15/03/2016

Buemi, Renault e.dams strengthen grip on Formula E standings in Mexico

Renault e.dams drivers Sebastien Buemi has significantly extended his FIA Formula E Championship lead with a second place finish in the all-electric racing category’s latest race in Mexico City in which team-mate Nicolas Prost joined him on the podium in third.
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Buemi had been in the running for the race victory all the way in the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez ePrix, but in the end crossed the line in third after an intense battle with Jerome d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing). However he was later promoted to second when ‘winner’ Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi) was excluded for using an underweight car.

A time penalty for another driver for corner cutting also elevated Prost to third – his best result of the season so far having started the race from a strong second on the grid. Prost also set the race’s fastest lap time – the fourth time in five races that the team’s Renault Z.E 15 cars have done so.

It all means Buemi’s lead over di Grassi at the top of the table is now 22 points – equivalent almost to a race win.

In addition the Renault e.dams team continues to hold a strong lead in the Teams’ championship which it won in Formula E’s inaugural 2014/15 season.

Swiss Buemi reflected on his Mexico result, commenting: “Whilst I don’t think we got the set-up quite right at this track, the final result has worked in our favour. The track layout made it very difficult to overtake and, obviously, I had some issues when fighting with Jerome but this is racing and sometimes it’s frustrating! But overall I am pleased that we have maintained the lead in the championship.”

And said Prost: “Apart from Punta del Este I’ve been fighting for a podium finish at every race, which these decisions from the stewards have allowed me! We knew that we had the pace having qualified well at almost every round and now it was just a case of getting a good result in order to really boost my confidence.”

Senior Team Manager Alain Prost added: “Following the stewards’ decision our results in Mexico are much better. We have a good team and a good car which is reflected in the final classification now. As for the event itself, it has been a fantastic for Formula E. The fans here are incredible and, despite the pressure on the championship to follow Formula 1 at this venue, they’ve put on a real show for everyone.”

From Mexico City, Formula E moves north to the famous Long Beach street circuit in Californian for its next ePrix on Saturday 2 April – one of three major motor sporting activities for Renault that weekend with its new Formula 1 team also in action in the Bahrain Grand Prix and the opening rounds of the 2016 Renault UK Clio Cup taking place at Kent’s Brands Hatch circuit.

Meanwhile after Long Beach the Formula E calendar then takes in races in Paris, Berlin and Moscow before its two title-deciding final rounds on a specially-designed course through London’s Battersea Park on the weekend of 2-3 July.