31/01/2018

Renault e.dams returns to podium in Morocco

The Renault e.dams team arrives at a new circuit in Santiago, Chile this Saturday (3 Feb) for round three of the 2017-18 FIA Formula E season having got back to podium form in the previous race in Morocco.
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Swiss Sébastien Buemi, its 2015/16 Champion, qualified on pole position and led for much of the race in Marrakesh only to drop to second position in the closing stages.

 

But the result was still good enough to elevate him up to sixth in the drivers’ standings – a marked improvement following two tough opening rounds in Hong Kong in December.

 

His French team-mate Nico Prost was spun round by another competitor early on but still fought back to cross the line in ninth – only to then be demoted to 13th by a time penalty. He is currently 15 in the drivers’ table while Renault e.dams is sixth in the Teams’ championship – a title it won back to back in 2015/16 and 106/17.

 

Buemi reflected: “I had a great start and it was quite easy to keep the lead. (Sam) Bird was pushing hard but I would say that towards the end of the first stint I was more in control. After the car swap everything felt very good, but then Felix (Rosenqvist) started to pick up the pace and catch me.

“When I wanted to defend, the Fanboost didn’t work as it wasn’t configured for the car; we had to change cars before the start and the second one wasn’t set up for the Fanboost. When I tried to push it didn’t engage and I was relying on that to protect in that corner. But second position is still good points and we can look forward to Santiago with confidence.”

 

Prost said: “I’m very happy for the team that Séb was able to make the podium, but also a little frustrated as I couldn’t make the most of the car’s performance… Séb did a great job today and shows that there is a lot of potential for the team this year.”

 

After this weekend’s Santiago E-Prix the Formula E calendar moves on to races in Mexico and Uruguay in March.