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Buemi makes Formula E racing history with wins for Renault
ANOTHER ePrix, another first place for Sebastien Buemi.
Switzerland’s Buemi has made Formula E history by becoming the first driver to win three races in a row.
Victory for the Renault e.dams ace continues the perfect start to his title defence.
It was his ninth win in the allelectric street racing series, and the 12th for the team.
That means Renault e.dams have now won half of all the Formula E races that have taken place.
But in front of 21 000 enthusiastic fans, Buemi had to work hard for his victory. From his first-ever Julius Baer pole position, Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) led away at the start, while Jean-Eric Vergne slotted his Techeetah into second place.
Di Grassi was struggling with his car, and in quick succession he was passed by Vergne and then Buemi. Techeetah uses the same powertrain as Renault e.dams, but there was nothing Vergne could do to stop Buemi charging past into the lead.
Further back, Di Grassi slipped behind the impressive NextEV Nio of Oliver Turvey and the second Renault e.dams of Nico Prost as his struggle intensified.
By the time the mandatory car change pit stop came around, Buemi was almost six seconds to the good and seemingly set for an easy win.
But the brake balance of the second car was far from his liking, and struggling to slow the car in a straight line, his pace dropped off, which allowed Vergne back into the hunt.
Di Grassi was now also a contender. A slow stop for Turvey dropped him out of the podium fight, while an aggressive pass on Prost moved Di Grassi back into the top three.
With the car handling much more to his liking, he was closing in on both Buemi and Vergne, but the gap was too big for him to overcome.
Three wins in a row have increased Buemi’s points lead to a huge 29 points. And after two previous disappointments at the Puerto Madero track, he was delighted to take another win.
Despite never getting close enough to pressure Buemi for the win, Vergne was very pleased to take second — the first podium finish for the new Techeetah team.
Another podium for Di Grassi — his 15th in total — keeps him in second place in the championship, but he knows that he and his ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team will have their work cut out to overthrow Buemi.
For the third race in a row, Prost took fourth place for Renault e.dams.
Season one champion Nelson Piquet Jr claimed his best result since his title-winning campaign with a strong fifth for NextEV Nio, while behind him waged a fabulous battle for the remaining points positions.
The championship now moves to Mexico City and the historic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, where round four of the 2016/17 season takes places on April 1. — WR.
1. Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams 2. Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 3. Nico Prost, Renault e.dams 4. Jean-Eric Vergne, Techeetah 5. Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Racing 6. Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing
1. Renault e.dams 2. ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport 3. Mahindra Racing 4. NextEV Nio 5. Techeetah 6. DS Virgin Racing 7. Faraday Future Dragon Racing 8. Andretti Formula E 9. Venturi Formula E 10. Panasonic Jaguar Racing
The FIA Formula E has named Spark Racing Technologies as the supplier of the next generation of Formula E race cars. For the fifth season of Formula E, which starts in late 2018, Spark Racing Technology will partner with chassis builder Dallara to develop a ‘SRT05e’ chassis under newer, stricter regulations than in seasons past. The French company promises improved aerodynamics, a reduction in weight, and more efficient use of the battery. Spark does not use a traditional rear wing but a big diffuser. Manufacturers currently participating in the series include Renault, Audi, Jaguar, Mahindra, and Citroën’s DS sub-brand, as well as startups NextEV and Faraday Future. BMW and Mercedes-Benz have taken options to enter the series at a future date, while Audi has said it will expand its presence. DIFFUSER REPLACES REAR WING ON NEXT E-RACERS
Sebastien Buemi won the first three Formula E titles in a row in the Renault e.dams.