the front.
Da Costa stalked Bird before shooting inside the Turn 4/5 gum – taking the lead after the British driver cut the corner and lost the start, with Sims passing his compatriot in the race to Turn 7.
From there, the two BMWs moved away and Bird fell backwards and was passed by Frijns, and then D'Ambrosio and di Grassi.
The pair of BMW seemed to have taken a winning lead before D'Ambrosio, who had deposed Frijns, led the rest of the top six leaders shortly before their dramatic collision.
Vergne set a dazzling pace for DS Techeetah to recover from the back of the pack after his turn to finish fifth.
At the end of the first lap, he was 14 seconds behind leader Bird, a gap that closed to four seconds when the safety car appeared on lap 27.
Andre Lotterer also made his way to the 21st place on the grid to finish behind his teammate Vergne on P6, with the pair of them passing di Grassi before the race was suspended.
Buemi and Evans recovered to the eighth and ninth, with Daniel Abt in 10th place in the second Audi.
Piquet finished in 14th place after starting ninth, with Felipe Massa lifting the back of the field in the 18th.
Wehrlein was the final non-finalist when he retired from his FE debut as a result of the damage he suffered in Turn 1.
Results of the race