Championship contender Sebastien Buemi says that he is confident going into the Berlin ePrix, as long as he qualifies further up the grid.

In Paris, Buemi qualified in a low eighth position. He was able to make his way onto the podium in third place, but was too far behind to stop his rival Lucas di Grassi pulling out a lead in the Driver’s Championship.

The last race in Paris was reasonable. We started in eighth and finished in third so we could not have expected any more,” the Swiss driver said in the team’s ePrix preview post. “The car was quick once we had got the tyres up to temperature and I was able to push hard.

“It’s a shame that Lucas finished ahead and took some more points for the championship, but we still have three races to go and there are a lot of points on offer.”

Buemi has been in arguably the best machine in the paddock, and has been outperforming his teammate Nico Prost, but multiple mistakes during the year means that he finds himself 11 points behind di Grassi.

Buemi goes on to add, “In Berlin the plan has got to be to start higher and try to race out in front. We know we can do it as in Paris the car was super-quick; we just started too far behind to be able to do any better.

“The track looks similar to Paris, with plenty of overtaking spots, so we’ve got every reason to be confident going into the race.”

The Swiss driver will want to make sure that he wins the race to give himself the best chance to win the Driver’s Championship. Di Grassi has won the previous two races, and also had won the Mexico City ePrix before he was disqualified after the race.