The successful feeder series constructor DAMS has teamed up with Formula E and legendary F1 champion Alain Prost to create e.dams.
However, after his dominance in pre-season testing, Buemi qualified a lowly ninth but Prost secured pole position. The race was one to forget. Buemi had to retire early on while Prost was battling tooth and nail with Heidfeld for the lead. Just before the last corner on the last lap Heidfeld went down the inside of Prost. Prost then appeared to veer left into Heidfeld who lost control, hit Prost in return before flipping his car and crashing into the railings with Prost’s suspension failing after clamouring into the wall. Both were out, and angry. Prost was blamed and received a 10-place grid penalty for the next race.
Putrajaya didn’t prove much better. Buemi failed to set a time in qualifying and although Prost once again secured pole position. He had to start 10th. Nevertheless, the race saw e.dams shine. Both drivers worked their way up to third and fourth after Senna crashed out on the final lap. What’s more, Prost scored two more valuable points with fastest laps. The team was back on track as Formula E headed to Punta del Este.
Qualifying went well with the cars lining up third and fourth on the grid. Buemi had his race of the season by registering his first win while Prost struggled and was overtaken during a déjà vu moment as Bruno Senna overtook him. He later came home seventh. Buemi followed up his brilliant performance by once again taking pole in Buenos Aires. However, the race was far from a fairytale. A brief spat with the wall saw his suspension break. He was out. Meanwhile Prost, with the pressure of a good performance on his shoulders came home quietly and without collision to secure second place.
Nevertheless, it’s been a good start for the team who have an eleven point gap to second placed Virgin. However, Buemi lies third in the constructors with 43 points with Prost fourth with a net of 42 and so have some ground to make up on Sam Bird and Lucas di Grassi if they want a shot at the title.
Still, one thing that makes this new championship so exciting is that everything is still to play for as we head to Miami and into the second half of the inaugural FIA Formula E series.
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