Buemi – We went in the wrong direction with set-up on second car

Monaco ePrix – Sebastien Buemi says he went in the wrong direction with the set-up on his second car in Monaco.

The championship leader had pulled out a four second advantage in the first stint of the race but, after a Safety Car triggered pit stops for every driver, rival Lucas di Grassi could hound Buemi to the finish line.

“Normally you do some adjustments with the two cars and what we did I don’t think worked very well. I wasn’t very quick,” he said.

“With the first car you try to guess how the circuit will be with your set-up, it’s not exactly the same as qualifying.

“Normally the circuit grips up, there is more rubber on the track and you need do to some adjustments if you want to be competitive and what we did was not really in the right direction.”

After an earlier than expected pit stop, the second stint consisted of a high amount of energy saving to make it to the end of the race.

Buemi added that traffic also came into play during his fight with di Grassi, saying he lost time lapping the Jaguar of Adam Carroll in particular.

“[di Grassi] was playing with me a bit because when he saw that we were overtaking the guys that were a lap down I lost quite a bit of time behind one of the Jaguars when he closed in quite a bit more than expected, so I had to do the same.

“Then he had two laps where he backed off a bit and we both finished with 28kW. Absolutely no margin in the last lap.”

Taking pole position as well as the victory means Buemi extends his championship lead over di Grassi to 15 points.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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