Sebastien Buemi has backed up the view of Renault e.dams chief Jean-Paul Driot that the team must ‘calm down’ if it is to end an 11-month winless streak stretching back to last season’s Berlin E-Prix.
Former champion Buemi has reached the podium just three times in seven races this season and currently sits fourth in the championship, 77 points adrift of title favourite Jean-Eric Vergne.
Asked to explain why last season’s champion team has struggled of late, Buemi said: “It’s very complicated. There are many small things that can explain it but we would have to go into details.
“Generally we didn’t do a good enough job in developing the car and I didn’t do well enough on the track so we’ve missed some opportunities we had to do very well.”
After a lengthy absence due to ill-health, Renault e.dams boss Driot made his first appearance of the season last month in Rome and urged his team to remain calm in order to rebuild confidence, a view that Buemi shares.
“Of course, we need to improve because the competition is getting tougher, but I get what he means,” said Buemi.
“We need to calm down. It’s difficult because you add frustration when you don’t win, and sometimes when you want to do too much it’s not good.
“Hopefully now we’ll be able to do it, hopefully from tomorrow onwards. It’s not an easy situation because we all want to win and we’re all competitive. We don’t like it when we don’t win.”
Buemi added that despite the team’s struggles, the atmosphere had remained positive throughout this season and that the team would “stick together whether we win or lose.”
With Nissan taking Renault’s place on the Formula E grid next season, Buemi remained tight-lipped over his own future though, as his contract with Toyota in the WEC could prove to be a sticking point for the incoming Japanese manufacturer.
“I have a contract with e.dams and no contract with either Nissan or Renault, so from that point of view I’m contracted to e.dams and I have a contract for next year with them,” Buemi explained.
“The team has not announced anything yet so we will see, but for me, I have a contract and that’s all I know. I will be [in Formula E] anyway.”
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