Nissan e.dams drivers Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland only realized that they would not finish the Mexico City E-Prix on the penultimate lap of the race.
The pair were running in third and fourth positions until the second-from-last lap but saw what would have been Nissan’s first podium slip away when both Nissan IM01s ran out of energy.
“[The team knew] two laps [before]. I found out when I had no more energy,” Buemi told e-racing3665.
Buemi said that the red flag was a contributing factor to Nissan’s miscalculations on its usable energy which were not accurate because of its bespoke strategy software.
“Of course, it made it more difficult, less straightforward,” he explained.
“We had to recalculate and, obviously, we did not recalculate properly with the software so it is very disappointing considering the amount of points we were looking at.”
Rowland, who had snatched second place from Lucas di Grassi at the first corner, also said that he believed the penultimate lap was going to be the final tour.
“I thought it’s going to be the last lap and they told me ‘you still have two to go’ and then I knew I was dead,” he told e-racing365.
“I think it hurts the guys more than us. I mean, from my side you had a very good day, so I’m happy about that.
“Of course, it’s disappointing to miss the first podium and everything that goes with it, but we’re looking very good as a team.
“Each time we drive, we improve the car massively, so I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.”
Rowland Contrite Over Buemi Contact
The Nissan pair also clashed briefly, caused by a misunderstanding after Rowland lost second position to di Grassi.
“I somehow thought he had an issue because with the halo and the mirror I couldn’t see what happened,” said Buemi.
“In Turn 14, the last chicane, he lifted very early. I thought ‘does he have a problem?’ And I said ‘OK I’m going to go for it’ because I had [Antonio Felix] da Costa really close.
“He didn’t have any problem, just lifted early, so of course, we just made a bit of a contact, which is not very nice.”
Rowland accepted some responsibility for the contact and explained how his view was obscured in his peripheral vision due to the nature of the corner.
“I couldn’t see him in my mirrors and for the first time I thought, ‘he wants to get me’ but I couldn’t see anything so I left one car length and then he hit my back wheel and I hit the wall,” said Rowland.
“I kind of came on the radio and said ‘what’s going on? What is he doing?’ because the way that corner is you can’t see inside and he was in my blind spot.
“To be honest, it was my fault, because I lost the position to di Grassi and I was done with my tires.”