Buemi admits da Costa's FE title is “more or less done"

Sebastien Buemi reckons the chance for anyone to catch Antonio Felix da Costa and the DS Techeetah team in the Formula E tight fight is “more or less done”.

Buemi admits da Costa's FE title is “more or less done"

The Nissan e.dams driver finished 3s behind da Costa in the second Berlin race after two of the three full-course yellow periods wasted most of his first 235kWh attack mode activation.  

A third win in succession for da Costa boosts him to 125 points, 68 clear of nearest rivals Lucas di Grassi and Stoffel Vandoorne, with 120 remaining from the final four races. 

With DS Techeetah now leading BMW Andretti by 65 points in the teams’ standings, Buemi said the hopes for anyone to catch the pair were all but extinguished.   

“It's more or less done, to be honest, because people cannot really [afford to] finish second and third very consistently,” he said. “So I think for [da Costa], it's more or less done even if he doesn't score many points now… it's going to be OK.  

“He just needs to try to go a bit longer like that and he's really under control. I think if there's no issues then for DS Techeetah as well. But, then it's wide open for the rest [of the championship positions].”

Read Also:

The second E-Prix on the reversed Tempelhof Airport circuit marked a strong up-turn in performance for Buemi, given he faded from seventh to fourth in the opening race on Wednesday. 

Buemi, the 2015-16 FE champion, credited the improvement on a ‘complete’ set-up change. 

“We basically changed the set-up completely for the race,” he added. “We did not look after the rear tyres enough and that cost us a lot yesterday. Unfortunately, I think our energy management yesterday was good, but we couldn't show it just because the car set-up was not good.  

“Today we've made a big step, so hopefully we can continue that and I think we will have a shot at fighting against the other guys.” 

Buemi also reckoned that he “should have known” not to activate his attack mode early on in the race but was trying to manage battery temperatures aboard the Nissan IM02. 

He said: “I got really unlucky with that full-course yellow because I just used the attack mode before that and clearly there was some debris [on track]. I should have known that it was not good to take the attack mode.

“On the other hand, the battery temperature was on the high side and you don't want to take the attack mode too late because it warms the battery up even more.” 

shares
comments
Berlin E-Prix: Points leader da Costa cruises to victory
Previous article

Berlin E-Prix: Points leader da Costa cruises to victory

Next article

Mercedes' de Vries fined for causing “dangerous situation”

Mercedes' de Vries fined for causing “dangerous situation”
Load comments
Eight things to watch in Formula E's 2022 season Prime

Eight things to watch in Formula E's 2022 season

In the final season of Formula E's outgoing Gen-2 car and reigning champion team Mercedes, famous and infamous rookies, a dose of qualifying meritocracy, new cities and under-pressure Porsche will be sure to keep things interesting as the 2022 season kicks off in Saudi Arabia this weekend

Formula E
Jan 27, 2022
Why Vandoorne is poised to deliver Mercedes a perfect FE sign-off Prime

Why Vandoorne is poised to deliver Mercedes a perfect FE sign-off

As Mercedes embarks on its last Formula E season this weekend, Stoffel Vandoorne is targeting a title that has so far proved elusive in his time with the team he joined for its soft launch as HWA in 2018. After teammate Nyck de Vries won last year, the Belgian is confident of writing the perfect final chapter to his electric story with the manufacturer

Formula E
Jan 27, 2022
Why Maserati's shift to Formula E is a win for both sides Prime

Why Maserati's shift to Formula E is a win for both sides

Maserati will make a full-factory return to racing, joining the Formula E grid in 2023 with a view to electrifying its road car portfolio. In that regard it makes sense for Maserati - but it's also a win for the series as it seeks to rebound from losing three of its heavyweight German giants in the space of a few months

Formula E
Jan 11, 2022
The fundamental questions facing a Formula E junior series Prime

The fundamental questions facing a Formula E junior series

As Formula E prepares to enter its new Gen3 era, many have pondered the prospect of its existing machines continuing in a feeder category. But before such a programme could be embarked on, there are several important questions that must be satisfactorily answered.

Formula E
Jan 4, 2022
De Vries: Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2 Prime

De Vries: Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was wide open until the final race after its most unpredictable season yet. Eventual champion Nyck de Vries explains why this made his title-winning experience such a different experience to conquering F2 in 2019

Formula E
Dec 7, 2021
Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong Prime

Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong

Formula E welcomes a mix of past, present and future for the 2021-22 season. The old guard facing off against a sprinkling of newcomers, a fresh qualifying format amid a sporting rules shake-up and a range of minor tweaks to the existing all-electric machines are all subplots to the final campaign before the next generation arrives

Formula E
Dec 3, 2021
The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two FE teams Prime

The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two FE teams

Electing not to share data with its competitive customer team would have been a straightforward means of gaining an edge on at least one of Mercedes' Formula E rivals last season. But by reciprocating the relationship forged under its initial HWA guise, when it was a customer to Venturi, both teams have reaped the rewards

Formula E
Nov 30, 2021
How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait Prime

How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait

With its ultra-successful sister team in Formula 1 and a support network providing some of the best minds and resources in the business, Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James knew his squad had all the winning ingredients. But mixing it together was no easy feat and required key attributes to be grown from within

Formula E
Nov 29, 2021