Buemi strikes back in Monaco
Unfortunately I missed the Monaco round of the 2016-17 Formula E season. After a disastrous failure in the Mexican round, defending champion Sebastien Buemi claimed victory once again (for the fourth time this season). With a 15 point lead to Lucas Di Grassi, who was second, Buemi looks like he may be able to afford sitting out the New York double-race weekend. With Nick Heidfeld in third, this was yet another all-ex-F1 driver podium fest.
Something must have happened to Nicolas Prost (Buemi’s team-mate) as his result was quite a pathetic 9th. Di Grassi’s team-mate, Daniel Abt finished 7th for the third time in a row. Meanwhile, Heidfeld’s Swedish podium-winning team-mate, Felix Rosenqvist, managed an okay 6th.
NextEV really seem to be legitimately back in the game with ex-champion Nelson Piquet Jr. achieving a season best 4th place. Venturi’s Maro Engel was 5th, scoring only for the second time this whole season.
Techeetah had a mixed day as, on one hand, Esteban Gutierrez drove to points at 8th for the first time. Although five cars did retire in front of him, it seems Esteban was able to defend his position well. At the same time, the team’s podium-winning driver, Jean-Eric Vergne, was sadly one of the five drivers to retire (alongside both Virgin and Dragon Racing drivers), crashed out by Piquet. Jaguar’s Mitch Evans claimed the final point for 10th, making this the second race of the season where the team has scored points.
Formula Es will resume in a week’s time in Paris.
Championship Top-3 (Round 5 out of 12):
- Sebastien Buemi, 104 points (Renault eDams)
- Lucas Di Grassi, 89 points (Abt-Schaeffler)
- Nicolas Prost, 48 points (Renault eDams)