26 May 15

Buemi geared up for Russian fightback

Swiss racer Sebastien Buemi believes his lack of pace at the DHL Berlin ePrix was an anomaly related to the unusual airfield circuit, and expects to be back on the money when Formula E races in the shadow of the Kremlin next month.

The e.dams-Renault driver was happy to salvage a podium finish on the temporary track at the historic Tempelhof Airport, but knows he needs to target a result in Russia to jump Nelson Piquet Jr in the driver standings.

“I need to win in Russia,” said Buemi. “We were far from the pace here after being under control in Monaco, but I think when we get to Moscow there will be a return to normality. I think the performance here was related to the circuit, maybe because of the concrete surface.

“I’ve never seen tyre wear as bad as here, and I’m not sure we’ll see it again! This is an atypical circuit and we didn’t nail the setup of the car or the tyre pressures. Hopefully this was a bit of a one-off and we will be back with a better car next time. I’m quite happy with the result in Berlin because I felt it was not our weekend. We were slow all day, so it’s good to get some decent points."

Following Lucas di Grassi’s exclusion from the final classification, Buemi now sits second in the championship two points adrift of Piquet.