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
|1||Sebastien Buemi||SUI||Renault e.dams||104|
|2||Lucas di Grassi||BRA||Abt Schaeffler Audi||89|
|3||Nico Prost||FRA||Renault e.dams||48|
|5||Sam Bird||GBR||DS Virgin Racing||34|
|6||Nick Heidfeld||GER||Mahindra Racing||32|
|7||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mahindra Racing||28|
|8||Nelson Piquet Jr||BRA||NextEV TIO||27|
|9||Daniel Abt||GER||Abt Schaeffler Audi||26|
|10||Oliver Turvey||GBR||NextEV TIO||15|
|11||Mitch Evans||NZL||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||13|
|13||Antonio Felix da Costa||POR||MS Amlin Andretti||10|
|14||Jose maria Lopez||ARG||DS Virgin Racing||10|
|15||Jerome d'Ambrosio||BEL||FF Dragon Racing||10|
|16||Loic Duval||FRA||FF Dragon Racing||9|
|17||Robin Frijns||NED||MS Amlin Andretti||8|
|19||Adam Carroll||GBR||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||4|
Team’s Championship Standings
|2||Abt Schaeffler Audi||GER||115|
|5||DS Virgin Racing||GBR||43|
|7||FF Dragon Racing||USA||19|
|8||MS Amlin Andretti||USA||18|
|9||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||GBR||17|