After Sébastien Buemi won the Buenos Aires ePrix and team-mate Nico Prost finished fourth, Renault e.dams took tally to twelve from twenty-four ePrix since the series inauguration, a 50% success rate.
The race day started with the threat of the first full wet ePrix on everyone’s minds, however the clouds dissipated to a hot afternoon, once more putting the team’s technical focus on battery management.
The Swiss started from P3, his French team-mate began his race on P6. Buemi maintained position at the start, whilst Prost lost a place, however both worked their way forwards. Buemi took the lead ahead of the car swap pit stop, Prost moved to P3 by the same marker. Buemi defended his position until the end, taking his third win in a row, with Prost fighting with blunt weapons, losing his place to di Grassi, dropping to fourth.
“I chased the cars in front and made some strong overtakes. I was happy with the pace in the first car and overtook Lucas. My second car didn’t feel quite as strong, and he was able to re-take me”, the 35-year-old said and added, “I’ve lacked a tiny bit in qualifying, so we’re going to look very closely at the set-up as that has previously been a strength for me. If I can find just a little bit more pace in qualifying I’ll be very happy; that’s the target for Mexico.”
Defending champion Buemi proved his tactical skills. “I think I had a better start than Jean-Eric, but I didn’t try to really attack him in the first corner. I stayed in P2 for a few laps just to work out our relative pace. When I saw I was a little bit quicker than him, I took the opportunity. As a driver, I am very happy because I didn’t make any mistakes. Of course, the points for pole position are missing but in the end I am more than happy with the result.”
Renault e.dams leaves Argentina with 111 points in the Teams Championship, ahead of Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport on 60 points and Mahindra Racing with 37 points. Buemi has 75 points in the Drivers’ Championship with his nearest rival, di Grassi, on 46. Prost is in third position with 36 points.