Buemi relieved to overcome brake complaint
19 February 2017 – Reigning Formula E champion Sébastien Buemi expressed his relief at overcoming a brake issue with his second car as he maintained his unbeaten start to the season in Buenos Aires.
Buemi passed Lucas di Grassi and Jean-Éric Vergne over the opening laps and preserved his advantage through the remainder of the race, keeping Vergne at arm's length.
It was Buemi's third win from as many races this season, after triumphing in Hong Kong and Marrakech, as he increased his title advantage over di Grassi to 29 points.
However, the Renault e.Dams racer revealed that his second car was "quite difficult" to drive due to a brake problem.
"With the heat, there were many other things to manage, especially the temperature of the battery," said Buemi.
"So at the start of the race, I took it pretty easy for a couple of laps to see where we were, and we had the pace to pass the other guys.
"I have to say I had everything under control and I got quite a bit of a margin.
"Then on the second car we had some more issues on the brakes, so it was quite difficult to actually drive the car – the car was not braking straight.
"At the end of the day, you know in this category there is no point in having a big gap, because if you use energy to create a gap and then you have a Safety Car, all the energy is gone.
"So the best thing is to have a little bit of a gap, that makes you feel safe, so if you made a little mistake you could get it back."