Sebastien Buemi set the fastest time of the day for the second day in a row at Donington Park. His lap time of 1.31.050s is the fastest set by a Formula E racing car to date in testing and breaks his own benchmark lap time from 2014 (1.31.083).
Buemi was driving the blue and yellow Renault e.dams which looks to be a formidable machine. We understand that the car is running a twin speed gearbox supplied by SADEV.
Last summer’s testing showed that Donington Park can be a difficult place to compare teams’ performance, with the street courses used for racing being very different environments and asking very different things from conventional track such as Donington. That means we won’t really know just how competitive the Renault package is until the racing starts in October. However, Buemi and the French squad proved a particularly effective combination last season and it looks as though he is set to mount an even stronger challenge for the drivers’ title in 2015-16.
Meanwhile, the man who beat him to the first season title, Nelson Piquet, had a quiet day as NextEV TCR reportedly shipped equipment to Germany for analysis.