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RENAULT E.DAMS: 2017 HONG KONG EPRIX PREVIEW

Equipped with the new Renault Z.E.17, drivers Sébastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost face possibly their sternest test yet in their defence for the colours of the French squad. 

The season debuts as per last season at one of the most exciting and spectacular tracks on the calendar. Cars will be racing on a 1,860km track located in Hong Kong’s Central Harbour front area, where the 10-turn narrow circuit with two tight hairpins should provide great overtaking opportunities.

Pre-season testing in Valencia proved to be particularly closely matched, on both pace and energy management, so the challenge to make it four-in-a-row Teams’ titles will be an exceptionally tall order.

Winner of last season’s inaugural Hong Kong ePrix, Sébastien Buemi is aiming to remain unbeaten on this track, whilst Nicolas Prost is aiming to go at least one better than his fourth last year, with a podium finish.

The drivers

Sébastien Buemi

“I am more motivated than ever for the season to begin. We know the opposition will be tougher than ever, so consistency will be the key to success. Every point from fastest laps or pole positions will count, so I expect a hard fight where I need to score regularly. I’m looking forward to returning to Hong Kong where I hope we can make a great start to our championship defence.”

Nicolas Prost

“We have been working very hard with the goal of remaining at the front of the action as we have seen just how much progress has been made by our opposition. Last season did not go as I hoped, so I am keen to be in the mix right from the very start of Season Four. We’ve worked very hard in the off-season to get the Z.E.17 better suited to my driving style, so I am confident we can begin on a bright note in Hong Kong.”

Stats

2 It’s the second edition of the Hong Kong ePrix

1,860km Track length

10 Number of turns

102m Start/Finish line offset

43 Number of laps for Race 1 (Saturday ePrix)

45 Number of laps for Race 2 (Sunday ePrix)

Do you remember Season 3?

1 Sébastien Buemi won the first Hong Kong ePrix

4 Nicolas Prost finished fourth

45 Number of laps

1:02.947 Felix Rosenqvist took the fastest lap on lap 36

Source. Renault

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