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Round 3

Punta Del Este

Sat. 19 Dec. 2015

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Punta Del Este

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Punta del Este, highlights

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Michelin Man congratulate the winner.

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Selfie on the podium for Buemi, Di Grassi and d'Ambrosio

ABOUT THE race

“It was an enjoyable fight with Loic right to the finish, and this time it went my way. It was good to bring both Dragon cars home inside the top five.”

Jerome d'Ambrosio (Dragon Racing)

ABOUT THE race

“I tried to put Sebastien under pressure to force him into a mistake, but he drove a great race. We didn’t have the pace for victory today so the best we could hope for was second, and we made the most of a good strategy and pit-stop to secure that.”

Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport)

ABOUT THE race

“It’s been a tough day with a big crash early on, so I’m really happy to score so many points. It’s good to be back on top after missing out in Malaysia. The team did a great job – I owe a big ‘thank you’ to my mechanics!”

Sébastien Buemi (Renault eDams), 1st

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Sébastien Buemi (Edams Renault) wins the Punta Eprix

backstage

autograph session on the beach closed to el Mano

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Race on the beach! Less than one hour, we'll know the winner of Punta del Este ePrix.

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The drivers will stay in Punta del Este for an extra day after the race given that on Sunday, the Formula E teams will take advantage of their final testing opportunity of 2015. All of us here at Autoracinglive wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we’ll see you again on February 6, 2016 in Buenos Aires!

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Nathanael Berthon

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Nelson Piquet JR

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Jean Eric Vergne

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Nico Prost

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Lucas di Grassi

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Jacques Villeneuve

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D'Ambrosio in action

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Daniel Abt

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D'ambrosio is very concentrated.

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Oliver Rowland.

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pit lane

Lenght : 2.8 km
Turns : 20
Live news
  • 19.12.15 - 17h10
    Sebastien Buemi has stormed to the top of the FIA Formula E Championship standings after dominating today’s Punta del Este ePrix in Uruguay, scything his way through from fifth on the grid to repeat his success from last year. Principal title rival Lucas Di Grassi chased the e.DAMS man home in second place, as pole-sitter Jerome D’Ambrosio narrowly got the better of team-mate Loic Duval in an internecine Dragon Racing duel over the final podium position.
  • 19.12.15 - 17h06
    Buemi’s fifth career Formula E victory has seen him leapfrog Di Grassi to the top of the points standings by a single marker, with D’Ambrosio up to third.
  • 19.12.15 - 17h05
    Jerome D’Ambrosio (3rd): “It was an enjoyable fight with Loic right to the finish, and this time it went my way. It was good to bring both Dragon cars home inside the top five.”
  • 19.12.15 - 17h03
    Lucas Di Grassi (2nd): “I tried to put Sebastien under pressure to force him into a mistake, but he drove a great race. We didn’t have the pace for victory today so the best we could hope for was second, and we made the most of a good strategy and pit-stop to secure that.”
  • 19.12.15 - 16h59
    Sebastien Buemi (1st): “It’s been a tough day with a big crash early on, so I’m really happy to score so many points. It’s good to be back on top after missing out in Malaysia. The team did a great job – I owe a big ‘thank you’ to my mechanics!”
  • 19.12.15 - 16h56
    Prost, Da Costa, Vergne, Abt, Sarrazin and Frijns complete the top ten points-scorers.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h52
    The chequered flag falls for Buemi, who takes victory by 3.5 seconds from chief championship rival Di Grassi. D’Ambrosio narrowly pips team-mate Vergne to the final podium spot.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h50
    Piquet has lost it at the chicane and ended his race in the barriers with a spectacular shunt on the penultimate lap.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h48
    Vergne launches his car up the inside but he locks up and overshoots and Piquet is back through on the exit. The two clash wheels in the process.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h47
    Vergne is sizing up Piquet as the lap counter ticks down. Can the Frenchman rescue his torrid day?
  • 19.12.15 - 16h45
    Buemi looks to have enough in-hand as he ekes out his advantage over the pursuing Di Grassi, whilst team-mates D’Ambrosio and Vergne are still disputing third. Four laps left on the board.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h41
    Vergne puts his FanBoost to good use to overhaul Sarrazin for ninth.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h40
    Oliver Turvey has been handed down a drive-through penalty due to his pit-stop having been too quick. That’s spoiled a potential double points finish for NEXTEV TCR.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h37
    Buemi responds to Di Grassi’s pressure by lowering the fastest lap benchmark again... The gap is now up to just over a second.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h36
    D’Ambrosio sets a new fastest lap of the race as he endeavours to make third place his own.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h35
    Meanwhile, D’Ambrosio, Duval and Prost are all squabbling over the final podium position.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h34
    We go green again in Punta del Este with 13 laps to run, and this race is very much on!
  • 19.12.15 - 16h33
    An unhappy Buemi is complaining on the radio that the timing of the full-course yellow meant he slowed down sooner than Di Grassi, putting the two leaders virtually together on-track...
  • 19.12.15 - 16h32
    There is a full-course yellow as Bird has retired.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h31
    A new fastest lap for Duval as he homes in on the back of team-mate D’Ambrosio. The Dragon cars are running third and fourth.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h29
    Drama for Bird! The Briton is slowing and has now stopped on-track on the start/finish straight.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h28
    A great pit-stop from Abt sees Di Grassi jump both Dragon cars into a net second place! Bird has also split D’Ambrosio and Duval.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h26
    Abt is the first to blink as the pit-stops begin. The German comes in from eighth place.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h26
    The leaders pour into the pits next time around...
  • 19.12.15 - 16h23
    Buemi is edging clear at the head of the field - he now leads by 3.5 seconds as the pit-stops approach.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h21
    Di Grassi is eyeing up Duval’s third place...
  • 19.12.15 - 16h20
    Senna is in the wall at Turn 17 - right in front of the race leaders! The Brazilian’s day has gone from bad to worse...
  • 19.12.15 - 16h19
    Di Grassi has relieved Bird of fourth place.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h18
    Vergne and Nathanael Berthon have come together – not for the first time today...
  • 19.12.15 - 16h17
    Vergne, Sarrazin and Bird are the winners of the FanBoost vote.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h16
    Further back, team-mate Prost is similarly on the march. He is up to sixth and Di Grassi is next in his sights...
  • 19.12.15 - 16h14
    Buemi has done it again - at the same place where he scythed past Bird, the Swiss star has demoted D’Ambrosio from the lead. Within just nine laps, he has gone from fifth to first!
  • 19.12.15 - 16h13
    Duval has also relegated Bird to move back up to third.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h12
    Buemi has dispensed with Bird with a bold move and is now right on the tail of race leader D’Ambrosio. He is the fastest man on the track.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h11
    Buemi is on a charge; he has immediately closed down Bird and clearly fancies his chances of stealing second place.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h10
    Senna has pitted for repairs and is now back in the race.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h09
    Buemi is on the move; the e.DAMS man has snatched third from Duval into the hairpin.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h08
    As we say that, da Costa and Frijns leapfrog Senna as the Brazilian slows.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h07
    Daniel Abt runs sixth ahead of Nicolas Prost, Bruno Senna, Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns - they are your early top ten.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h06
    A tardy getaway from Loic Duval allowed Bird to draft cleanly past into second place on the run down to Turn One. Sebastien Buemi has similarly jumped championship leader Lucas Di Grassi into fourth.
  • 19.12.15 - 16h04
    Lights-out and it’s a textbook getaway from pole-sitter Jerome D’Ambrosio!
  • 19.12.15 - 15h58
    Jean-Eric Vergne, Stephane Sarrazin and Sam Bird are currently leading the way in the FanBoost rankings.
  • 19.12.15 - 15h55
    The safety car was a regular feature in Uruguay last year - so today’s race could be a lively one...
  • 19.12.15 - 15h50
    It seems Spectre star Naomie Harris has popped into Punta del Este to get a taste of Formula E... Will the race leave her feeling shaken - or stirred..?
  • 19.12.15 - 15h23
    Venturi has announced that after his accident in qualifying, Jacques Villeneuve will not start the race.
  • 19.12.15 - 15h01
    One hour to lights-out in Uruguay!
  • 19.12.15 - 13h10
    Jerome D’Ambrosio has snared his first FIA Formula E pole position in Uruguay today, leading a Dragon Racing lock-out of the front row of the grid with team-mate Loic Duval alongside in second. With fellow heavy-hitters Sam Bird third, Lucas Di Grassi fourth, Sebastien Buemi fifth and Nico Prost sixth, it promises to be a firecracker of a race! Lights go out at 16:00 local time (19:00 GMT).
  • 19.12.15 - 13h07
    The remainder of the grid reads as follows: Prost 6th, Abt 7th, da Costa 8th, Senna 9th, Turvey 10th, Frijns 11th, Piquet 12th, Sarrazin 13th, Berthon 14th, de Silvestro 15th, Rowland 16th, Vergne 17th and Villeneuve 18th.
  • 19.12.15 - 13h04
    Bird will start third, with championship leader Di Grassi fourth and pre-session favourite Buemi a frustrated fifth.
  • 19.12.15 - 13h02
    That secures D’Ambrosio his maiden Formula E pole position. The Dragon Racing boys will be celebrating, as team-mate Duval joins him on the front row.
  • 19.12.15 - 13h00
    No he can’t. A rare mistake consigns the Swiss star to fifth.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h59
    That leaves only Buemi left to run. Can the e.DAMS man make it a pole position hat-trick in Formula E 2015/16?
  • 19.12.15 - 12h57
    Di Grassi can manage no better than fourth place, 1.5 seconds slower than his original qualifying lap set during the group stages.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h54
    D’Ambrosio is next up and the lap times are continuing to tumble; the Belgian is lighting up the timing screens and he goes 0.377s quicker than Duval.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h51
    Now Duval is setting purple sectors, and he goes quicker than Bird by almost a quarter-of-a-second. Neither driver has ever started from the front row in Formula E before. Is today the day?
  • 19.12.15 - 12h48
    Bird is the first to lay down a marker. Will it be enough?
  • 19.12.15 - 12h45
    Super Pole is go! Who will emerge on top?
  • 19.12.15 - 12h41
    That means Buemi, Di Grassi, D’Ambrosio, Duval and Bird occupy the top five positions after the group stages and will progress on to the Super Pole shoot-out.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h38
    Buemi concludes the session fastest overall, with Senna ninth, de Silvestro 15th and Villeneuve 18th.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h35
    Villeneuve has hit the wall on his third lap – it’s game over for the French-Canadian, who will start the race from last place.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h34
    Buemi has lowered Di Grassi’s benchmark on his third lap, in so doing pushing team-mate Prost out of Super Pole contention.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h30
    FP1 pace-setter Sebastien Buemi (e.DAMS), Jacques Villeneuve (Venturi), Bruno Senna (Mahindra) and Simona de Silvestro (Andretti) complete the competitors in Group 4. They’re on-track now.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h26
    Abt and da Costa just miss out in sixth and seventh respectively, with Sarrazin slotting into 11th and Rowland 13th.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h24
    Duval has put himself in contention by going third-quickest overall.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h20
    Group 3 is next, containing Stephane Sarrazin (Venturi), Loic Duval (Dragon), Nick Heidfeld stand-in Oliver Rowland (Mahindra), Antonio Felix da Costa (Aguri) and Daniel Abt (Abt).
  • 19.12.15 - 12h17
    Di Grassi, D’Ambrosio, Bird and Prost have all gone quicker than Turvey’s early benchmark. Frijns slots into P6 overall.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h12
    Prost has damaged his front wing. That’s bad news for the Frenchman, who had set the pace in FP2.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h10
    Lucas Di Grassi (Abt), Jerome D’Ambrosio (Dragon), Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing), Nicolas Prost (e.DAMS) and Robin Frijns (Andretti) are out next in Group 2. With four of the five of them race-winners, this is a heavyweight contest if ever there was one...
  • 19.12.15 - 12h08
    Berthon complained of braking issues and made contact with Vergne, who had posted two purple sectors on his final effort.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h06
    Turvey draws first blood, going fastest in Group 1 by 0.146s from team-mate Piquet, with Berthon and Vergne third and fourth.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h01
    Out in Group 1 we have NEXTEV TCR’s Nelsinho Piquet and Oliver Turvey, DS Virgin Racing star Jean-Eric Vergne and Aguri ace Nathanael Berthon.
  • 19.12.15 - 12h00
    Qualifying is underway in Punta del Este! We have four quick-fire six-minute sessions followed by a Super Pole shoot-out for the top five.