Renault e.dams have said that they are happy with their result in the Paris ePrix despite missing out on a win.
Sebastien Buemi finished third and Nico Prost fourth at the team’s home ePrix, but they were both running comfortably behind eventual winner Lucas di Grassi before a late safety car.
It means that Buemi has dropped further back in the drivers’ championship, although the team did manage to extend their teams’ championship lead by a point over ABT Schaeffler Audi.
The Renault has proven to be the fastest car this year, but the team blamed problems with warming up the tires hampering their performance in qualifying.
It led to both drivers starting from further back than usual, and given he qualified eighth, Buemi was happy to get on the podium. “It was a tough race, we really struggled to generate tyre temperature today and it was always going to be difficult to overtake on this track, but when you start P8; finishing on the podium is always good,” said Buemi. “Now I’m going to focus on qualifying as much as possible in time for the next race, in Berlin.”
“Finishing fourth is not bad even if I would have liked to have been on the podium today,” added Prost. “The day hasn’t been easy for us as we didn’t have great pace during the practice sessions but us finishing third and fourth is better than we’d seen earlier in the proceedings.”