Swiss Buemi started the race from third on the grid but quickly asserted himself in the lead and from there edged clear for another win in the electric racing car category.
It means he has now won all three opening rounds of the 2016/17 season in his highly sophisticated Z.E.16 car. Furthermore Renault e.dams has triumphed in 12 of the 24 Formula E races held since the formula was launched in 2014.
France’s Jean-Eric Vergne, whose Techeetah team also uses Renault powertrains, finished the race in second with Buemi’s team-mate taking Nicolas Prost fourth having climbed as high as third at one stage.
The result is the most convincing yet on track in underlining Renault’s technological genius when it comes to electric powered vehicles – particularly in such a highly competitive environment as Formula E in which many other big name automotive manufacturers are on the grid.
Buemi’s lead at the top of the table is now out to 29 points (his nearest challenger is ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport’s Lucas di Grass) with 25 awarded for a win. Prost is third and Vergne fourth. Renault e.dams is of course also in command of the teams’ championship which it won in 2015/16 thanks to the combined scores of Buemi and Prost.
“Today, with the heat, there were many other things to manage – especially the temperature of the battery,” said Buemi. “So at the start of the race, I took it pretty easy for a couple of laps to see where we were and we had the pace to pass the other guys. I have to say I had everything under control and I got quite a bit of a margin.
“Then on the second car we had some more issues on the brakes, so it was quite difficult to actually drive the car – the car was not braking straight. At the end of the day, you know in this category there is no point in having a big gap because if you use energy to create a gap and then you have a safety car all the energy is gone.
“So the best thing is to have a little bit of a gap, that makes you feel safe, so if you made a little mistake you could get it back.”
Renault e.dams’s push for a seventh straight victory will continue in Formula E’s next race – in Mexico City on 1 April.