Sebastien Buemi was left frustrated after his FanBoost failed to deploy in his second car, which forced the Swiss driver to settle for second place behind Felix Rosenqvist.
Buemi was leading the race throughout but was being attacked in the closing stages by Rosenqvist. Buemi wanted to use his FanBoost to defend from the Swedish driver, but upon activating it, nothing happened.
Renault e.Dams were forced to switch Buemi’s car’s before the race because his first car had a water pump issue; as a result, the team did not have time to set this car to use FanBoost instead later in the race. Using FanBoost in the already optimised first car is strictly prohibited, as the FanBoost winners are only announced six minutes into the race.
“I had an issue with the water pump, and it wouldn’t start so we had to switch cars, so the car I started with was supposed to be the second one. Because of this, we didn’t get FanBoost sorted properly,” explained the Swiss driver.
“So I think Felix had a bit more pace in the second stint, not much, but then I was overtaken at the end, and I thought I would leave it to the last minute to use Fanboost, but it didn’t work. I was annoyed.
“I didn’t properly move over to the inside, and he managed to pass me. Otherwise, I would’ve closed the door a bit better, so I don’t know what happened. He had a little more pace, and he deserved the win, so I don’t think second is bad, but a big disappointment when you lead for most of the race,” added Buemi.
Buemi now sits in sixth in the driver’s championship with 22 points after three races.