Buemi: Buenos Aires win ‘an amazing feeling’


2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship. Buenos Aires ePrix, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Saturday 18 February 2017. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image _FER8342

Sebastien Buemi has said that it was ‘an amazing feeling’ to come away with his third win of the season at the Buenos Aires ePrix.

The Frenchman continued his 100% record after moving past pole-sitter Lucas di Grassi at the start and overtaking the Techeetah of Jean-Eric Vergne in the first few laps.

From there he dominated the race, easily building a gap to the following group and then maintaining it to ensure that he had enough energy left over should a safety car be deployed.

After the race he thanked his Renault e.dams team for a faultless performance and said that despite missing out on pole he was happy with his weekend.

“It’s been a very good weekend and to end with a win is an amazing feeling,” Buemi said.

“I think I had a better start than Jean-Eric, but I didn’t try to really attack him in the first corner. I stayed in P2 for a few laps just to work out our relative pace.

“When I saw I was a little bit quicker than him, I took the opportunity. After that the car ran faultlessly and there were no issues with the pit stop as the team did a great job.

“As a driver, I am very happy because I didn’t make any mistakes. To score as many points as possible was really important this weekend and it’s good to have three wins in a row this season.

“Of course, the points for pole position are missing but in the end I am more than happy with the result.”

It wasn’t quite as strong a performance from his teammate Nico Prost. The Frenchman started sixth but moved up into third at one stage, before falling victim to a fightback from di Grassi at the end.

It meant that he secured his third fourth place in a row, but despite missing out on a podium he was happy with how his race went.

Prost commented, “It was a very good race for me. I lost one place at the start where there was a lot of zig-zagging going on, but after that I chased the cars in front and made some strong overtakes.

“I was happy with the pace in the first car and overtook Lucas. My second car didn’t feel quite as strong, and he was able to re-take me.

“I thought we might get the position back after the race, but it wasn’t to be. It’s a very positive start to the season for me and the team.”

Prost currently lies in third in the drivers’ standings, meaning that Renault have a 51-point gap at the top of the team’s championship.