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Hong Kong ePrix: Top 5 quotes after race

Hong Kong ePrix: Top 5 quotes after race

Renault e.dams opened season three of the FIA Formula E Championship in emphatic fashion with Sébastien Buemi taking his seventh career Formula E win.

Podium: Race winner Sébastien Buemi, Renault e.Dams
Podium: second place Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing
Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing
Nicolas Prost, Renault e.Dams
Antonio Felix da Costa, Amlin Andretti Formula E Team
1 Sébastien Buemi Renault e.dams  
"Initially I thought we'd made a mistake when we made our pit stop under the safety car, but as we saw it all worked out perfectly. I'm happy with today's result but we certainly had to fight for it. We saw in qualifying just how hard everyone was pushing and the race was not easy for us. I felt a lot happier with the second car today as we made some set-up changes but overall this has been a great weekend and a superb way to start the season."
2 Lucas di Grassi Audi Abt 2.477
“This second place feels like a win, I’m overjoyed. The race showed once again that it’s really only over when you take the checkered flag in Formula E. Thanks to my team that was brave today and showed that we never give up. This is an important message to the competition for the new season."
3 Nick Heidfeld Mahindra 5.522
“I'm very happy to be back on the podium in this Formula E season’s opening race. It’s something you don’t expect when you start 10th on the grid! It is a nice result for the team considering all the hard work over the last couple of months. The pace of the car pre-season was encouraging but you never truly know where you stand until the full race. I had a great getaway from the start and gained more positions in turn one by going around the outside. There was an issue with the energy and lap data, but good communication with the team enabled me to do everything manually. We also made a good call on pit strategy during the safety car and I was able to overtake during the car swap. After that I was third position, with Nico Prost catching quickly from behind, but toward the end of the race I was able to pull away which is really promising considering they are one of the strongest contenders. Let’s hope we can now complete a considerate step forward in the championship.”
4 Nicolas Prost Renault e.dams 7.360
"I don't know exactly what happened on the first lap as I got stuck in the wrong mode and I lost a load of places. Fortunately I was back into the correct mode on the straight so I fought like hell to overtake everyone I could; I was really going for every gap possible! In the end our race turned out really well and we had a great strategy. It was a fantastic result for the team today so I'm really happy for everyone."
5 António Félix da Costa Andretti 17.987
"It was a good day. I am very happy with how the day started. It was a good surprise being competitive from the start in practice one. Then, I have to say, in qualifying I didn’t deliver a good enough lap due to bad circumstances. I knew we could go forward in the race, and that’s what we did. I have to say the engineers played a major role today and the team as a whole -- repairing Robin’s car and bringing two cars home with double points. I’m happy with that. We know we have issues to fix, but I think with the good people we have we will fix them.”
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