Renault eDams team and driver quotes ahead of Buenos Aires ePrix

Renault eDams team and driver quotes ahead of Buenos Aires ePrix

16.02.2017: Team quotes Jean-Paul Driot, Senior Team Manager We have always been strong in Buenos Aires

Team quotes





Jean-Paul Driot, Senior Team Manager



We have always been strong in Buenos Aires with good results, even when Séb had to start from the back of the grid last year. I hope our good form continues in Argentina this season. Nico finished second here in season one, Séb finished second last time out. Maybe it will be third time lucky for the win this season!



Since Morocco we have stripped the cars down, analysed all the data very deeply to see where there is room for improvement so we are as prepared as we can be. We always receive a fabulous welcome in Buenos Aires and we hope to put on a fantastic show for all the fans.



Alain Prost, Senior Team Manager:


It’s been a long gap in the season since we were in Marrakesh, so we will be focused on hitting the ground running in Buenos Aires. Formula E has visited the same circuit twice before, so there’s good familiarity for the team, Nico and Séb.



Our targets are, as ever, to get the best results possible. We started our campaign strongly, but we know our opposition will not have been resting since Morocco so we don’t know exactly what challenge we will face.



My first Formula 1 Grand Prix was in Argentina, so it is a country of great memories for me as I also scored my first world championship point there in that race.




Vincent Gaillardot, Renault Sport Project Leader



We know the track in Argentina well as this will be our third visit. We expect the climate will be hot, and the temperatures mean we will have to manage the battery temperature very carefully – especially if it’s around the 40°C it was last year.


We hope we can show as strong a performance as we did in season two, however we all know that the competition has been particularly close this year so we will have to optimise all aspects to ensure the maximum performance.



 Our familiarity with the circuit means our approach to the weekend can be slightly different, as we have far more precise data when we start the weekend. This means we can be far more efficient in our approach to the first practice session as we optimise the calibration of the systems.



Since Marrakesh our work has been focused on the optimisation of all the systems, calibrations and set-up. We’ve scrutinised all the data from the first two events to ensure we are making the most of every area of the car’s performance potential. We know our opposition will have been doing the same, however the characteristics and overall layout should suit the Z.E.16 well.



Driver quotes


Sébastien Buemi



I’ve always been very competitive in Buenos Aires, however I’ve never translated it into the win, so I’m hoping to make that happen this year. In our first visit, I started from pole position and was leading the race until near the end when I hit the wall.



Last year I had the best sectors in qualifying but spun in the last corner, meaning I had to start the race from the back of the grid and fight back through the field to finish in second place.



Hopefully this time I will be able to nail it for both qualifying and the race! It’s a special circuit because you have two long straights and the highest top speed of the year. It’s not easy to save energy with the straights, however they do give you great opportunities to overtake – fighting back from the back last year showed what is possible.




Overall, it’s an amazing city, the weather’s good, the fans are great and it’s a special circuit; what’s not to like?






Nico Prost



I like the Puerto Madero circuit as it’s one of the best we visit in Formula E. It has good straights and you can push more than you can on some of the other tracks so it’s quite satisfying as a driver.



I finished second here in the first season so I have good memories of that. It’s been a while since we last raced, but I know what has to be done.



 I lost out a bit in qualifying in Morocco, so will be looking to put that right in Buenos Aires. The race will be hard with the heat but we prepared for that. I’m hopeful of a strong result for me and the team this weekend.






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