19/02/2016

Renault e.dams & Buemi fight back in Argentina to stretch Formula E lead

Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi continues to lead the FIA Formula E standings heading to Mexico thanks to producing arguably the championship’s most exciting yet on the streets of Buenos Aires.
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Buemi looked to be in serious trouble when he was forced to start last on the grid for the Argentinean race after crashing during qualifying. But the Swiss driver, winner of two of the opening three rounds, had other ideas…

Using his car’s Renaultsport technology to the maximum – the Renaultsport powertrain on his and team-mate Nico Prost’s cars is reckoned to be the most effective on the all-electric FE grid – Buemi scythed through the order to eventually finish second, right behind winner Sam Bird (DS Virgin).

The result means Buemi has increased his advantage at the top of the table slightly to four points over Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler) who finished the race in third.

A fifth place finish for Prost has also helped Renault e.dams extend its lead in the teams’ standings. However there was some frustration for the Frenchman – son of Senior Team Manager and Renault F1 legend Alain Prost – in Buenos Aires. Prost started from the front row of the grid but finished fifth following a quick spin mid-race.

Buemi later admitted to some frustration of his own, saying: “To be honest I’m a bit sorry for my team because I think today I had a great car and didn’t get the most out of it. But the race itself was great – it was hard because I think apart from (Felix) da Costa who stopped, I had to overtake all the other guys. It’s good to be here and finish second. I was a bit lucky with the safety car, in fact a lot. Without that it would’ve been a bit more difficult.”

Next up comes round five in Mexico City on 12 March before the calendar moves on to the USA, France, Germany, Russia and Great Britain with races on street circuits in Long Beach, Paris, Berlin, Moscow and London which hosts the final two rounds on a specially-designed course through Battersea Park on the weekend of Sat 2/Sun 3 July.

Racing fans can follow each race live in the UK by watching the action on the ITV4 channel.