Buenos Aires ePrix – Sebastien Buemi became the first driver in Formula E to take a hat-trick of victories in Season Three with a win in Buenos Aires.
Jean-Eric Vergne was second in the Techeetah Renault customer car for their first podium finish, with Lucas di Grassi completing the top three to give Buemi a 29 point lead in the drivers’ championship.
Di Grassi led the field away but the racing action was interrupted after half a lap as Adam Carroll’s Jaguar failed to properly get going, prompting a full course yellow.
Carroll managed to get his car going but promptly retired from the race. Meanwhile team mate Mitch Evans, who had qualified an impressive seventh for Jaguar’s best Formula E qualifying, was handed a five second penalty for speeding under full course yellow.
The Kiwi was able to hold a points position for the majority of the race, and was poised to take Jaguar’s first Formula E points, but was thirteenth once the penalty was applied.
Jean-Eric-Vergne, who shared the front row with di Grassi, took the lead from the Brazilian on Lap 3 with a pass into the Turn 4 left-hander, with Sebastien Buemi following his former fellow Toro Rosso driver through three corners later.
Buemi then made a vie for the lead on Lap 6, overtaking into the Turn 1 hairpin, where he stayed until the end of the race to take his third win out of three races this season.
Di Grassi meanwhile fell further backwards, dropping as low as fifth place behind Oliver Turvey’s NextEV and Buemi’s team mate Nico Prost.
During the car swap di Grassi came out right in front of Nelson Piquet, which led to the ABT driver being under investigated for an unsafe release. A decision is yet to be made.
He immediately looked more comfortable in the second car, however, repassing Prost to get himself back on the podium.
Piquet took fifth place but team mate Turvey was challenging for his maiden Formula E podium when a pit stop error dropped him from third to sixth. He pitted a lap earlier than the majority of runners on Lap 18, meaning he had to drive conservatively in his second car. He finished the race in ninth.
The two Dragon Racing drivers enjoyed another close late battle, after Loic Duval had fought his way from eleventh on the grid up to seventh behind Jerome D’Ambrosio. As the two squabbled however, they used up more energy and allowed the drivers behind to close up on the final lap.
Duval came out the victor of the battle in sixth, with Daniel Abt managing to steal a place from D’Ambrosio in the final few corners for seventh having started sixteenth on the grid after crashing in qualifying.
Jose Maria Lopez from last on the grid managed to score a point in front of his home crowd with his tenth place finish.
Mahindra had a tough day despite looking set for a top five finish with Felix Rosenqvist. Both he and team mate Nick Heidfeld went a lap longer than most of the field, but Rosenqvist’s car failed to start and he dropped to the back of the pack.
The Swede managed to get back on track and scored the fastest lap for one championship point. Heidfeld began working his way through the field but was then given a drive-through penalty for being under the minimum pit stop time. He finished fifteenth.
Maro Engel continued to face issues with his Venturi which stopped on track twice during the race, making a total of four for the day.
Sam Bird’s fight through the field after a disappointing qualifying was short-lived as he tangled with D’Ambrosio and hit the wall, giving his DS Virgin right-rear suspension damage.