Buenos Aires Hosted Round 4 Of Formula E
Buenos Aires Formula E Track
Round four of the Formula E racing series is now officially in the books.
This race, the fourth in a series of 10, took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Round One: Lucas di Grassi
- Round Two: Sam Bird
- Round Three: Sebastien Buemi
Before covering the actual race, here are the results from qualifying:
FIA Formula E Championship – Buenos Aires – Qualifying
Buenos Aires Qualification Results
Whoops...Hit The Wall
And some notes on the qualification rounds via Electric Autosport:
"Sebastien Buemi starts the Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix from pole position. The e.Dams-Renault driver proved to be quick in both practice sessions but made an early appearance in qualifying. Driving hot laps in group 1 is being considered as a disadvantage, but the Swiss driver proved the opposite."
"Jaime Alguersuari came 0.027 seconds short for pole, but the Virgin Racing driver will be happy with starting at the front. Both Buemi and Alguersuari weren’t sure about their performance as they thought the track would improve significantly. In the end only Nick Heidfeld came close to the nail biting pair and placed the Venturi car in third position."
"Alguersuari’s team mate Sam Bird secured fourth place, being quicker than Lucas di Grassi who damaged the Audi Sport ABT car after hitting the wall. But the biggest crash was recorded by Jarno Trulli during his first hot lap. The former F1 star locked his brakes and hit the wall backwards before the front clipped the barriers too."
"Punta del Este’s star Jean-Eric Vergne qualified sixth. Nico Prost came half a second short for pole and was ranked seventh. Podium finisher Nelson Piquet jr. wasn’t able to shine with P9, as well as Daniel Abt P12 and Marco Andretti (P14) who is making his debut."
Crash video from qualification:
Moving onto the Buenos Aires ePrix race (Spoiler Alert)
Antonio Felix da Costa captured his first Formula E win. Nicolas Prost finished second, with Nelson Piquet Jr. in third.
As usual, there were several crashes and even some vehicle failures. Here's a recap:
Antonio Felix da Costa clinched victory in an action-packed Buenos Aires ePrix ahead of e.dams-Renault’s Nicolas Prost and China Racing’s Nelson Piquet Jr.
The Amlin Aguri driver kept clear of trouble and slowly made his way into the lead as his rivals fell by the wayside. Both polesitter Sebastien Buemi and championship leader Lucas di Grassi retired with suspension failures at the fast Turn 8 and 9 chicane.
Venturi’s Nick Heidfeld looked favourite to win in the closing stages but a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane scuppered his chances.
Da Costa, who missed the opening round in Beijing, progressed up the field from eighth on the grid to collect the full 25 points.
Prost managed to steer clear of the battle between Daniel Abt and Jaime Alguersuari in the closing stages, an over-optimistic move by the Audi Sport ABT driver sent the Spaniard into a spin. Abt was out on the spot, but Alguersuari managed to limp his car home in fourth.
Piquet picked up his second consecutive podium despite being held behind the red light and losing a lap in the pitlane during the safety car period.
The Qualcomm Safety Car was deployed after Mahindra Racing’s Karun Chandhok also fell victim to broken rear suspension at the Turn 8 and 9 chicane. Piquet wasn’t the only driver to be effected by the confusion as a number of drivers had to pass the safety car to unlap themselves.
Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was part of the lead group but he picked up a drive-through penalty for ignoring the pit exit lights.
Bruno Senna, who was one of the FanBoost winners, finished fifth ahead of a feisty Jean-Eric Vergne who damaged his nosecone in the fight for the final podium spot.
Da Costa’s team-mate Salvador Duran clinched four points in eighth ahead of Heidfeld in ninth. Dragon Racing’s Oriol Servia rounded out the top-10 positions while Formula E debutant Marco Andretti came home in 13th place.
Before the race all the drivers, teams and the Formula E Championship together with the City of Buenos Aires, Argentinean authorities and the FIA President Jean Todt gathered on the grid for a minute silence to pay respect to the victims of the dramatic terrorist attack which happened in Paris earlier this week.
The race attracted a sell-out crowd of around 20,000 who also witnessed the first round of the Formula E School Series, which was won by Lucas Gambante representing the Antonio Bermejo school.
Buenos Aires Formula E Results
Full race video: