22/01/2016

Renault e.dams, Buemi regain Formula E lead after second win in three races

Renault e.dams and driver Sebastien Buemi have returned to the top of the FIA Formula E Championship’s teams’ and drivers’ standings following an emphatic victory in the Punte del Este ePrix in Uruguay.
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Buemi had looked to be on course for pole position on his qualifying lap until a mistake cost him time and meant he started the race from fifth on the grid. He had earlier crashed in a practice session leaving the Renault e.dams team much work to do to fix his car in time for the qualifying session.

In the race, though, a combination of Buemi’s driving and the Renaultsport powertrain – recognised as the class of the field at present in the world’s most advanced all-electric racing category – enabled him to pick off his rivals and move to the front in no time.

From there he dominated until a safety car period closed up the order late on. At the re-start, however, he was quick to re-assert his authority and again rapidly drew clear of chief championship rival, Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi, for his second win in three races. Just as in the championship’s opening round in China he also set the race’s fastest lap with a time some half a second faster than any other driver.

Renault e.dams team-mate Nicolas Prost lost out as the order shuffled about on the opening lap around the tight, twisty street circuit but recovered to finish in fifth.

Formula E’s next round is in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday 6 February and UK Renaultsport enthusiasts will be able to watch the action live on the ITV4 channel.

Renault e.dams Senior Team Manager (and four-time F1 World Champion) Alain Prost said of the squad’s win in Uruguay: “We’re all really happy with the result here in Uruguay, especially after the day we had. The team did a fantastic job to turn the car around after Sebastien’s crash during practice. This result means we can go into the New Year feeling positive and ready to race in Argentina.”