Di Grassi calls out Buemi for “incredibly stupid” move in Rome FE

Lucas di Grassi has called out fellow Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi for his “incredibly stupid manoeuvre” that caused the Audi driver to crash out of the second Rome E-Prix.

Di Grassi calls out Buemi for “incredibly stupid” move in Rome FE
Listen to this article

In their battle for eighth place on lap seven of the race, di Grassi appeared to get caught across the nose of the Nissan e.dams car of Buemi on the approach to Turn 7. 

Di Grassi, who retired from the race lead on Saturday with a mechanical failure, then careered into the wall and stopped down the escape road with broken suspension. 

A five-second penalty was added to Buemi’s race time, which dropped the 2015-16 title winner from seventh down to an eventual 10th, and he was also handed two penalty points on his license.

Di Grassi told Motorsport.com: “There is no my perspective or any perspective.

"There is the perspective of the rules and the stewards of the race. Buemi got a penalty. It was an incredibly stupid manoeuvre.” 

The Brazilian took aim at a lack of pace for the Nissan e.dams team all weekend, with it unable to introduce its new car in Rome as originally planned. He added that with an eventual 16 laps remaining, Buemi should have bided his time. 

Di Grassi said: “He was just slow. He was slow all weekend and he was slow also in that specific race. I was doing my normal race. He had attack mode. He was trying to overtake me back.  

“To be honest, he could have overtaken. We had the whole race to go, there was no hurry to do this. He decided to change, last minute, from inside to outside.  

“He ended up touching the rear of my car, and then ended my race and ended also his race. It's a shame.” 

But Buemi fought back against the stewards’ decision, adding that di Grassi had lined up the overtake too late and left him with no time to react. 

Buemi assessed the incident as “unfortunate”.  

He told Motorsport.com: “Obviously, I got penalised for that. I don't really agree to be honest. This is the way it is.  

“Arriving with attack mode, much more power. In my opinion, he moved so late that I had no time to basically react. I don't mind him closing the door. It's no problem, I go on the other side. But he let me think that he was going to not close the door.  

“So once I committed for the move, he came to the left and at the same point he did that, I touched him.” 

Lucas Di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Audi e-tron FE07, climbs out of his car after crashing out

Lucas Di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Audi e-tron FE07, climbs out of his car after crashing out

Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

shares
comments

Related video

Vandoorne: Rome win "redemption" after Race 1 misery

De Vries hit with grid penalty for last-lap Bird collision

The key factors behind Porsche's strong start to Formula E's new era

The key factors behind Porsche's strong start to Formula E's new era

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Jake Boxall-Legge

Inside Porsche's strong Gen3 start The key factors behind Porsche's strong start to Formula E's new era

How Wehrlein's Diriyah double reveals Formula E's form book shake-up

How Wehrlein's Diriyah double reveals Formula E's form book shake-up

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Diriyah ePrix II
Jake Boxall-Legge

2023 Diriyah E-Prix analysis How Wehrlein's Diriyah double reveals Formula E's form book shake-up

The first impressions of Formula E's brave new era

The first impressions of Formula E's brave new era

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Mexico City ePrix
Jake Boxall-Legge

First impressions of FE's new era The first impressions of Formula E's brave new era

How Dennis dominated Formula E's new generation opener

How Dennis dominated Formula E's new generation opener

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Mexico City ePrix
Jake Boxall-Legge

How Dennis dominated FE opener How Dennis dominated Formula E's new generation opener

Is this a Formula E 'nearly man's' best chance yet at title glory?

Is this a Formula E 'nearly man's' best chance yet at title glory?

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Jake Boxall-Legge

Is this Evans' best chance yet? Is this a Formula E 'nearly man's' best chance yet at title glory?

10 things we learned from Valencia Formula E testing

10 things we learned from Valencia Formula E testing

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Jake Boxall-Legge

Analysis: Valencia pre-season test 10 things we learned from Valencia Formula E testing

How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race

How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Jake Boxall-Legge

Jaguar's big opportunity in FE How Jaguar got its teeth into Formula E's Gen3 development race

The trait Vandoorne rediscovered to claim Formula E's era-ending title

The trait Vandoorne rediscovered to claim Formula E's era-ending title

Prime
Prime
Formula E
Jake Boxall-Legge

How Vandoorne won the FE title The trait Vandoorne rediscovered to claim Formula E's era-ending title