After a storming start to the season in Beijing, the Renault e.dams team faced some tricky circumstances in the second FIA Formula E event. The stifling heat in Putrajaya, Malaysia, caused both Nico Prost and Sebastien Buemi some technical issues, and saw them finish in 10th and 12th position respectively.
Buemi started the race in pole position, with Prost hot on his heels in fifth place, evidence of their success so far this season. Despite an impressive start, with Buemi leading the way at the head of the pack, and Prost climbing to third position, an issue with the cars’ software forced the drivers to pit early or stop, sacrificing the ground they’d made earlier.
In his bid to climb back up the field, Buemi drove the fastest lap of the race, earning him a potentially-vital two extra points. Prost’s 10th placing secured him one point.
Despite this disappointing outcome, both drivers and their team will have learnt valuable lessons this weekend, and will undoubtedly put these experiences to good use in their preparations for the next race in Uruguay.
By teaming up with e.dams to compete in the Formula E championship for fully electric single-seaters, Renault has risen to a new challenge for automotive racing and technology.
Renault is the official technical partner of the new championship for fully electric single-seaters, the Formula E, and the title sponsor of the e-dams–Renault racing team. Through this partnership, Renault is making an active contribution to a completely new and especially innovative field of motor racing. This new challenge is an opportunity for the company to apply its dual expertise in motor racing and electric vehicle design.
A European leader in electric vehicle manufacturing whose unique expertise has been serving motor racing since the company was founded, Renault is the technical partner of Spark Racing in the development of the FIA Formula E fully electric single-seater.
Renault expertise in electric vehicle design has been a major asset in the development of the new Formula E championship. Furthermore, through its participation, the company clearly intends to spark further innovation and test new technology that it can deploy across the range of tomorrow’s mass-production Renault electric vehicles.
The London ePrix will encompass two races – Rounds 10 and 11 – taking place at Battersea Park on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July. This is the final ePrix of the season where the champion will be crowned.