Buemi slams title rival Di Grassi ahead of finale


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Current Formula E championship leader Sebastien Buemi has reignited his rivalry with Lucas di Grassi ahead of next weekend’s title decider in Montreal.

In an explosive rant to Autosport, Buemi showed that there is still no love lost between the two drivers since they clashed in last year’s finale at the London ePrix.

Ever since di Grassi careered into the back of Buemi’s car in that race there has been bad blood between the two, with Buemi believing the collision was a deliberate move in an attempt to take the title from him.

And in his latest comments Buemi went on to criticise di Grassi’s reaction to that crash, and revealed that the two had clashed again since that race, although he did not go into detail as to what exactly happened.

Speaking about last year’s crash, Buemi said, “I respect him as a driver but I don’t respect what happened last year.

“People within the sport know exactly what happened there. If [a collision] happens once more like this, what do you think people will think then?

“It will be very hard to explain for him. He can’t afford anything like that again for his reputation, can he?”

He also hammered di Grassi for not accepting the blame for the crash, and his attempts to point the finger of blame at the Swiss driver.

Buemi said that if he had tried to win in that manner he wouldn’t be able to look himself in the mirror.

“Last year instead of him saying: ‘I tried everything and lost it and the situation happened as it did, sorry’, he then said that the fault is on me and I braked early,” Buemi told Autosport.

“This I didn’t like and didn’t think was correct at all. You can push things so far, but there is a limit and he went well over it that day.

“I prefer to lose with dignity than to try to win in a way where I could not look at myself in the mirror.

“Can he say the same? I don’t know, ask him. It is done now and it is over. We have had good battles since then and there is no real big problem from my side anymore.”

Speaking about the other incident that occurred between the two, Buemi revealed, “After Battersea we had another bad story which nobody knows about and there will not be any publicity about this.

“So we had another problem too, but this is history now as well.”

Finally the Renault e.dams driver criticised di Grassi for his claims that he has outperformed his car.

Di Grassi has frequently said over the past two seasons that his Abt Schaeffler Audi car is down on pace compared to the Renault.

But Buemi pointed out that he has been more successful than several others who use the same powertrain as Renault, such as the Techeetah drivers, yet he has not praised his own abilities.

Buemi commented, “He seems to lack some confidence if he needs to speak to everyone all the time that he outperforms the car he has.

“The real good guys don’t need to say it, but he usually does and ends up just talking too much.

“If I wanted to, I could go around and tell everyone that I was the only guy who is winning regularly in a Renault car.

“[Jean-Eric] Vergne, [Esteban] Gutierrez and now [Stephane] Sarrazin have the same car and I am the only one to have won a race, in fact 12 races.

“I could do that, but I don’t because I feel like I don’t need to and people will see this for what it is.”

Buemi holds a ten point lead over di Grassi going into the double header in Montreal next weekend.