Round four of the 2014-15 FIA Formula E World Championship heads to the streets of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the Buenos Aires ePrix.
The Circuit and Destination
The Puerto Madero Street Circuit is located in the popular district of Puerto Madero east of Buenos Aires.
The circuit will be used for the first time for the inaugural Buenos Aires ePrix.
The circuit is 2.44km in length, features 12 turns and was designed by Santiago Garcia Remohi.
The circuit includes a high mix of high-speed corners, chicanes and hairpins.
The last round in the “Monaco of South America” known as Punta Del Este in Uruguay saw a thrilling race with e.Dams Renault’s Sebastien Buemi claiming his first win of the season.
Buemi became the third different winner in three races.
What to expect in round four?
With e.Dams Renault finally getting that first win of the season in Punta Del Este, the French marque will be looking to continue from where they left off in Uruguay.
Buemi’s win, along with a combined seventh placed finish for team mate Nicolas Prost has left e.Dams Renault leading the teams championship with 64 points, just two ahead of closest rivals Audi Sport Abt.
Audi and Lucas Di Grassi produced another great display, with the Brazilian rounding out the top three on the podium and achieving his third consecutive podium to maintain an 18 point lead in the drivers championship, his team mate Daniel Abt was less fortunate after suffering unreliability issues and misfortune which made him finish 15th but still produced the fastest lap of the race and gained two points.
The driver who surprised everyone was Andretti’s Vergne, the now Ferrari test driver looked at ease from the get go before stunning the field to put his number 27 entry on pole and claim three points, the Frenchman’s speed put him in contention for the win only for misfortune of a rear suspension failure on the penultimate lap ended his race, all eyes this weekend will be on the ex-Toro Rosso driver who could emerge as a new contender for the inaugural FIA Formula E crown.
There will be no Franck Montagny in Buenos Aires after it was revealed that the veteran tested positive for cocaine following November’s Putrajaya ePrix which explained his notable absence in Punta Del Este.
In Montagny’s place will be Andretti Autosport’s IndyCar driver Marco Andretti who will partner Vergne leaving Matthew Brabham on the sidelines.
Brabham put on an impressive performance which was then ended by a costly mistake which sent him flying over the kerbs and into the wall leaving the youngest driver on the grid heartbroken.
Uruguay gave China Racing it’s best result to date with Nelson Piquet Jr. achieving the teams first podium and team mate Antonio Garcia just narrowly missing out on the final point position after a very close finish with Venturi Grand Prix’s Nick Heidfeld.
There could be more to come from Piquet in Argentina, meanwhile Ho-Pin Tung returns to the Chinese outfit replacing Garcia.
Dragon Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio and Oriol Servia have continued their solid points scoring in every round so far, which has taken the ex-IndyCar team into fourth place meanwhile Trulli GP also scored it’s first points of the season through Jarno Trulli who finished an incredible fourth after a great strategy.
It was a race to forget for Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird, the Englishman who dominated the Putrajaya ePrix crashed out earlier on in Punta Del Este after a shocking qualifying session which saw him starting from the back of the and now will be looking to target a strong result to reignite his title hopes, his team mate Jaime Alguersuari will be looking to add to his ten points he gained in Uruguay.
Mahindra Racing’s Bruno Senna scored his first points of the season with a brilliant recovery drive after starting at the back of the field and will be aiming to climb up the drivers standings with a strong result in round four, his team mate Karun Chandhok will be looking for a morale boosting performance for himself and the Indian outfit who continue to hold sixth place.
Both Amlin Aguri and Venturi Grand Prix need to find that spark on the streets of Puerto Madero to rectify their seasons so far, both teams sit ninth and tenth respectively in the team standings.
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The Buenos Aires ePrix will be on Saturday January 10, live race coverage will be on Fox Sports Two Sunday morning at 5:00am Adelaide time.
Written by Michael Terminello