Reigning Formula E champion Sébastien Buemi destroyed the rest of the field to take his second win from two races at Saturday’s Marrakesh ePrix.
It was such a commanding performance that DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird said after the race: “There's no point fighting, I would have wasted my energy trying to battle with Seb. He's on his own little level at the moment.”
Formula E has a grid of drivers that’s second probably only to Formula 1 in terms of driver talent, and the cars should actually be closer in performance, too. The cars are far from identical – the chassis are identical, but Renault e.dams holds a slight advantage in terms of their electric propulsion system – but the hierarchy of most other single seater series has never been as apparent.
Buemi should really have won the inaugural Formula E season (he cruelly missed out by a point), won it last year, and will probably win it this year. He won the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2014, too.
How can this be? After a successful junior career, Buemi arrived in Formula 1 in 2009 with Toro Rosso, competing in three seasons before departing in 2011. He had never been particularly inspiring – I certainly never thought he was special – but who’s laughing now?