Nelson Piquet Jr has his sights set on the Formula E title after grabbing back-to-back podiums with a third place finish at the Buenos Aires ePrix last weekend.

The China Racing driver moved up to fifth in the drivers' standings after the race in Argentina, 21 points behind championship leader Lucas di Grassi, and is starting to believe he has a shot at the title.

"I was very modest when we started the championship," he said. "I knew we were going to have to recover because I didn't do all the testing. But it seems with a little bit of luck and hard work from the team and myself, why not? We're delivering results and we're quick."

In a highly-eventful race, the Brazilian driver came from a lap down and tore through the field to finish behind racer winner Antonio Felix da Costa and second place man Nicolas Prost.

Piquet Jr went a lap down on the leaders when he was stuck in the pits at a red light, but was able to recover by when he was allowed to pass the safety car.

"When the safety car came out the team never said anything and I stayed out," Piquet Jr said. "I'm not going to blame the team 100 per cent, it was both my fault and the team, and we should have understood each other better.

"I ended up coming in, I stopped, came out of the pits and we had then a red light and then I knew we're a lap behind. So by then I was pretty angry inside the car - turning into Hulk - and from then on I thought, 'ok the only thing I can do now is the fastest lap and finish the race'."

However, members of the leading pack ran into trouble, with pole sitter Sebastian Buemi crashing from the lead, di Grassi retiring with suspension failure and both Sam Bird and Nick Heidfeld being given drive-thru penalties.

Piquet Jr was totally surprised by his return to the podium, after finishing second in the previous race in Uruguay.

"I started recovering, passing cars until I got into the pack when they were killing each other in front. I said, 'should I stay, should I go? If something happens it's my fault and I wasn't part of the people who could win the race.' So they're all playing with each other and I ended up crossing the line and the team says 'well done, you're P3,' and I replied, 'P3? What happened? Did everybody stop?'"

The Formula E championship resumes in Miami on the 14-15 March.

 

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