Sebastien Buemi likened his Swiss E-Prix podium appearance to a win because of the difficulty in overtaking on the narrow Bern street circuit.
The Nissan e.dams driver adopted a ‘no-risk’ race policy to secure a podium in Saturday’s Swiss E-Prix at his home event to follow home Jean-Eric Vergne and Mitch Evans.
“I think it was an amazing day for me, even if it is just a third place it feels like a win because it was amazing to have my family here,” said Buemi, who celebrated on the podium with his eldest son, Jules.
Buemi praised the efforts to make the Bern race a reality after a challenging construction of the circuit, which slightly delayed the first running at the track on Friday.
“The track was a very challenging one, maybe a little bit too narrow to allow good overtaking but this is part of Formula E,” he said.
Buemi’s Nissan IM01 had among the best energy consumption rates through the 45-minute and one-lap encounter but the Season Two ABB FIA Formula E champion admitted he balanced a risk or reward strategy to the race
“I felt I had good pace but I didn’t want to take the risk because it was so hard to pass the guy in front so I just try to secure third place and if something happens I try to grab it but I didn’t want too hard,” he explained.
“I had two per cent more than J-EV but what can you do here, because it is so difficult to pass.”
The result was Nissan’s third consecutive podium position and consolidates its fourth position in the teams’ standings.
The Japanese manufacturer is also now within striking distance of third-placed Envision Virgin Racing with just 11 points separating them and 94 to play for in New York next month.
“We knew coming in as the newest manufacturer to the championship that the challenge ahead was immense, but we are very happy with our progress,” said Nissan global motorsport director Michael Carcamo.
“We do have one final goal to get to victory lane, and we’ll be giving it our utmost in New York.”