Saturday’s Buenos Aires ePrix saw Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) follow up his recent successes in Hong Kong and Marrakech with his third win on the trot, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) and Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport).
FIA Formula E Championship action resumed this weekend with a visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, which hosted the all-electric series for the third time.
With the track temperature standing at 35°C, pole-winner di Grassi got away to a strong start before being overhauled first by Jean-Eric Vergne on Lap 3, then by Sébastien Buemi moments later.
The reigning champion gradually extended his lead up to the mid-race car swaps, before stabilising the gap to take the chequered flag in first place and extend his lead in the provisional 2016/2017 Drivers’ standings.
Vergne secured his best result of the season by claiming second spot, ahead of di Grassi. The Brazilian fought back during the second half of the race after relinquishing his podium footing during the car changes. He found a way back past Nicolas Prost (Renault e.dams) on Lap 24.
Nelson Piquet Jr (NextEV NIO) rounded out the top five, chased by Loïc Duval (Faraday Future Dragon Racing) who started from 14th on the grid. The day’s fastest race lap (1m9.467s) was the work of Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) in the closing stages, while Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) crashed into a wall.
The Michelin Pilot Sport EV2 provided further evidence of its potential and durability around what stands out as one of the fastest circuits of the campaign (average speed: 120.3kph). Both the pole-winning lap and fastest race lap were faster compared with 2016.
Next round: Mexico City (Mexico), April 1.