Buemi expands championship lead in Paris-style
Sebastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) brought home another victory for his team in Paris, while Jose-Maria Lopez was able to celebrate his first ever Formula E podium. Buemi’s main rival Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) experienced a race to forget.
- Sebastien Buemi
- Felix Rosenqvist
- Mike Conway
Sebastien Buemi was comfortably leading the race for the majority of the complete distance. As he decided to stop earlier during the full course yellow, Felix Rosenqvist took the lead for just a lap, before Formula E returnee Mike Conway was leading the pack for a handful of laps.
- Sebastien Buemi
- Jose-Maria Lopez
- Nick Heidfeld
Race winner and pole-sitter Sebastien Buemi scored 28 points in Paris, while Jose-Maria Lopez took home 18 points, followed closely by Nick Heidfeld who secured 15 championship points.
Nelson Piquet JR
Thanks to a strong performance during the race and several drivers ahead of them battling with issues, the two Venturi Formula E drivers Stephane Sarrazin and Tom Dillmann made up the most positions during the race – ten and seven respectively. Nelson Piquet JR, Nicolas Prost and Adam Carroll were all able to gain four positions in the course of the Paris ePrix.
After putting his car into the wall, Jean-Eric Vergne had to retire from the race, dropping from P2 to P19, thus losing 17 positions. Esteban Gutierrez meanwhile showed a solid race performance, but a five-second penalty put him in P12 in the end, equalling the loss of eight positions after a strong qualifying. Faraday Future Dragon Racing driver Jerome d’Ambrosio experienced another weekend to forget, losing six positions all in all.
The fastest lap was set by Sam Bird with an impressive 1.02.422.
Based on their free practice 1 performance and their quickest qualifying lap, Esteban Gutierrez, Oliver Turvey and Jerome d’Ambrosio were the tree drivers that showed the biggest performance jump. While d’Ambrosio was able to improve his time by 0.961 seconds, Turvey found 1.235 seconds on the challenging track. On top: Gutierrez. The Mexican surprisingly made it to Super Pole as he was able to improve his FP1 lap time by 1.291 seconds.
Lucas di Grassi
Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport
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