BAePrix preview: can anyone stop Buemi in his tracks?

The fourth round of the 2015/16 Formula E season kicks off today in the wonderfully scenic Buenos Aires. The question of the moment, and of the season so far, remains: Can anyone mount a challenge to Sebastien Buemi in his charge to the Championship?

Sebastien Buemi and Nico Prost Buenos Aires ePrix
2015 Formula E Buenos Aires e-Prix, Argentina
Sebastien Buemi (SUI), Renault e.Dams Z.E.15 & Nicolas Prost (FRA) Photo: Sam Bloxham/FIA Formula E/LAT

Formula E returns to South America today after a six-week drought.

The 2.4 km circuit in Puerto Madero features twelve corners an exciting mix of hairpins, chicanes, and high-speed turns.

Last year the race was won by Team Aguri’s Antonio Felix da Costa and the team are hoping to replicate their success this weekend with an all-new driver line-up featuring Salvador Duran. They have yet to win a race since. Da Costa started the race in eighth place, which remains the lowest position a Formula E race has been won from.

The race featured four different leaders – race winner da Costa only led the final lap. However the current dominance of Renault eDams this year makes this seem unlikely this weekend – Buemi has led over 70% of all laps raced so far this season.

Could the second Buenos Aires ePrix feature a safety car? Last year the safety car completed eight laps of the race, and with some tight hairpins and chicanes, there is a high chance of cars coming together.

Team Aguri is not the only team to have a change to their lineup: after Jacques Villeneuve’s departure from Venturi, British driver Mike Conway is stepping into the cockpit.

And Mahindra welcome back a friendly face: Nick Heidfeld returns after missing the Punta del Este ePrix. The German had minor surgery after damaging a ligament during the race in Putrajaya, and was replaced by Oliver Rowland.

Sebastien Buemi is still the favourite for pole position and the race win this weekend. He has scored points in the last nine races, going back to Long Beach in April last year. Can anyone stop him?

Perhaps Lucas di Grassi, who is on a run of six point-scoring races, and is yet to finish outside of the top two this season.

The BA ePrix begins at 7pm GMT.

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