Sebastien Buemi has said that he has no regrets about the way he drove this season, despite missing out on the Formula E title to Lucas di Grassi.
Buemi won five of the first six races, before being disqualified in Berlin and missing both rounds in New York due to his WEC commitments with Toyota.
He was disqualified again in Montreal after his car was found to be underweight, although this was partly due to the team being forced to carry out a hasty rebuild following a big crash in free practice.
Buemi then qualified poorly for the final race, and after contact from behind in the opening lap he was forced to pit, ruling out any chance he had of catching di Grassi.
Despite his performance in Montreal, and a poor showing in Mexico where he finished thirteenth, Buemi said he was pleased with the way he drove this season.
He said that the two disqualifications and the missed races in New York were the reason behind him missing out on a second driver’s championship.
“I’ve no regrets at all with my performance, I think I have done a good job,” Buemi said. “When you get disqualified twice and lose 22 points, plus miss two races in a championship which only counts 12 races, what do you do?
“The biggest problems obviously were to miss the two races and the disqualifications. What I have done and what the team has done is amazing, though. I have 12 wins in Formula E, I am happy with that obviously.”
Despite some harsh words about his title rival going into the Montreal race, Buemi congratulated di Grassi on his victory, before congratulating his Renault e.dams team on winning a third team’s championship in a row.
“I’m disappointed I didn’t win but I don’t take anything away from Lucas, he has done a great job. He competed in all the races and he deserved the championship.
On Renault he said, “It is amazing for the team, and they deserve it because they worked so hard, especially here yesterday and it was difficult not to be able to reward them with a good result.
“It is difficult to fully enjoy it because I lost the drivers one but this is all part of racing.”