Buemi came out on top of a hard-fought opening few laps in Germany to eventually run out a straightforward winner of the race – round eight of ten. The opening laps in particularly required him to make skilful use of his Renault Z.E 15’s energy levels during the heat of battle.
Notably it marked the first victory for Renault e.dams since Uruguay’s Punte del Este round in December and was Buemi’s third win of the season (he had also won the opening round in Beijing, China).
The result leaves Buemi trailing championship leader, Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) by just one point heading to the final two rounds – to be held on a specially designed street course through London’s Battersea Park on the weekend of Sat 2/Sun 3 July. There a possible maximum of 60 points will be available from the two races (25 per win, three for pole position and two for setting the race’s fastest lap)
Furthermore in Berlin, Buemi’s team-mate Nico Prost secured a strong fourth place finish to help consolidate the Renault e.dams’ lead in Formula E’s teams’ championship – a title it won in 2015. It holds an 11-point lead over ABT with points scored by both drivers pointing towards a team’s total. Prost is also in with a realistic chance of third overall in the drivers’ standings.
Speaking after the Berlin race, Vincent Gaillardot, Renault Sport Project Leader commented: “It was a good weekend, absolutely! We knew we had been good in the races, but we needed to get back to the front of the grid and that’s what we have been able to achieve this weekend. The race was trouble-free in terms of reliability so we are back in business! Now the final in London will be very exciting...”
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STOP PRESS: Renault e.dams has confirmed this week that it will continue with the Buemi-Prost partnership for 2016/17’s FIA Formula Championship. Vincent Gaillardot said: “Formula E is the ideal platform for Renault to push EV development in order to remain at the forefront of this sector. To best develop our technology we need two intelligent and technically adept drivers who are able to work well together as part of a team.
“We also need two drivers that are quick on track to satisfy our sporting desires! With Séb and Nico we have exactly this and we have benefitted from their efforts over the past two seasons. We look forward to continuing to deliver at the highest level on track and ultimately bringing exciting EV developments to our road range as a result of our competitive endeavours.”