Bruno Senna surges to fifth at Buenos Aires ePrix


Mahindra Racing’s Bruno Senna once again showed his adeptness at recovering from qualifying setbacks, with the Brazilian’s latest charge up the order seeing him take fifth at the Buenos Aires ePrix after starting in nineteenth.

However, once again Karun Chandhok was denied the opportunity to compete with his team-mate. Having set encouraging times in the sessions prior, his race pace also proved strong until a suspension issue on the fearsome final chicane ended his race less than 20 laps in. ‘

“I was right up there in the first half of the race and looking good for a very strong result however the right rear suspension failed on my car which ruined the race,” he said. I had taken that corner in the same way all day so it’s a little hard to understand and while it’s great to see Bruno making the most of the pace it’s a shame because we could have been up there with him.”

Senna avoided a repeat of Punta del Este, where his recovery drive ended with a collision with the wall, as he made a clean getaway at the start in Argentina and made up two places in the first lap.

While his driving certainly helped, the Brazilian was soon to be helped by the safety car caused by his team-mate, as plenty dove into the pits before the safety car.

This left most of the grid out of order behind the Safety Car and the race was under full yellows for several laps while the positions were corrected. At the restart Senna, the only Mahindra car left in the field, began to push hard in order to move up from his 12th position which he quickly managed.
A further aid to his cause was the drama towards the end of the race when, with Senna charging through the field, a variety of drive through penalties, overtakes, incidents and accidents changed the picture. As a result Senna moved into fifth at the flag.
“Of course scoring decent points like this is very good for us especially considering where we started the race,” reflected Senna. “But next we need to be scoring even bigger points as the season continues. Now we’ll be going back and looking over the past two races to see where we can improve and make sure that we start the race from the top five from now on and get that podium.”