07/06/2017

Renault e.dams, Buemi continue to dominate in Formula E

It was a truly magical month of May for the Renault e.dams team and Sébastien Buemi who inside seven days took victories in Monte Carlo and then Paris to significantly increase their leads in both the FIA Formula E Championship’s teams’ and drivers’ standings.
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The Monte Carlo ‘ePrix’, run a shortened version of Formula 1’s Monaco GP circuit, saw Buemi lead all the way from pole position although he crossed the line only 0.3 seconds ahead of arch title rival, Abt Schaeffler Audi driver Lucas di Grassi.

It marked Buemi’s fourth win five races in the 2016/17 season. He and Renault e.dams had also won on Formula E’s only previous visit to Monte Carlo, in 2015.

On to Paris and Buemi again started from pole and this time he was well in control – his Z.E.16 machine, packed full of Renault Sport technology, again proving to be the class of the field in the world’s most competitive form of electric car racing.

At the time of writing, win number five (out of six) therefore had extended Swiss Buemi’s championship lead to a mammoth 43 points over di Grassi who retired from the Paris race. The maximum available from the forthcoming Berlin race (10 June) would be 28 points (win plus pole position)…

In addition ninth and fifth place finishes for Buemi’s Renault e.dams team-mate Nicolas Prost in Monte Carlo and then Paris have consolidated his third position in the Formula E drivers’ standings.

Crucially, combined with Buemi’s points, those results had also helped stretch Renault e.dams’s lead in the teams’ standings to 75 points (the maximum for a team in a race is 47).

After his Paris win Buemi commented: “To be honest, I was never expecting to be competitive here. Well, certainly not what I achieved today. So to be able to grab pole position and a win is amazing.

“During the race I had Jean-Eric (Vergne) under control even though he was pushing really hard. After the car swap, I knew I had to keep pushing and then he crashed. I thought I had a nine second but then the safety car came out.

“I would really like to thank my team because they’ve done an amazing job: both engineers and mechanics. They all worked very hard. Everything worked out perfectly so they deserve this win more than me.

Renault Sport F1 legend Alain Prost, who co-owns the Renault e.dams team, said: “Today for us is a double victory and it's more than symbolic. We are very happy to have won the ePrix in front of our fans. All of our partners were here, in particular Renault who has supported us since the start of the championship.

“We have also built a gap in both the teams and drivers championships which was one of our goals. We are really satisfied with today and we will enjoy this victory. After taking victory in Monaco, to win in Paris was one of our targets which we have achieved in some style.”