Sebastian Buemi took another lights-to-flag victory as he dominated the London ePrix at Battersea Park. Jerome D’Ambrosio took 2nd whilst the Andretti of Jean Eric Vergne completed the podium. Buemi’s title rivals Lucas di Grassi and Nelson Piquet could only manage 4th and 5th respectively. Buemi’s win also sealed the Teams Championship for e.Dams-Renault
Much of the on track action was dominated by the battle of the Brazilians, with Piquet and Di Grassi fighting throughout. Piquet used his fanboost on lap 3 to try and make a move on Lucas di Grassi into the chicane, but a strong defensive move from Di Grassi saw Piquet forced off line and he lost a position to Vergne. Vergne then overtook Di Grassi, before taking another podium for the Andretti team.
The Brazilian rivals had an epic scrap on lap 3.
Buemi’s dominant win puts him just 5 points behind Piquet in the championship, and he was clearly delighted with the result. ‘It’s been a very good day’, he said after the race. ‘Hopefully we can repeat this tomorrow. For now we just need to look at the data and achieve the same tomorrow. I’ve got nothing to lose’.
Buemi celebrates a dominant win
A safety car in the second stint, caused by Daniel Abt’s stricken Audi Sport ABT, meant that the teams were less power restricted than initially predicted. This allowed Lucas di Grassi to set a fastest lap on lap 26 – his time of 1:28.2 was enough to give him two championship points.
Despite missing out on a podium, Di Grassi remained in high spirits after the race, although he expressed frustration with a fault in his car, which resulted in a lack of horsepower:
‘My first car had a huge battery problem. That’s why I had to come in early. Tomorrow I will push even harder, I need to win’.
Further down the field was Sam Bird, who made a number of overtakes in the closing laps to finish 6th, whilst newcomer Oliver Turvey finished 9th. Simona de Silverstro also finished an impressive 11th on her Formula E debut.
Buemi’s win puts him just 5 points behind Nelson Piquet going into tomorrow’s race, with Di Grassi a further 8 points behind.
Written by: Anil Parmar