Formula E

Buemi Disqualified from Montreal ePrix I

1 Mins read
Credit: Formula E

Sébastien Buemi has been disqualified from the first round of the Montreal ePrix, his Renault edams car having fallen foul of the minimum weight rules in post-race checks.

The reigning champion lost the 12 points he earned for finishing fourth in yesterday’s race, his car coming 3kg under the minimum weight of 880kg.

Buemi’s team were forced to rebuild the car after an accident in free practice, and the stewards which handed out the punishment indicated this contributed towards the error with the car’s weight. They had noted that Buemi’s rebuilt car “used a new monocoque, battery pack and gearbox as well as many other new parts.”

The edams team had been in a rush to rebuild Buemi’s car, not helped by the tight timetable of a typical Formula E raceday. The stewards had also noted “that there was insufficient time to weigh the car after the rebuild and before the race, even though the weighing platform schedule had been increased by 30 minutes by the Technical Delegate. The team reportedly added 4kg additional ballast to compensate for any weight variation in the rebuilt car.”

This margin of safety was not enough, the car being excluded outright from the first race of the weekend and allowing Lucas di Grassi to open up an 18 point lead in the championship with only one race left.

Related posts
Formula E

Envision Virgin Racing launches competition for new eco-inspired race suit design

1 Mins read
Envision Virgin Racing’s contest for under 16’s is being run in conjunction with children’s illustrator Rob Biddulph (#DrawWithRob), National Geographic Kids and the UN’s Global Climate Summit COP26 ‘Together For Our Planet’
Formula 1Formula E

Felix da Costa ‘Wasn’t Interested’ in Paying for Portuguese GP Free Practice Chance

1 Mins read
Antonio Felix da Costa was approached by some teams prior to the Portuguese Grand Prix last year to run in Free practice at Portimão.
Formula E

McLaren sign option to enter Formula E in Season 9

1 Mins read
McLaren are set to explore a possible entry in to the 2022-23 FIA Formula E season following the end of their contract to supply batteries.