Sebastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) takes his third win in a row this season in Formula E in Argentina. The Swiss driver was unmatchable through the streets of Bienos Aires. He extended his lead in the championship to 29 points. Buemi started from third place, but both he and Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) passed pole man Lucas di Grassi during the early stages. By this time ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver struggled for pace.
Buemi then passed Vergne into Turn 1 on Lap 6, taking a lead. He completed the mandatory car change without problems. Vergne finished second and Di Grassi, having lost the lead on Lap 3, dropped down as far as fifth. But he jumped Oliver Turvey through the pit phase and re-passed Nicholas Prost in the second stint to take third.
The Brazilian’s podium finish remains provisional amid an investigation for being unsafely released into the path of Nelson Piquet Jr. as he exited his garage during the car swaps. Prost took fourth, ahead of Piquet Jr. and Loic Duval.
D’Ambrosio, having lost out to Duval, also slipped behind Audi’s Daniel Abt, while Turvey regressed to ninth, in front of DS Virgin’s Jose Maria Lopez. Lopez started from the back of the pack after a mistake in qualifying but made steady progress to round out the top 10 at his home event.
Mitch Evans would claim Jaguar’s first points in Formula E. He started seventh and was running in the top 10 for the first two-thirds of the race.But the New Zealander picked up a five-second time penalty for speeding under a full-course yellow. And he dropped to 11th on the road anyway after having to save energy in the closing stages.
Felix Rosenqvist lost the chance to score points when his second Mahindra refused to fire up in the pits. The Swede eventually got going and he ended up 18th. But at least he did the fastest lap of the race.
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