21/10/2016

VIDEO: Formula E title defence begins with victory for Renault e.dams

Renault e.dams’s defence of its crowns in the all-electric FIA Formula E racing championship got off to the perfect start with a victory for its reigning Champion driver Sebastien Buemi in Hong Kong’s opening round to the 2016/17 season (Sat 9 Oct).
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Buemi started from fifth on the grid but some cute overtaking moves, problems for others and a smart call to make his car-swap pit stop by the Renault e.dams crew enabled him to come through for a fine victory – and with a reasonable amount of energy from his Renault Sport powertrain to spare.

It was the fourth victory in a row in Formula E for Renault Sport-developed powertrains after Buemi and team-mate Nico Prost had won the final three rounds of the 2015/16 season in Berlin and London.

Prost finish fourth in the Hong Kong ePrix, making full use of his Renault Sport energy reserves after losing ground in the opening stages. His and Buemi’s results mean Renault e.dams takes an immediate lead in the Teams’ championship which it also won in 2015/16.

CLICK HERE to see short video highlights of the Hong Kong ePrix.

Round two of Formula E’s 2016/17 season takes place on another new street circuit – Marrakesh in Morocco on 12 November.

After the Hong Kong race Jean Paul-Driot, joint Senior Team Manager with Renault F1 legend Alain Prost, commented: "There is no better way to start season three. We saw that qualifying was very tight but the quality of our drivers and our strong strategy played out well.

“We are happy to be the first team ever to win in Hong Kong, just as being the first Formula E team to win in Monaco. These are fantastic milestones. I'm very pleased with how the team worked and the drivers delivered all weekend.

“Renault e.dams is a great combination of strengths with our technology, professionalism and efficiency giving great results!"

Buemi enthused: “Initially I thought we'd made a mistake when we made our pit stop under the safety car, but as we saw it all worked out perfectly. I'm happy with the result but we certainly had to fight for it.

“We saw in qualifying just how hard everyone was pushing and the race was not easy for us. I felt a lot happier with the second car in the race as we made some set-up changes, but overall this has been a great weekend and a superb way to start the season."

And said Prost: "I don't know exactly what happened on the first lap as I got stuck in the wrong mode and I lost a load of places. Fortunately I was back into the correct mode on the straight so I fought like crazy to overtake everyone I could; I was really going for every gap possible!

“In the end our race turned out really well and we had a great strategy. It was a fantastic result for the team today so I'm really happy for everyone.”