Buemi looking for answers about lack of pace

by Scott Douglas

Sebastien Buemi says that he looking for answers as to why his pace dropped off in the second part of the Monaco ePrix.

The Swiss driver scored his fourth win of the season at the weekend, but was closed down rapidly towards the end of the race by the Abt Schaeffler Audi of Lucas di Grassi.

It came as a surprise to Buemi, whose Renault e.dams car had been dominant for most of the weekend, giving him pole position and enabling him to pull away from the rest of the field in his first stint.

His initial thoughts were that the drop in pace was due to a change in set up for his second car, but he was keen for his team to discover the exact reasons why.

Buemi said, “I was quicker the first half of the race and everything was under control, so I managed to build a gap between Lucas and I in case of a safety car.

“On the second stint, I was struggling to match his pace, so basically I did the entire race looking in the mirrors.

“It was in the second car where I had less pace, so we need to understand why this was.

“In general, we change a little bit the set-up of the second cars in order to use the extra grip of the circuit. If you want the perfect car, sometimes it need adjustments.”

The result helped Buemi restore some of the championship lead that was eroded after his poor showing in Mexico, and he now stands 15 points ahead of di Grassi.

Driver’s Championship Standings

1Sebastien BuemiSUIRenault e.dams104
2Lucas di GrassiBRAAbt Schaeffler Audi89
3Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams48
4Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah40
5Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing34
6Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra Racing32
7Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing28
8Nelson Piquet JrBRANextEV TIO27
9Daniel AbtGERAbt Schaeffler Audi26
10Oliver TurveyGBRNextEV TIO15
11Mitch EvansNZLPanasonic Jaguar Racing13
12Maro EngelGERVenturi12
13Antonio Felix da CostaPORMS Amlin Andretti10
14Jose maria LopezARGDS Virgin Racing10
15Jerome d'AmbrosioBELFF Dragon Racing10
16Loic DuvalFRAFF Dragon Racing9
17Robin FrijnsNEDMS Amlin Andretti8
18Esteban GutierrezMEXTecheetah5
19Adam CarrollGBRPanasonic Jaguar Racing4
20Stephane SarrazinFRAVenturi1

Team’s Championship Standings

1Renault e.damsFRA149
2Abt Schaeffler AudiGER115
3Mahindra RacingIND60
5DS Virgin RacingGBR43
7FF Dragon RacingUSA19
8MS Amlin AndrettiUSA18
9Panasonic Jaguar RacingGBR17

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