Championship leader Sebastien Buemi took one point away from the Mexican ePrix for fastest lap in a race weekend to forget for the Swiss driver.
The 28-year olds day started well, as he was quickest in both of the practice sessions. However, Buemi was out in Q1 for qualifying which proved to be the slowest group in qualifying.
The Swiss driver started the race from seventh place. He was able to move into fifth just before the pit stop window, but a slow pit stop dropped him down to tenth place.
Buemi won the fanboost. The Swiss driver used it on the start-finish straight but then spun at the entry to turn one. The Renault e.Dams driver tried to avoid Jose Maria Lopez who had just spun a few seconds before.
“The race could have been good for us,” said Buemi. “We all know it’s difficult to overtake here, especially with so many safety cars. When I tried to use the FanBoost, Rosenqvist locked up both of his front tyres and Lopez spun. I just tried to avoid the accident and by doing this, I also spun. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“That’s more or less what happened today. It’s been a bad weekend for us. The objective was not to lose too many points here, so of course, it’s a big disappointment. I was quickest in FP1 and FP2, and we showed good pace, but I was at a big disadvantage to be in Q1 as I cleaned the track for everyone.
“It was especially bad here, due to how windy the conditions were. I also had to avoid an unsafe release after my pit-stop, so I had to let three or four cars pass me. But at some point, our luck will turn, so let’s see what happens in Monaco.”
Nicolas Prost, Buemi’s teammate, was involved in an incident in the closing stages of the race. The Frenchmen hit Nick Heidfeld in the stadium complex but felt he had nowhere to go which the stewards agreed with.
“I had a big fight on my hands today and it was a tough race,” said Prost. “I was under investigation; I understand why because there was some small contact made but I don’t think I’m responsible for it. I really tried to avoid it, I was on the curves but Nick didn’t leave me much space, so he really closed the door.
“Otherwise, it was a good race, and I’m happy with the result so far. It’s a very tight track, there was a lot of contact in the race, but that’s racing…it’s the same for everyone.
Buemi is now only five points clear of Lucas Di Grassi in the driver’s championship. Renault e.Dams are also 31 points clear of Audi Sport ABT in the constructor’s championship.