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Round 4

Buenos Aires

Sat. 6 Feb. 2016

Race
Buenos Aires

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Victory for Sam Bird in Buenos Aires.

ABOUT THE race

"It was a great race. I had the opportunity to overtake Sam after the safety car and I certainly tried - I gave it everything I had, including the FanBoost - but I lost momentum and Seb was able to make a move. We're still right up there in the championship, though, so it's not a bad outcome by any means."

Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport)

ABOUT THE race

"To be honest, I had a bit of luck there. I went to the inside into Turn Four on the first lap and was extremely fortunate not to crash, and then the safety car helped us a lot. Sam did a fantastic job to keep me behind. After my mistake in qualifying, I had to make sure I got the absolute most out of the car in the race and it's good to have pulled three points further ahead in the championship."

Sébastien Buemi (Renault eDams)

ABOUT THE race

"What a race - I'm certainly happy it's over now! I was saving energy during the second half, which gave me a little bit of a gap going onto the last lap but I was also really struggling to slow the car down, and Seb exploited that very well. Everybody in the team has been working so hard, and the DS boys have come in and integrated really well with the Virgin guys. To win fourth time out together is fantastic!"

Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing), winner

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Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) wins the Buenos Aires Eprix

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Stephane Sarrazin (Venturi)

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Nico Prost (Renault eDams)

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Sam Bird in Turn 1 (DS Virgin Racing)

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Sebastien Buemi (Renault eDams)

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Jerome d'Ambrosio (Dragon Racing)

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Antonio Felix da Costa (Aguri)

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Mike Conway (Venturi) out of Turn 3.

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Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Spor) through Turn 10.

backstage

Experimenting with virtual reality on the Michelin stand in the eVillage.

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A little tranquility in the shade.

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The Michelin Man on stage!

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There was a big turnout for the autograph session with the 18 drivers. Stéphane Sarrazin (Venturi) chats with a young admirer.

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The drivers use electric fans to stay cool before leaving the pits (photo: Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Virgin Racing).

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The next generation of e-drivers in the e-Village.

Track

pit lane

Lenght : 2,44km
Turns : 12
Live news
  • 06.02.16 - 17h18
    Sam Bird held off a charging Sebastien Buemi to win a thrilling Buenos Aires ePrix today and fire himself into Formula E title contention. From pole position, Bird led virtually throughout, but the Briton came under some serious late-race pressure from championship leader Buemi, who had scythed his way through the field from the very back of the grid after a qualifying accident. It was an extraordinary performance from both drivers and a breathless duel that brought the Argentine crowd to its feet. Lucas Di Grassi completed the podium finishers in third.
  • 06.02.16 - 17h13
    Lucas Di Grassi (3rd): "It was a great race. I had the opportunity to overtake Sam after the safety car and I certainly tried - I gave it everything I had, including the FanBoost - but I lost momentum and Seb was able to make a move. We're still right up there in the championship, though, so it's not a bad outcome by any means."
  • 06.02.16 - 17h10
    Sebastien Buemi (2nd): "To be honest, I had a bit of luck there. I went to the inside into Turn Four on the first lap and was extremely fortunate not to crash, and then the safety car helped us a lot. Sam did a fantastic job to keep me behind. After my mistake in qualifying, I had to make sure I got the absolute most out of the car in the race and it's good to have pulled three points further ahead in the championship."
  • 06.02.16 - 17h04
    Sam Bird (1st): "What a race - I'm certainly happy it's over now! I was saving energy during the second half, which gave me a little bit of a gap going onto the last lap but I was also really struggling to slow the car down, and Seb exploited that very well. Everybody in the team has been working so hard, and the DS boys have come in and integrated really well with the Virgin guys. To win fourth time out together is fantastic!"
  • 06.02.16 - 17h01
    Buemi and Di Grassi are now separated by four points at the top of the title table, whilst Bird has vaulted up to third.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h59
    The drama may not be over yet - it appears Buemi, Di Grassi and Prost are all under investigation...
  • 06.02.16 - 16h54
    Sarrazin, Prost, Loic Duval, Nick Heidfeld - making his Formula E return from a wrist injury sustained at Putrajaya late last year - Frijns, Oliver Turvey and Bruno Senna round out the top ten points-finishers.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h52
    Buemi shadows him across the finish line in second place after an outstanding drive, with Di Grassi completing the podium in third. The result also represents DS' maiden Formula E success.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h51
    CHEQUERED FLAG: Bird holds on to claim his first victory of the 2015/16 FIA Formula E campaign and his third in total! There is a standing ovation from the crowd, and it is thoroughly deserved. That was mega!
  • 06.02.16 - 16h48
    Bird is defending for his life on the penultimate lap and staunchly protecting the inside line. This is epic stuff!
  • 06.02.16 - 16h46
    Bird's car is oversteering more and more every lap - Buemi's car behind him looks like it is on rails. Di Grassi is holding a steady watching brief in third.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h45
    Buemi is creeping closer and closer to Bird - is he shaping up for a last-ditch pass?
  • 06.02.16 - 16h43
    Bird has a little breathing space again, but with the two title duellists looming in his mirrors, how long can he hold on? Five laps to go...
  • 06.02.16 - 16h42
    The delayed D'Ambrosio now sets a new fastest lap.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h41
    Buemi is pulling out of Di Grassi's slipstream and taking a look - he has sold the Brazilian a dummy into Turn Seven and is up into second place.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h40
    Bird has the most energy remaining of the top three.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h39
    The top three are almost as one - will Bird or Di Grassi use their FanBoost first?
  • 06.02.16 - 16h38
    Fastest lap for Buemi - he steals the two points away from arch-rival Di Grassi.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h37
    A 360-degree spin for Conway in Turn Four has sent the Briton tumbling all the way down to 15th place.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h36
    Another fastest lap for second-placed Di Grassi as he attempts to stave off Buemi's attack. Both Di Grassi and Bird still have their FanBoost to use.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h35
    Slightly further down the order, Prost has recovered P6 from Frijns.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h34
    Buemi is immediately up past Sarrazin into third on the brakes into Turn One.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h33
    Bird has caught the field napping and sprinted clear. 13 laps to go...
  • 06.02.16 - 16h32
    We're racing again in Buenos Aires, and with Sarrazin having caught back up to the top two, the flying Buemi can see the lead tantalisingly within sight...
  • 06.02.16 - 16h30
    Sarrazin has slowed right down under the safety car, to the evident exasperation of an animated Buemi...
  • 06.02.16 - 16h29
    The safety car has been deployed to remove da Costa's stricken car, just as Buemi was about to overhaul Sarrazin for third...
  • 06.02.16 - 16h28
    Prost has shot down the escape road and nudged the wall, as the Frenchman's race takes another turn for the worse.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h27
    The revised order after the pit-stops is Bird from Di Grassi, Sarrazin, Buemi, Conway and Frijns. Buemi is 11 seconds off the lead and challenging Sarrazin for third.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h26
    Prost and Di Grassi peel into the pit-lane together, but the Frenchman is very slow on the entry, delaying both drivers.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h25
    Drama for da Costa - the Aguri ace has stopped on-track from second position.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h24
    Conway is in from P8 - the first of the front-runners to pit.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h23
    The pit-stops are fast approaching - who will be first to blink?
  • 06.02.16 - 16h22
    Now Buemi is past Frijns too. His gap to the front of the field is 11.5 seconds.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h21
    The Swiss speedster has demoted one of them already, successfully pulling off his trademark Turn Four move on Conway.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h20
    Buemi is the fastest man on the track and challenging Frijns and Conway for P6. How much further can he go?
  • 06.02.16 - 16h19
    da Costa dives down the inside of Prost with a decisive move to pinch second place into Turn One. Race leader Bird is afforded a bit of breathing space - but for how long?
  • 06.02.16 - 16h18
    Buemi is now up to eighth and lapping well. His next target is Conway.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h17
    Prost and da Costa are keeping Bird very honest indeed at the head of the pack - less than a second separate the leading three contenders. Fourth-placed Di Grassi is homing in behind.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h15
    Di Grassi is continuing to push hard - he is now ahead of Sarrazin and chasing down the top three.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h14
    The Buenos Aires FanBoost votes are in, and they go to Di Grassi, Vergne and race leader Bird. All three drivers will be able to make use of the extra energy in their second cars.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h13
    Meanwhile, Buemi has found a way past Daniel Abt and Jean-Eric Vergne to infiltrate the top ten - and therefore, the points-scoring positions.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h12
    Fastest lap to the flying Di Grassi - that's two additional points for the Brazilian if nobody else goes quicker. The Brazilian is currently harassing Sarrazin for fourth.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h10
    Buemi is really on the march, scything his way through the field and now up to 12th. Meanwhile, chief rival Lucas Di Grassi is similarly on the move, having just displaced Frijns from fifth.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h09
    D'Ambrosio's smoking car is in the pits for repairs.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h08
    Bird leads Prost, Antonio Felix da Costa, Stephane Sarrazin, Robin Frijns and title protagonist Lucas Di Grassi, who has just relieved Formula E newcomer Mike Conway of sixth place.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h06
    Jerome D'Ambrosio (Dragon) is nursing a damaged car following first lap contact.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h05
    Buemi has already made up three places in the opening few moments of the race.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h04
    LIGHTS-OUT! Pole-sitter Sam Bird covers off a fast-starting Nicolas Prost to retain his advantage at the front of the field.
  • 06.02.16 - 16h00
    The grid is beginning to clear in Buenos Aires. The tension is rising...
  • 06.02.16 - 15h36
    The high ambient temperature could also throw up a few surprises - who is going to prove best at handling the heat?
  • 06.02.16 - 15h13
    It's a challenging circuit with a mixture of high and low-speed sections, and its wide nature encourages overtaking - that will certainly be music to Sebastien Buemi's ears after his troubled qualifying session earlier.
  • 06.02.16 - 15h09
    With a first-time Formula E pole-sitter today and the championship leader starting from the very back of the grid, it promises to be a pulsating Buenos Aires ePrix - the lights go out in less than an hour!
  • 06.02.16 - 12h47
    This afternoon's Formula E Superpole shootout in Argentina saw Briton Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) earn first place on the grid - his first Formula E pole - with a lap of 1m9.420s. It was a close run contest, however, since the session's three fastest drivers were covered by just 0.360s round the 2.48km street track. Nicolas Prost (+0.260s) bagged a front-row start for the Buenos Aires ePrix for e.dams Renault, while Antonio Felix Da Costa (Aguri) was third. Stéphane Sarrazin failed to repeat the speed that saw him top the timesheet after the four qualifying group sessions, while Venturi team-mate Mike Conway had to settle for fifth position for this afternoon's start at 4:04pm local time.
  • 06.02.16 - 12h40
    Sarrazin (Venturi), Bird (DS Virgin), Prost (e.dams), Conway (Venturi) and Da Costa (Aguri) are the five drivers who have made it through to the Buenos Aires ePrix Superpole. With the temperature standing at 30°C Sarrazin, Bird and Conway all lapped in the first qualifying group which the Frenchman topped with a lap of 1m9.236s, around a quarter of a second better than Buemi's pole-winning effort in Argentina in 2015. The Swiss driver was eliminated from the battle for this year's pole position when he span on his fast lap. Also in trouble in the streets of Buenos Aires were Senna and Duran who smashed their respective cars into the wall.