The FIA Formula E Championship drivers and teams returned to action in Buenos Aires a few days into the New Year, at the fourth ePrix of the season.
After an incident-packed race, Antonio Felix da Costa (Amlin Aguri) won the Argentine event, which also saw the first ever Formula E School Series race.
As a curtain-raiser to the ePrix, Lucas Gambarte and Diego Guarachi Guzman grabbed wins in the Power and Eco categories of the Formula E School Series race, during which various Buenos Aires schools competed with one another.
Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) went quickest in free practice before claiming his first pole position in the series and then making a perfect start when the race got underway. Still leading after the drivers pitted to change cars, the Swiss made a mistake when he was put under pressure by Lucas di Grassi, the championship leader. Four laps later, the Brazilian hit the wall, which handed the lead to Nick Heidfeld (Venturi). However his hopes of victory were dashed when he was given a penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Antonio Felix da Costa (Amlin Aguri) managed to hold onto the lead to take the race win. After an impressive fightback from seventh in the second half of the race, Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) finished as runner-up, ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing), following a fiercely contested battle in the closing laps.
Formula E now takes a short break before resuming in Miami, where the ePrix held on March 14 will mark the halfway point of the 2014-2015 season.
Formula E is a new FIA single-seater championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series.
Beginning in September 2014 and running through to June 2015, the championship will compete in some of the world’s leading cities – including London, Beijing and Miami. For the inaugural season, ten teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head creating what the Fedeation Internationale d’Automobile (FIA) says is “a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans”.
It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades, serving as a framework for research and development around the electric vehicle, accelerating general interest in these cars and promoting sustainability.