Sébastien Buemi has warned Lucas di Grassi to avoid a repeat of their collision in last year’s title-deciding race. Buemi, currently top of the drivers championship, has a 10-point lead over di Grassi. 58 points are up for grabs at next weekend’s Montreal double-header event.
Speaking to Autosport, Buemi made a series of comments about his rival, suggesting the Brazilian driver has confidence issues, and his reputation would suffer should he get caught up in another crash:
“What do you think people will think then? It will be very hard to explain for him. I prefer to lose with dignity than to try to win in a way where I could not look at myself in the mirror.”
A disqualification prevented Di Grassi from winning the driver’s title last year. This season, Buemi has also been disqualified and was absent from two key races in New York. But victories in six of the seven previous rounds enabled the Renault driver to bank enough points to keep him at the top of the standings.
Di Grassi has struggled in qualifying sessions all season, meaning there have been very few occasions where the two contenders have been racing on track. Publicly, this has resulted in less focus on their rivalry. But it has also been reported that an incident after the 2016 London ePrix further soured their relationship:
“After Battersea we had another bad story which nobody knows about and there will not be any publicity about this. So we had another problem too, but this is history now as well.”
The final two rounds of the season will take place in Montreal, Canada, next weekend.
Image: 2016 London ePrix © Formula E