EMOTIONAL WEEKEND IN CAPE TOWN
It was big drama from the start of the very first Cape Town E-Prix weekend for Envision Racing. In free practice one, Buemi crashed heavily, necessitating a heroic repair job from the team. During Qualifying, Buemi went to the third quarter final, taking on Mitch Evans. What started as a tight battle ended when Buemi tapped the wall at turn 7, meaning the Envision Racing driver would end up seventh on the grid.
There was huge drama on the second lap of the race as Buemi, starting seventh and looking to fight his way to the front, was brutally taken out by an out-of-control Wehrlein at turn 10. The collision forced the Porsche driver into retirement, and Buemi down the order to 15th place, triggering a safety car.
Sebastien did exceptionally well to battle back to a brilliant fifth to score vital points for his championship hunt and the Team’s Championship standings. The team head to another new track in Brazil for the Sao Paulo E-Prix in a month.
“Mixed feelings this weekend. I am very happy to leave Cape Town with 10 points after my big crash in FP1. I started the race in P7 and managed to make my way up to P6 before being taken out in T10 by a competitor. I was last after lap 1. The car was then very good and I was able to climb back up to P5. It is a great feeling to overtake so many cars! Thanks to my team for the great work they did to repair the car. Now let’s take some time to analyze the first part of the season and come back stronger in Sao Paulo.” Sebastien Buemi