Published on July 17th, 2018 | by Subhash Nair0
Renault e.dams Concludes its Final Season in Formula E on a High Note
Following four very successful seasons, Renault e.dams contested its final race today in the streets of New York. Fourth after starting from pole, Sébastien Buemi added to some of his own records during this final weekend of competition.
After a first day run under radiant skies, the competitors were greeted with rain for the sole free-practice session of the day. In these very rare conditions in Formula E, Sébastien Buemi was fourth quickest, while Nicolas Prost was 12th.
Placed in the first qualifying group, Nicolas couldn’t do better than 16th. Sébastien, however, posted the second fastest combined time. During his SuperPole lap, the Swiss driver came up big in taking his second pole position on the Red Hook circuit by just 0.04s!
Despite the forecast of a storm in the afternoon, the track was dry as the cars made their way to the gird. When the lights went out, Vergne got the advantage and Seb was under threat from Lotterer, who tried to make a move, but the Renault e.dams driver resisted at first. Lotterer was under investigation for jumping the start and Seb decided not to unwisely waste his energy and backed off.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Prost moved his way through the field. 18th at the end of the opening lap, he was up to 14th at the conclusion of lap seven. It was at this moment that the race went full course yellow after several on track incidents.
At the re-start, Lotterer was penalized, but Buemi was overtaken by Di Grassi and went no further in the general classification. Just prior to the car change, he lost another place, this time to Abt. After the pit stops, Seb was fourth, while Nico was just outside the top 10 with 20 laps remaining.
Using his FanBoost, Seb managed to get past Abt, but was repassed two laps later. The race was calmed down late in the going and the positions remained pat for the Renault e.dams drivers. Sébastien Buemi finished fourth, while Nicolas Prost was 11th.
In the general classification, Sébastien Buemi finishes fourth in the Driver’s Championship with 125 points, while Nicolas Prost ends the season 19th on 8 points. Renault e.dams finishes fifth in the Team’s Championship with 133 points.
At the conclusion of these four seasons, punctuated by three Team’s titles for Renault e.dams, Sébastien Buemi still holds the majority of the category records, beginning with the most wins (12), pole positions (11), fastest race laps (7), finishes in the points (36) and laps led.