This last weekend’s Punta del Este ePrix saw a series of new marks in the FIA Formula E Championship for the fastest pole position lap, race lap and average speed.
The Uruguayan circuit provided the drivers with what Formula E (FE) called a formidable challenge, combining an uneven, dusty and narrow track with the usual energy management issues.
Sebastien Buemi clinched e.dams-Renault’s first win of the season in the 2014 Formula E Julius Baer Punta del Este ePrix with Nelson Piquet Jr. and championship leader Lucas di Grassi completing the podium places.
The Swiss driver fended off Jean-Eric Vergne in the final stages of the race as the Andretti driver pulled over to the side of the track on the penultimate lap.
Venturi driver Stephane Sarrazin posted the quickest time of in-season testing at Punta del Este, narrowly edging out race winner Sebastien Buemi. The Frenchman set his best lap of the day in the final minutes clocking a 1:14.649s, over a tenth clear of Buemi.
“I knew he was going to use his FanBoost, clearly we took it a little bit too safe in the last few laps when he started to catch me because I was still trying to save energy,” said Buemi. “It’s a bit silly right now but that is what it is. Then at the restart I locked the rear wheels twice in the chicane so it was a bit on the edge. I knew he was going to be fast but I don’t know what happened to him in the end. I’m really happy with today’s result.”
Renault Sport said the work done to achieve constantly-improving reliability, maximum safety and efficient performance levels meant that the Spark-Renault SRT01_E single-seaters were able to offer fans a spectacular day’s action in these challenging conditions.
The strength of the single-seaters, added Renault Sport, was demonstrated when Jean-Éric Vergne (Andretti Autosport) secured the fastest pole position set so far in the new series (average speed of 134.1 kilometers per hour or 83.32 mph), despite clipping the wall during his pole lap.
FE explained how the race went using these words:
When the lights went out, Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing) surged past the former World Series by Renault driver, who then reclaimed the lead on lap thirteen. Nick Heidfeld (Venturi) and Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) then both overtook the Frenchman, but the German was penalised for failing to observe the minimum time in the pits when changing car. On the penultimate lap, Sébastien Buemi defended his lead from Jean-Éric Vergne, who was forced to retire. The Swiss therefore secured e.dams-Renault’s first race win, meaning the outfit becomes the new leader of the teams’ championship. Nelson Piquet and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT), who still leads the drivers’ standings, joined him on the podium.
The next FE race will be held in Argentina for the Buenos Aires ePrix on January 10, 2015.
1. Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) 31 laps
2. Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing) +0.732
3. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) +2.635
4. Jarno Trulli (Trulli) +4.163
5. Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing) +4.698
6. Bruno Senna (Mahindra Racing) +5.197
7. Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) +6.514
8. Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) +7.567
9. Oriol Servia (Dragon Racing) +8.646
10. Nick Heidfeld (Venturi) +10.563
Fastest lap: Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT) 1:18.451
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS DRIVERS
1. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT), 58 points
2. Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault), 40
3. Sam Bird (Virgin Racing), 40
4. Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault), 24
5. Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing), 22
6. Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing), 22
7. Franck Montagny (Andretti), 18
8. Karun Chandhok (Mahindra Racing), 18
9. Jaime Alguersuari (Virgin Racing), 14
10. Oriol Servia (Dragon Racing), 14
1. e.dams-Renault, 64 points
2. Audi Sport ABT, 62
3. Virgin Racing, 54
4. Dragon Racing, 36
5. Andretti, 33
6. Mahindra Racing, 26
7. China Racing, 22
8. Trulli, 12
9. Amlin Aguri, 6
10. Venturi, 3