Buemi’s For­mula E streak rat­tles his ri­vals

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Sam Bird be­lieves he and his For­mula E ri­vals are “fight­ing for sec­ond place at the mo­ment” against run­away cham­pion Se­bastien Buemi.

Buemi made it two wins from two 2016/17 For­mula E races as his ti­tle de­fence con­tin­ued in per­fect fashion in Mar­rakech.

The Re­nault e.dams driver started sev­enth af­ter a pick­ing up a five-place grid penalty but rose up the order, pass­ing Bird in the process, to claim his eighth win in 23 For­mula E starts.

“There’s no point [fight­ing him], I would have wasted my en­ergy,” said Bird, who passed Felix Rosen­qvist late on to fin­ish sec­ond.

“It’s go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult to com­pete with that level this sea­son. He’s mak­ing it very tough for ev­ery­body else.”

Buemi now holds a 22-point lead over Lu­cas di Grassi, who fin­ished fifth in Mar­rakech. But Buemi will pri­ori­tise his Toy­ota LMP1 pro­gramme if the FE New York/ World En­durance Cham­pi­onship Nur­bur­gring clash next July re­mains. The next FE round is in Buenos Aires next Fe­bru­ary.

“Hope­fully we can avoid mis­takes and get some good points to make sure if the clash hap­pens I can still fight,” said Buemi.

Bird (l) says Buemi (c) is hard to beat

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