POLE POSITION AND BIG POINTS AT THE DIRIYAH E-PRIX
Envision Racing’s Sébastien Buemi started his 100th Formula E race from the front. He sealed pole position in scintillating style and was in contention for the victory for much of the 39-lap Diriyah E-Prix.
When the lights went out to start it was a textbook start from Buemi with the Envision Racing driver maintaining his lead.
Despite some measured defending, by the beginning of lap eight, Bird had found his way into the lead, leaving Buemi to defend from Hughes. Entering the final 10 laps the pace was fast and furious. Buemi maintained a watching brief on the leading duo. As the chequered flag loomed, Buemi found himself in fourth, behind Dennis, after the Envision Racing driver elected to take another phase of Attack Mode. As Dennis pushed on and joined the battle for the lead, Buemi was left to consolidate fourth place.
The second race of the Diriyah E-Prix double-header saw more vital points bagged for Envision Racing to cap a promising opening three races to the GEN3 era of Formula E.
Race one’s pole-sitter Sébastien Buemi started the second race under the lights in Saudi Arabia an excellent fourth, and brought the car home in sixth, following a thrilling finish, beating Mitch Evans on the line, proving it isn’t over until it’s over.
This means as the team head to India for the inaugural Hyderabad E-Prix, the Swiss driver sits third in the Drivers’ championship standings, and Envision Racing hold fourth in the Teams’ championship.
“It was very emotional to score pole position after so many seasons not being on pole, so I was very happy, but a little disappointed to finish fourth after starting from the front. It has been a good weekend, finishing in the points in both races." I feel we are getting stronger, and now we can regroup and look towards India, and I feel we are getting better and better.” Sebastien Buemi