Sebastien Buemi had to see off a hard fought attack from Lucas Di Grassi to keep his 100% record of wins around the streets of Monaco in Formula E.
The Swiss driver looked comfortable in the first stint, as the season two champion created a three-second gap between himself and Di Grassi.
However, the Renault e.Dams driver struggled in his second car which allowed Di Grassi to pounce on him at the end of the race, but Buemi was able to see off the attack to win the ePrix.
“I am really happy to be winning again,” said Buemi. “I was quicker the first half of the race, and everything was under control, so I managed to build a gap between Lucas and me just in case of a safety car.
“During the second stint, I was struggling to match his pace. So I spent the entire second stint looking in the mirrors. I had less pace in the second car, so we need to understand why this was because the first car was great,” explained Buemi
The reigning champion went on to explain that the team did make some minor setup changes to his second car to maximise the extra grip on the track surface.
“We did change the set-up a little bit because the track has extra grip when you get into your second cars. So you want to be able to use the extra grip of the circuit.
“If you want the perfect car, sometimes it needs adjustments. I am still very happy with that result and I am looking forward to going to Paris next week,” said Buemi.
Prost Battle hard for points
Buemi’s teammate Nicolas Prost had to fight his way from towards the back of the grid. The Frenchman is looking to understand why his pace in qualifying was so poor before the cars head back onto the track this weekend in Paris
“I had a disappointing result in qualifying but overall it was a great race.,” said Prost. “When you start from the back of the grid in Monaco, you don’t expect much. But the car felt really good and the job of the team was incredible.
“I just need to understand why we are not that competitive in qualifying. We need to put everything together and then we will fight for the podium at every race,” said Prost.
Renault e.Dams now have a 37 point lead in the team championship, while Buemi extended his lead over Di Grassi to 15 points after the Monaco ePrix.