Formula E: Three out of three for Buemi
Sebastien Buemi confirmed his supremacy in the 2016-2017 FIA Formula E season after winning the Buenos Aires Prix. The Swiss driver of Renault e.Dams team scored a third consecutive victory to strengthen his lead in the championship.
For the first time in his Formula E career, Lucas Di Grassi started from pole position. In the Super Pole, Brazilian driver and the championship runner-up set the lap time 1:09.454, beating Jean-Eric Vergne, Sebastien Buemi, and Oliver Turvey. Home crowd favorite Jose Maria Lopez had a poor qualifying session and started from the last place, while the last year’s winner Sam Bird started from P10.
Standings at the top of the grid remained unchanged after the start of the race but soon was announced full-course yellow for a while when Adam Carroll’s car stopped. On lap 3, the Techeetah driver Vergne took the lead after overtaking Di Grassi who quickly dropped to the 3rd place when Buemi zipped over. On lap 6, the reigning champion and championship leader took the lead while Di Grassi continued to struggle and lost positions in the battles with Turvey and Nico Prost.
Buemi was in a race of his own even before the cars change. Di Grassi slightly recovered after he jumped into the new car and moved up to the 4th. On lap 24, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport’s driver avenged to Prost and took back P3.
With three laps to go, Buemi made a couple of mistakes and his advantage was halved, but the victory never was really in doubt. Vergne finished 2nd in the third race of the season, while Di Grassi had to settle for the 3rd place plus additional 3 points for the pole position.
The next race on the calendar is Mexico City ePrix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, on 1st of April.