27 Jun 15

Buemi has ‘nothing to lose’ in title fight

Visa London ePrix winner Sebastien Buemi has not ruled out winning the inaugural Formula E championship tomorrow, claiming he has “nothing to lose.”

The e.dams-Renault driver secured pole position and the win in the first of two races around the streets of Battersea Park this weekend, putting him just five points shy of leader Nelson Piquet Jr going into tomorrow’s finale.

His win means e.dams-Renault has wrapped up the teams’ title, but he thinks they can add to that in tomorrow’s race.

“We will try to do our best again,” he said. “We have not got much to lose tomorrow – we won the Teams’ championship so we will try to repeat as much as possible the result today. We will push hard and see what happens.”

Buemi admitted that luck had been on his side with a safety car start during the first London race, but hailed the progress the team has made in recent weeks as a factor in gaining his third win of the season.

“Clearly they [the safety cars] helped me quite a bit to be honest because I got a bit of a margin right at the start of the race. With those cars you never know how the brakes will be in the first corner, you need to warm them up – that’s why they are so tricky to drive.

“The team did a great job – I think we made a little step forward in Moscow two weeks ago.”

Having won the World Endurance Championship last year with Toyota, Buemi will be looking for a second championship win in successive years, but said the two disciplines were too different to be able to draw an advantage.

“It’s never easy to win, even if you have won in the past,” he conceded.“In Formula E there are so many things you have to deal with towards the end of the stint, or the race, with the temperature of the battery, the consumption, so even if you have a lot of experience from other categories when you get here it’s all new.”