Despite qualifying third and finishing the race third – which was promoted to second following Di Grassi’s exclusion – at the Berlin ePrix, Sebastien Buemi knows he will need to deliver more if he is going to get him hands on the Formula E trophy.
Feared for his qualifying speed – a skill which has seen him claim 3 pole from the last 5 rounds – the e.dams-Renault driver put his relative lack of pace in Berlin down to the unique characteristics of the wide and abrasive Tempelhof airfield circuit. However, speaking after last weekend’s race, Buemi expects to be back on the pace when Formula E arrives in Russia and takes on the city streets of next months Moscow ePrix.
“I need to win in Russia. We were far from the pace here after being under control in Monaco, but I think when we get to Moscow there will be a return to normality. I think the performance here was related to the circuit, maybe because of the concrete surface.”
“I’ve never seen tyre wear as bad as here, and I’m not sure we’ll see it again! This is an atypical circuit and we didn’t nail the setup of the car or the tyre pressures. Hopefully this was a bit of a one-off and we will be back with a better car next time. I’m quite happy with the result in Berlin because I felt it was not our weekend. We were slow all day, so it’s good to get some decent points.”
Sebastien Buemi currently sits second in the drivers championship, just two points behind current championship leader Nelson Piquet. Lucas di Grassi is a further 8 points back, but following his Berlin ePrix disqualification which saw him lose his 15 point WDC lead, the ABT Formula E Team driver is more determined than ever and may take some stopping:
The Moscow ePrix – Round 9 of the FIA Formula E Championship – takes place on 6th June.