Drivers Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost endured a tough time in the all-electric racing category’s latest round in Long Beach, California in their Renault Z.E. 15 cars.
Buemi crashed with a rival and has seen ABT Schaeffler Audi team rival Lucas di Grassi move one point clear of him at the head of the drivers’ championship. Prost was also out of the points.
Buemi, though, did set the race’s fastest lap – the fifth time out of the six races so far that a Renault e.dams car has done so.
Indeed Prost had been the fastest driver on track during the previous round in Mexico in which he finished fourth and Buemi second.
And despite the problems encountered in the USA race, Renault e.dams still holds the lead in the Formula E Teams’ championship, albeit by a much-reduced margin over ABT. Prior to Long Beach the gap had been 46 points but is now down to just six.
Buemi admitted he was at a fault for his crash in Long Beach and said: “Clearly the pace was there, we were quicker than the rest and I caught them a lot – I’m disappointed because it’s a missed opportunity.”
And added Prost: “Obviously we struggled here a little more than usual with pace but I was still running in fourth and could have had a shot at the podium. It was just another penalty; we have had problems in the pits for three races in a row now. I’m not very happy about it but I’m sure the team will come back stronger in Paris.”
This Saturday’s Paris ePrix will be held on a new 1.9km street course around the iconic Les Invalides building. British TV channel ITV4 is showing all the action live from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.