Sebastien Buemi pulls off a hat trick in Buenos Aires
Swiss ex-F1 driver and reigning Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi has won his third straight race in the current Formula E season. Despite starting from behind his biggest rival in the series, Lucas Di Grassi on pole, and another ex-Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne, Buemi took the victory with style in Argentina.
Jean-Eric Vergne, who finished second, brought the Techcheetah team its first ever podium in its current incarnation (the former Team Aguri had one race-victory to its name from the inaugural 2014-15 season). For pole-man Lucas Di Grassi the end-result was quite disappointing with both his main rival and Vergne passing him. The race was, again, uncharacteristically weak from Abt-Schaeffler with Di Grassi’s team-mate Daniel Abt rising from the back to 8th only during the race’s second half.
Buemi now leads with 75 points to Di Grassi’s 46.
Though the race was largely not very exciting, we did see the Dragon Team drivers Loïc Duval (6th) and Jerome D’Ambrosio (8th) have a rather furious match with each other. On one hand, due to there not being any incidents, NextEV finally returned to form with inaugural season champion Nelson Piquet Jr. finally scoring points as 5th, with team-mate Oliver Turvey a solid 9th.
Virgin’s Argentinian driver Jose Maria Lopez took 10th and one point for the team. Conversely, things went bad for Sam Bird who slipped off the circuit and was forced to retire later. The end result was embarrassing for the driver, who was on the podium in the previous race. Bird was in the running for the championship last season for a good while but mistakes like this is what eventually cost him. Here’s hoping Bird can improve in the future.
Season new-comer Jaguar continued to struggle with Mitch Evans a lowly 13th and Adam Carroll’s car freezing up on the starting grid. When Carroll’s car finally did take off, his mechanics forgot to tell them that the race was on full course yellows, which probably incurred him a penalty. This was a moot point however, as Carroll ended up finishing 17th and one-lap down.
Mahindra crashed heavily. After promising starting positions, Nick Heidfeld somehow slipped all the way back to 15th. Last race’s surprise podium challenger, Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist, suffered a disastrous pit-stop when, after switching cars, his second car wouldn’t start up causing him to fall behind the entire group. Felix’s consolation prize was 1 point for making the fastest lap despite being qualified 18th, dead last and 3 laps down. Lycka till i Mexico, Felix!
Top-3 Championship lead (3 races out of 12):
- Sebastien Buemi, 75 points (Renault-e.Dams)
- Lucas Di Grassi, 46 points (Abt-Schaeffler)
- Nicolas Prost, 36 points (Renault-e.Dams)