The second season of Formula E continues on Saturday with the e.Prix Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Bruno Senna, one of three Brazilians in the world of electric cars alongside Nelsinho Piquet and Lucas di Grassi, runs after his first podium in the category, but knows that the task will not be easy. The e.DAMS, strongly supported by the Renault team, threatens to impose rivals in the same domain as the Mercedes was for years in Formula 1. Buemi was winning from start to end, became the first driver to achieve maximum score on a stage and has already opened 12 points clear of second-placed Lucas di Grassi.
In China, he dropped in 7, but struggled with the radio and the pit stop which ruined his chances of a result. The third mate Nick Heidfeld, who started from the same position, ended up being celebrated as a great stimulus. Under normal conditions, however, the fight in Malaysia should be the last spot on the podium – Prost was also brought down by unforeseen events in the Chinese capital. “The e.DAMS remains favorite here and throughout the year,” admits Bruno.
With the change in regulation that allowed teams to develop the gearbox, engine and rear suspension, among other areas, the French team seems to have amplified the superiority. The five-speed sequential exchange led to numerous alternatives – the possibilities range from one to five. The option of e.DAMS for a two marches – one just for the start – is one of the theories for the optimal performance of their cars, while minimizing the risks of changes up and down. Moreover, it is one of the few teams that produced a car within the minimum weight of 888 kilograms set by regulation.
Bruno, however, believes that the simple exchange option does not alone justify the strength of e.DAMS – in Beijing, Buemi was never threatened and completed the race 12 seconds ahead of Di Grassi. “It’s a matter of efficiency in general,” he believes. He also imagines that exchange rate behavior is uniform during the championship.