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Buemi Expecting “Tough Fight” With Audi

Sebastien Buemi is anticipating a closing up at the front end of the Formula E field, but has declared Audi as favorites for Season Four…

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Season Two Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi is anticipating a closing up at the front end of the field, as the series gets set for its fourth season next month.

Buemi, however, believes he’ll still be fighting for wins next season despite no significant advancements in the Renault package.

“There are teams that have invested a lot of effort in to Season Four, so it is hard to predict what will happen,” Buemi told e-racing 365.

“This year we did not re-homologate anything on our car. We have done as much as we could but some of the resources went to Season Five but we are still pushing hard, but it will be a tough fight.

“My feeling is that if we get everything perfect, we [will] still have a chance to do well and fight for wins, but when things are maybe not perfect then it might not be like last season where you drop to fifth or sixth but now you may be further down.”

With Renault adopting a more complex and longer-term strategy for Season Five, which will see the team metamorphose in to a Nissan branded operation, Buemi has declared that Audi are the favorites for overall honors in Season Four.

“I think that Audi has one of the biggest involvements and investments in the championship compared to the other teams and they are the ones to beat in my opinion because of this,” he said.

“They have some amazing resources and you have to consider them the favourites.”

The Renault e.dams driver, who is the most successful racer in the series with 12 wins to his name, also suggested that unlike last season he believes that accruing consistent points will be a key to a successful campaign.

“I won Hong Kong last year a little bit in a lucky way as Sam [Bird] had a problem when he pitted. I think actually there on pure pace that last year was one of the worst, so it was won by strategy really by the team.

“Winning is always the target but I think this season there will be more thoughts on getting a nice points build up, this will be very important [for the title].”

The Swiss driver also said the extra 10kW of power available in the races is unlikely to have a significant impact on the outcome of races.

“It could make it slightly more tricky as the battery will be heating up a little more,” Buemi said.

“So, some more management might have to take place but it is the same for everyone. I don’t expect it to change the dynamic of races though.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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