Sebastien Buemi made it two wins out of two ePrix in Marrakesh last time out for Renault e.dams after energy saving allowed the Swiss driver to catch and overtake Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who led for most of the race.
Buemi’s victory wasn’t straightforward after falling short in qualifying with a 5-place penalty for an underweight fire extinguisher, giving him the tricky task of climbing the order from 7th on the grid on a very narrow circuit.
— RENAULT e.dams (@RENAULTedams) November 12, 2016
But Buemi drove superbly and his win cements his place at the top of the standings but also extends his record of wins in Formula E’s short history. After the race, he said,
“I had a bad first lap because I consumed a lot of energy and you don’t want that, but then I started to overtake people but obviously, Felix and the other guys had a very big advantage.
After a few laps I realised I was going to go longer so, I knew that I would have the edge in the second stint, and then it was looking very good towards the end of the first stint but I had a big mistake in turn 11, the one just before the pit entry, I braked too late and I lost the regen and nearly went off. When you take the lead, it is always great but you know, all the overtakes were good, maybe the one with Sam and Felix were the best because they were putting me in a good position.”
– Sebastien Buemi
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Sam Bird also had a top-drawer performance for DS Virgin Racing despite a big rebuild of his car as a result of an accident in free practice. He added,
“I need to buy the boys a couple of beers tonight, because they worked really, really hard. It was a big shunt actually, a lot of damage but yeah the race was OK. We still have a lot of work to do, we struggle in some areas, the circuit is quite different to the ones we normally go to. So our car didn’t behave as brilliantly as the two guys sitting next to me, we struggled a bit more for the balance today, but even so to come home with 18 points today is pretty strong.”
– Sam Bird
— sam bird (@sambirdracing) November 12, 2016
Felix Rosenqvist did eventually cross the line in 3rd, scoring his first podium in only his second race after leading for 27 of the 33 laps. He now sits 4th in the standings, leading the Mahindra charge.
DS Virgin Racing scored all of their points so far this season in Marrakesh and move up to 4th in the team standings, passing the American Andretti Formula E team in the process. Meanwhile, consistency is key early on for Renault e.dams with Buemi picking up two victories and team-mate Nico Prost picking up two 4th place finishes. They are already well ahead in the team standings, the gap back to ABT Scherffler Audi Sport is already 38-points.
— Sébastien Buemi (@Sebastien_buemi) November 12, 2016
The result highlights that Renault e.dams clearly look like the team to beat this season and the likes of Audi, Mahindra and DS Virgin Racing already find themselves shortchanged. Buemi’s title defense couldn’t have started out any better.