Sebastien Buemi started outside the pole position or the front row of the Punta del Este ePrix, but the fact that he is the best driver and has the best car of the FIA Formula E grid became evident after this race, winning his second round in the 2015/2016 season.
Lights went to green and Jerome D’Ambrosio started well while Loïc Duval didn’t have the same luck, being passed by Sam Bird even before the first corner. Sebastien Buemi found a way to pass Lucas di Grassi but got stuck behind Duval.
On Lap 4, Buemi overtook Duval with ease and took third place, while Bruno Senna had to to pit because of a puncture. The e.Dams driver was flirting with the second place, but Sam Bird made sure the Frenchman won’t pass. Although he needed a bit more than pressure, Buemi got second place, carrying Duval along against Bird.
Being clearly the quickest driver in the lead battle, Buemi started to put pressure on D’Ambrosio on Lap 8, but with another textbook pass through Turn 17, Buemi left D’Ambrosio behind to take the lead of the ePrix. Two laps later, a local yellow came when Nathanael Berthon spun his Team Aguri car, coming to a halt for a few moments. Taking the opportunity in the same Turn 17, di Grassi overtook Sam Bird to fourth place, and in the same place, a lapped Bruno Senna hits the wall, and as his car got suspension damage, he decided to switch to his second car.
The fight for the podium got really hot on Lap 14, as Lucas di Grassi presents his ABT Audi car to his FIA WEC team-mate Duval, really wanting to overtake. The battle was so intense that both almost had contact in the pit stop entry.
After the pit-stops, Buemi still had the upper hand, but now he was followed by di Grassi. Sam Bird was ready to secure his fourth place but then his DS Virgin car had a problem and stopped in the middle of the track. Bird tried to reset the car, but there was no improvement in his situation, retiring after trying everything he could do. After that, the first full course yellow came to the Uruguayan street track. Green flag came on Lap 22 but the situation was still on Buemi’s favor, leading with some margin but di Grassi just one second behind.
On Lap 32 everything was almost decided, but then Jean-Eric Vergne tried a move into Nelson Piquet Jr. to take the eighth position. They banged wheels and Piquet held his place, but a few corner later, Piquet banged wheels with the wall and retired, leaving the way pretty open to Vergne, who also passed Daniel Abt to get seventh place. With the yellow flags in place, Buemi’s work was to bring his car to the finish line, with di Grassi in second and D’Ambrosio completed the podium.
The Formula E show now takes a break and returns only in 2016, more specifically on February 6th, at the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
PHOTO: Renault e.Dams