Buemi makes it three from three in Buenos Aires


2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship. Buenos Aires ePrix, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Friday 17 February 2017. Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Renault e.Dams, Spark-Renault, Renault Z.E 16. Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT/Formula E ref: Digital Image _X0W4394

Sebastien Buemi cruised to yet another win at the Buenos Aires ePrix to make it three wins from three in the 2016-17 Formula E Championship.

A disappointing qualifying left Buemi third on the grid, but he made quick work of passing Lucas di Grassi and Jean-Eric Vergne to take the lead of the race.

From there he controlled the rest of the field, keeping a safe distance to second place and ensuring that he had enough energy left should a safety car be called out.

Despite locking up with a lap to go, the Swiss driver never looked like he wasn’t in control, and he stretched his lead at the front of the driver’s championship to an impressive 32 points.

Speaking after his win he said, “The first stint was easier than the second, but there was never a need to get too much of a gap [to Vergne] because of the safety car.”

Behind him Vergne finally capitalised on the potential of the Techeetah car by grabbing second place.

He overtook pole sitter di Grassi with ease but simply didn’t have enough pace to keep the Renault e.dams of Buemi behind, leaving him to settle for second.

Di Grassi at one stage dropped to fourth place but drove impressively to keep up with Nico Prost and pass him with a few laps to go.

Although he is under investigation for an unsafe release, the nature of the pit-exit at the Buenos Aires track made it seem worse than first appeared.

Prost ended up finishing fourth, with season one champion Nelson Piquet Jr finishing in fifth.

His NextEV TIO team-mate Oliver Turvey had an impressive start to the race moving up to fourth, but a lack of energy towards the end of the race saw him drop to ninth.

The FF Dragon Racing cars of Loic Duval and Jerome d’Ambrosio finished sixth and eighth after a fantastic battle at the end, with Daniel Abt finishing between then in seventh.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing also came close to securing their first points of the season after Mitch Evans ran in the points scoring positions for the majority of the race.

He dropped back towards the end of the race however due to his low energy levels, and was pipped into tenth place by Jose Maria Lopez driving in his home ePrix.

Despite the point he scored it was a disappointing race for DS Virgin Racing, with Sam Bird dropping towards the back at the start of the race, and finishing in the barriers at the end while trying to set the fastest lap of the race.

It was also a disappoint race for Mahindra Racing, who saw their promising start to the season take a setback.

Felix Rosenqvist qualified towards the front of the grid but saw his race ruined by a problem while changing to his second car, and Nick Heidfeld didn’t manage to make the most of running a lap longer on his first stint as he struggled home in fifteenth.

It was once again Renault e.dams day however, after they extended their lead in the team’s championship, and Buemi made up for previous disappointment at Buenos Aires by taking a commanding lead in the driver’s championship.

 

POSDRIVERNATTEAM
1Sebastien BuemiSUIRenault e.dams
2Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah
3Lucas di GrassiBRAAbt Audi Schaeffler
4Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams
5Nelson Piquet JrBRANextEV TIO
6Loic DuvalFRAFF Dragon Racing
7Daniel AbtGERAbt Audi Schaeffler
8Jerome d'AmbrosioBELFF Dragon Racing
9Oliver TurveyGBRNextEV TIO
10Jose Maria LopezARGDS Virgin Racing
11Mitch EvansNZLPanasonic Jaguar Racing
12Antonio Felix da CostaPORAndretti
13Stephane SarrazinFRAVenturi
14Robin FrijnsNEDAndretti
15Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra Racing
16Ma Qing HuaCHNTecheetah
17Adam CarrollGBRPanasonic Jaguar Racing
18Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing
19Maro EngelGERVenturi
20Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing