A mysterious chassis-related problem for Renault e.dams compromised its Hong Kong weekend, according to Sebastien Buemi.
The Season Two champion scored just one point across a fraught weekend after a combination of problems resulted in a best finish of 10th in Sunday’s race. A battery shutdown compromised his Saturday race when he looked in line for at least a top six result.
Buemi was quick on occasion over the weekend, particularly in opening practice on Saturday and then again in the same session on Sunday morning. However, a mistake in qualifying on Sunday saw him start the race from the back of the grid.
“We know what the problem is, we know what triggers that problem, but the only issue is that we don’t know why it happened, and we don’t know yet what to do to sort it out,” Buemi told e-racing365 post-race.
“So we know what the issue is. I don’t really want to say [what], because maybe some other guys might have it in the future or might already have it. But clearly it’s related to the chassis, but I can’t really say more.”
It’s not the first time that Renault e.dams suffered an issue outside of the powertrain that’s affected its performance.
A braking problem in Season Two was diagnosed and believed to be related to a build-up of debris collected while the cars were in transit between events.
Buemi confirmed the Hong Kong problem was not restricted to just his car, stating that the issue was “on the four cars – more on mine, but on the four cars” that also impacted teammate Nicolas Prost.
The Swiss racer is now looking ahead to Marrakech, a race which he dominated last season.
“Marrakesh is going to be better for many points of view, but especially with the issue we have, it should be better,” he said.
“The only thing is that we didn’t have it last year, and all of a sudden, this year, it’s there.
“We just need to know if it’s something physical on the car that was not fitted properly or whatever. We need to understand fully.”