Buemi’s Formula E streak rattles his rivals
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.