Buemi hopes 'something abnormal' explains Rome FE energy issues

Sebastien Buemi hopes his Renault e.dams team can find "something abnormal" to explain the energy management issues he encountered during last weekend's inaugural Formula E race in Rome

Buemi hopes 'something abnormal' explains Rome FE energy issues

Buemi ran sixth in the early stages of the race before rising to third when he followed the same pitstop strategy as eventual race winner Sam Bird.

But the 2015/16 FE champion had faded to sixth by the finish as he struggled with the energy levels in his second car.

"I felt that the car was handling well and I was only five seconds behind Bird after the first stint," Buemi said.

"But we consumed too much energy and we have to find out what didn't work.

"We haven't yet analysed the data, but I hope that we're going to find something abnormal to explain why."

Renault team boss Jean-Paul Driot explained that Buemi's battles in the pack throughout the race had hampered his energy management, and the team felt an underlying issue had made the problem worse.

"We had the same strategy as Bird but because Buemi was obliged to attack a lot with Oliver Turvey and defend with the others [early on] he consumed quite a lot more than previously planned so we couldn't do one more lap [in the first stint]," Driot told Autosport.

"And on top of that Bird was OK until the end but we had consumed quite a lot and after [the car swap] we were obliged to fight, [while] Bird was always on clear track - so it was easier.

"This is why we had some problem and we were also lacking energy - we don't understand why, so we are analysing the data.

"In Punta del Este it was working well. Here, the energy on the second car, there might be a problem because it's not normal.

"Even under the full course yellow [Mitch] Evans was coming back - so there is something wrong somewhere.

"I think we have to take it back, not from scratch, but we have to put everybody back into the right way, [to find] the right direction to be back at the top."

Driot added that had Buemi started higher up the order than his fifth place grid slot the team might have adopted a different strategy that could have left its driver more power to use later in the race.

"Buemi made a slight mistake during the superpole, but I'm glad that he was fighting for the superpole," he said.

"I don't think he would have gone over [Felix] Rosenqvist who was really quick.

"But we should have been on the front row and the race, if we had been up front, we might have changed our strategy and do one more lap like we do sometimes.

"So we would have been nearly OK on the percentage of energy remaining."

shares
comments
Formula E Rome: Losing 'perfect' win hard to digest for Rosenqvist

Previous article

Formula E Rome: Losing 'perfect' win hard to digest for Rosenqvist

Next article

Formula E Rome: Mitch Evans thought he 'had checkmate' against Bird

Formula E Rome: Mitch Evans thought he 'had checkmate' against Bird
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula E
Drivers Sébastien Buemi
Author Alex Kalinauckas
How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome Plus

How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome

Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow

Formula E
Apr 12, 2021
What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future Plus

What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future

Formula E's Gen3 era grid continues to take shape, after Nissan opted to commit to the series for another four years. Nissan's global chief operating officer explains why it has thrown its lot in with FE while other high-profile marques have decided to call it quits

Formula E
Mar 24, 2021
Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start Plus

Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start

With the new Formula E season belatedly getting underway in Saudi Arabia, the championship appeared to try to make up for lost time with an overspill of action and controversy on and off the track. While some talking points could have serious repercussions, it was an explosive opener for many reasons

Formula E
Mar 1, 2021
How Andretti is planning for life after BMW Plus

How Andretti is planning for life after BMW

Michael Andretti's team is a Formula E ever-present and that's not about to change despite BMW's forthcoming exit. But, with both its drivers contracted to the German giant and McLaren weighing up a possible entry, some key decisions lie ahead

Formula E
Feb 26, 2021
The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021 Plus

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021

The delayed 2020-21 Formula E season gets underway this week with a double-header in Saudi Arabia. The testing times were too close to call a favourite, but that's not the only area of interest to follow as the championship enters a crucial year

Formula E
Feb 25, 2021
Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test Plus

Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test

As off-track politics threatens to overshadow events on it, the upcoming Formula E season is perhaps its most important since the championship's inception. And that's a shame, given that the focus should be on what promises to be its closest title fight yet

Formula E
Feb 24, 2021
How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album Plus

How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album

DS Techeetah remains FE's benchmark outfit, but it can expect a stiff challenge this year from two German automotive giants in their second seasons as full manufacturer entries. Here's how Mercedes and Porsche are doubling down to bridge the gap

Formula E
Feb 17, 2021
The magnificent seven Brits fighting for FE bragging rights Plus

The magnificent seven Brits fighting for FE bragging rights

A record seven British drivers will contest Formula E this season, including two squads with all-British lineups. But before they can consider challenging DS Techeetah for the crown, each must lead their teams' recovery to the top

Formula E
Feb 15, 2021