Sebastien Buemi has made Formula E history by becoming the first driver to win three races in a row.
Victory for the Renault e.dams ace continues the perfect start to his title defence. It was his ninth win in the all-electric street racing series, and the 12th for the team. That means Renault e.dams have now won half of all the Formula E races that have taken place.
But, in front of 21,000 enthusiastic fans, Buemi had to work hard for his victory. From his first-ever Julius Baer pole position, Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) led away at the start, while Jean-Eric Vergne slotted his TECHEETAH into second place.
Di Grassi was struggling with his car, and in quick succession he was passed by Vergne and then Buemi. TECHEETAH uses the same powertrain as Renault e.dams, but there was nothing Vergne could do to stop Buemi charging by into the lead.
DS Virgin Racing travels to Las Vegas in January 2017 to take part in Formula E's virtual eRace. The event takes place during the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show and is the biggest eSports event of its kind in history, with a $1M prize pot.
Taking place on January 7th, the event sees all 20 Formula E drivers plus ten professional gamers go head to head in a series of qualifying rounds in the same style as conventional Formula E events. Following that, the eRace proper will see a combination of twenty Formula E drivers and gamers compete for the prize pool.
Following a request from the local authorities and police department in Berlin, the FIA Formula E Championship - the electric street racing series - have provided concrete barriers in a bid to boost safety measures around the city following the terrorist attack in the German capital earlier this week.
Following the Marrakesh ePrix, the FIA Formula E Championship, together with the Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sports, have joined forces to create the Electric Sports Coalition (ESC).
With the objective to raise awareness of all matters related to electricity mobility and to promote the growth of electric sports, the coalition intends to play a key role in the phasing out of fossil fuels.
A host of key signatories have already pledged their support to the ESC. These include: Formula E (Alejandro Agag), FIA (Jean Todt), Roborace (Denis Sverdlov), Paris Electric (Jerome Fauchet), Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (Bernard Fautrier), Solar Impulse (Bertrand Piccard) and AMEE (Said Mouline).
Renault e.dams has won the second race of season three of the FIA E with a robust run up the order from Sébastien Buemi from seventh on the grid in the Marrakesh ePrix. Séb had qualified second at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan, only to be given a five-place grid penalty due to an issue with his car’s fire extinguisher, but team strategy allied to efficient energy deployment and exemplary driving saw Séb’s eighth career E win.
After winning the opening race of the FIA E in Hong Kong four weeks ago, Renault e.dams’ next challenge is the Marrakesh ePrix this weekend. Defending drivers’ champion Sébastien Buemi took the first honours of the season with a solid victory owing much to a combination of canny driving, the strength of the Renault Z.E.16 car and an innovative pit strategy. Completing a successful weekend for the team, Nicolas Prost came home fourth in the second Z.E.16 after an eventful race from tenth on the grid.
DS Virgin Racing travel to Marrakech determined following their upset in Hong Kong. Despite both cars qualifying on the second row of the grid, the team came away having not scored points. All now look toward race 2 as Formula E debuts in Africa.
Mahindra Racing Clinches Podium At Hong Kong Eprix
Mahindra Racing has made an impressive start to its third season in the FIA E , scoring a podium finish and setting the fastest lap in the inaugural Hong Kong ePrix, the opening round of the 2016-17 season.
After a hugely positive first half of the day in Kong Kong which saw both DS Virgin Racing drivers qualify in the Top 4, the day ended in huge disappointment with Sam Bird experiencing a technical problem during the car changeover whilst leading the race, and Jose Maria Lopez being left with severe handling issues after contact at the first corner.
Lucas di Grassi finished second in the opening race of the FIA E season in Hong Kong. Audi customer teams celebrate first titles in North America and claim podium finishes in the China , as well as in the VLN Endurance Nürburgring. Benoît Tréluyer visited Audi Sport partner Michelin at the Paris Motor Show.
Renault e.dams opened season three of the FIA E in emphatic fashion with Sébastien Buemi taking his seventh career E win and Nico Prost working his way back through the field to finish fourth in the HKT Hong Kong ePrix. The team leaves Hong Kong with 37 points in the Team , ahead of ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport and Andretti E who both have 18 points.
From fourth on the grid, Sébastian drove in a measured and assured fashion to take one position on merit, another thanks to a rival getting tangled up in another's incident and finally P1 thanks to pit stop strategy. The win means Séb starts his Drivers' defence with 25 points to Lucas di Grassi's 18.
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